A fascinating perspective which quashes all my qualms about leaving my
stuff on 24/7. But now I'm concerned about my monitor, which I put in
power saving mode during the day and physically turn off at night. Maybe
this is a bad idea??? When it goes into power saving mode and then I
bring it out with a mouse move, I get this big, "boing!" sound. This
MUST be stressing the electronics, somehow, don't you think? Maybe it
would be better to just let a blank screen saver run 24/7 when I'm not
using the monitor. At least I'm not throwing electrons away. What do you
I'm especially concerned because I have a 21" CRT monitor of a quality
that hardly seems to being built anymore these days, what with the
fascination with flat panel LCD monitors, where the color shifts if you
move your head back and forth a couple inches. Bad for critical color
work! I dread the day my CRT monitor goes and I might not be able to
replace it with equal quality, at least for less then $2K.
Does anyone know the wisdom of using a plasma display for critical color
work? Of course the price is prohibitive now, but maybe not in five
years when my dearly beloved Cornerstone p1700 blows.
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> [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Don Doucette
> Sent: Sunday, March 30, 2003 7:16 AM
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> Subject: [filmscanners] Re: keeping the 16bit scans; now=HDlongevityOT
> Did you know you can make a light bulb last up to 5 times
> longer if you don't turn it off? Years ago I was put in
> charge of figuring out a way to keep bulbs in outdoor signs
> from dying so quickly as the company I was doing the work for
> was spending a fortune in bulbs and labor to replace them.
> The solution of course was to not turn off the signs but
> rather to dim them to the point where they were not visible
> during the day but yet still keep power to the bulbs reducing
> the shock of ON/OFF cycles.
> Most television sets these days never turn off any more, they
> just switch to standby, why? the manufacturer tells the
> consumer that the TV turns on quicker if it is not allowed to
> completely tun off but the real truth of the matter is that
> the shock of turning power on and off causes more damage to
> the electronics than leaving them powered thereby shortening
> the life span of the television .
> Hard-core audiophiles never turn off their audio electronics,
> why? they will tell you that the sound quality of a cold amp
> is harsh and thin when compared to the sound from amplifier
> that has been ON for 24 hours BUT the OTHER reason is that
> TUBES in high end amplifiers are ridiculously expensive look
> here http://store.yahoo.com/thetubestore/wesel30.html , a
> matched pair of Western Electric 300B tubes will set you back
> US$700, OUCH! If turning off an amplifier prolonged the life
> of this tube audiophiles would turn off their amps, believe me.
> SO the point of my discussion is that the power savings is a
> moot point when you consider the cost and environmental
> impact of manufacturing new products all the time, either you
> use a little more energy now keeping you computer turned on
> or when it fails prematurely from constant cycling
> (ON/OFF) you drive (gasoline) to the store(lights, heat,
> employee transportation, electricity to power the whole
> store) and buy a monitor which was manufactured (lights,
> heat, employee transportation, equipment in the manufacturing
> process such as assembly lines, reflow soldering stations,
> cardboard and Styrofoam for packaging (also manufactured))
> and shipped to the store (more fuel used), all of which, in
> the grand scheme of things, negates any savings realized from
> turning your computer off.
> Just my $.02 worth.
> Don Doucette
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