@Brian, we have good wines here, but I don't know if a bottle would survive an International shipping (you do live in the USA, right?).. but we can try
@Kevin: the server is doing everything : (home automation, http server,ftp server, vpn endpoint, torrent client/server,media server etc) to have just one machine to power up.
In the last years I've been thinking to switch to a simplier solution (raspberry Pi 2 (around 2.5Wh) that should power on the 'main' server when the need arises (put/retrieve data from the storage disks.. ie basically converting it to a NAS). The problem is, (apart from the power up times) that in the end I doubt I would be saving much power.
@both: Thanks for the kind offer, I'm kinda tempted by it.. even if, to be honest my Momentus 750Gb is even too large for its purpose.. when it will eventually die I'll replace it with the least power hungry among the laptop drives.
About SSDs, at the time I bought this latest 2.5 drive (around 3 years ago) a similarly sized SSD would have been 20 times more pricey, and for its purpose (the i/o is frequent, but most of the times we're talking just a few hundred kb/s) it would have been overkill
(and switching to an ssd would have saved just around 1Wh if my figures at the time were right)
btw, if anyone is interested there's a great guide to hack motherboards into consuming WAY less power, here
this guy (he's a genius) managed to run a modern system at 8.5Wh, nearly half than mine)
...back to me, about the photos, you mean of the panorama, the fridge or the server?
Thanks again guys!