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Thank you, if it can live for at least 2 years (with the current usage) I will not concern about it too much, moreover there are many low quality Chinese products in my country and I'm scared of unfortunately buying one of those fakes in case of the current one dies, that won't be good for my laptop. (China is a northern neighbor of my country). Thanks for sharing...
I buy them cheap from your Northern neighbor and place them at work, home, etc. My theory is that the battery, which is expensive, will last longer if I keep it plugged in as much as possible. Seems to work.
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If you are concerned about 'vampire power usage' get yourself something like an Owl electricity monitor.[^]
I have been using one for around 5 years and it's really interesting seeing what eats the current, my computer consumes very little and the kettle is the most power consuming item I have(which is why only filling the kettle with what I need saves me so much money).
It will definitely pay for itself in well under a year - when I compare my power usage with friends I find that I use much less than they do, mostly due to just being aware of what consumes power.
“That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”
I have had laptops fails, memory fail, on board video chips fail, hard drives fail, and screens fail. I have never had a laptop power adapter fail. In fact, I collect them and use them for other things, and they tend to be interchangeable with other devices (as long as the voltage is the same and the power is close enough.)
I get a daily e-mail from a site that cranks out InfoGraphics, like this one, today, on "Internet Addiction:"[^]. I have my browser (Chrome) set to not automatically display pictures when I open an e-mail, because many of the InfoGraphics are about issues I am not interested in, and I just delete the e-mail, after opening it, often.
I was very sorry to read: one young (17) man killed his parents after they took away his "Halo 3" game; another young man (20) died from a blood-clot in the brain after XBoxing for 12 hours, straight; and, a third young man (18) departed earth, after playing "Diablo" for 30 hours straight in an Internet Cafe.
I had read the story before about the South Korean couple whose baby starved to death while her parents were away all night, playing a video game.
imho a major omission in this particular Info-Graphic is: lack of studies of programmers ! I will propose a CP survey on Internet Addiction (here, on CP, not to dailyinfographic.com).
Among the many statistics in this interesting Info-Graphic, I found the reported results that "Internet Addiction" was more common (44%) in the age group over 65 (of which, unfortunately, I am an involuntary member), was higher than for the age groups 44-55, 55-64.
I have watched a person I know here (where I live, not on CP), who I met about two years ago, become an absolute FaceBook junkie: it has been rather frightening.
The problem with these graphics, produced daily by dailyinfographic.com, is they don't give you clickable links to their sources for the studies they get their data from: that would enable anyone with any degree of statistical knowledge to examine the study, and look at factors like sample size, whether a control group was used, etc.
On some of the content panels within each section of the info-graphic, they may mention the website the data came from (its top-level url), or just the name of a journal, or whatever, the study appeared in. And, while there is the statement in "small print," at the bottom of their web pages that: "Sources for data have been mentioned in text version:" there is no link to a text version, or instructions on how to get to it (that I can find on the site, so far).
I have written the site's owner to inquire about where the "text" version is, since I would like to see the specific sources.
"We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question which divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct. My own feeling is that it is not crazy enough."Niels Bohr's comment to Wolfgang Pauli, after Pauli presented Heisenberg's and Pauli's nonlinear field theory of elementary particles, at Columbia University, 1958.
I wonder if any parents have been killed by their seventeen year old kid after taking away any other toys, if anyone have died from a blodclot in the brain after working for twelve hours straight or if there are any people that have departed from earth after say having driven a car for 30 hours straight.
I'm not trying to trivialize this, I just wonder if internet really makes a difference in most of these cases.
"The ones who care enough to do it right care too much to compromise."
Yeah, selective reporting is a real problem in these cases - the chances are the kid would have flipped out over something anyway. The bias of the reporting highlights the factors the reporter is either trying to show, or justifies the article in the first place.
If you get an email telling you that you can catch Swine Flu from tinned pork then just delete it. It's Spam.
I wish I hadn't put the "horror factoids" in, first, in my discussion of the content of that info-graphic; they are, as most of you logical tigers responding pounced upon: of little value, or no, value, in any serious discussion of what may be the long-term effects of anything !
'Twas me penchant for bizarre, macabre, outré, led me thus, astray, from the path of rational seduction, to put the bearded-lady on display for a moment to try and shill you rubes into paying for a ticket into the freak-show tent, rather than the more logical use of a minute of the hoochy-koochy performer's navel manoeuvres.
I believe the creator(s) of that graphic intended it to be somewhat "tongue-in-cheek:" note, that it's titled: "Is Internet Addiction Real?"
The graphic quotes criticisms of whether "Internet Addiction" really has any meaning whatsoever. For example: the graphic points out that Ivan Goldberg, M.D. (presumably a psychiatrist), coined the phrase "Internet Addiction Syndrome," aka "IAD," as satire. And, quotes Dr. Kimberly Clark's critique of the whole idea of IAD: she believes that: if there really is an "IAD," it is probably "linked to pre-existing mental health issues, such as depression, and is not an independent disorder by itself."
So, prithee, give that info-graphic (but, not this grub-worm who dares speak so boldly to you, now) another chance; there are some very interesting findings summarized visually in that graphic, with, I suspect, less percentage of horse-meat than found in the your local Burger King's menu du jour.
I found the graphic illustration of "FaceBook daily activity" (what types of things people were doing on FaceBook) quite fascinating, both for its contents, and visual style). And, there's also content on Internet Gaming, and Gambling that's, imho, quite interesting, evocative.
yrs, Bill, certifiable geriatric CP, and CP Lounge Addict, ineligible, because of temperament, for any twelve-step program
"Good people can be induced, seduced, and initiated into behaving in evil ways. They can also be led to act in irrational, stupid, antisocial, mindless, and self-destructive, ways when they are immersed in 'total situations' that impact human nature in ways that challenge our sense of the stability and consistency of individual personality, of character, and of morality."Dr. Philip G. Zimbardo, in "The Lucifer Effect" 2008: ISBN-10: 08129744