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Booting Up

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Does your computer take FOREVER to boot up? CruchGear Editor John Biggs joins us to explain why it takes so long and how manufacturers are trying to speed up the process. Let us know: What do you do while you're waiting for your computer to boot up?
Comment below!

Guests:

John Biggs

Comments [110]

Michael Cooper from Dallas TX

Nice to read the good brief comments about a relatively long topic - Booting Up.

Others have mentioned: consider helping scientific & medical progress and forget booting up.

Stanford University has an excellent project called "Folding@Home" that allows your computer to make significant contributions during idle time (when you are not using it).

Folding@Home contributions are structured so people can work in teams, this adds game aspects to the contribution.

A couple of non-profit organizations have joined together to offer cash prizes to contributors of a team called "The Longevity Meme Team".

Any contributor to this team will receive an incentive award, and several will win significant cash prizes.

Forget boot-up, help medicine, cure disease & science, win prizes & be recognized at:

www.imminst.org/fah

In case the link gets lost, Google "FAH Prize" or "Longevity Meme FAH".

If you wish, you can contribute and still continue booting up, but you may prefer to contribute without boot-up.

Happy folding and give "boot-up" the boot.

Nov. 14 2008 03:04 PM
Peter Belmont from Brooklyn

I timed it this AM. 55 seconds after I pressed the power button it asks for LOGIN. 30 seconds after login, its ready. Not much time to do anything. I use Linux (Ubuntu version). That said, donating "down" time to research sounds good.

Nov. 14 2008 12:12 PM
sensda

101 comments (including this one!) ?

I'd say our computers are booting up far too fast!

Nov. 14 2008 09:01 AM
Sascha from NYC

I was able to clean up my 5 year-old Windows XP computer so that it now boots up faster than ever by preventing anything that's not necessary from booting and by keeping the autostart list small.
I've tested dozens of programs over the years, and here are my 2 favorite programs every Windows user should have:
* MZ Ultimate Tweaker http://tinyurl.com/6hskjn
* CrapCleaner http://tinyurl.com/33ffkm

P.S.: To have your computer contribute to science while its idle: http://boinc.berkeley.edu
(I'm running a Climate Prediction model)

Nov. 13 2008 02:24 PM
Dan from White Plains / Pleasantville , WC

In response to Monika: I don't know whether you're chidingly joking or not, but the BOINC is nothing to be smug about. BOINC isn't a competition, just a tool to let you turn a pointless waste of electricity and hardware wear into something that has the potential to help someone some day. Enjoying that prospect shouldn't have anything to do with your feeling 'better' than anyone else.

So, if you're seriously going to walk around telling people, 'I installed BOINC, aren't I cool!?', perhaps you shouldn't even bother. You'll just limit the possibility that those others will get involved. Rather, if you're ready to tell people, 'I installed BOINC. Here's what it is, and how easy it would be for you to do it too', then, in my limited philosophy, you're more in line with the right track...and will probably help spread its purpose far more effectively.

Nov. 13 2008 11:59 AM
Brook from Upper West SIde

I have a mindful moment - whether it's some prayer, breathing...anything that has me in a place of awareness so I know my identity does not depend on what kind of computer I own.

Nov. 13 2008 11:33 AM
Felipe from Brooklyn

Check my iPhone and listen to water for my tea boiling

Nov. 13 2008 11:31 AM
Nan from venice, italy

I have a mac rarely shut it down, but am glad to hear about the Berkely Open Interface Networking Client (BOINC) and other orgs of that type. What a concept!

Nov. 13 2008 11:29 AM
Pete from Middleton, NJ

A website for donating computer time to a wide range of projects, for those who don't turn their computers off.

worldcommunitygrid.org

Nov. 13 2008 11:18 AM
Barb from Shark River Hills from Shark River Hills, NJ

I just leave it on all the time, because my radio reception here at the Jersey Shore is bad. I have an FM broadcasting unit attached to my computer so I can listen to a clear broadcast from WNYC from any of my radios at any time, especially at night when I can't sleep!

