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Should computers be left on or turned off?

no name 2009/12/03 15:28:13
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There are two schools of thought on this. Which one do you think is best?

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  • Manwé 2010/03/22 05:05:50
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    Manwé
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    There is some power savings by turning it off, but you lose instant access. We leave ours on, but they go into suspend if no activity for 30 minutes. Easy to continue from there, but saves some power.
  • no name Manwé 2010/03/22 12:07:18
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    Thanks
  • FairLady 2010/01/05 03:47:46
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    I leave it on, but making sure that a screen saver works.
  • Red high priestess in Nyx I... 2009/12/07 15:57:13
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    Red high priestess in Nyx I trust
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    I leave my computer on, but my parents say that it is smart to turn the computer off. Who is right and who is wrong? Could someone please help me decided?
  • no name Red hig... 2009/12/07 16:00:25
    no name
    I have heard arguments for both sides. For now, I leave it on during the day (but it goes into "sleep" mode when I'm not using it) and turn it off completely before going to bed at night.
  • Red hig... no name 2009/12/07 16:01:31
    Red high priestess in Nyx I trust
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    Thanks for the suggestion!
  • Jim 2009/12/05 03:07:09
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    What's the point of leaving these energy guzzling things on, if you're not using them ? You'd be less likely attacked by hackers. Less likely to get a virus. And extend the life of your tower. And save a few bucks on your electric bill.
  • no name Jim 2009/12/05 05:03:34
    no name
    Thank you.
  • Dirty(oYo) 2009/12/05 02:38:24
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    I use to leave my computer on all the time. Allot of techs thought the turning on and off was hard on the hard drives. Plus, leaving it on all the time allows instant access to whatever you need via computer.
    Ever since I got a 26" LCD for a monitor, this thing runs HOT! I've decided to start shutting down the computer when I'm not going to be around the house all day. On the weekends, I may let it run thru out the day. But thru the weekdays, I normally turn it off and on when needed. At least by leaving it off, I don't have the worry of hacking, at least not while I'm away.
  • no name Dirty(oYo) 2009/12/05 02:39:47
    no name
    Thanks - I'm leaning that way too.
  • Gordon 2009/12/04 23:43:45
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    Turn them off when not using. They draw power when sitting idle.
  • no name Gordon 2009/12/05 02:27:06
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    Thank you.
  • *~Michelle Elizabeth~* 2009/12/04 07:17:36
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    *~Michelle Elizabeth~*
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    I actually dont know. i need an answer to this tooo
  • no name *~Miche... 2009/12/04 13:42:00
    no name
    I haven't decided yet either.
  • sglmom 2009/12/04 03:24:35
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    I have always turned off my computers when they are not in use (and I've been using computers since the early days of Dumb Terminals .. (and other assorted things such as dot matrix printers, electric typewriters, etc) ...)

    There are a couple of reasons I do this -- one is to make sure that I have as little as possible plugged in all the time (and when I am not at home .. why keep things running that are not being used? Kind of the same reasoning between unplugging the Electic Blanket when I am not sleeping).

    The other .. with my security protocols -- I do have all my equipment password protected too ... so in case something happens (either to me ... or someone tries to steal from my home) .. I want to frustrate the individual as much as possible in the meantime.

    Even my laptops (yes, 2 laptops) - only when I am using them are they plugged in to recharge (or overnight recharge .. but NOT on).
  • no name sglmom 2009/12/04 04:40:40
    no name
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    Thanks for the reply.
  • elptrek... sglmom 2009/12/04 06:15:51
    elptrek P.H.A.E.T.'s wizard
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    Just to let you know I heard there are ways for a hackers to turn your computer on remotely.
  • elptrek... elptrek... 2009/12/04 06:17:26
    elptrek P.H.A.E.T.'s wizard
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    If you can unplug the modem or the wire going to the NIC.
  • sglmom elptrek... 2009/12/04 15:14:30
    sglmom
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    But if one doesn't have them plugged in .. that is going to be an impossibility. (and being single for decades .. I make sure to unplug most everything before I go out and about).
  • no name sglmom 2009/12/04 18:58:27
    no name
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    A good lesson. Thank you!
  • elptrek... sglmom 2009/12/05 05:29:50
    elptrek P.H.A.E.T.'s wizard
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    That is a good alternative.
  • Robo Toaster 2009/12/04 01:54:31
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    Continuously turning a computer on and off introduces wear and tear on the chips.
  • no name Robo To... 2009/12/04 02:29:41
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    So I have heard. Thanks.
  • Bobby 48 2009/12/04 01:52:45
  • no name Bobby 48 2009/12/04 01:53:56
    no name
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    That makes sense. Thanks.
  • Bobby 48 no name 2009/12/04 02:08:14
  • Death Faerie 2009/12/04 01:03:27
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    I turn mine off when I'm not using it.
  • no name Death F... 2009/12/04 01:32:24
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    Thanks
  • Bird Girl 2009/12/03 23:03:29
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    mine is like 8 hours on and then i shut it off
  • no name Bird Girl 2009/12/04 01:32:40
    no name
    +1
    Thank you
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    ¡ǝɯ ʇǝƃ ǝɯoɔ ˙˙˙ǝɯ ʇuɐʍ noʎ ɟı
    +1
    off, for electricity people! unless you're downloading something.
  • no name ¡ǝɯ ʇǝƃ... 2009/12/03 22:58:04
    no name
    +1
    Thank you
  • littlebuffalo55TBA 2009/12/03 19:00:34
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    "Off" at night as re-booting is important to clear caches! Some get bored waiting for a re-start, I just push the "On" button then head off to the kitchen to brew some Java! Would you like a cup?
  • no name littleb... 2009/12/03 22:57:16
    no name
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    Sure, thanks :-D That is what I have been doing, but this article makes me wonder now.
  • littleb... no name 2009/12/03 23:10:48
    littlebuffalo55TBA
    Well according to my Bro who makes 6 figures a year working for IBM it's not about power usage but re-freshing ram caches as to why it should be done every 24 hrs. or so.
  • Naui 2009/12/03 18:53:32
  • no name Naui 2009/12/03 18:55:33
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    Yes, I use the "sleep" mode. Thanks.
  • logicslayer 2009/12/03 18:16:10
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    Depends on the user really. If you want to be an always on, always connected user the leave the pc on 24/7. If you check your email once a week, set your system to hibernate or sleep.
  • no name logicsl... 2009/12/03 18:48:29
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    I do have it set to sleep. Thanks! So then, it makes no difference to the health of the computer either way?
  • Bad Angel 2009/12/03 17:37:33
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    Bad Angel
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    I have heard both Deb...One reason for shutting down is so the updates can be made as that is when they are installed.... My is set to sleep when it is shut. but I turn it off once an day usually just to keep it up to date.

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