Any code with some degree of complexity will interact with the computer's operating system when files must be opened and closed, scripts must be run, or online data must be accessed. Plain Python already has a lot of tools to access these facilities, and IPython and the notebook add another level of functionality and convenience.
The notebook is autosaved in periodic intervals. The default interval is 2 minutes, but this can be changed in the configuration files or using the
%autosave magic. For example, to change the autosave interval to 5 minutes, run the following command:
Notice that the time is entered in seconds. To disable the autosave feature, run the following command: ...