Nov. 13 2008 11:17 AM
Jamison from NYC

I work on a mac and PC at the same time dering the day. when I boot them up at the same time in the morning they take the same time (with in seconds).

Its all about keeping your computer/s clean. If you dont understand what happens when you press that power button you should not say any thing!!

PS I can get my Mac to crass 1 or 2 dering the day. Mac people wont tell you that!!

Nov. 13 2008 11:10 AM
Dorothy Paulsen

world community grid is the website where you donate your downtime to scientific research. You can pick which project i.e. Aids, human protenone or choose all.

Nov. 13 2008 11:08 AM
Ralph from Westchester NY

Brian, you asked "Or do you leave it on all night -- shame, for shame!"
Yes, I do, and it would be shameful for me not to. Why? At standby power, the PC consumes perhaps 20 watts; over 10 hours this is 0.2 kilowatt-hour, which costs about 4 cents. Even if a "proper carbon tax" would double this to 8 cents, I consider 2 minutes of my time to be worth rather more than 8c. Who of your listeners does not consider his or her time to be worth more than this?
The focus on saving energy *regardless* of its human cost sounds noble, but it is misguided and the opposite of humane.

Nov. 13 2008 11:08 AM
judith from Park Slope, Brooklyn

I put my computer in "hibernate" which saves energy but lets it go back to windows in less than a minute.
what takes so long is to get Firefox to come up...friends said it would be faster than Explorer but not true...

i only reboot if I have a problem with running a program or if i take on an update.

Nov. 13 2008 11:07 AM
Monika

Wow, i'd never heard of that sort of programs before! I have downloaded BOINC and will now be incredibly smug telling people about how my computer is saving the world.

Nov. 13 2008 11:07 AM
Stewart Pravda from Brooklyn NY

Leaving the PC / Mac on all the time wastes alot of energy. If you must leave it on at least put it in sleep mode. Leaving the screen saver on uses alot more energy as the processor, screen and perhaps the graphics card still needs to run.

Nov. 13 2008 11:07 AM
Jonathan from Hartsdale, NY

If you use a PC, don't shut down! Instead, hibernate! This will save an image of your computer's current state on your computer's hard drive before turning off your computer. The next time you turn your computer on, your boot-up time will be a lot faster since your computer only has to read that image, which is a lot faster than booting up from scratch.

Nov. 13 2008 11:05 AM
JohnG from Manhattan

I don't worry about it. I do whatever: check voice mail, go to the restroom, hang up my coat, but I don't stress. At home, pet the cat, change clothes, get coffee, but I don't stress. By the way, I am an IT professional for 20 years. I have other things to stress over than boot up times.

Nov. 13 2008 11:04 AM
Joe

I punch a mac fanboy in the face.

just kidding.

or am i?

Nov. 13 2008 11:04 AM
Andrea from Elmont

I just do a little dance. I believe in making every moment count.

Nov. 13 2008 11:03 AM
Darin Burdman from Brooklyn

I use Ubuntu 8.10 OS and my pc boots up really fast never crashes, I don't need anti virus, and I can't get a virus other computers can't contact my pc.
consider open source linux, Ubuntu distribution.

Nov. 13 2008 11:02 AM
Howard from Brooklyn

Beware the age of instant gratification. Turn it on and while you wait make Cofee, go out for a brisk walk or jog, take a show , pray - for some, then sit down at the computer. Yourself first - technology last.

Nov. 13 2008 11:01 AM
Ian from Brooklyn

MS-CONFIG IS YOUR FRIEND

Nov. 13 2008 11:01 AM
Erik S Frampton from englewood nj

I dream of Mac!

