And now, another instructive encounter with a Windows feature!
Today I'm moderating one of the most eye-opening debates of the decade, between a pair of venerable Windows 7 features: Sleep and Hibernate. Let's listen in.
JG: Candidates, you each have a few seconds to respond to questions, and your opponent will be allowed a brief rebuttal, after which you can respond.
JG: The first question is for you, Sleep. It's been said that you and Hibernate aren't really all that different. Do you agree?
SLEEP: Let me just say how pleased I am that users have real choices here. Yes, we're both about helping computers and their users conserve power, but we're fundamentally different. I stand for readiness, which is crucial in a busy world. When I'm at work, all open documents and programs stay in memory. I slow power consumption to a trickle by shutting down most functions, but starting back up is nearly instant. Guess I'm a light sleeper.
JG: Hibernate, your rebuttal, please.
HIBERNATE: Yes, we really are different, but only I offer true restraint and sustainability. A computer in hibernate mode consumes virtually no power at all, because all the open documents and programs have been saved to the hard drive, and I can power down the system's memory. This far superior power savings is particularly good for laptops that are going to be unused for a while. In fact, I'm so essential that I take over when a laptop has been left in sleep mode for a very long time and finally runs out of juice.
JG: And now, Sleep, you may respond.
SLEEP: Yes, here I am. See, no waiting around here. By the way, I have a cousin, Hybrid Sleep, who hangs out on a lot of desktops. She saves everything to disk and keeps it in memory too, so she's ready for fast action but also does fine after power failures.
JG: Your time is up. Now the next question is for Hibernate: Both you and your opponent can usually be found loitering on the Start menu, by clicking the arrow next to the Shut down button—and that's how people can put you to work.
But surely, there are other options you could discuss.
HIBERNATE: Resuming Windows. I mean, er, yes. Both of us can begin doing our thing automatically, too—say, after a certain period of inactivity. The timing is adjustable, and it's even possible to tell us "never"! This is done by changing options on a Power plan, as explained in this FAQ.
JG: Sleep, your rebuttal?
SLEEP: Frankly, those just sound like talking points to me.
HIBERNATE: Oh, quit flip-flopping.
SLEEP: I've got video of you accepting a bribe!
HIBERNATE: Well, at least I didn't get my cousin a sweetheart job!
SLEEP: Well, you—
JG: And that's all the time we have. Sounds like you both have your place; maybe you should consider running on the same ticket. Thanks to our audience.
Join me again soon for our next Feature encounter, when we catch up with Taskbar over salad and sodas at a local eatery.