Why a reboot solves many problems
WHY A REBOOT WORKS
There’s a reason turning your computer off and then on solves many problems. That’s why it’s almost always the first thing we ask when troubleshooting. But why is it like that? There’s a very technical explanation,
but here is a simple analogy to help you understand why you should try turning off your computer or phone and then turning it back on when you have a problem.
Imagine working in a warehouse and just sorting incoming letters into separate piles. Your job is to look at the first digit of the house number and add it to a stack based on that digit.
Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? It is not a mistake job, just like a computer. But it can always go wrong.
Suppose someone is organizing a mail-in contest and suddenly receives 66,000 letters, all addressed to 101 Easy St. You obediently pile them all together, only to find the entire pile falls off.
All other batteries (and possibly some neighboring batteries) will degrade as a result, and when that happens, things will be interrupted elsewhere as well.
Another example. Take a letter to the prime minister. There’s no house number for it so where is it going? You can add it to a new batch and name it “P” since letters can be thought of as numbers, right?
But now the table in front of you isn’t big enough, and you end up using the table that belongs to the person next to you because nobody foresaw that you would need a “P” stack.
It bothers the person next to you and potentially affects a fair number of desks and workers, which in turn results in massive downtime.
When such things happen on a computer where a simple error occurs and your system becomes sluggish and unresponsive, it is time to stop working as the situation will only get worse if you try to continue.
So you delete all desktops, close all open files and restart your system from the beginning. You will lose some work in progress, but letters that have already been sent through the warehouse are fine. This is basically the best result that you can handle.
In short, every time you restart your computer or phone, essentially let them breathe and start over. This means that they are more likely to complete the tasks they set.