Do you use more than one power plan? I normally use Power Saver, knowing that the computer will switch off the monitor, then the hard disk, then go to sleep and eventually go into hibernation if I get called away or distracted.
However, when carrying out computer intensive activities, i.e. video rendering, disk imaging – anytime I don't want the computer to shutdown, I use High Performance.
Up to recently, to change the power plan required me to open the Control Panel, then Power Options, and then select the required plan. Now I have found a free gadget which the Developer claims:
– Shows the active power plan with an icon and a tool tip in the system try
– Right click the icon to get the list of available plans and change it
– Lists all plans even the user defined ones
– Always updates status even when the plan is changed externally
– The list is always updated with latest additions/removals
– Automatic management of power scheme depending on the power line AC/battery
– Set a plan when Battery Life % is less than a value
The application is only for Win 7 and is in beta, but I have used it fairly intensively for the last 5 weeks with absolutely no problems.
I can only strongly recommend it. It can be found at:
Note: It needs no registration and there is no hint of a donation request. The guy has produced a neat little program and deserves support. Go have look!
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Ashraf, I gotta hand it to you. Even if you do things many people have done before you, you always seem to find a way to do it better. dotTech just wouldn't be the same without you.
As for this software, much of this functionality is built-in to Battery Management tools which also have the additional benefit of helping you to conserve power. I've been using one such tool myself for two months now and have quickly become a fan. Maybe I'll write a review for it soon – for both our sites…
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