How Often Do You Shut Down Your Computer?

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How Often Do You Shut Down Your Computer?
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Fri, 03-15-2013 - 10:29am

How often do you shut down your computer? I personally only do it as needed (aka when it's sluggish or something isn't quite working as it should). Do you do it more frequently?

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Tue, 04-02-2013 - 10:26pm

About once a week usually when my friends over in Redmond WA discover another system vulnerability so I download updates and install when I want to. In fact when we visit our sons in San Antonio, I just give it a big load of work to do (transcoding MPEG-2 to Xvid MP-4/AVI and usually discover it finished or near finished after a weeks stay. I'm running Window 7 64bit Ultimate which is a near realitive of Windows Server, which can run 24/7 for weeks with routine housekeeping.

Using the DOS command prompt running as adminstrator most of those browsers slow-downs can be remedied by using the following at the command prompt "[drive]: ipconfig /flushdns". I usually do a change directory root with a "CD\" to insure the ipconfig works reliabily. You may string these commands if you wish, DOS will reply with 'dns resolver cache sucessfully flushed' when done (it's fast) since your at basic machine language not using Windows shell.

I won't do leave it on without being nearby since a T-storm came though a few days ago and smoke tested my 1000 watt UPS. So I disassembled it, isolated the failed components (yes, there are people who can still do that without schematics) and dropped by MCM electronics and ordered a L317T IC voltage regulator and found the IC driver transistor in my electronics junk spares. Since I taught PACE microcircuit removal of the components from the printed circuit board wasn't too much trouble even for my old hands and eyes. Of course wifey can smell solder fumes from 300 yards and I was duly reminded not to set my room on fire and to watch the amount of alcohol used removing the rosin flux. BTW if any of your ladies did resolder work like those at Motorola I just discovered my gas welding/cutting rig tip cleaners work great for clearing the PCB component holes after desoldering.

My son supplies me with 2 year old 170 amp/hour AGM batteries (like gel-cells but with sealed liquid electrolyte) which will run my UPS & PC for a couple of days without AC power. The two 12 volt batteries weigh in at 280 lbs, and are a hassle to move in a wheel chair. The batteries are good for 15 years at room temperature, the cell carriers replace them every two years just to be on the safe side! Ditto for my HTPC & HDTV so we watch programs recorded on PC's HVR-2250 via wi-fi network and hope the food stays cold.

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Fri, 03-22-2013 - 10:42am

emty_nstr wrote:

Every night,

I turn it on sometimed during the day but then off when I get ready to go to bed at night. Seems to work for me.

If you ask 100 geeks probably the answer would still be confusing half would say never and the other have would say if they are not using it the shut down....Who is right? I think what ever you are comfortable with.

If you are trying to save some money you can save a bit buy turning it off. Up to you though.....

Yep — and there are benefits to each. LOL

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Mon, 03-18-2013 - 2:28pm

Every night,

I turn it on sometimed during the day but then off when I get ready to go to bed at night. Seems to work for me.

If you ask 100 geeks probably the answer would still be confusing half would say never and the other have would say if they are not using it the shut down....Who is right?  I think what ever you are comfortable with.

If you are trying to save some money you can save a bit buy turning it off. Up to you though.....

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Mon, 03-18-2013 - 2:12pm

I'd day pretty much as needed to apply Windows Updates, or software updates, or when leaving on a trip. Otherwise just put it to sleep at night.