[time-nuts] Modern motherboard with RS232 port

Richard W. Solomon w1ksz at earthlink.net
Sun Aug 19 19:44:59 UTC 2012

Is it just me, or has this thread gone off topic a tad ??

73, Dick, W1KSZ

-----Original Message-----
>From: Michael Tharp <gxti at partiallystapled.com>
>Sent: Aug 19, 2012 12:42 PM
>To: time-nuts at febo.com
>Subject: Re: [time-nuts] Modern motherboard with RS232 port
>On 08/19/2012 03:38 PM, Christopher Brown wrote:
>> Though I am a little surprised about residential power being
>> measured/billed in VA not KW/h in North America.  Pretty sure the US is
>> in North America, even Alaska in slightly more North America.  Never
>> seen a VA/h meter in the US.
>> Was guessing it was a CA thing, even though I had never run across any
>> mention of VA billing in CA, but am looking at Manitoba Hydro, NB power
>> and SaskPower billing rates right now in KW/h.
>> Ed, can you chime in here, where is power billed by VA (outside of some
>> commercial/industrial and private generation agreements)?
>> VA is used all over the place in electrical systems calculations and
>> equipment specs but have never seen billing on it.
>It's also my understanding that homes are always billed by the watt. 
>Even in industrial scale they charge a fee for poor power factor but 
>they aren't billing by VA, according to Wikipedia at least.
>Still, a good plug-in power meter is a great tool for any home. I would 
>have one already but everything is already plugged into a battery backup 
>with a watt-meter built in and I'm not terribly concerned about accuracy.
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