[AusNOG] Sad retirement day...
ausnog at rossw.net
Wed Jan 13 20:26:54 EST 2016
On Wed, 13 Jan 2016, Mark Smith wrote:
> An interesting question would be when would it have become cheaper to
> replace it just on the power savings alone.
In the last 7 years, it's run entirely off renewable energy, so "cost of
power" has been basically zero.
But it's still a valid point. It was never a particularly hungry beast - I
couldn't have run say, a DL-380 here because of the power it would have
consumed - but this box (no kb, no monitor) took (from memory) under 50W
> I bought one of these a few years ago for around $60 just to play with
> after loading up OpenWRT on it (and haven't actually really done anything
> with it.)
I've got a bunch (30 or 40 or so) WRG54GL devices reflashed to openWRT,
running all over the country doing all sorts of things. They're remarkably
robust, but lack several things I specifically needed on this old box.
> It was only after buying it did I realise it had a more powerful CPU, more
> RAM, more storage and ran on far less power than the first computer I ever
> bought - a 80486 for around $4k in somewhere around 1990.
It's amazing. I look at some of the tiny little PIC chips I embed in
things. Not much more than 5mm x 3mm, run on a milliwatt or so, with
processor speeds around 80MHz, and including a bunch of IO and A/D
channels... and cost about $2 each!
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