My job often requires me to work for many hours at an unplugged laptop. I’ve picked up a few tricks for making the battery last longer. None of these are particularly brilliant, but they’re very helpful:
Turn off WiFi. That’s a big battery suck right there. In practice, I end up turning it on again briefly if I need to check something, then turning it right off again.
Likewise, dim the screen as far as I can still read it. That’s one or two ticks up from completely dark.
When I’m not typing, I shut the screen off manually. I close the lid if I think it’s going to be a while, and for short periods I have a hot corner set up to shut off the screen when I move the mouse to the bottom right corner.
By taking these four measures, I was able to get about nine hours’ usage out of my MacBook Pro on Monday.
Do you have any tricks for getting more out of a laptop battery? I’m told shutting off Bluetooth helps, but in practice I haven’t found it to matter much. And I’m also told that Chromebooks can easily get 10+ hours of battery life without having to do any tricks at all.
And backup is more important than ever; unlike Evernote or Google Keep, you’re not syncing your data to someone else’s server. Continuously updated backup services, like the very popular and otherwise excellent BackBlaze, can create problems. Arq seems to be OK. More on the DevonThink blog.
Journalist Mark Pupo took a job doing marketing at a tech startup, and realized it was a bad idea.: “I don’t miss the rowing competitions, the beanbag meetings, wearing the team T-shirts or pushing the beer cart.”
Much as I loved del.icio.us – and I continue to use del.icio.us clone Pinboard.in – del.icio.us was never going to be Facebook- Google- or even Twitter-big. People like images and design; a bare-bones text-only site was always going to be a niche.
(Oh, yeah, is that so, respond Reddit and Craigslist, sarcastically.)
Affluent parents, including many in Silicon Valley who work in tech, are limiting or eliminating their kids’ screen time. “It could happen that the children of poorer and middle-class parents will be raised by screens, while the children of Silicon Valley’s elite will be going back to wooden toys and the luxury of human interaction.” (Nellie Bowles/NYTimes)
Businesses are starting to realize nobody’s interested in VR. Seems like we have to go through this every 10-15 years with whatever technology is hot at the time, starting with text-based MUDs and MUSHes and MOOs in the 80s. (Joshua Topolsky/The Outline)
I’m intrigued by the potential of blockchain. But there are an awful lot of bullshit blockchain business plans out there, and it seems like this plan is one of them. It finds a problem that doesn’t actually exist, and suggests a solution that won’t fix the problem.