Saturday, March 1, 2008

Smart Sleep

There's nothing worse than opening the lid of your laptop, only to discover that it's been sleeping for so long that the battery is completely drained.

Smart Sleep is a preference pane that allows you to control whether your Mac goes into sleep mode or hibernation mode when you either shut the lid (or it's been idle for a while).

You can specify that it should always sleep, always hibernate, sleep then hibernate or "smart sleep". The latter lets you specify a percentage of battery capacity at which the laptop will start to hibernate.

One thing to note: you need to install the preference pane in the system folder ... /Library/PreferencePanes ... rather than in the one under your home directory. So, don't just double click to install it, copy the file to the folder manually.

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