Nov. 13 2008 11:01 AM
Anita from Manhattan

You can find out about current distributed processing projects at

http://distributedcomputing.info/projects.html

Nov. 13 2008 11:01 AM
Linda

I glare and mutter imprecations at the screen.

Nov. 13 2008 11:01 AM
Bryan S. from Brooklyn, NY

These are organizations that you can assist with your computer's idle time.

Searching for ETs
http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/

DNA synthesis
http://folding.stanford.edu/

Here is a list of many other projects
http://distributedcomputing.info/projects.html

Nov. 13 2008 11:00 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Turning off your monitor does save some energy even if the CPU is still running. Is there any way to do this on a laptop?

Nov. 13 2008 11:00 AM
Peter from Flatbush, Brooklyn

i use my computer for the SETI interface. Also if you keep less stuff (programs and files) on your desktop you will speed up bootup.
Use shortcuts instead of keeping program files on the desktop.

Nov. 13 2008 10:59 AM
James Ryan

Being a type A personality (if I was a dog, I'd be a Jack Russell terrier), when my computer boots up, I do the sensible thing, a yoga exercise: salutation to the sun.

Oh, yeah, I do this in my office.

Initially no one said anything. Initially.

Nov. 13 2008 10:59 AM
Joanne from Boonton, NJ

I love my Mac mini. It boots very quickly.

Nov. 13 2008 10:59 AM
Nelson Diaz from NYC

I work at an animation studio and we use both macs and pcs.

Boot up times suck on both machines. And both machines suck equally.

Nov. 13 2008 10:58 AM
Myke Lyons from Midtown

Seti@Home allow you to help in Alien research.

Nov. 13 2008 10:58 AM
Tom Gerhard from Winter Park, FL

Boot up your PC?!?! You shouldn't have to turn on your PC every morning. It should already be on.

Turning your PC off and on will simply decrease its life. The guts of your PC is simply a series of on and off switches. Having these power up and down every day puts needless stress on them and may eventually kill it (the power supply or system board, specifically).

Turn it on and leave it on. Enable your power management so that it goes to sleep after a certain period of non-use. Both you and your computer will live much longer and happier lives.

Donate your spare cycles to seti@home, folding@home, or worldcommunitygrid.com.

Nov. 13 2008 10:58 AM
Steven Syrek from New York

Your guest beat me to it: I use folding@home. Just Google it, with @ sign. I used to use the alien one, SETI@Home, but protein folding seems more useful. My iBook doesn't use much energy when I'm not using it, and it's asleep, so distributed computing is a good excuse not to turn it off. By the way, what ever happened to the OnNow technology Microsoft was developing to make them more like TVs? I think I'll just stick with my Mac for now. It smiles at me when I turn it on, the Sarah Palin wink of the Mac icon indicating that, no, I don't have to wait.

Nov. 13 2008 10:58 AM
PJBeee from Ridgewood NJ

I keep more than one computer running at all times. This IS the 21st Century, isn't it? (sad but true!)

Nov. 13 2008 10:58 AM
bob from huntington

i work on a MAC. fewer viruses are targeted for MACs. consequently, spyware on a MAC has less to do, and your computer boosts faster.

Nov. 13 2008 10:57 AM
Laura from Staten Island

I agree with the MAC people! Get a MAC!

Nov. 13 2008 10:57 AM
Dale from Jersey City

Grind my coffee beans, make coffee while my "self-tweaked" pc loads faster. It's an old Windows 98 Second Edition and loads faster than my Windows XP as I tweak it to receive Internet streams like opening a huge pipe to receive water.

Your guest will know

Nov. 13 2008 10:57 AM
Nick from NYC - Inwood

Oh you poor PC users. When will you ever get it?

It's not a "religious problem" - just plain fact - Macs boot up quickly.

However at work I need to go through this start up agony. I've learned to leave the frustrating staring into the screen behind, and just work on other things, or, take it as an opportunity to have a "meditative moment".

