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Poll: Do you usually turn your computer off at the end of the day?
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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Yes Sep 19, 2017

Doesn't everyone?

PS: As I live in an area where there are often power surges and brownouts, I usually even switch off my PC when I nip out to the shops; but I went out just now to buy cat food and left it on. I felt quite daring and everything was still in perfect working order when I got back.

[Edited at 2017-09-19 17:48 GMT]


 

Nikki Scott-Despaigne  Identity Verified
Local time: 09:32
French to English
No Sep 19, 2017

I leave it on hoping it will overheat and burn the building down.

Silly question = silly answer.


 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
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Yes Sep 19, 2017

neilmac wrote:

Doesn't everyone?


 

Axelle H.  Identity Verified
Member (2017)
English to French
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No .. Sep 19, 2017

But I must ..

 

Peter Simon  Identity Verified
Netherlands
Local time: 09:32
Member (2013)
English to Hungarian
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Not always, Sep 19, 2017

why should I? It doesn't overheat if I let is sleep, does it? If an important project is running on my parallels/Trados, it's a bit faster to get back to it, right? Otherwise, it's a non-issue.

 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Other: Sleep mode Sep 19, 2017

I have to go through a lot of hoops to reboot my computer, so I put it in sleep mode.

 

Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Swedish to English
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But... Sep 19, 2017

Nikki Scott-Despaigne wrote:

I leave it on hoping it will overheat and burn the building down.

Silly question = silly answer.


What you're overlooking is that when you have a superterabytic triple-screen nanowotsit backup hyperdrive thingy, it takes more energy to boot it up in the morning than it would use overnight.

It might also be problematic for the 24-hour-a-day brigade.


 

Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
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Member (2012)
English to Danish
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Yes Sep 19, 2017

Of course.

- And even if I have to leave the office during the day for more than half an hour.


 

Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Spain
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Member
English to French
Yes Sep 19, 2017

But I must admit that I also put my beloved no-name desktop computer in hibernation mode when I have to carry on working on the same job with many windows open the next morning. It is relatively harmless on the planet, and I turn off stand-by screens and other IT paraphernalia.
Otherwise I have to restart Windows and every app and reopen every file in the morning, and I waste a lot of minutes in the process, losing my focus and having to get another carcigenous coffee to withstand growing stress.
I can't be bothered with dedicated programs or the Startup folder that precisely do that for you while you relax and brush your teeth.

Philippe


 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 09:32
Member (2006)
German to English
No Sep 19, 2017

and to compenate it, I have LED bulds everywhere. And I ride my bike a lot.

 

Michael Wetzel  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 09:32
German to English
Update problems? Sep 19, 2017

I don't know if it's personal superstition and ignorance or a valid point, but I started making an effort to turn off my computer every night (or to officially restart it in the morning when I'd forgotten), because I though that always leaving it on causes problems with automatic updates and other computer stuff.

If that is the case, it also quickly leads to a vicious cycle in which very rarely turning your computer off leads to its becoming ever slower and taking more and more time to start (and even to turn off), leading you to turn it off even less ...

Is there anything to that?


 

Rebecca Hendry  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 08:32
Member (2005)
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Yes - for psychological and environmental reasons Sep 19, 2017

I always turn off my computer at the end of the day. Often I'll shut it down at lunchtime or if I pop out/away from my desk, too.

There's no need to leave it on, using up electricity all night. Plus there is something satisfying about shutting it all down and walking away. I can always check and reply to any emails on my phone if necessary.

However, my computer is pretty speedy so starting it up in the morning really is no trouble at all. This wasn't the case a few years ago, when I could easily walk away and make a cup of tea in the time it took my old PC to boot up.


 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 17:32
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Other Sep 19, 2017

Sleep mode

If I'm multitasking and my on-screen setup is fiddly and complicated.
However, only one night at the longest as the lads at my regular computer shop advise me not to. I had to send in one of my PCs for repair recently most likely because I left it in sleep mode for four days on the trot. icon_frown.gif

[Edited at 2017-09-19 12:27 GMT]


 

Alberto Montpellier  Identity Verified
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Only between projects Sep 19, 2017

If I have a project that takes several days, I never turn it off until it's finished and delivered. Saves me a lot of time and effort, because every time I sit a the computer, it's all there: my reference documentation, dictionaries, etc. that I opened specifically for that project. My PC never overheats.

 
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