Sleep or Shut Off my iBook?
April 20, 2005 11:20 AM Subscribe
Shoud I put my iBook to sleep, or shut it down, when I'm done with it?
posted by WCityMike to computers & internet (18 answers total)
I've heard varying accounts, as well as differing personal experiences.
Basically, I'd appreciate both anecdotal and hard data, if either exists.
Security is not a concern -- the laptop's battery lock had the surrounding circle snap off, meaning the battery is more prone to falling out. Thus, the laptop usually doesn't leave my apartment. (And, besides, there's a password-protection feature in the OS somewhere, right? Password on waking from sleep? I've got Mac OS 10.3.9.)
I get the sense, when I put it to sleep, that it will still generate heat, whereas shutting it off would not. I don't know if this is utter B.S. or not.
Also, I also don't know if some process will decide to make it wake up or not, which could be a slight annoyance if the light from the LCD screen decides to broadcast itself across the apartment at 3:00 pm.
On the other hand, I imagine shutting it off and then turning it back on is probably a strain on various components. And I keep hearing about Mac owners and Linux users who are so proud of their "uptime," so keeping it on can't be all that bad.
My Google-fu on this particular problem is a bit weak, so any links to other people's examinations of the problem would be appreciated, as well as any thoughtful analyses.
(I do have a cat, but he has been pretty good about staying away from the computer, so I don't think that would factor into the problem.)