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Tech Support Pits column from Dear Webby's Humor Letter of
10/03/04: power options
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I have a question for you regarding the power options on a
computer. We just bought a new house (first one) and will
now be paying for our own hydro. I was wondering if you
could give me some information regarding the power options.
I am running a Windows XP Home edition on my computer.
Right now I leave the machine on all day with no worries
(I do put on a screen saver but that is all). I turn the
computer off at night and back on in the morning. Does
this take up more power by doing this? Should it be left
on all the time with the power options used?
I really enjoy getting your letter everyday. It really
brightens the spirits.
Thanks for the help, again.
To save power, shut the computer down, then once it is
completely down, turn off the power-bar into which the
computer, monitor, speakers, etc. are plugged in. They
do use power even when "shut down".
The same goes for the TV or anything with an LED on it.
TV + cable box + VCR together use as much as a 100
Watt bulb while on standby. Put them onto a power bar or
a kick-switch too. The cheapest kick-switches are the
greenies. Dark green extension cords for Christmas
lighting with a step-on switch near one end and a triple
plug-in cube on the other end are usually $4.95,
$9.95 near Christmas and $2.95 in January.
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