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    My little studio is at a corner of my study room which sometimes becomes my guest room when we have visitors. I often have all the equipments in the rack on overnight so that corner of the room looks 'threatening' to our guests.

    So I wonder if its okay to keep on switching them on and off everyday ? Anyway I'm not even sure if is it okay to keep them on all the time in the first place. I'm just doing it because I'm too lazy to switch them off.

    What are your practice ? and why ?

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    I wouldn't worry about leaving them all the time. But I would recommend.. having good ventilation for the rack units, and having some good surge protection. Even one of those cheap APC per7 surge arrest bars are better than nothing.



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    Oh yeah.. I turn all my stuff off, unplug it from the wall, and even unplug the telephone from my computer. But I'm pretty paranoid to begin with...


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    Emeric: I guess a cable connect would <really> freak you out as the connect is both fast & live 24/7 unless you pull the plug on it. But seriously:
    If someone were to have the capability and the inclination to upload sections of your hard drive without your permission while you were away from your computer, how would you know that wasn't taking place only when you were <at> your computer. Making the efforts you describe somewhat delusional.
    If you're talking about the chance of a lightning strike propagating a current through a phone line that could damage your computer before the line melted in the wall
    I think that's a fantasy as well. That's how those glass Buss fuses on amplifiers work. But the power cord might give your computer's PS an unwelcome jolt if your power grid got boosted by lightning. I use a UPS.

    But from the data point of view & the speeds involved, your surfing would remain indistinguishable from ordinary performance
    while a clandestine stream of data left your computer. But I'll admit to not only the same paranoia but the same irrational response. I turn my computer off when I leave my studio.

    Hongteck: How are all those glowing lights threatening? Who's afraid of a Christmas Tree? It's kind of like a nite-light. The only time my guests were frightened was when I left my synth music CDs looping on the 5-disc changer overnight....

    [This message has been edited by drstawl (edited 12-08-1999).]

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    To answer the original question, if you're not using the rack for more than 1/2 hour, I'd shut down and let the guests sleep in peace. Continuous on as noted above shouldn't hurt anything either, but heat and surges/brownouts can be harmful.

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    I have a friend who leaves some of his equipment on all the time. He has high end analog gear, so keeping it on all the time guarantees him a consistent sound.

    My stuff is lower end stuff, so I turn it off if am done with it for the day. I don't thinking keeping my gear on would improve it's quality of sound.

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    ummm drstawl...wha wha what??...i dont mean to be rude but what are ya talking about..should we turn our gear off or not?? lol
    spin

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    Spin: I wrote that reply based on one reason you might have for unplugging all your equipment (hacker intrusion; that phone line disconnect threw me) and then realized Emeric might be talking about the other reason (voltage spikes) so I covered my opinion on that, too. To sum up:
    Use a good surge protector (a UPS covers both high and low spike situations) and leave your equipment on all the time. Your HD will be the component that benefits the most from this. Maintaining an elevated temperature prevents moisture from condensing onto your equipment. I live in the desert, so that's not as important for me as for those that live in the jungle.

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    Spin: I wrote that reply based on one reason you might have for unplugging all your equipment (hacker intrusion; that phone line disconnect threw me) and then realized Emeric might be talking about the other reason (voltage spikes) so I covered my opinion on that, too. To sum up:
    Use a good surge protector (a UPS covers both high and low spike situations) and leave your equipment on all the time. Your HD will be the component that benefits the most from this. Maintaining an elevated temperature prevents moisture from condensing onto your equipment. I live in the desert, so that's not as important for me as for those that live in the jungle.

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    right on..dude...on my gear stays...thanks....what desert by the way?

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