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running aim and yim while in standby, even if possible, would achieve what exactly?

Some people, my sister for example, like to have IM running all the time with a custom away message, so their friends always know what's up. Kind of like how some people keep their cell phones with them all the time.

While we're on the subject, is it better to put the computer in standby, hibernate, or shut down when leaving?

Hybernation mode and turning off your computer both save the same amount of power. The computer is not on at all. The difference is that hybernation saves your session to disc so you can quickly resume what you were doing without waiting for your computer to start up from a cold boot.

Standby mode just puts your computer in a very low power mode, a few watts. When you move your mouse or press a key, it wakes up right away.

I don't recommend standby mode. My computer doesn't always wake up from it. I personnaly love hybernation mode and use it every time that I'm going to be away from my computer for a while.

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