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It stays on, but...
Authored by: dille on Oct 07, '07 03:41:58AM

I leave the router (and wireless to wired bridge) switched on for convinience. The cable modem is not under my control, and since the whole building is using it at all kinds of hours, shutting it down would get me lynched. =] The internet comes in at one point, is distributed through wifi, and then goes through a wifi-to-ethernet bridge at each room/appartment in the building. Not the way I would've set it up, but it's not my decision to make.

I *do* switch off my (flat panel) monitor when not in use, tho, as well as the TV, DVD player, etc. The guy I share this appartment with has the habit of just leaving everything on, including his PC that no doubt uses a few gigawatts per minute just to keep the turbine-sized fans running -- I did set his (windoze) box up to go to sleep after two hours of non-use, tho. He also likes to crank up the heating to insane heights instead of just wearing a sweater. Thank god he'll be gone by the end of the month.

As for my computer: it's a Mac mini. I don't suspect it to be a power hog and I often have it download stuff when I'm asleap or off to work, so it stays on. If I'm gone for more than a day, I switch it off (hibernate, actually, thanks to the hint that was posted ages ago), as well as the external FW harddrive.
When I make a pot of coffee, I often switch off the (still heating) coffee maker and pour the coffee in a thermos flask. I don't have AC, nor do I want it or need it -- the climate in the Netherlands doesn't require it, it makes me feel crummy, and it's damn expensive. Even in winter, the heating doesn't go above 20°C (68°F) as far as I'm concerned. I also don't drive a car.

Finally, in the Netherlands, most energy providers give you the option of having "green current", which means that when you choose that, they get a ration of energy from environmentally safe(r) sources, like bio mass or wind. I may still use more energy than strictly needed, but at least my ration is somewhat "clean".

As for the "which power wart runs warm"-test: the external FW harddisk one does, the Mac mini brick stays mostly cool, as do the router/bridge ones.

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