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How often do you boot your Windows?

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    four times a day or more...
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    three times
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    two time
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    once a day
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    once every two days
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    every three days
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    every four days
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    once a week or less...
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    Never

How often do you start your Windows?

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Post 3+ Months Ago

How often do you boot usually? I'm talking about your typical reboot behaviour. Let aside those days of software or driver installing. Which force you to reboot.

If you turn on your pc every day and usually you don't restart it, you should vote "once a day"
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Post 3+ Months Ago

The last choice should say 'once a week or LESS' not more.
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The only time I reboot is when I am forced to by either software installs or updates. Other than that my PC's run 24/7.
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Probably once a day :).
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grinch2171 wrote:
The only time I reboot is when I am forced to by either software installs or updates. Other than that my PC's run 24/7.


Ditto
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grinch2171 wrote:
The only time I reboot is when I am forced to by either software installs or updates. Other than that my PC's run 24/7.

Same.
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I leave all of my PCs running 24/7 too. On my XP box, Firefox seems to slow the machine when I have a lot of tabs opened. That forces me to reboot.

I have a Lenovo laptop that runs FreeBSD 7.0
I rebooted it 4 times in the last year.
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Don2007 wrote:
I leave all of my PCs running 24/7 too. On my XP box, Firefox seems to slow the machine when I have a lot of tabs opened. That forces me to reboot.


I have that happen on a regular basis. Seems to all of a sudden want to hog the CPU. Closing FF, waiting one minute for the CPU to return to normal and re-opening has always sufficed. never actually had to reboot because of FF.
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How many tabs do you have opened when that happens? I have about 15.
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I used to keep my PC running 24x7 but I don't do it any more for environmental reasons. I just keep the servers running.
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Are servers more environmentally safe than workstations?
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No, but they typically perform functions such as email and Websites and need to be running. At least that's the way it would be here for me. Interesting idea though. Might do a little research into seeing how much it would reduce our carbon footprint at work to shut down all workstations each night and weekends. That is an objective of the company.
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The main reason I keep workstation on over night is that is when I push out updates. Plus I have several workstations that are manned 24/7 due to the nature of my business. Security of the Capitol Complex is paramount.
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grinch2171 wrote:
The only time I reboot is when I am forced to by either software installs or updates. Other than that my PC's run 24/7.


Same.

Usually the longer firefox is open, the larger it's memory usage. There was some program I heard of that reduces it, but it's not worth it. If it ever screws up and takes 50% CPU or the memory gets too high, I just end process and reopen it again. Saves everything in session so...
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I don't remember the last time I rebooted ;)
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Don2007 wrote:
Are servers more environmentally safe than workstations?

No. But, as ATNO/TW told you, you can shutdown your workstations and you can't shutdown your servers.
I thing the key is shutting down workstations that don't really need be working overnight.
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I knew that there was no difference between the two. I asked the question because it sounded strange that someone would shutdown for that reason in the first place. I don't think that leaving a PC running does anything to the environment at all.
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I don't think that leaving a PC running does anything to the environment at all.

Well, there is something called reality. And if you leave your PC on overnight for nothing you will be wasting 40W per hour. Which means 8hs x 40W equal to 320W per night. If half the PC owners in USA think as wrong as you think, that would be like 125 million PCs wasting 320 Watt per night. Now, I'm not an electrical engineer but that sounds a lot to me.
You are free to believe whatever you want to believe, anyway. :wink:

[http://windows.uwaterloo.ca/Hardware/PC_Power_Consumption.htm]
[http://www.c-i-a.com/pr0203.htm]
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You may also like reading:

http://www.localcooling.com/info/facts/
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/tech/ ... 371602.php
http://green.asus.com/english/
http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=333
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http://green.yahoo.com/18seconds
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The cost of electrical energy varies from place to place but here in NY, I was told by a specialist in energy conservation, that if I left my PC on for an entire year, it would only cost me $167.00. My father spends over $500.00 per year on the NY Times, talk about a waste of money!

So, how is that for reality?
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In average I reboot theree times a day, sometimes due to my computer wish and BSOD.
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Don2007 wrote:
My father spends over $500.00 per year on the NY Times, talk about a waste of money!

So, how is that for reality?

You didn't read my post, did you?
Was I talking about money? I though I was talking about the environment. I don't care about your economy, I care about the planet we both live in.
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Calm down a tad Leo. I'm all for "green" as well, but no need to turn this thread hostile. We can debate but let's be nice about it.
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The point was that if so much electricity were being wasted, it would show in the cost.
If it only costs 167.00 dollars to run a PC for an entire year, that's not a lot of waste.

Cutting trees to make the newspaper does more damage to the environment and it costs more. I was making a comparison.
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Personally, my thought on newspapers is that they are a dinosaur that should be extinct. Agreed that it's a serious waste of trees, money etc to continue to print an antiquated medium, when all the information contained, therein is available electronically.

However, to the point of leo, re: electric consumption, it is important I think for heavy users of electric, IE corporations, to be aware of the environmental impact. Our parent corporation is, and by default we are as well and measure our carbon footprint by a variety of emission sources including electric with the objective of reducing our carbon footprint in an effort to be environmentally aware and good stewards of the earth. We even post the details publicly on our website with the year 2000 as our base measurement. You can view it here if you'd like.
http://www.alaron-nuclear.com/loadCarbon.html

That's why earlier I commented it could be worth looking into shutting down our workstations during unneeded times.
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Wait a minute. The OP had nothing to do with corporations and neither did Leo's posts.
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Don2007 wrote:
Wait a minute. The OP had nothing to do with corporations and neither did Leo's posts.


yes and no. Inherently I agree that wasn't the intent, however, who are the bulk of the PC users in the US but corporate users that go home every night after work. So do they turn off their PC when they leave? Do they just log off? Do they go to standby? Do they Hibernate? What makes a typical home user different from a corporate user? When they go to sleep what do they do? And why shouldn't a home user be just as interested in the effect they can have on environment?

Take my argument with a grain of salt. I'm a user that typical leaves every computer he touches turned on and never reboots until absolutely necessary. But I'm open to considering "green" possibilities as leo is suggesting.
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A PC doesn't know where it is or who is using it but we can add corporate users to the mix, if you want. When I maintained a network for a mortgage company, I had the users shut the monitor and leave the CPU running. I do the same thing. The monitor uses far more energy then the CPU. People shut their TVs, they rarely shut the cable box No matter who does what, a PC uses very little energy.

I do electrical work sometimes as well. Air conditioners, refrigerators and electric heating, take more than anything.

PCs running 24/7 would be the last thing to kill the planet.
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i turn mine on in the morning and off at night :)

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