I’ve wondered about this for a long time, but certain stories / events / readings have got me going again.
The Register reports that faulty software in Tablet PC’s means they should be rebooted daily. As a Windows user, and also as a bloke with some common sense, I don’t see a problem with that. And yet what is to be seen across the blogosphere ? Much snorting, derision, open slagging of Microsoft. For WHAT ? Why are you idiots making this racket over nothing at all ?
If I said to you that I leave my car running all the time because not only am I stinking rich but I need it ready and fast, you’d tell me I was a dickhead.
If I said I left all my electronic equipment on at all times regardless and stuff the environment because I need it all ready fast, you’d tell me I was a dickhead.
If I said that I kept my shoes on at all times and never put anything away because I might need it all fast, you’d tell me I was a dickhead.
But you are boasting about leaving machines on 24/7 – you aren’t a dickhead then ?
And I don’t mean just plugged in – you are leaving them ON.
You are not running graphics intensive programs. You are not distributing material over torrents (are you ?). You are not actually doing anything – except maybe having your IM and #IRC open constantly just so you don’t miss anything vital (!!) and also trying to give the impression that you are, in some peculiar way, cool.
It has sod all to do with stress on your machine in the shut-down / start-up process – that argument is crap.
I could leave my XP machine on for days – but what’s the bloody point ???
Other stupidity spotted: A blogger with the word “geek” in his name posted that he had bought a new laptop, cooked his own Gentoo whatever, and put all that on the HD instead of XP. He wanted to make the point that Microsoft wouldn’t be getting HIS business. Stupid twat….. hadn’t he figured he’d just paid for the Redmond OS ?