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Old 04-17-2009, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Old 04-17-2009, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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We're already about 3/4ths of the way there with "Hibernate," aren't we? Until a crash a few days ago, I hadn't rebooted my laptop in weeks. It's also basically a non-issue with my dekstop, which hasn't been shut off in months.
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Old 04-19-2009, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Westwood, MA
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I think instant on is a lot better than hibernation, which for me at least is far from instant. The advantage of having a truly instant on memory is that you can shut down whenever you aren't using the computer to save power.

It will be a few years at least until we see a product if at all. They haven't even made a transistor yet, much less see how the process scales industrially.
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Old 04-19-2009, 10:23 PM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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I think instant on is a lot better than hibernation, which for me at least is far from instant. The advantage of having a truly instant on memory is that you can shut down whenever you aren't using the computer to save power.
But how much electricity does a sleeping computer use anyways? It can't be that much more than say, leaving your cable box plugged in when not in use.

I left my desktop on for close to four years. Never had a problem and never had an outrageous electrical bill.
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Old 04-19-2009, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I think "saving power" is more relevant when you're running on battery.
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Old 04-20-2009, 10:46 AM
 
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I just want the PC engineers to at least program a "stop"/turn off button. Who is the genious that designed a system to turn off the computer by clicking "start" first?
How do you turn off a PC...well you click on "start" and then..., makes sense. Human engineering at it's worst.
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Old 04-20-2009, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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I think "saving power" is more relevant when you're running on battery.
I put the laptop to sleep, too, and only power off if I know that I will not be using it for an extended period of time, like more than a day.
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