Disc analyser news update
ray at arachelian.com
Tue Mar 23 10:17:36 CDT 2010
Andrew Burton wrote:
> Some good points, but:
> - No LAN here
Even less of a non-issue. :) I was illustrating the point that even
though I tell my Mac to go to sleep, most of the time, my ssh
connections don't disconnect, and even when they do, there are easy
solutions to reconnect without my having to manually tell them to.
> - Never use sleep/standby, as when I'm finished with my laptop I usually
> end up playing videogames, with the games console being powered from the
> socket that the laptop plug was occupying.
It still doesn't prevent you from telling your machine to hibernate or
> - I let the display go to screen saver, but never use sleep. See previous
Why? It's much more environmentally friendly to tell the machine to go
to sleep than it is to run its screen saver. I can understand if you're
letting it run something in the background that's time consuming - say
rendering video, or downloading, or backing itself up to an external
drive, but otherwise, if it's not in use, an idle machine running just a
screen saver is a waste of electricity, and you're better off telling it
to sleep or hibernate.
> On the few occasions it goes to sleep mode (usually just as the internal
> battery becomes critically low), mine also takes 2 seconds to wake up (plus
> a few extra to log back in).
Why not just do that all the time? Explicitly tell the machine to
hibernate or sleep instead of shutting it down? That way, when you come
back, everything is as you've left it and you don't need to relaunch
Sleep uses very little battery, most machines can sleep for several days
on a good battery before having to hibernate. I can understand if
you're low on disk space, you might not want it to hibernate, but that's
easily solved too, make room by archiving unused files elsewhere.
This isn't an new concept. Both the Lisa and the Canon Cat have had it
back in the early 80's. The Newton had it in the early 90's. I'm sure
there were others that may have had this feature earlier.
(The Lisa didn't actually hibernate or sleep, it just remembered the
state of what documents were opened at shutdown, and simply reopened
them at startup. The Cat saved its state to a floppy the same way as
modern day hibernation.)
Most PC's and modern Macs have had these features since 2000 or so. It
saves you a lot of time not having to reopen everything and everything
is just where you've left it.
> Who says I waste time whilst booting up or shutting down? I'm usually
> watching TV when I switch it on, and usually going to bed when I shut it
> down - I trundle downstairs for a drink and by the time I return it has shut
> down :)
How about the time it takes you to bring up all the apps you had
running, remember which documents you've had opened, and reopen them, etc?
How about the electricity you waste as the machine starts up from
scratch and then sits around and waits for you to come over and relaunch
everything back to where it was before you powered off?
>> Again, if running an OS that has a registry is problematic, that problem
>> has a very easy solution. :)
> Remove the registry?!! :)
There are operating systems without such abominations. :-)
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