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From: Pete Turnbull <>
Date: Fri Jun 9 03:23:13 2000

On Jun 9, 0:08, Zane H. Healy wrote:
> On June 9, R. D. Davis wrote:

> >Do any computer preservationists seriously use their systems to heat
> >houses in the winter in place of a furnace?
> Well, the room in the house with all the computers (well, except the ones
> living in the garage) has the heating blocked off,

Same with my office/computer room; there are two machines and an old (and
therefore relatively power-hungry) hub that are on 24/7. It's a small room
and has the heating off and the two adjacent rooms have the heating turned
way down.

There's usually a machine in the garage on 24/7 in the winter; if ever it's
not on, there's a heater and/or dehumidifier there to protect the tools and

> OTOH, most of that heat comes from 1 21" monitor, and the real problem is
> the design of this house. Even without the computer equipment on this
> is considerably hotter than the rest of the house.

Funny how that happens, isn't it? Mine's the same: upper floor, centre
room, just at the top of the stairs, seems to collect all the heat from
downstairs -- and has a 20" Sony GDM1961/VRT-19HA.

Pete						Peter Turnbull
						Dept. of Computer Science
						University of York
Received on Fri Jun 09 2000 - 03:23:13 BST

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