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autovacuum in the real world

Any sysadmin who runs postgresql (or sqlite) knows he should vacuum once in a while. You didn't ? Probably because nowadays, there's an autovacuum function. But what about the Real World (you know, the big room with the blue ceiling) ?

After years of manually vacuuming the floors, I now got myself an autovacuumer to take care of my office space: the iRobot Roomba 560. This robot can drive around on the floor and cleans it. After having cleaned the room, it automatically returns to the dock where it recharges the battery.

Aside from the "cool" factor, it really does a good job. I've seen comments from people who claim that a vacuum cleaner can't run on batteries for an hour, even proving their point with calculations, but don't be fooled: the Roomba is not a vacuum cleaner like the one you already own. First, doesn't suck dirt through a 3 meter tube. Second, it isn't even a vacuum cleaner in the strictest sense: it uses brushes to pick up most of the dirt, then using a small DustBuster style vacuum engine for the finishing touch.

Overall verdict: I should have bought one sooner !


Bruno De Wolf said…
Interesting stuff, this "iRobot Roomba 560". The questions that immediately pop into my mind:
- Does it run Linux?
- Can I put my own kernel on it?
- Can I ssh to the device?
- Does it run PERL?
wannes said…
Het zou kunnen ...
Pieter said…
Now that you've been using that Roomba for almost two months, what are your experiences with it? Are you still as happy with it as you were when you just got it?

I guess you're better placed now to give your insight on some of it's shortcomings?

I might buy one myself, but I fear it won't be able to get under my sofa. How tall is it, actually ?
bert said…
@Pieter: zeker, nog altijd zeer tevreden. Ik weet ondertussen beter welke objecten ik best opzij zet voor het stofzuigen, en hoe mijn kat reageert wanneer de Roomba zijn werk doet :-) Een Scooba staat nog op het verlanglijstje...

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