Thursday, July 17, 2008

Who Turned Out the Lights?

A mini-hack today for those that like to use their MacBooks to watch video clips.

If you watch a movie on your MacBook, the computer realizes you're doing something and doesn't either darken the screen or initiate the screensaver.

However, if you're watching a video embedded in a web page, it doesn't.

So what do you do? You can sit and move your mouse every few minutes or stroke the keypad to keep the screen alive or you can use a nice piece of free software called Caffeine.

Caffeine is a tiny program that puts an icon in the menu bar. Click it to prevent your Mac from automatically going to sleep, dimming the screen or starting screen savers. The software is very easy to use and does the job as advertised.

One thing to be aware of though. Keeping the screen lit bright will shorten the length of time that you can run on battery power so you might want to remember to turn the application off after you've finished watching your videos. You can access the menu and set the amount of time for which Caffeine is active but that isn't the default.

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