Jeff Sexton

Friday, December 12, 2008

PC Power Saving

Image representing Windows as depicted in Crun...Image via CrunchBase, source unknownhttp://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08%2F12%2F12%2F1347200

"...most organizations remain behind the times on PC power management, in large part due to common misperceptions about PC power, writes InfoWorld's Ted Samson, who outlines five PC power myths debunked in a recent report from Forrester, ranging from the energy savings of screen savers, to the energy draw of powering up, to the difficulties of issuing patches to systems in lower-power states."

This week I finally gave up and disabled the power saving modes on my Windows computer at work. Why? Because Windows simply can't do it. I was just plain tired of having to hold down the power button for a hard shut down twice a week or so when Windows could not manage to come back from a power saving mode. And then, who knows what would be lost or corrupted, and I'd have to not only reboot, but restart everything I'm using (a 20-30 minute process).

At home I have all Linux-based machines that have used power saving modes just fine for many years. And a second computer at work running a Linux that also does this just fine, thanks. These machines I don't even think about.

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