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timeforcake: Conserve your laptop battery, a website tip and 5 cool links

Both of my laptop’s batteries act like I spent the last year endlessly popping them into the toaster. Half the time it seems like they run out of juice before my computer’s done booting up. Okay, yes, that was an exaggeration. But not by much.

My batteries may be toast, but I’m thinking we can take a few moments today to learn how we can help conserve the juice in your laptop’s batteries.

I recently read an article on Microsoft.com that listed various strategies for conserving battery power. Several of the strategies pertained only to PC users, but a few would be helpful for both PC and Mac users.

The two main PC-only strategies mentioned in the article covered 1) optimization of power settings and 2) taking advantage of low-power states. Specific instructions for

Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 are provided.

Additional tips included disabling your wireless and managing your screen’s brightness.

If you’d like, you can read the article here: http://tinyurl.com/m4haua. (It’s a short one.)

You want a free website for your business, right? Of course you do. I’ve mentioned a few options in the past (such as http://www.Wix.com), but if my previous suggestions haven’t tickled your fancy, consider heading over to http://www.Yola.com. Great looking websites. Easy-to–use tools. Free with optional paid upgrades. Check it out.

1. http://tinyurl.com/24h3rm5 – The most amazing feat of self control. Ever. (Think: knowing you’ll die unless you perform surgery…on yourself.)

2. http://tinyurl.com/2ahnbbe – DIY: flat-panel TV with hidden wiring.

3. http://tinyurl.com/ydxojcn – Making your business blog more social.

4. http://tinyurl.com/2cjsd5h – The wonders of the Web allow us to collect more information in a short period of time than we ever could before. You know, by posing our questions to complete strangers. Let’s mix together a 19-year-old guy, a question about inheritance money, and an online platform where he can ask others for their opinions. What do you get? An online discussion of (currently) almost 600 comments and suggestions. The real question here is: in cases like these, is being able to ask anyone and everyone for help … genuinely helpful? (Note: The asker has recently posted an updated comment below his original question.)

5. http://www.mytweetspace.com – Custom Twitter backgrounds and “Follow Me” buttons made by professional designers. Free options and cheap custom options. (We’re talking cup of coffee cheap here.)

eRin pheiL is the owner of timeforcake (www.timeforcake.com), a web design/development studio in Frisco. She can be reached via e-mail at erin@timeforcake.com.

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