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Posts Tagged ‘Computer Hardware’

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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…

  1. Automatic updates will run when you’re not there
  2. Your backup can complete when files aren’t in use
  3. Virus scans are completed and don’t slow you down during normal use
  4. Your computer is ready to go when you are

If you turn it off…

  1. Save energy / expense
  2. Potentially safer (not connected to the Internet)

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.


Summary
I use my computer a lot.  I want it on when I’m ready to use it.  I leave it on 24/7.  For others that may only use their computer once a day or every other day, stand by or off may be a better option.

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Common Craft continues to push out awesome, simple to understand videos.  Here’s their Computer Hardware in Plain English. This three minute video explains the basics so any beginner can understand.

In the news…
Recycle old electronics:  Best Buy now accepts most all electronics for recycling.  Continue reading…

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