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20 Ways To Increase Laptop’s Battery Life

Modern graphic intensive operating systems and resource hungry applications are cutting down the life of your laptop's battery every day. The average battery life per continuous use still stands at a maximum of three to four hours. So, a fast depleting battery could very swiftly put the crutches on your 'mobile' road trip.Mobile computing has got better with lighter components, better chips and faster processors. But the Achilles heel of a laptop has remained its battery. So here are we are going to look at ways to increase laptop battery life.

Falling just short of carrying an extra pack of batteries in the back-pack, are several ways to keep the juice flowing through the batteries.
1. Ship shape with a defrag

Regular defragmentation helps to arrange data more efficiently thus making the hard drive work less to access the data. The quicker the moving hard drive works lesser is the load placed on the battery. Thus, your batter can last longer. The effect is minimal, but this efficiency goes hand in glove with hard drive maintenance.
2. Kill the resource gobblers

End the background processes that are not vital. Monitor the resource usage through a"˜Ctrl-Alt-Del' which brings up the Windows Task Manager (in Windows). If you're not on the internet, it is safe to shut down the immediate non-essential programs running in the taskbar like the antivirus and the firewall. Weed out unnecessary programs running as start-ups by launching the System Configuration Utility from Run "" Msconfig "" Tab: Startup. Uncheck the programs which you don't want to launch and reboot the computer once.

3. Pause the scheduled tasks

It may be a defrag or a virus scan, but make sure it is scheduled for a time when you are near a power outlet. If not then nix them for the moment.
4. Unplug external devices

USB devices are the biggest drainers of battery power. Unplug all external devices like an external mouse, PC cards, Wi-Fi, external speakers, Bluetooth and even an attached iPod.
5. Empty the CD/DVD Drives

Even if you don't intend to use it, don't leave any CD/DVDs as leftovers in the drives. A spinning drive sucks battery power like a sponge.
6. Go local

Desist using the DVD/external drives while running on batteries. Shift the content to the hard drive or run using (free) virtual drives like Pismo File Mount or even Microsoft's Virtual CD ROM Control Panel.
7. Lower the lights

The LCD screen of a laptop is another huge power sink. Calibrate the brightness to the lowest level you can tolerate using the Function key toggles or using the Display Settings applet in the Control Panel.
8. Kill the sounds

Mute the speakers and try avoiding the use of multimedia software to maximize the battery life. Installed sound schemes also drain a battery perceptibly.
9. Rid the screensaver

To maximize battery life by a little, switch off the screensaver.
10. Visit Power Options

Get familiar with power management through the "˜Power Options' applet in the Control Panel. Both XP and Vista come with advanced power management features which shut off components like the monitor and/or the hard drive after specified intervals. This again depends on the chosen "˜Power Schemes' (for XP) in the same applet. For instance in XP, "˜Max Battery' under Power Schemes can be selected for maximum battery optimization.

Similar settings can be found under "˜Mobile PC' in the Control Panel of Vista.

11. Turn off the looks

Today's OS's like Windows Vista come with features like "˜Aero Glass' which are resource guzzlers. One can turn it off and go for the "˜Classic' appearance which consumes less power. In Vista, click on Desktop – Preferences – View Colour – Appearance – Classic Appearance and Windows Basic graphical interface. In XP it's – Display Properties – Theme – Windows Classic.
Linux and even Macintosh are better optimized for longer battery life.
12. Hibernate is better than Sleep

In the Stand By mode (or sleep mode), the computer turns of the hard drive and the display but memory remains active while the CPU slows down. This draws on the battery. In contrast, hibernation mode is better because the computer saves the current state and shuts itself down completely thus saving power.
13. Get the most…work on the least

Working on too many programs while on the battery is a sure fire power drainer. Keep use of graphic intensive applications to a minimum. Working on a spreadsheet consumes much less than playing your favourite game. To increase the life of the battery open just one or two programs concurrently.
14. Ram in more RAM

Adequate RAM reduces the load on Virtual memory which by default resides on the hard drive. Though every extra bit of RAM uses up more power, it increases overall savings by short cutting access to the power hungry hard drive.
15. Keep it clean

A laptop with blocked air vents will generate more heat thus reducing the life of the battery. Clean the air vents regularly to keep operating temperatures low. Allow for open space around the vents for air to circulate freely. Keep the area around the laptop clean to avoid entry of dust.
16. Temperature is a silent killer

Undue heat kills off a battery slowly but surely. Avoid leaving the laptop under direct sunlight or inside a closed car.
17. Avoid the memory effect

A problem more for the older Ni-MH batteries than for Li-Ion batteries on which most modern laptops run. Memory effect relates to the loss of battery charge when they are repeatedly recharged after being only partially discharged. It can be prevented by discharging the battery fully and then completely recharging it. Li-Ion batteries on the other hand have no problems with partial discharges and re-charges and complete discharge is never recommended for this type.
18. Update software and drivers

