21 June, 2016

Stop Using 'Shut Down', utilize 'Sleep'/'Hibernation'

Don't Shut Down, Sleep Mode or Hibernate mode
Sleep Mode and Hibernate Mode are better

Opening a computer requires a lot of your time, the boot-up process and things. There're in the market these better options over that: first one is sleep and second, Hibernate.

Why would Sleep and Hibernate be the preferred option?

For someone who regularly uses the computer, shutdown is just not meant for them. You'd have to save all the work you were doing. After getting back, you'd be needing to watch the boot-up process and then after logging in you'd be needing to re-open your saved work, applications you were working on and other documents you were editing.

By utilizing Sleep/Hibernate, it means that you are preserving your work for the next time you open your computer or laptop which means: you won't be needing to save your work or close applications. It'll be in the same state as before 'sleep' or Hibernation. When you think you are finished with your computer or laptop, just close your laptop's lid which will put it to sleep mode and after a certain time, then into hibernate mode. Computer (Set options for sleep or hibernate mode in computer).

Decide to switch back to your computer, press the power button and in 1 or 2 seconds, you would be back where you left off, a few more seconds if you got it in hibernate mode. After which you'll start off exactly where you left off with your documents, programs and folders, all preserved. Oh, and yeah, no boot-up process would be there.

What Do Sleep and Hibernate, Do?

Sleep Mode

When you put your computer to Sleep mode, it takes up very-very low power to keep itself on. Enough, to power only the RAM, ram which stores your unsaved state of work: which(after you turn on your computer) shows up exactly  the way you left it before 'Sleep mode-ing it'.

Hibernate Mode

When you put your computer to Hibernate mode, though, it saves your 'unsaved state of work', and by it i mean manually, if you didn't understand it before, into your Hard Disk and shuts down fully. After you turn it on again, it will get back your data from the Hard Disk and into the RAM resuming where you left off, right where you were in the middle of your document's editing, applications, whatever. The time it'll take to resume is more but much less than the boot-up process's time, though it depends upon the your disk's speed. A solid state drive could make it quite fast.

How To Set Your Computer to Sleep or Hibernate Mode

Modern computers are default set to go to sleep mode after the default set time and automatically, after it  to hibernate mode. While laptops do such when their lids are fully down and gets turned on after the lid is fully up. Computer's, when you want to get it to sleep, settings, can be altered, just go to: Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options > and change the value according to yourself., there's another option to change, if you desire to, that'll get your computer to go to sleep mode instead of turning it off when you press the power button.

Whether you like sleep or hibernate mode, change it in the power menu. However, in windows, further 7, you need to re-enable hibernate mode. I'll write an article on in the future.

How to Set Sleep Mode or Hibernate Mode

Power Usage: Not a problem to worry about

The only problem with sleep mode is that it takes a bit of power, on computer its near to nothing and will just give your bill some cents only.

Sleep Mode on Laptop drains its battery, though very very slowly which after some hours switches to hibernate mode automatically, as is with laptops. So don't worry about it. It won't suck battery forever. And sleep mode basically means there ain't going to be a boot up process, just few seconds. Which would take much more battery anyway, times across the day.

If you're concerned about the power usage, there's always an option to hibernate which just shuts off the computer.

Bugs aren't an issue, too

To some peeps restarting the computer seems a priority for the computer's sake, it mustn't be. Yes, it is at times, but at times, like when installing an application which requires it or new hardware etc. But you don't need to boot it everyday. If you do require to boot it then there are 'problems' with your computer that need to fixed.

Older computers may have had some issues with sleep or hibernate mode because of hardware driver problems but thats old. New coming computers don't include them. Most of the modern computers are originally set to sleep and hibernate mode, infact. Don't think about it to too much unless the computer is too old and is having problems with sleep or hibernate mode.

Linux has by default some issues with hibernate mode thats why you won't see it in Linux. But supposing that your hardware supports your operating system, it won't create problems.

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