Ecommerce Software And Laptop Battery Life

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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

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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 the need for 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 I’m still saying that you can run it. You can do so via VirtualBox, or by using WineBottler.

You may have seen many tutorials on using Internet Explorer on a Mac with VirtualBox, so I will not be addressing that. In fact, that solution is not good.  WineBottler is the best way to run Internet Explorer on Mac. So, if you want a smooth Internet Explorer experience on your Mac, then I would recommend proceeding 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 program. 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 it, then simply skip ahead. If not, then install it right now. You can install it from an OS X installation disk. It is  necessary for this process, as it provides the framework required for the WinBottler to work.

Now, launch the WineBottler application.
The application will go through an automatic configuration, and therefore may take time to load. Wait a moment 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. I suppose that you’ll 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 7.0 in this case, will start. Just keep following the promps. Proceed as you would installing Internet Explorer or any other software on a Windows based PC.

If during the installation, you are asked to install any other app, then do so.
If after the completion of installation, you are asked to restart your computer, just click on restart. It will restart your PC, but in emulation only.

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

How To Stop Windows From Restarting After Updates

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If you have a Windows PC or laptop, then you must have come across the irritating moment of automatic restart of Windows after installation of updates. On a more personal note, this became frequently disruptive at the office of my Utah window replacement business.

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 can’t begin tell you how many times while at work using our window replacement Utah inventory app, we’ve lost work product because of this. You may have experienced a similar situation at one time or another.

Well, this problem no longer upsets me or my glass business, because I have fixed it. Yes, I have stopped Windows from restarting after updates. Do you want to do the same?  Then just keep reading this article, as I am going to share the solution to stop Windows from restarting after updates.

Use Shutdown Guard Application

Whenever it’s about solving a common problem on Windows, chances of an ‘easy’ fix are always high. It is no different in this situation. We can stop Windows from restarting after updates by installing an application called ‘Shutdown Guard’. This app prevents many software/applications from restarting Windows. it prevents restarts after a Windows update as well.

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

Make Small Tweak to Windows Registry

Although the above method seems works fine, I noticed some users posting negative reviews. posting that the software does not work on all versions of Windows. Whatever the case, knowledge of another method is always handy. So whether the first method worked for you or not, you should take the time to read this one. Below are the steps to stop Windows from restarting after updates by making small tweaks to a 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 a ’WindowsUpdate’ key on your computer. Don’t panic! If you don’t find it, then create it. For this, just right-click on the “Windows” key. Now, in the sidebar, go to New > Key. Give a name to this key, which in this case will be Windows Update. Similarly, create another new one and name it “AU”.
  • Done with the last step? Now click the ‘AU’ key. In the right hand side of Windows,  right-click on empty space. Now choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  • Name this new DWORD. Give it the name “No Auto Reboot With Logged On Users “.
  • Right click on this newly created DWORD, select modify, and then assign it value ’1′.
  • Restart your Windows for the changes to take effect.

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