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Set your computer to sleep and wake up on a schedule with SmartPower

I recently covered Aerofoil, which can be used to make your laptop a bit smarter about its power usage. Now you can show your desktop computer or Windows Home Server the same kind of love using SmartPower. While SmartPower has some features in common with the previously covered Shutdown Timer, there's one major difference: it can make your computer wake up, too. You can use SmartPower to force...

Screenshot Tour: Sleep Bot for Android helps you monitor your sleeping habits

Sleep Bot is a cute little application that helps you get a better understanding of your sleeping habits. Sadly, it doesn't use the phone's accelerometer to check how much you toss and turn at night, which could have been interesting. Still, for a free application it's quite nice; it has lots of charting options, a widget for the home screen, and a simple data export option. I took a quick spin...

SleepingTime.org lets you stalk Tweeter addicts even more effectively

"Twitter" and "privacy" are two terms which are as contradictory as they come. When people post many times every day, the very act of posting reveals some interesting patterns. For example, if you know what timezone someone is in and you follow them and see what times of day they aren't actively posting, you can figure out when they go to sleep and how long they sleep, on average, per night....

Boot Snooze combines the goodness of hibernation and rebooting

You want to shut down your Windows PC for the day, but you also want it to start as quickly as possible tomorrow morning. Waiting 3-4 minutes to load Windows plus all of the apps that you run at startup just isn't a (good) option. What do you do? You probably just put your computer into sleep or hibernation mode. But there's a better way. When you constantly use sleep or hibernate, there's a...

SetPower - time-based power management

SetPower is a utility that lets you choose different power management profiles for your computer based on the time of day. So, if you want your computer to stay on during the day, but sleep overnight, that's not something you can do with the built-in power management functionality in Windows. SetPower adds the ability to control which profile is in effect at a given time. As the world becomes more...

Sleep.fm: building a better alarm clock?

Sleep.fm is a personalized alarm service for your computer, phone, or Internet-enabled alarm clock that lets you and your friends leave each other personalized wake-up messages. While I agree that waking up to the radio, the standard alarm clock beep, or some obnoxious fake birds is less than ideal, I'm not sure I'm 100% sold on the utility of Sleep.fm. I started to get the picture a little more...

SmartSleep 1.0 Beta 1: Your Macbook or Macbook Pro will sleep smarter

SmartSleep 1.0 is a Mac preference pane designed for the MacBook or MacBook Pro that will help your computer get the most from its Da Vincian cat naps. SmartSleep sets a schedule for your Mac laptop's sleep patterns: when your battery has a high level, SmartSleep sets the computer to sleep only (sans hibernation). If your battery goes below 20% (the default setting, user customizable) then...

Wake Assist for the snooze-loving Mac

Wake Assist is a free utility (which runs as a daemon) that aims to fix a common problem that occurs on some Macs: the Mac is sleeping and when the user attempts to wake it, it rolls over and hits the snooze button. On our Macbook Pro for instance, we often open the lid after it has been sleeping only to receive a black screen and a still sleeping Mac. The Wake Assist download comes with a .pkg...

Nudge your Mac awake with Jiggler

The energy saver and screen saver settings on the Mac are great for powering down the computer when it's not in use. It can be a real annoyance, though, when they kick in unexpectedly and put your computer to sleep -- especially if you're monitoring an IRC channel or burning a CD. Jiggler is a small freeware application specifically designed to keep your Mac from falling asleep by wiggling your...

Schedule a PC reboot, shutdown, or hibernate with WinOFF

So you're in the middle of downloading a large file, or sending a huge batch of photos to your mom. The file transfer's going to take another 40 minutes, and you really want to hit the sack. But you don't want to leave your computer on all night sucking up energy. WinOFF is a nifty utility that lets you schedule all sorts of power-related actions. You can set your computer to shutdown 60...

Midnight - deep sleep dashboard widget

Midnight is a widget for the Mac's dashboard widget engine that gives you the ability to put your Mac to sleep with the click of a button. To be honest, if that's all this widget did, it wouldn't be worthy of a post, but this one does one more interesting thing. It can hibernate your system, much like a Windows computer can hibernate. Most Mac users aren't even aware that their Macs are capable...