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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
I worked briefly for a company that does on-line surveys and, I found out after a while, "legal" spyware to track supplicants on-line activity. They agreed to have this keyboard tracker installed and then got entered for raffles to win TVs and Cars, etc. We gave away a car every week so for some of them it was probably worth it!
My part was to finish off work on a bio-metric recognition system that analysed the speed and time of keystrokes to recognise one user from another (on the same machine, so different family members essentially). My boss, who wrote the initial code was proud that it provided up to 98% accuracy at telling who was whom. My task was to write code to identify who was whom and assign names to their keystroke signatures. This proved fairly tricky but I came up with a fuzzy logic algorithm and then, using a form of time travel (looking at the logs), assigned the ids to past interactions and activities.
However, I calculated that my boss's confident 98% was more like 28% and one of our clients demanded a minimum of 30%. I brought this up in a "report to the big bosses" status meeting and the world exploded. My boss demanded I be suspended while another team checked my results for the error I had "clearly" made while using his perfect code.
The big bosses just had me re-assigned temporarily to another project that needed my help and brought in that other team to find the error. They found the error, as I had. It was firmly in my boss's code, he'd overlooked some obvious scenarios and had filtered his tests to agree with his predictions. He got moved to "Special Projects" and I was asked to fix and continue his work. I quit. The best decision...
- I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.