A “timeout” value is how long you wait for something to fail.
I use my Linux desktop as my primary workstation, and my Windoze machine is for anything that I can’t do in Linux, like RAdmin and games.
In Linux, I let everything run. I let it run for months and months. I let it run until it dies. Then I start it back up again and let it run some more.
I usually don’t do this with my Windoze machine. I usually shut it down when I’m done with it, or put it in Stand-by mode.
Okay, back to my point… In Linux, I’ve got two browsers (at least) running all the time: Mozilla and Firefox. Mozilla is the full suite of apps, so that’s what I use for my email too. Firefox is just the Mozilla web browser. I’ve got Mozilla running on my left monitor, and Firefox running on my right monitor. This way I can log in to both my Yahoo Mail accounts at the same time.
Every day, I (usually) check my various email accounts. I have about a dozen. I have two for Yahoo, and just one for Google Mail. I keep a tab open for each in Firefox, and one tab open in Mozilla for my primary Yahoo account.
Here’s the point: Yahoo times out in 24 hours. This means I have to re-login every day. Google Mail sits there for two weeks, then I have to re-login. Google’s 2-week timeout rocks. Yahoo’s 24-hour timeout sucks ass.
Hey Yahoo, do you hear this? Your 24-hour timeout _sucks ass_. That means it’s _bad_, _too short_, and _annoying_. Also it’s a _pain in the ass_ to have to re-login every day. It’s a pain in the ass because I take full responsibility for the security of my computer… so _you don’t have to_. You don’t have to bypass my responsibility on this; I know what I’m doing with my logins.
Google seems to appreciate this. Thanks, Google. Keep up the good work!