Originally Posted by mmzmaster
Why 24/7? Are you running your notebook as a game, web, hosting, etc.. server?
I worked in the industry for a long time and have just become accustomed to thinking of the computer as an appliance that should be instantly accessible at any time.
I can hear my email and chat notifications from around the house, I can jump up and Google something in an instant, and more recently, and probably most pertinent to this practice, all my phone communications, incoming and outgoing, are done through it. In short, the way I use it, the way it's truely integrated into my lifestyle, requires that it be on all the time.
On top of that, there is absolutely nothing wrong with leaving it on all the time. (the minimal electricity usage aside) For the 10 years I worked in the industry, I, and pretty much everyone else there, never turned off their computers on a regular basis. We'd turn off the monitors, but never the system itself. Computer labs FILLED with computers that run for months and months, if not years, without being shut off on a regular basis is the norm.
The sate of hardware technology today is far beyond the reliability and robustness concerns of yester-decade. Hard drives have 3-5 year warranties and the MTBF ratings and built-in toughness to back it up, optical drives don't do anything just because the system is on, and good quality fans and power supplies will run damn near forever if you keep them clean. As for all the solid-state components, (is solid-state still a word in the 21st century?) the only problem you'll have there is if someone spits soda onto your computer. And what are the odds of that happening?