Nov. 13 2008 10:57 AM
Clifford from NJ

People with exorbitantly long boot times should really get a new computer....

Nov. 13 2008 10:57 AM
hjs from 11211

i don't know if something is wrong with my PC but switching between programs or going from world of warcraft to the MS internet explorer takes a maddening long time

Nov. 13 2008 10:57 AM
Wendy from East Village, NY

It's true Macs don't have long boot up times, but when i open my MICROSOFT applications on my mac, especially Entourage (which i prefer to the native Mac mail program) it take a LONG time! meanwhile, i go to the web and get WNYC going!

Nov. 13 2008 10:57 AM
Sebastian from Brooklyn

BS on the MAC - i work on 2 PCs my wife on 3 MACs and they all have different boot up times depending how old they are

Nov. 13 2008 10:56 AM
Jonathan from Lower East Side

Most of the machines that turn on instantly only do between one and a few hundred functions. When a computer starts up it's preparing to do an unknown & potentially infinite number of tasks.

Oh, and when my computer is booting up, I usually take that time to laugh or cry uncontrollably.

Nov. 13 2008 10:56 AM
chuck carbonaro from Bohemia NY

My routine in the moring is to turn on the computer, then feed/watch my aquarium fish.
The fish are always a nice way to relax before 'the grind'

Nov. 13 2008 10:56 AM
Brian B. from Brooklyn

Spyware, long waits for booting up... moot points because I own a MAC!

Nov. 13 2008 10:56 AM
Dubya from soho

I cry.

Nov. 13 2008 10:56 AM
Ken from Bronx

I agree with your guest--it's a minor miracle that this even happens every time you initiate the process. But how does the computer even "know" to take that first step and load the first line of programming that takes it from inert object to useful machine?

Nov. 13 2008 10:56 AM
John from Brooklyn

Not to beat a dead horse, but I do recommend that you switch to Mac. My iMac is 3 years old, and it still takes only 15-20 seconds to boot up --- although usually I leave it in sleep mode overnight, so I just click a key and away I go.

Nov. 13 2008 10:56 AM
Alan Jacobsen from Brooklyn

What is the electrical pro/con of leaving my mac in "sleep" mode? the screen is off, processes are stopped, but the machine is instantly on when awoken. I have a status report widget and I've noticed that the machince has been on continuoulsy for 26 days or more. How much energy am I sleeping away? Thanks.

Nov. 13 2008 10:55 AM
Ian from Brooklyn NY

Leaving a PC on all the time is OK if S3 Standby is enabled and working. Key word is 'working', it is difficult sometimes for even a PC tech like me to get it working correctly all the time.
But it is worth it. S3 Standby mode means that everything in the box is off: fans, cpu, drives, etc.
Once thought of as only good for notebooks, it is worth looking into getting all of our PCs to go into S3 Standby mode.
P.S. New PCs wil boot up just as fast, if not faster, than the latest Macs.

Nov. 13 2008 10:55 AM
asdf

When I had a MSFT PC I used the time to curse Bill Gates.

Nov. 13 2008 10:55 AM
Daphne from Mt. Vernon

Leaving the computer on is a point of contention between my husband and I. I want to leave our laptop on at all times because I love being able to open it at the drop of a hat and look up what movie won the oscar in 1973 (The Godfather.) We have a Mac so it only takes a couple of seconds and that's too much for me.

Nov. 13 2008 10:55 AM
Martell from Sunset Park (Brooklyn)

I have a laptop so I put it on hibernate, it takes like 30 seconds to restart. But the WI-FI took a while so I started using an ethernet cable instead.

Nov. 13 2008 10:54 AM
Joseph Gerardi from New York

I set my computer to Boot up about 30 minutes before I get to the office, so that everything is up an running and warmed up. I also set it to shutdown about 30 minutes after I leave. All the computers in my office are set to that.

