What's the cheapest way to setup Linux box?

Charles Curley charlescurley at charlescurley.com
Wed Dec 11 12:17:47 MST 2013

On Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:56:17 -0700
Levi Pearson <levipearson at gmail.com> wrote:

> To restate my point a bit more clearly, buying a refurbished top-spec
> machine with a bunch of noisy fans for a low up-front purchase price
> means that you've probably bought a power-hog of a machine and over
> its remaining lifetime the power budget is likely to play a
> significant part in its ownership costs.

I agree with your analysis, but will take it a step further. You are not
the only person in the world to make it. I suspect the market has
already discounted the discounted future cost of power to run the

In a sense, buying cheap power hog equipment is a bet that fracking and
coal will continue to be legal.


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