I don't give a rat's backside about cable management
No need to be super picky about it, but cables affect airflow, which affects component temperatures. Even tho everything works, higher temps will usually shorten lifespans.
drivers … only update if you having problems as new drivers can cause problems you didn't have before … 5 years out of date doesn't help either
Yes, exactly. I update once or twice a year, directly after my monthly system disk image and Windows update—so I can be back in biz in ~30 minutes if anything goes wrong.
In order of preference, get your drivers from:
- Chip maker—eg AMD, Nvidia
- Card maker—eg MSI, Gigabyte
- Windows Update.
Nothing wrong with 2 & 3, only that their versions may be a bit behind—you may as well get the latest.
So many people never turn their machines off
I used to never turn off—apart from when system needed to—for ~first 20 years I had a PC, due to the lifespan wear on parts caused by the shock of electricity suddenly coursing into them. For ~last decade I turn off every night, since components are much more robust these days than in the GODs.
says, an UPS is no good if you're not around to deal with it. I'm currently without one since last one failed, new one is expensive, and we have brilliant electricity here—hugely reliable. But I keep my external backup unplugged all the time apart from monthly backup, so it won't get fried if there's a power surge or cut.
My bios takes 17 seconds to hand control to windows and then it shows lock screen
What's a lock screen again?
I boot up when I get up, en route to kitchen. When I get to desk, all is waiting, incl the various apps I want to start with boot.
Same here. Even tho I could force it, I don't want to since my PC doesn't meet the ideal specs. Win11's advantage is the same as Win8's—better security—and I skipped 8 completely since I'm careful with security, and want to avoid leaving an OS which works very well for me, like Win7 did back then.
I don't do any manual cleaning, since it doesn't get dirty—I built my desk wide enough for PC to sit at side of my 2 large TVs-as-monitors, far away from any floor dust… and we don't have hair-shedding pets or other air-polluting organisms. Whenever I need to change a part I take a peek and do a little clean, just cos
Cleaning keyboards is a real pain
Oh poppycock and pifflesticks—get slimy or stick it in the dishwasher!
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