Nov. 13 2008 10:54 AM
mombi from NYC

I cheat. I have my computer set to come on 15 minutes before I get to work and shut itself down 15 minutes after I leave. It is a Mac, so it is fast enough even on those weekend days...

Nov. 13 2008 10:54 AM
Mike from Northern Manhattan

Brian, GET A MAC... Incredible. MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC MAC

Nov. 13 2008 10:53 AM
Brian from Brooklyn

While my work PC boots up I start my mac and do my banking, e-mail friends/family, check the news and wonder why my company gave me a PC.

Nov. 13 2008 10:53 AM
David from manhattan

I leave it on and put it to sleep. Mac

Nov. 13 2008 10:53 AM
William from Manhattan

I'm one of the "bad" people who don't turn off their computer. Working in the IT field, I have come to terms with power management and it is very easy to limit power usage when not in use. Plus, I run a media server...so if you run a server it normally never turns off

Nov. 13 2008 10:53 AM
Michael Wong from Montclair, NJ

I never wait because I never shut off my Mac. I simply close the lid and it goes to sleep. Opening the lid wakes the Mac from sleep in a second.

My desktop machines stay on and asleep as well. It's been months since I've rebooted my desktop Mac and weeks since I've rebooted my Mac laptop.

Nov. 13 2008 10:53 AM
Ken from Soho

My computer is now a Mac, which takes less than 30 seconds to boot up - as opposed to a Windows PC, which may takes several minutes.

Nov. 13 2008 10:53 AM
daniel Swenberg from Highland PArk, nj

For me, it is a long queue of boot ups: starting with the computer, then I walk to the espresso machine, and warm it up, then to the coffee grinder, then to the radio...

Nov. 13 2008 10:53 AM
scnex from harlem

every heard of amiga....

Nov. 13 2008 10:53 AM
JML

I use the sleep function on my laptop. It takes only a few seconds to get back up.

Nov. 13 2008 10:53 AM
Frank from Westchester

I use Apple computers exclusively. My boot-up time (at work) is practically instantaneous compared to my wife's Dell, approx. 20-30 seconds.

At home I leave my Mac on 24/7.

Nov. 13 2008 10:53 AM
tom from greenpoint

I do 25 pushups.

Nov. 13 2008 10:52 AM
Lila from williamsburg, brooklyn

I live with all filmmakers who have to wait hours at a time for Final Cut Pro to save or 'render' their footage.

We're now making t-shirts that say, 'Render Time is My Time!' We want to reclaim our downtime and not sit in front of the computer feeling like the apocalypse is approaching.

Our votes are to mix an Irish coffee and pick up a book.

Nov. 13 2008 10:52 AM
Anne from Manhattan

I do leave my computers on all the time. I didn't know that was a problem anymore. My monitor is off, the computer is sleeping in "Power Save Mode". Is sthat still bad?

Nov. 13 2008 10:52 AM
Emily from Amherst, MA

I don't turn my iBook off. What's wrong with leaving it on? The sapped energy? But what if I unplug it?

Nov. 13 2008 10:51 AM
Jon from NYC

Are boot times really an issue? Ask what people do while they're waiting for a file to download! In an instantaneous society, upload and download times affect people more than the boot sequence.

(In full discretion, I remember the 20-minute-long boot time for loading Atari Logo form cassette. Maybe I have more patience than others :-)

Nov. 13 2008 10:51 AM
john from manhattan

Thanks for this oppty to vent! I pound softly and curse quietly and realize how much of my life is being WASTED. I was warned Trend Micro would slow my computer...it loads whenever it wants and it feels like MY COMPUTER IS BEING TAKEN HOSTAGE. I now rather deal with viruses than this torture.

I tried being productive and do other things but I fear losing my train of thought. Will listen to show carefully.

Nov. 13 2008 10:51 AM
Matt K from new york, ny

I turn my computer on when i get into work, then I hang up my jacket in the closet. By the time i get back to my desk, it's ready to go.

