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Monday, March 28th, 2005, 9:53 am

Why Reboot?


There came a time when I stopped shutting down machines, let alone restarting them. The waiting is unnecessary and re-opening of programs is avoidable. Today’s computer architecture is sophisticated enough to deprive monitors from power and stop the rotation of hard-drives after a specified time-out. What’s more, modern programming languages, standards and fast-growing operating systems make memory leaks rare, while in fact, perhaps needless to mention, memory becomes cheaper.

My personal experience has shown that Windows XP is stable, but it slows down considerably after hours of work. Similarly, the Registry gets bloated after months of regular use. Linux (and branches like Mac OS X) suffers from none of these issues. I typically reboot after 50-100 hours of persistent work. Windows CE suffers from similar problems and needs to be reset quite often (provided it has not already crashed). My Palm gets reboot every 3 weeks or so.

The bottom line: if you tolerate system crashes or reboot too often, consider alternative platforms.

2 Responses to “Why Reboot?”

  1. Brent O'Connor Says:

    I haven’t had those kinds of problems with Windows XP. I hardly ever reboot.

  2. Roy Schestowitz Says:

    You must be taking good care of your operating system. Also, I imagine you have plenty of RAM to spare.

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