It's generally a good practice to power down your computer every night to save on electricity, but you can easily schedule shutdowns at specific times. So how do you take advantage of those extra cycles at night while you're sleeping?
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Last week reader Brady C Knight asked what great apps people run while they're sleeping, and it got us wondering, too. So before we through it out to you, here's a few suggestions from our end:
- Run CCleaner on a Schedule to Keep Your PC Crap-Free
- Backup your hard drive. For online backups, try one of these five best online backup tools (I particularly like Mozy).
You've also got your other common overnight stand-bys, like downloading large files over BitTorrent. Remember, as I said above, just because you're running a few maintenance tasks or downloads overnight doesn't mean you can't also save some energy when your computer isn't working; just check out a few of our favourite methods for automatically shutting down your computer at a certain time for help in that arena.
Now let's hear your thoughts: Share the apps and maintenance tools your computer's running while you sleep in the comments.