'87 for me, when we got a PC at work.XtractorFan wrote: ↑Mon, 06 Apr 2020, 14:49I'm probably somewhat older than you and have used PC's for one thing and another since 1986 - back in days of DOS.I wouldn't call Watchpower a dead-end, nor say Win PCs aren't reliable.
Modern hardware is definitely reliable enough, but since Win7 and the enforced 'nanny state' of Windows Update the 'always on' PC is a major problem.
Windows will re-start your PC to install updates.......
Then there is power consumption and cost compared to a $50 RasPi.
I am a recent convert to the RasPi and it works well with the right software.
Watchpower works, but logging and generating graphs is awkward and restricted to local viewing.
It also crashes frequently.
I have both a RasPi and an old PC (2006 vintage with Win10) connected to my PIP.
I VNC into both of them as and when needed, but via SolPipLog and EmonCms I can view from anywhere via a web browser and see what's going on.
No comparison really.....
I have thought of buying a Pi, but learning new sh1t doesn't appeal as much as it used too. Then again, I appear to have a lot of spare time now.
There're ways to prevent updates for Windows 10. My wife's PC has had no enforced update since early Win 10. Mine was blocked for a long time too, until I found the need to play Minecraft with my grand-kids.
I use Windows RDC, and also, occasionally, Teamviewer, which I used to access my PC from work (until they blocked access, and before I retired).
Not particularly worried about power, most stuff at our house runs off Solar/Battery. Although with the current state of my NiFes, that isn't long ATM. Still waiting for some replacements.