[mythtv-users] Power bill vs SchedulesDirect bill

Paul Mason latepaul at gmail.com
Tue Sep 18 21:50:14 UTC 2007

On 18/09/2007, jedi at mishnet.org <jedi at mishnet.org> wrote:
> > From: Yan Seiner <yan at seiner.com>
> >>I agree...  It astounds me that people continue to spend time on this.
> >>SD right now costs about $0.08/day.  (My math could be off by a bit, but
> >>it's close.)  That's nothing.  I'd say most of us wouldn't stop to pick
> >>up 8 pennies in the street.  Heck, most stores have a penny box where
> >>people throw their pennies.
> >
> > Since you bring up numbers, let's have some fun with this.
> It's gotta be WAF.
> The average wife isn't going to relate the high power bill to the
> rack of servers you have in your home office but dare to ask for
> 60 bux to spend on a UPS and they get testy...

That's not just WAF, it's been like that in every company I ever worked for.
Getting authorization to spend from the capital budget seems to be like
drawing blood but ongoing expenses[1] budgets usually dwarf them. Or put
another way - if I wanted a new server I'd need to get it signed off by the
Finance Director, for the fraction of the sum our local office manager
spends on stationery every month.

However, back to WAF, this is how my colleague managed to get his wife to
agree to a media centre PC. He built it himself, bought the parts online and
was careful to make sure no individual purchase was more than a cetain
'tipping point'

[1]or whatever they really call it.

Paul Mason
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