Curse you power management!!

Ok, help me understand something. When I go into Control Panel and set the Power Options so that my machine is Always On and to use as much power as possible to keep my machine running at full speed with my drives always spinning and my monitor always on, why do my network cards still go to sleep? And further more, who in the hell decided putting a network card to sleep was a way to save energy? Seriously, in the grand scheme of things, what the hell is that accomplishing?

I kept noticing my Windows 7 machine would drop network connections. I set it to be on full power all the time. When I forced it to connect to a website, everything would "wake up" and all would be well again. Seems the network cards (Wifi and LAN) have a Power Management tab of their own and I had to disable the option of them going to sleep. What the devil? That’s an annoying design to say the least. Why aren’t the two related? If I turn off one, it should turn off the others. And why sleep a network card? Do they really draw enough power to make a difference? And dammit, this is my desktop, I don’t want it going to sleep ever!

I’ll just add this to the list of annoyances I have against Windows 7.

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