OT: Computer's electrical outlet

Aaron Konstam akonstam at sbcglobal.net
Fri Nov 16 15:03:57 UTC 2007

On Thu, 2007-11-15 at 18:27 +0200, Dotan Cohen wrote:
> Not strictly a Fedora question, but where else will I find a willing
> audience of brains?
> A fried lives in the university dorms. She has two electrical outlets
> in her part of the room, both on the same fuse. One has a splitter
> which powers her computer, LCD monitor, printer, cellphone charger,
> speakers, and maybe something else. The other powers the room's
> refrigerator, electric kettle, microwave, and maybe something else.
> Not everything is in use at the same time (the computer is always on)
> and somehow the 10 watt (220 volt) fuse handles it all and even a
> small electric heater to boot.
> Here's the question: is there any disadvantage to plugging the heater
> into the computer's electrical outlet splitter, as opposed to the
> other one? As mentioned, they are on the same fuse. I noticed that
> when the heater is started and stopped the speakers make a popping
> sound. Is this harmful to the computer? (fire hazard notwithstanding)
I don't know what wattage fuses she has in the room but the plugging in
a heater is a disaster. It is hard to believe that the rest of her stuff
runns on the same fuse. Rescently we were having a home renovation and
plugging in a microwave and a sigle burner heater blew the saftey
circuit in the power outlet.
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your aim. -- George Santayana
Aaron Konstam telephone: (210) 656-0355 e-mail: akonstam at sbcglobal.net

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