Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Power to the People
Harry Hutchins, during KAXE's A Talk on the Wild Side, asked when computers should be turned off... For home users, the answer is pretty straightforward-- as often as you can! Contrary to advice given years ago when PCs first came out, computers just don't wear out quicker when they are turned off and on. But what is annoying is the long boot up time. So here's what you do: during the day, when you are likely to be using the computer several times, make your computer go to STANDBY instead of turning it off. It will startup in the state you left it, along with the applications as you left them if they were open, in just a few seconds. At night, when you are truly done, turn off your whole system by selecting SHUTDOWN and if you have put all your devices (monitor, printer, PC, internet modem, etc.) on a single power strip, turn that power strip off to save the parasitic energy those devices still consume.
Posted by IT Connection at 6:36 PM