I’ve heard many complaints about running Vista’s Aero interface and the negative impact it has on laptop battery life. I’ve not noticed this in particular but I mostly run my laptop plugged in. Well, Clint decided to solve the problem and created the Vista Laptop Battery Saver V 126.96.36.199. Just unzip the program, dump a shortcut to it in your startup folder and it sits in your system tray. When you’re plugged in, Aero runs. When you unplug you’re automatically switched to the lower-power-consuming Vista basic theme. Plug back in, and Aero returns. I tested it last night and it worked as advertised.
Published by Michael Sauers
Michael Sauers is currently the Director of Technology for Do Space in Omaha, NE. Michael has been training librarians in technology for the past twenty years and has also been a public library trustee, a bookstore manager for a library friends group, a reference librarian, serials cataloger, technology consultant, and bookseller since earning his MLS in 1995 from the University at Albany’s School of Information Science and Policy. Michael has also written dozens of articles for various journals and magazines and his fourteenth book, Emerging Technologies: A Primer for Librarians (w/ Jennifer Koerber) was published in May 2015 and more books are on the way. In his spare time he blogs at travelinlibrarian.info, runs The Collector’s Guide to Dean Koontz Web site, takes many, many photos, and typically reads more than 100 books a year. View all posts by Michael Sauers