Regardless of how long you’ve worked with something (in this case, computers) you learn something new every day. I just finished a college course on networking, related to Cisco, and one of the things we had to do was set up a router configuration. In so doing, one of the important steps was to save the configuration file so that it wasn’t lost upon reboot, because the current settings were running on RAM. Now for the post 4 or 5 months, I’ve taken to rebooting my PC once a day. Not shutting down and turning it back on, but restarting, because I noticed that the longer I went without a reboot, the more RAM the base Windows processes would consume, which chopped my performance down noticeably. Now, I finally understand why restarting it deals with it. RAM is only stored while it is active, and if you reboot, that wipes the slate clean.
~Chris Watson, Technical Intern