While Koherence’s official color is a burnt orange and (as those who know me well know) I’m partial to black, Koherence went grey this week. Power-wise anyway.
This is a hot week in the Bay Area. CalISO, the California Independent System Operator, has called flex alerts, and PG&E has called two SmartRate days. To do its part, Koherence (and the entire residence of which Koherence HQ is a part) went on a power reduction spree. I’d already moved “mission critical” items such as key servers and mail hosting to cloud providers, so arguably what remains is somewhat discretionary. Continue reading “Koherence Goes Grey: Minimizing Power Consumption”
I’m not a big fan of sending money to Comcast. Over the past few years they’ve disconnected my broadband with no warning or notice (and taken three weeks to get it reconnected), somehow managed to deauthorize my cable modem, and have installers who absolutely love drilling holes in the side of my house (perhaps they’re part termite). They also inevitably require a half dozen calls to get a CableCard paired correctly. Continue reading “Cutting the Cord”
As part of my consulting work, I collect a lot of broadcast TV streams. A lot of them. At present there’s about 70 terabytes worth representing more than 400 days (that’s right, more than 9600 hours) of broadcast TV. Storing all that data’s not straightforward, since I want to ensure that it doesn’t get lost or damaged. Continue reading “Rotting in storage”
There’s been a lot of chatter about interlaced vs. progressive video and how progressive video is inherently superior. Interlaced video, in comparison is said to be Just Plain Evil. Perhaps it’s my analog video background, but I have a far more favorable view of interlaced video. Continue reading “In defense of interlaced video”
After looking at my electric bill recently, I wondered where all that power was going. One of the prime suspects was Koherence’s server rack, which runs 24 hours a day. A few years ago all servers in Continue reading “Where have all the watts gone?”