Well, for uptime, I download a meter utility, like Sysmetrix, or Samurize, or Coolmon. You can skin these an do all sorts of cool things with 'em. They measure everything from uptime, to CPU temp, swapfile, drive sizes, etc., etc.
As for me, I leave it on formost of the week, I shut it off about once a week or when I'm going away for lpnger periods of time. Comps these days are made tu run, and XP especially, is made to run and run and run . . . If your comp is slow or kinda bogged down as far as CPU load goes, it helps to shut it off and reboot just to clear things up. I dunno, it works for me now and then.
Hey, about when you said "what do you people do leave your computer on all day and night or shut it off when your not using it?" Dont bother turning your computer off, I worked for a generator company for awhile on their website, and one the things I learned there was that it takes a crapload more power to turn your computer back on than to leave it running all day, the burst it takes to power up is a lot more than you think, this also goes for the television and most appliances. It actually takes less power to leave your television running for 3 days straight than it does to turn it on and off around 5 times during those 3 days. While your computer is up and running it takes so little power to stay running.
If you dont have to pay the bills in the house, try this experiment, every time you sit down to watch tv, turn it on and off 3 times before you keep it on, do the same when you turn it off, compare the difference to last month....
A. either use a program like Samurize or Coolmon and use the Uptime counter in there or B. apply the "Show icon in taskbar when connected" option in your Network Properties, and double click the icon and it'll give you your uptime, because, everytime u reboot, it resets your connection. Now, if your using dialup, I dont think this will work the way you want it, but with always-on broadband this will be a charm for ya :)
Oh yeah, and colossus, what was that "Uptime" screenshot you had posted? I couldnt check it out because of high server load, and when I finally got back on, it was gone =(
: Nothing's better than takin a dump and checkin out some uber hardware...well...hacking into microsoft while dropping off the Cosby's might be better :
I can't believe no-one suggested this (and that you didn't try it yourself) but colossus' thing works, the reason you only saw something flash up and go is because Run shuts the window as soon as a command is done. Type "cmd" to get the command prompt (or use the icon for it) then type it in there, it does the same thing except doesn't close the command window when it's done so you can read it.
anyway, you could also look at your network connection if you have broadband or something. it tells you how long you've been connected, and for me, that's since i last turned my computer on. that's the easiest, but least accurate, way.
drumsticboy: If you're walking down the street and a zebra eats your shoe, how many soda's can you fit in the freezer? NONE! Bears dont eat chicken.
On the AIM thing, I know of one person who left her AIM connected before she went left to visit home. She intended to be back in a month, but didn't come back for 3 months. Amazingly, she was connected for 2 1/2 of those months before something finally disconnected her. She said she "didn't want to miss any messages".