Fang Talks

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20 04 12


Really important to anyone who owns a computer: reboot it every now and then!

But first, a public service announcement! Somewhere this weekend, probably tomorrow, I will be moving to another host for both my domain name and file hosting. This is likely to cause some downtime, I’m not sure for how long. If anything, I think you can still access my blog at even if my domain is down, but chances are it won’t be properly styled and thus look like shit, since I’m hosting the stylesheets and images for my blog on my own site.
I will stick to my usual posting schedule, but chances are Blogger picks up on ’em late, as it usually does with domain hassles.

A close friend of mine recently asked me to help her with a computer problem. It was some weird video-related thing. As a proper tech-savvy guy, I asked her the obvious first: “have you tried turning it off and on again?” It was more of a joking remark than anything else, but to my big surprise, it had been ages since she last rebooted her computer.
And there she was, wondering why things were going awry.

After a quick reboot the problem was fixed. Just like that, hitting a button and waiting for a few seconds, and it was solved. Easy as that.
She apparently was too lazy and couldn’t be bothered rebooting it every now and then. But a reboot isn’t really necessary, just turn off your computer when you go to bed, boot it up when you come out of bed, and it’ll be done booting by the time you’ve changed out of your pyjamas!

Without the occasional reboot, session-long files will just keep piling up on your computer, eventually slowing it down quite a bit. It may also clog up your RAM sometimes, which is something you really do not want to happen. A reboot should fix all that though, since it’s all files that last as long as your computing session.

Remember kids, if anyone has a problem with their computer, the first thing you ask is “have you tried turning it off and on again?”
~ Fang


  • 21/04/2012 (8:25 PM)

    That’s the first thing I do when my pc or internet isn’t working properly lol

  • G
    21/04/2012 (8:38 AM)

    great advice, operating systems these days are so stable and self correcting it takes all the fun out of technical support.

  • 21/04/2012 (12:43 AM)

    It’s amazing how much turning a computer off and on again can solve the problem.

  • 21/04/2012 (12:10 AM)

    First time I’ve actually heard of that actually fixing someone’s computer problem. Old people don’t count. :P

  • 20/04/2012 (10:59 PM)

    Or Moss’ version: Have you tried forcing an unexpected reboot?

    Infinitely more nerdy.

    ..God I love that show.
    “But Jen! Memory IS RAM! x’D”.

    And yeah, I always shut down my computer at night. 0:).

  • 20/04/2012 (10:54 PM)

    Wow was that me you meant? >_> But I really can’t be arsed to open up all my tabs again when I get up. Although of course I am aware that restarting solves most problems.

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