OK, I realize that I'm probably in the minority here, but I am one of the few dinosaurs left who still uses a desktop computer.
I bought it six and a half years ago when I quit my job and was working both long hours on my web pages every day as well as doing some visual basic and MS Access programming work, because I wanted something that was both reliable and easy for me to maintain. And I have to say that it has lived up to both of those expectations.
I've had to replace about a half dozen parts over the years and upgrade the operating system and software, but in general it still serves me quite well.
But, for my birthday this year CatMan decided to bring me into the modern era and got me a nice shiny new tablet.
The tablet's been sort of a mixed bag. It suffered from a case of "infant mortality" and had to be sent back to the factory within a month or so to have its innards replaced, but since then it has functioned perfectly.
And while it's great for certain applications, find it really hard to imagine using it as an only computer. I know in many ways it has the same capabilities as a "real" computer, and I did buy a keyboard for it because typing on the touch screen was enough to drive me completely batty - but I'd be hard pressed to imagine trying to program on it or do any meaningful amount of writing without a full sized ergonomic keyboard (yes, I'm writing this from my desktop.)
I guess I sorta look at it more as a toy than a real computer.
But there was one thing about the tablet that I found to be absolutely wonderful. You could just put it into sleep mode instead of shutting it completely down and then when you want it you just touch one button and voila, it's on! No waiting for 15 minutes for the thing to boot or leaving it on all day so you don't have to deal with the boot process.
Then one night as I was shutting it down, I actually decided to read the list of options on the shut down menu. Yes, I'm ashamed to admit it, but I'd never done that before. And much to my surprise I noticed that "sleep" was one of the choices!
Silly me! I knew that there was the option of having the computer go into sleep mode if it was "inactive" for xyz period of time, but I'd had to disable that feature because I often use the computer for streaming movies and other videos, and it kept falling asleep in the middle of my movies! Not cool!
Anyhow, I'm very happy with my new discovery. Now, whenever I'm not using it, I just put it into sleep mode and it goes away! I'm pretty sure I'm saving a bunch of electricity, plus there's just something emotionally better about not having the thing on all the time.
Better for the planet, and better for me! Yay!
How 'bout you? Any happy discoveries lately?