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Re: [K12OSN] electricity use

If the principal puts that much faith in Dell, then you should probably
call up Dell and ask them again.  I bet you won't get the same answer.  

One computer per 20 amp circuit is ridiculous.

Terrell's post was very accurate, so if you only have time to read one,
you might want to read his.


On Tue, Mar 13, 2007 at 09:57:41PM -0400, Brad Thomas wrote:
> I am a social studies teacher and I've been building a lab in my classroom
> of old, discarded computers over the last two years (I was up to 20). I
> have been using small distros like DSL (DamnSmallLinux) to make them work,
> but was planning to switch to a k12ltsp setup before the end of the year.
> However, my principal just sent an e-mail last week instructing me to
> remove all but 6 of the computers from my room implying that they were
> using too much electricity. I just got back from a school planning council
> meeting where she and an assistant principal said that they called Dell
> (we buy all our new fat machines from Dell) and Dell said there should
> only be one computer per 20 amp circuit (which translates into one per
> room I think). As far as I can tell (using a Watts Up meter) one
> computer-and-monitor use a little more than 1 amp of power, so I don't get
> this. Can anyone out there give me some guidelines they go by? Or steer me
> to a good site? How much planning goes into ensuring proper electrical
> flow into your k12ltsp labs?
> Brad
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