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Originally the "Tech Support Pits" were reports of the funniest tech support incidents, but over the years the column gradually shifted to answering tech support questions put forward by the readers of the Dear Webby Humor Letter.

This collection of computer and web advice was started partly because readers demanded an archive, and partly because some questions were asked again and again. Each page has a different day's Tech Support Pits column.

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Tech Support Pits column from Dear Webby's Humor Letter of
09/20/04: Turning printers off or not

Tech Support Pits:
From Wilbur=== Dear Webby, Settle an argument for us please. Do you turn the power to printers off at night or not? Do you unplug them if you go away for a week or more? Thanks Wilbur Dear Wilbur With moderns printers it's better to leave them on. Power consumption in the automatic "sleep" mode is negligible, maybe a penny's worth over the life span of a printer. Turning the power to a printer off risks leaving the printhead improperly parked and the head drying out. That shortens the cartridge life drastically. Since the power supply, that ugly plug that takes one and a half spaces on the power bar, is usually remote these days, the printer is isolated from power surges and especially in sleep mode will not suffer from them. Have FUN! DearWebby
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