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Shutdown my Laptop? Why should I?

I have a year old Toshiba Intel Mobil P4 laptop using Sid. I recently downloaded two large files via BitTorrent. As I wanted to have them as quickly as I could, I decided to leave my laptop on until they were fully downloaded, rebooting only for upgrades. I noticed no real difference in performance (maybe Azureus was hogging a bit more memory after a few days).

The question is this: Why should I ever turn off my laptop on a normal occasion (normal being every-day, standard, stationary usage)? If I don't want it on, I can suspend it in some way: Waking-up is faster than booting-up.

I'm keen to hear your opinions, O members.


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