One reader asks, “How much does it cost to run my computer? How can I minimize this expense?”
That’s a pretty huge difference above. These are of course, opposite extremes. It depends on your computer, and your use. And especially if you use power saving options.
A typical desktop computer uses about 65 to 250 watts. Add another 35 watts for a flat screen (LCD) and 80 watts for old school large monitor (CRT). In sleep or standby mode? Just 1-6 watts!
How to Reduce the Cost
How to Setup Power Saving Modes
Or, just run the following scripts on your computer for automatic setting changes:
Archive for September, 2009
One reader asks, “Should I turn my computer off at night? Would it save enough in the long run to justify? What about wearing out the switch?”
If you leave it on…
If you turn it off…
Switching a computer on and off every day versus leaving it on all the time is highly debatable, but I think most agree now days that with current technologies, it doesn’t make a difference either way anymore.
Contributed by Bo Layer
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Contributed by: Brian Clark
What are these random letters I have to type before I can submit a form on a web site?
Google, Yahoo! and others have been using this kind of barrier for a while now, and while, at times, it may be frustrating, there is a method to their madness. Its called CAPTCHA, or Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart. As the name implies, this tests to ensure a real person is filling a form, and not something automated.
Why go through all this trouble?
Other individual sites use CAPTCHAs to combat spam that is sent to the site owners through their own contact forms. Using this method, it ensures that their visitors’ emails are not lost in a flood of trash.
CAPTCHA techniques aren’t fail-proof, but they are evolving as fast as attackers find ways to have their automated programs, believe it or not, interpret CAPTCHA images without the aid of a human.
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Urbanspoon is online at www.urbanspoon.com, or available as a free download for your iPhone/iPod, Blackberry, or other smartphone.