Linked by Howard Fosdick on Tue 2nd Aug 2011 22:18 UTC
Editorial Your computer is an important energy consumer in your home. Can you save energy when using it? This article offers a few tips.
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RE[2]: Saving electricity?
by renox on Wed 3rd Aug 2011 08:15 UTC in reply to "RE: Saving electricity?"
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It's not much of a trade-off in practice

I disagree: my 10 year old desktop PC is still going quite well (except for blue screen from time to time, don't know if this is a HW or SW issue) whereas I know someone who had a laptop which failed just after the end of the warranty.

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RE[3]: Saving electricity?
by zima on Wed 3rd Aug 2011 08:26 in reply to "RE[2]: Saving electricity?"
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So? "I have" / "I know someone" is not only a poor input vs. overall trends (how people don't seem to hold on to working machines often enough), you also essentially reaffirm my very own assertion that, yes, it's not something you can plan around much (please, please, drop the confirmation bias of "they don't build them like they used to" - we just remember positive specimens better, the few still working doubly so), so at worst, you just use it until it fails.

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RE[4]: Saving electricity?
by spiderman on Wed 3rd Aug 2011 09:03 in reply to "RE[3]: Saving electricity?"
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No, he's right. 1 out of 15 laptop fails in the first year, 1 out of 5 laptop fails before its 2nd birthday and 1 out of 3 laptop fails in 3 years. And if you have a HP laptop, you have 1 chance out of 4 it will fail in 2 years. It's not a myth. Laptops have a very poor life expectancy. I can confirm this with my experience as well.

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