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I believe that a computer that is turned off is less likely to have data corruption/loss during mid-night thunderstorm -- mine are always powered off when work is done. The USA Midwest can have impressive night time thunderstorms.
My laptop is used strictly on trips as a portable substitute for my desktop, so it gets powered up and down each time I use it.
However, my company makes products that are based on Windows CE (6.0, in our case), and that OS has counters involved in timing that overflow about every 49 days, so our User Manual recommends power cycling the unit at least once a month. If the software is written correctly, that overflow can be handled, but I learned years ago to assume that software is never written correctly.
I seldom power off any of my computers, but I do a reboot usually about every week-ten days (more on Windows machines, less on Linux). I will power off/unplug during a severe electrical storm if I am around because, while I am protected by surge protection and a UPS, a close-in lightning strike can overload a surge protector or UPS. (I live on top of a ridge, surround by trees, two of which have been struck in the last 20 years.)
I am against powering off machines. Studies have shown that many chip failures occur due to the thermal stress induced by the warm-up/cool down cycle. This, of course, is dependent on the chip construction.
Though I hear before breakfast that squirrels' nuts are a fancied entree.
after many otherwise intelligent sounding suggestions that achieved nothing the nice folks at Technet said the only solution was to low level format my hard disk then reinstall my signature. Sadly, this still didn't fix the issue!
I'm writing some stuff in Word and Word thinks it's necessary to improve my writing.
Mostly, that's true, but it has one suggestion that I followed until I found out it's not right.
Every time I write "have to" or some form of it, Word says "use 'must' for concise language."
Now, as I understand it, that's perfectly fine in American English, but not so much in British English where "have to" indicates an external incentive while "must" comes from an internal incentive.
For example, "I have to use the Azure cloud at work" (dictated by your boss) and "I must work out more often" (something you wish to do because it's healthy).
Of course, if your doctor or wife tells you to work out more often "or else" it becomes "I have to work out more often."
Anyway, I must now change "must" to "have to" or my readers will make fun of me for not understanding the English language
The issue is pretty much un-Googleable, but does anyone know how I can turn off this very specific "have to" to "must" rule?
First thing I do is turn off the suggestion "feature". English is my primary and native language so I grew up learning how to speak and write it properly - I don't need some American software who thinks it knows better (it doesn't) telling me how to write.
My second language is American. Since I came to live in the US I thought I should learn the local language. It is surprisingly different.
- I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.