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Such meters are also still standard at my place; I don't really see them as "quite cumbersome and imprecise" (vs. cheap portable meter), especially since for calculations we see averaging & "assuming" anyway (overall, total usage over time is what we need to have in mind, if energy conservation is to become a routine)
And might I add that, in your unsound accusations, you actually gave me an opportunity to berate you so much more strongly!
I've never even been anywhere close to a 110V place, I just remember they exist.
Are there any 110 volt zealots or 230 volt fanboys, I want to see there flamewars.
Anyway, anybody dumb enough to live in a 110 volt area deserves to have there equipment broken earlier and there have computers run slower.
230 volt is the true path to enlightenment.
Ontopic: I always thought it stupid that I had to cool down my pc with a cooler while at the same time heating my room. Maybe there is a way to connect a cpu with a radiator.
I dream of a building where there is a huge central heat pump. It cools down all fridges, computers, and freezers and on the other end distributes heat to whatever needs it. In every room, you find faucets for hot and cold fluid that you can use to heat and cool down things as needed.
(Flamewar contribution : 110V AC and 230V AC are both lame, DC current makes the chances of survival to an electric shock much higher* and is the One True Way
* An irrelevant side-effect of DC being slightly reduced power grid, generator, and transformer efficiency) Edited 2011-08-03 12:11 UTC
Wow. OSNews readers can come up with a flamewar about anything! :-)
Back in the very earliest days of electricity production, I'm sure there must have been heated debates over AC vs DC and 110-220-240 Volts and so on. The players would have included Edison, Tesla and other notable figures.
"Ontopic: I always thought it stupid that I had to cool down my pc with a cooler while at the same time heating my room. Maybe there is a way to connect a cpu with a radiator."
I had been thinking the same thing too, at least when I was using a D805 + 2 large CRTs that typically used 400W continuous. How to get the heat away from me and towards a more useful purpose. Anyways its all moot now.