[Techtalk] going green

Miriam English mim at miriam-english.org
Thu Jul 1 02:34:40 UTC 2010

Maria McKinley wrote:
> Tracey Hytry wrote:
> In a related question, does anyone have experience with a shop that 
> makes custom rackmount computers, willing to build and warranty machines 
> that don't have hard drives?

Have you looked at NorhTec and Xcore86?
They make machines that use about 2 watts of power based on the Xcore86 
device that is an entire computer on a chip. There are no moving parts 
in their machines because they don't get hot enough to require fans. 
This makes them ultra-reliable -- no mechanical parts to break down and 
no dust clogging stuff up. They use Flash RAM storage internally, though 
I have mine hooked up to external hard drives via USB as well. I believe 
they are open to custom jobs. They've always been friendly and helpful 
in my dealings with them.

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