A quote from an online article:
"During this time, I also started noticing that I was having an exceptionally high number of hard drive failures. I knew that the heat was wrecking havoc on my computers and that it made for a miserable work environment, but I really didn’t know what to do about it. My solution at that time was to leave all non essential machines shut down when I wasn’t using them. This meant that I left a domain controller, a DNS server, and my Exchange Server running all the time. Everything else remained turned off except for when I was actually using it.
During those times when I did have to use all of my machines, the temperature would sometimes rise to over 120 degrees during the hottest part of summer. Although I did everything that I could to help preserve my equipment, I did lose two or three computers to the heat. The ironic part is that when a computer would die, I would replace it with something newer, and we all know that newer and faster processors produce more heat."
Heat kills computers.
My computer, here in the kitchen, has to put up with temperatures around ninety degrees when the outside temp is 100, which it has been most every day lately.
I have always suspected that this is the reason computers only last for two years around here.
I am going to stop using the router altogether while the weather is so hot, although this is really the time I'd most like to have it. The bedroom is air conditioned, and it sure is nice to go in there with my laptop and surf the 'net.
I am also going to start turning off my computer in the afternoon and evenings until cooler weather returns. Perhaps that will keep it plugging along for another winter; or maybe not. I'm sure it can't hurt.
So I may not do as many entries. I may not get around to reading everybody's journals and blogs. It's all in the interest of my computer.
Eventually autumn will be here and I'll be back on all the time, like any true Internet addict.
Then I'll only have to worry about dog hair and dust killing the computer.
Which reminds me of one other thing I absolutely must do: buy an external hard drive on which to save my pictures and documents, so I'll be prepared for the worst.