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My definition of Never.
Authored by: ryanjrp on Oct 04, '07 12:08:06PM
I voted never, however my definition of never, is of the five nines variety. I obviously have to reboot for regular maintenance, or power cycle the various devices to resolve an issue.

So 99.999% of the year I am connected. Some of the reasons for never turning the machines off are:

- the machine is running an internet server service (example: ftp, www, smtp, imap, etc..)
- the machine is volunteering processor time to wonderful research projects like http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org.

My thoughts are:
- it costs me around $10.00 in electricity per year to run each computer I leave on.
- I replaced an AMD Sempron 2800+ mini-tower with a 300W power supply, with an Intel Mac Mini Core Duo, to do my Windows bidding from VMware, reducing at least one of my sources of power drain.
- what help is powering off a satellite box and hard disk / dvd recorder if you can't record shows at a scheduled time, if the are hard off.
- My electric company can't claim poverty from under use, if I continue to use their product. ;) Most of the electricity in Manitoba, Canada, is generated by renewable resources using HydroElectrix generating systems.
- Our electric company exports electricity to the USA, though I still get charged a higher rate per kilowatt than the USA importers pay.

Regards.

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