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July 25, 2011, 09:04:00 PM
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I've got three rigs right now and plan to have about six in the near future.  The wife hates the heat and noise, so I have to find another place for them.

I live in an apartment in Los Angeles, so can't exactly stick them in a shed out back.

I've looked at commercial spaces via craigslist:
* Office space is too expensive
* Warehouse space is too big (min of 600 sq ft +)
* Containers would be great, but they are like ovens in the summer
* Data centers are great (A/C, power, network), but very expensive

Any suggestions?  Huh

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July 25, 2011, 09:13:03 PM
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Put a ad on Craigslist LA looking for a college student who lives in a dorm with free electricity.  I am sure they would appreciate the extra beer money.  Wink

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July 25, 2011, 09:15:29 PM
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Friends/Neighbors with basements? tell them that you will pay whatever it costs in electricity plus a few bucks more. I have my power wrapped into my condo fees with 30+ units so no one knows that i'm running my friends miner. i get 50 bucks a month from him for "Rent" and "Power costs" (it would cost him 100 if he mined at home).
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July 25, 2011, 09:22:15 PM
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Good ideas, thanks!

I have no problem paying for the electricity.  At 1kw per rig x 6 rigs, the monthly bill will probably be ~$600.  I don't want to make others pay for that much juice.

A commercial space would be better as it would save about 25%, or $150 a month.

Other ideas?

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July 25, 2011, 09:27:42 PM
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What about something like http://www.ustoreit.com/storage/climate-controlled-storage/ temperature controlled storage. Just ask if there is power in the room and how much. Who knows they might even have another option being in the physical space biz.
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July 25, 2011, 09:32:26 PM
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Thought about that.  I'll have to give one of the places a call.

Thanks!

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July 25, 2011, 09:37:11 PM
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I forgot to mention that internet connectivity might be an issue. Aircard? = $$$ maybe choose one near a Starbucks and hop on there WiFi Smiley
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July 25, 2011, 09:37:38 PM
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I'm kind of in the same boat and am not having much luck.  Co-locate or datacenter space costs way too much because they're usually all about bandwidth and backup.  I know there have been several pot growing busts around here lately for "grow houses" - someone finds and rents a cheap house and grows their pot in it but you'd really need to get up in the 20+ mining rig range to afford that.

I'm was thinking maybe I'd rent a house, use one room or the basement for mining and sublet the rest to college students or whatever.  Maybe a CS major to use as a 3-fingered admin.  Still, between work, running the rigs and being a parent I don't have the time to juggle it all.  So, I've decided to part out my rigs.

Good luck and I hope you find a solution.
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July 25, 2011, 09:58:41 PM
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If the place I find (if I find one) has Internet access of some kind, I'll just use that.  Worst case scenario is getting a 3G or 4G wifi modem.  They have them for about $50/month.

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Interesting idea on renting a house and then subletting.  Could be more trouble than it's worth as you say.  Sorry to hear that you're getting out of the BTC racket.  I agree that it is a hassle to find a space and administer the systems.  I'm enjoying it though, and have enough free time to keep tinkering with it. 

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July 25, 2011, 10:03:48 PM
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So I started a discussion over on projects about possible solutions for this sort of problem...

http://forum.bitcoin.org/index.php?topic=31689.msg398465
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July 25, 2011, 10:18:57 PM
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Thanks alans!  Wink

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July 25, 2011, 10:20:37 PM
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Ship them to Tallahassee. I'll put them to work with space to spare. 8^)

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July 25, 2011, 10:52:35 PM
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I bet you're paying more like $0.12/KWh in Florida, huh?

If you're serious, I just might consider it  Wink

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July 25, 2011, 11:00:17 PM
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I bet you're paying more like $0.12/KWh in Florida, huh?

If you're serious, I just might consider it  Wink

Last bill I paid exactly $0.1290 per Kwh

It was thrown out as a joke because I never dreamed you would consider it due to distance.

If you can think of a win/win scenario I'm *all* ears.

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July 25, 2011, 11:20:27 PM
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Maybe there is some sort of cabinetry with cooling and sound deadening that can be built around them that also serves another function. Maybe a credenza or fake bookshelf?

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July 26, 2011, 12:14:16 AM
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Thanks for the offer!

Let me give it some thought.  I'm going to meet with a guy who owns a storage place in LA that might be willing to do something for me.  I'll keep you posted

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July 26, 2011, 12:20:14 AM
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In the link below if you scroll down to the post by rearwheels, he mentions that he is taking his rig to an "industrial area" where he is renting power. Most likely he is just renting from a friend, but it might be worth sending him a message to find out.

http://forum.bitcoin.org/index.php?topic=7216.460

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July 26, 2011, 07:43:57 PM
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Thanks Dargo.

Meanwhile, the owner of a climate controlled storage place says he can give me a storage unit with power, so I'll be checking that out in the next day or two

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July 26, 2011, 07:49:42 PM
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Thanks Dargo.

Meanwhile, the owner of a climate controlled storage place says he can give me a storage unit with power, so I'll be checking that out in the next day or two

No prob, let me know how that works out - I'm in LA too, and might be interested in something like this at some point (right now I don't have enough hashing power to justify it). BTW, I also know that storage places which offer storage for RVs, boats, and such typically have electrical outlets. I found one place (in Florida unfortunately) that has 30 amp plugs in the storage units. I'm sure these are expensive to rent though.
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July 26, 2011, 08:00:11 PM
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To the OP: send them to me! I have an extra room, I call it my "server room" that currently contains my one-and-a-half rigs Smiley Aaand I have free electricity! Well not free, but it's included in my rent, I pay a fixed amount no matter how much I use.

The only problem is you're in L.A. and I'm in New Hampshire...

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