Posted by eileen on January 5, 2009
Nearly every time I teach Computer Basics, I am asked whether it is better to leave your computer on all the time or turn it off. I give the asker my opinion, which is, there is no reason to leave it on all the time. It’s just wasting energy. However, I decided to do some quick online research to see what other people have to say.
Many of the articles, blog entries, etc. that I found quote Forrester’s recent report, “How Much Money Are Your Idle PCs Wasting?” This report seems to be in the same camp as me. Why waste the energy (and money) keeping a computer running all the time? Here are a couple blog entries I found interesting and informative:
Ted Samson’s Five PC Power Myths Debunked
Iain Thomson’s IT Admins Need to Power Down PCs
Apparently many people have this same on or off? question. Just try Googling the phrase: leave computer on or off. I got over 700,000 results and 78,300 were posted in the last 24 hours. Crazy, huh?
Posted by eileen on September 19, 2008
This blog focuses on finding information, but what about sharing information with others? The Web now has loads of free sites (as you probably know) where you can share things with others: photo-sharing (Flickr, Webshots, Photobucket, Snapfish), blogging (WordPress, Blogger, LiveJournal, Windows Live Spaces), social networking (MySpace, Facebook, Friendster, LinkedIn), and much much more!
The idea of all of this might seem a little intimidating, but it’s easier than you think. A great way to start (that hardly requires any computer skills) is Tumblr. Tumblr is a way of sharing/posting photos, links to favorite websites, music, videos, quotes, or anything else! And you can do this with just a couple mouse clicks. There is no coding or Web design experience needed. I created my own Tumblr page the other day and had a lot of fun! All you need to start is an email address.
Check out the Tumblr page (or Tumblelog, as they call it) I made and then get started on your own! Would you like more information about any of this stuff? Leave a comment, by clicking on Comment now (above) and I’ll get back to you!