Determine and lower the cost of leaving your PC running

Posted on February 20, 2007. Filed under: Computer, Power |

The Coding Horror weblog details how to determine the cost of running your PC all day, then describes a few ways you can cut down on your power consumption and lower your bills.

To determine your power draw, the author suggests either buying a tool to measure your energy consumption or, if you don’t feel like shelling out the cash, you can make an educated guess. Then you can just plug your numbers into the equations to determine how much power you’re computer eats every year. Finally, the author suggests some methods for cutting down on your daily consumption, like setting your hard drives to sleep on inactivity. Whether you keep your computer running all day or not, these tips could help you cut down on your computer costs.

+ The cost of leaving your PC on [Coding Horror] [via lifehacker]

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26 tips for optimum computer functionality

Posted on February 4, 2007. Filed under: Computer, Windows |

Keep your computer running along at top speed with this list of essential functionality tips from Lifehack blogger Reg Adkins.

Now, granted – there’s going to be times when that machine is just out to get you. However, you can avoid many of the most common computer breakdowns with simple computer maintenance.

The list includes:

  • Schedule automated updates at system setup
  • Run a disk scan to check for hard drive issues every week
  • Delete/uninstall unneeded or unused programs every month

+ 26 Tips to Keep Your Computer Up and Functioning [via]

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