Nov. 13 2008 10:50 AM
distractioncascade from Blairstown, New Jersey

Clean out the litter boxes, load the dishwasher, forget that I ever tried to turn it on :)

Nov. 13 2008 10:50 AM
Alec from Kew Gardens

This is not a problem with my ASUS Linux laptop.
I love it! Boots in less than a minute. All PCs should run on Linux.

Yes, I leave my Windows computers left on 24/7.

I could do the dished in the time it takes to boot up.

Steer clear of Vista -gets even slower.

Nov. 13 2008 10:50 AM
michaelw from INWOOD

The reason why your PC takes so long to boot up comes from all the CRAP Microsoft puts in their operating system.

Less so for MACs but even with them there is too much crap.

Nov. 13 2008 10:50 AM
Laura from Staten Island

I make coffee.

Nov. 13 2008 10:50 AM
Mary Ellroy from Norwalk, CT

I take my vitamins. There is nothing more boring than taking vitamins except watching my computer boot up.

Nov. 13 2008 10:49 AM
James Gathings from New York City

Only Windows machines take a longtime to boot and shutdown. OSX and Linux/Unix systems boot up much more efficiently.

Nov. 13 2008 10:49 AM
Dave Hart from Stamford

I have about enough time to scratch my nose. That's because I have a Mac. When will you PC users learn??

Nov. 13 2008 10:49 AM
Benjamin from Greenpoint

This question is inappropriate for a modern Mac user - it's only a few moments.

Nov. 13 2008 10:49 AM
Dave from NYC

I have two computers, a Mac and a PC. While waiting for the Mac to boot up, I sit there for a sec.

While waiting for the PC, I go wash my car, have a workout, take a shower, go shopping.. and when I come back the PC is almost ready.

Nov. 13 2008 10:49 AM
Lisa

Feed the cat.

Nov. 13 2008 10:48 AM
Ryan from Chapel Hill, NC

Macs seem to boot up surprisingly fast, so there is no need to do anything while booting up.

Nov. 13 2008 10:48 AM
Tracie from Birmingham, Alabama

Feed the dogs.

Nov. 13 2008 10:48 AM
maya from NYC

Brush my teeth!

Nov. 13 2008 10:48 AM
Patricia from Brooklyn

Think about buying a Mac.

Nov. 13 2008 10:48 AM
Dubya from soho

I wait for my other computer to boot up.

Nov. 13 2008 10:48 AM
Pete from Middleton, NJ

I feed my dog and make a cup of coffee.

Nov. 13 2008 10:47 AM
Susan Conheim

It's a 2001 Compaq Presario 2700 laptop and seems to take forever sometimes and more than forever other times to boot up. I have finally learned to walk away while an unforgiveable amount of time lapses before the aol icons appear in the tool bar and head for short term common activities: make the bed, water a plant or two, drink some coffee, make the coffee. Then there is the waiting time for the aol window to appear. Hello Verizon DSL --what's taking so long?

Nov. 13 2008 10:40 AM
Bob Kerfuffle from New Jersey

Like Leo, I have a Mac, so it doesn't take very long, but in that time I pet the cat who will sit at my feet while I am on the computer.

Nov. 13 2008 10:39 AM
susan from Yorktown Heights, NY

We DO leave our computer on all night. We have registered with the World Community Grid.
It's a simple way to support scientists eager to advance their humanitarian research. They use the unused cycles of your computer to provide more computing power to researchers


In the four years that World Community Grid has been running, 10 research projects have launched, and many research milestones have been reached. You can get more info at:
www.worldcommunitygrid.org

Before this, I just made coffee.

Nov. 13 2008 10:38 AM
Nick from Brooklyn

Turning on my computer is my "Recession Breakfast" time. I keep a bowl of Frosted Miniwheets in my desk and fix myself a bowl while my computer boots. I always seem to wake up 10 minutes late and never have time for breakfast at home. It sounds bleak, but these days $3.25 for an Egg sandwich seems gauche.

