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My main machine is running a dozen VMs 24/7; powering it down is a 20-minute job. Plus I'd be interrupting processes that should probably be left running all the time.
The machine on my desk is an Intel NUC and uses 40W at absolute peak load, I believe...Intel's claim is that playing a 1080p video off of YouTube burns through less than 10W. Letting it idle overnight seems like a no-brainer to me.
I also have a NAS which by definition should pretty much always remain available.
That said, I always leave my laptop into hibernation mode, as I simply don't trust sleep mode to ever resume correctly.
I used to. Then microsoft demonstrated they can not be trusted with it so I don't anymore. I am sick and tired of opening it up to find it powered on and too hot to touch after having closed its lid at the end of the day.
"They have a consciousness, they have a life, they have a soul! Damn you! Let the rabbits wear glasses! Save our brothers! Can I get an amen?"
True, I've had those issues quite often after several OS updates. I had to check several times what was waking the laptop in the middle of the night (also, why wasn't it going back to sleep as it should after 30 minutes?) but couldn't find anything useful. Eventually I changed a setting to disallow the computer to wake up for updates, and now it's fine (until the next update that messes it up).
When you run your PC it gets warm and all of the tiny components expand. Shut it down and they all contract again. Over time your just asking for trouble. Not sure if that's really true but it seems safer just to leave it on all the time (or off all the time if it was my choice).
"Needless to say I don't share well when it comes to hardware I earn a living with."
amen brother, long time ago, the kids learned not to touch dad's laptop. The desktop machine on the side was available if permission was granted. One night I was imaging my laptop drives (the one's I make a living with). Teenagers came in, unplugged it and moved it out of the way to use the desktop.
There was a very angry teaching moment...
<italic>Stuck in a dysfunctional matrix from which I must escape...
"Where liberty dwells, there is my country." B. Franklin, 1783
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” BF, 1759