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Poll: How Often Do You Turn Off the Power to Your Internet Connection?
Authored by: lar3ry on Oct 04, '07 09:54:16AM
Constant turning on and off raises havoc with ncandescent bulbs and other analog devices, so you have a point there.

However, unless you are powering down your computers with the hard disks spinning, hitting the "off" button does little to affect your hard disks' life because modern design allows them to spin down for Energy Saver reasons (that icon means a LOT for government purchases). In addition, most modern power supplies will absorb any momentary surge that the initial "power on" will put on, unlike the light bulbs previously mentioned.

I, myself, keep my machines powered on for a few reasons:

  • I schedule many maintenance scripts to happen between 2am and 6am, when I'm not likely to be online.
  • I never power down the internet connection, because every time I recycle the cable box, there is a chance that it will be renumbered. I have three domains that I host, not all of them automatically reassign to the new IP address.
  • Biggest reason: I have web pages being served 24/7 that are accessed from all around the world. (And yes, one of the web sites I host is that popular...)


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