Nov. 13 2008 10:36 AM
Alex from brooklyn


Laptops have many weaknesses, including far greater costs than desktop computers, but one advantage is that they use far less power.

They also have had had sleep or hibernate features, going way back. Mac laptops have had an extremely low power sleep mode since the early 1990's, from which the computer can wake almost instantly.

So, laptop users -- especially mac laptop users -- don't even have to worry about the start up time. I know that I don't. And I only restart once or twice a month, at most.

But when I DO need to start, I listen to WNYC, of course!

Nov. 13 2008 10:34 AM
HM from Bridgeport, CT

My Mac boots up quickly enough so that I don't normally need to divert myself. My PC isn't so bad either, once you get rid of the plethora of unnecessary programs that are part of the startup process... I'll usually go to the bathroom or get a soft drink, though, as a diversion.

A lot of people are going to complain in this section, but I'd like to add that if someone's boot time increases significantly over time (on the same computer), it's something not to be ignored: the hard drive could be failing, or a malware program may be running unbeknownst to the user.

Nov. 13 2008 10:33 AM
LeoinNYC from Soho

3 - exactly!

I have a mac. It boots very fast - less than 30 seconds. And I do leave it on all night most nights. It is in sleep mode - it uses very little power and it is supposed to be left on because it runs automatic maintenance routines at night. Go Macs!

Nov. 13 2008 10:32 AM
Dan from White Plains / Pleasantville , WC

I don't turn it off and it's NOT a shame! I run the Berkely Open Interface Networking Client (BOINC) to donate my processing power to disease research, and would encourage anyone to do avoid annoyingly long bootups by doing the same.

Nov. 13 2008 10:31 AM
Karin from Manhattan

While my computer's booting up, I: load the dishwasher; fold my laundry; do the NY Times crossword puzzle; and play with the dog (not necessarily in that order!).

Nov. 13 2008 10:31 AM
SuzanneNYC from Upper West Side

I took my computer to the Geek Squad @ Best Buy for a tune up and they cleaned up my Start Up menu so now it boots up pretty quickly. But mostly I get more coffee or just do something else because it's too annoying to watch.

Nov. 13 2008 10:31 AM
Robert Mitchell from Irvington, NY

While my computer's booting up, I go to the men's room (it's been about an hour since I finished my coffee) and fill up my dog's water bowl too (it's great owning your own business).

Nov. 13 2008 10:31 AM
carole from new rochelle

i have a 9 month old, so usually i am off feeding, changing, or otherwise tending to him while it's booting up.

Nov. 13 2008 10:30 AM
Joanne from Boonton, NJ

Feed the cat.

Nov. 13 2008 10:30 AM
Loren Spielman from brooklyn

I bring my laptop to my carrel in the university library and then take my morning bathroom break while it boots up. Depending on how long it takes, maybe I'll get some coffee too.

Nov. 13 2008 10:30 AM
NC from NYC

At work, I grab some tea/breakfast from the kitchen. At home, I have a MUCH longer wait (old laptop) so I do just about anything - make dinner, wash my hair, etc.

Nov. 13 2008 10:30 AM
Jane

I listen to WNYC on the radio!

Nov. 13 2008 10:29 AM
amanda from harlem

coffee!

Nov. 13 2008 10:28 AM
sensnea

Classic question of a PC user!

Nov. 13 2008 10:28 AM
Lee Moore from New Jersey

My compter comes on; it is while I'm waiting for Outlook to boot up - I've discovered Solitaire loads immediately, so I play that!

Nov. 13 2008 10:24 AM
R. Pinon from Manhattan

While my computer is booting up I work on my other 2 computers on my desk.

I work in a database environment and have three 20 inch screens on my desk-like a three way mirror.

I have NPR on all day long on one of them.

Nov. 13 2008 10:17 AM

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