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brobson
Oct 12, 2004, 08:03 PM
I read in my manual that I should make my computer sleep only if I will be away for awhile.
Can anyone council me on whether I should shut it down each night like I do?
Brenda

Macmaniac
Oct 12, 2004, 08:17 PM
There should really be no problem with leaving the computer on all the time, many people here have not turned off their computers for months. It should not effect the computer at all.

Elan0204
Oct 12, 2004, 08:30 PM
The only time you should shut down your computer is if you will be away for 48 hours or more. Otherwise, putting your iMac to sleep when you are away is just fine.

It is not uncommon for people to go over a month without restarting OS X. The OS is just that good.

Blue Velvet
Oct 12, 2004, 08:31 PM
I put mine to sleep every night & when I leave for work in the mornings...

Once in a while, I run MacJanitor. It's free.

A nice little description of what is does is here:
http://personalpages.tds.net/~brian_hill/macjanitor.html

You can also download it from here:
http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/10491

(It's not a big file to download.)

The last time I shut my machine off completely was when I went away for 2 weeks on holiday...

Elan0204
Oct 12, 2004, 08:35 PM
Once in a while, I run MacJanitor. It's free.

This is a good recommendation. The UNIX underpinnings of OS X run certain jobs, called cron jobs, daily, weekly, and monthly. They are scheduled to run at 2AM, but if your computer is asleep or shutdown, they will never run. MacJanitor is an easy way to run the jobs yourself, at your convienance. If you don't leave your computer on (and not asleep) 24/7, then running the cron jobs yourself is an important part of keeping your Mac in good health.

brobson
Oct 12, 2004, 08:55 PM
Thanks all

Utadas very interesting Elan.



This is a good recommendation. The UNIX underpinnings of OS X run certain jobs, called cron jobs, daily, weekly, and monthly. They are scheduled to run at 2AM, but if your computer is asleep or shutdown, they will never run. MacJanitor is an easy way to run the jobs yourself, at your convienance. If you don't leave your computer on (and not asleep) 24/7, then running the cron jobs yourself is an important part of keeping your Mac in good health.