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If you shut a PC down properly, then it should do it's own house keeping.
My dear ol' mum had a 133MHz P1 PC running Windows 95 - she would use it for a few hours at a time, usually a couple a day, then shut it down. It has been been running since 1996, and not one single problem (well, she didn't f*** around with it) and it is still going well. She only got a new PC because the printer died and 99% printers now connect via the USB port...
I think most technicians and computer professionals will tell you that if your not planning to use your computer for 8 hours or so, go ahead and shut it down, that's if its a desktop type PC.
I have 3 computers that act as servers, they run 24/7/365 as well, they're my mail server and www servers, etc. My desktops I usually shutdown nowadays at night or not in use for several hours straight to save electricity and some moola since I already have 3 other computers always running.
Originally posted by OSourceDiplomat I am very conscious of the environment. Definately power-down. I would really feel bad if the computer was running for no purpose - like having the light on in a room without people.
Oh definitely.. and when I'm away from my desktop for a few hours but leave it on.. I always poweroff my monitor, those suck a lot of energy. Same with printers.
I like to get a good power management setup on my desktop boxes. Granted that's not always easy with some setups, but it's well worth it as having a P4 and 1G t-bird competing against the air conditioning seems pointless and gets expensive.
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Usually keep the server up 99 percent of the time. Turn the others off. Mainly up for quick access to email using my Zaurus. I was listening to the Linux Box Radio Show this month and they mention a place that during a remodel or something found a linux box that had been drywalled in a closet for 4 years and was still running strong.
Originally posted by Brian1 <snipped> Linux Box Radio Show this month and they mention a place that during a remodel or something found a linux box that had been drywalled in a closet for 4 years and was still running strong.