And now for something a little different. So far we have focused on the energy costs of datacenters, but since patterns & practices is a development team, we obviously have a lot of team members that have, shall we say, a little hardware at home as well.

Ade Miller, our development manager, has an interesting series of posts on his blog describing his foray into building an energy efficient Windows Home Server to back up his other PCs, serve music, and act as a print server. You can read the series starting at http://www.ademiller.com/blogs/tech/2008/09/building-a-windows-home-server-choosing-the-hardware/.

Now that he’s conquered this project maybe he can get started on the TARDIS he keeps promising me.

RoAnn Corbisier