Ecommerce Software And Laptop Battery Life


Anyone who uses a laptop with an integrated ecommerce shipping software would love a single battery to last through a fulfillment of multiple batch shipping and label printing. Now researchers at Intel believe that they can double a laptop’s battery life without changing the battery itself. Instead, they would optimize power management–system wide–of the operating system, screen, mouse, chips inside the motherboard, and devices attached to USB ports.

To be sure, manufacturers and researchers have been exploring piecemeal ways to make portable computers more energy efficient. Operating systems are designed to deploy power-saving screen savers and put an entire system to sleep if its owner hasn’t used it for an allotted period. Intel’s forthcoming Atom, a microprocessor for mobile Internet devices, can be put to sleep at up to six different levels, depending on the types of tasks that it needs to do.

But the problem with these approaches is that they’re not in sync across the entire device.

Intel’s prototype power-management system accounts for the power that’s used by all parts of a laptop, as well as the power requirements of a person’s activity, and it shuts down operations accordingly, says Greg Allison, business development manager. The project, called advanced platform power management, was demonstrated on Wednesday at an Intel event in Mountain View, CA.

Allison gives this example: today, when a person reads a static e-mail, the screen still refreshes 60 times a second, and peripherals such as a keyboard, mouse, and USB devices drain laptop battery power such as Dell Inspiron E1705 battery and Compaq Presario NX9010 battery while awaiting instructions.

“We’re burning energy even when we don’t need to,” Allison says. In this situation, Intel’s system would save power by essentially taking a snapshot of the screen that a person is reading and saving it to a buffer memory. So instead of refreshing, the screen would maintain an image until a person tapped a button on the keyboard or moved the mouse (the keyboard and mouse would also stay asleep until activated).

All the while, the operating system will be monitoring use of other applications, including those of a power robbing ecommerce software, restricting operations to those that aren’t being actively used. And if there are any devices plugged into a USB port, such as a flash-memory stick, the system would put them to sleep. At the same time, explains Allison, energy-monitoring circuits on Intel chips will put unnecessary parts of the microprocessor to sleep. It takes 50 milliseconds for the entire system to spring to life, he says, a length of time imperceptible to the user.

Intel isn’t the first to think of the idea of integrating power-saving technology throughout a device. One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), the nonprofit that builds inexpensive, rugged laptops meant for children in developing countries, set the standard with a gadget that consumes one-tenth of the power of a conventional laptop. Granted, OLPC’s laptop doesn’t have the capabilities of consumer machines, but it does show what is technically achievable.

How To Run Internet Explorer On Mac


Got a Mac with you, and are looking for the way to run Internet Explorer on it? Whenever someone asks me about this, I literally get surprised, because there are many other popular browsers that can be run on Mac, so what’s need of Internet Explorer? Anyway, if you are a die-hard fan of Internet Explorer, and want it on your Mac, then this article on How to Run Internet Explorer on Mac is meant for you. I know that Microsoft has stopped the support of Internet Explorer for Mac, but still saying that you can run it. You can do so via VirtualBox, or by using WineBottler.

You might have seen many tutorials on using Internet Explorer on Mac with VirtualBox, so I would not be explaining that. In fact, that solution is not good, agree? WineBottler is the best way to run Internet Explorer on Mac. So, if you want top-notch and smooth Internet Explorer experience on your Mac, then I would recommend proceeding in this way only. Below are the steps on how to run Internet Explorer on Mac using WinBottler.

How to Run Internet Explorer on Mac using WineBottler

The very first step is to download the WinBottler package. It’s available for free from here. Download it on your Mac before you head over to the next step.
After downloading, copy both Wine and WineBottler and paste them into the Applications folder.
You must have X11 installed on your Mac. If you have already installed so, then simply proceed ahead. If not, then install it right away. You can install it from OS X installation disk. It is highly necessary in this process, as it provides the framework required for the WinBottler to work.

Now just launch the WineBottler application.
The application will go through automatic configuration, and therefore may take time to load. So, just wait for the application to start.

In the left column of this application, look for the option that reads ‘‘Install Predefined Prefixes’. Click on it.

You will now see the list of Internet Explorer browsers that you can install on your Mac. For example, if you want to install Internet Explorer 6.0, then select this one only. Here I’m supposing that you want to install Internet Explorer 7.0, and thus have selected the option meant for it only.

The installation process for the selected version of Internet Explorer, which is 7.0 in this case, will start. Just keep following them. Yeah, just like you do in installing Internet Explorer or any other software on your Windows based PC.

If during the installation, you are asked to install any other app, then just do it.
If after the completion of installation, you are asked to restart your computer, just click on restart. No, it will not restart your PC, but emulation only.

When the prefix will get installed completely, you will get notification from WineBottler.
Now simply launch the newly installed Internet Explorer, and start browsing the web.

How To Stop Windows From Restarting After Updates


If you have Windows PC or laptop with you, then while working on it, you must have come across the irritating moment of automatic restart of Windows after installation of updates. Well, this has happened with me many a times. Windows, being a smart OS, automatically downloads the updates and restarts automatically after installing them. This smartness of Windows has always caused me problems. I have lost my work flow because of this, many times. I am sure you must have gone through this for one time at the very least.

Well, this problem no longer disturbs me, because I have fixed it. Yeah, I have stopped Windows from restarting after updates. Do you also want to do the same? If yes is your call, then just keep reading this article, as I am sharing the methods to stop Windows from restarting after updates.

Use Shutdown Guard Application

Whenever it’s about solving a quite common problem of Windows, chances of availability of ‘easy’ fix are always high. Same is the case in this problem. We can stop Windows from restarting after updates by installing an application named ‘Shutdown Gurad’. This app prevents many software/applications to prevent restarting Windows. Yeah, it prevents restart after Windows update as well, which is the matter in hand now.

Shutdown Guard is completely free application. You can download it from here. After downloading, just install and then run it. It will solve the problem.

Make Small Tweak to Windows Registry

Although the above method works fine, but I found some users with the negative review for that. Maybe that software does not work fine on all versions of Windows. Whatever is, knowledge of more than one method is always wise. So whether or not the previous method worked for you, you should take time to read this one. Below are the steps to stop Windows from restarting after updates by making small tweak to Windows Registry.

  • Open the Windows ‘Run’ dialog box. For this, press Windows+R.
  • In the Run dialog box, type ’regedit’, and hit Enter.
  • There, you need to navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Policies ->
  • Microsoft -> Windows -> WindowsUpdate -> AU.
  • It is possible that you may not find ’WindowsUpdate’ key in your computer. Don’t panic! If you don’t find it, then create it. For this, just right-click on “Windows” key. Now, in the sidebar, go to New > Key. Give name to this key, which in this case will be WindowsUpdate. Similarly create a new one and give it name AU.
  • Done with the last step? Then click on ‘AU’ key. In the right hand side of Windows, do right-click on empty space. Now choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  • Name this new DWORD. The name to be given to it is NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers .
  • Right click on this newly created DWORD, select modify, and then give it value ’1′.
  • Restart your Windows for the changes to take effect.

That’s all! You have successfully stopped Windows from restarting after updates.