This sounds a bit incongruous but then newer drivers and software are often designed to be more efficient (and hopefully less resource hungry).
19. Use the right adapter

Ensure that the adapter you use to charge the laptop battery is an original one or one with the correct specifications. A mismatch in the wattage could cause an overload thus damaging the laptop and the battery.
20. Pack it up

If you don't plan to use the laptop on batteries for quite some time, ensure that the charge is nearly 40 percent – remove the batteries and store it in a cool place.
A typical lithium ion battery has an overall average life of 2-3 years. With some care and caution, its mortality can be delayed.
Have you found your own way to increase battery life of your laptop? Share the "˜life giving' tips with us in the comments.
All modern laptops have battery charge level indicators.  Re-charge it only WHEN the battery charge is about to empty

Robots Help Clean Offices in Japan

Practical and functional cleaning robots are now a commercially available product in Japan. The latest model is one designed and developed by major companies Fuji Heavy Industries and Sumitomo. Ten years ago the two industrial giants had come up with a similar machine. This current model is said to be a simpler version that has the notable capability of navigating around obstructions.

A typical office filled with desks, equipment and employees may seem like an obstacle course but this cleaning robot can move through the space using its laser range finder. It even voices out a messagetelling the obstacle to get out of the way, just in case the obstacle happens to be human. The robot will wait for 15 seconds and if the obstruction remains, it moves around it.

The robot is battery-powered and can run for two and a half hours. Its average movement speed is 30 meters per minute. According to its creators, the machine is said to cut cleaning times by half.

Via Techcrunch

*M Junaid Tahir

Sharing Big Files: The Top 7 Tools to use


Transfer Big Files: The Top 7 Tools You Should Use

If you work online, and most of us do in some capacity, it's likely that you'll have to transfer big files from time to time.

Usually, the quickest way to transfer big files or share your work with someone is to email it to them, which means you just attach it to the email … right?

Not so fast my friend.

The problem, of course, is that most email clients have an attachment limit of 25MB. I've had Powerpoint presentations that are well over that limit. If you find yourself in a similar predicament, check out some of the following tools.

Whether it's a presentation, a movie, or anything else, these tools will help you get the job done quickly.

1. Dropbox

Without a doubt, Dropbox is my favorite of this bunch. I integrate it with my daily work in many ways and it acts as a dual-backup system for everything I write. But if you're looking to transfer big files, then Dropbox can play that role too.

Dropbox offers a free account of 2GB and, presumably, you could upload a 2GB file to your account and share it quickly with someone else.

All you need to do is click the "Share a Folder" button within your Dropbox account and then enter the email address of the person you want to share it with. Easy peasy.

Website: Dropbox

2. SendThisFile

SendThisFile is perfect for transferring big files. It has no file size limit and you can easily transfer the file via email. If you opt for the paid plan, then you can even secure your files with encryption, create customized emails, and more.

Two things you should know: SendThisFile does not scan for viruses and if you are using the free version the download speed is limited.

Website: SendThisFile

3. Send6

Send6 allows you to send up to six 50MB files every ten minutes without registering at all. You can also track any files you send and delete them at any time.

On the downside, the free version only allows for 10 sendings per month.

Website: Send6

4. TransferBigFiles

If you need to transfer big files, then it would make sense to check out TransferBigFiles.

As the name suggests, the service allows you to transfer big files quickly and easily via email. Any file up to 1GB can be transferred and you can also password protect your files. You can also send multiple files and send to multiple recipients at one time. Additionally, TransferBigFiles will notify you when your files have been downloaded.

However, all files are only available for download for 5 days. After that, they are deleted.

Website: TransferBigFiles

5. DropSend

I first heard of DropSend from a friend who was using it as a way to send himself backups of his own files. But it works just as well when you're emailing clients or co-workers.

DropSend offers a super simple 3-step interface (Attach, To, From) to transfer big files. There is no software to install and you can send files up to 2GB in size.

DropSend also offers a business plan for group file sharing.

Website: DropSend

6. MailBigFile

MailBigFile allows you to send files up to 300MB to a single email recipient. If you upgrade to their pro version, then you can utilize the Address Book feature and upload even bigger file sizes. According to their website, MailBigFile has been used by brands like Apple, Best Buy, and IKEA.

On the downside, you cannot password protect your files and MailBigFile only stores your files for 10 days before deleting them.

Website: MailBigFile

7. YouSendIt

YouSendIt is extremely easy to use and has a very familiar email-esque layout. You can easily attach and send files up to 100MB for the free version or 2GB for the paid version. Additionally, YouSendIt offers download tracking, password protection, and even custom branding.

The drawbacks include a 1GB download limit for free accounts and the fact that you cannot copy yourself on any emails sent with YouSendIt.

Website: YouSendIt

A bonus for mac users: Droplr

While it doesn't focus on transferring big files, Droplr is an incredibly simple way to share files from your Mac with a single link.

Anything you need to share — a document, a photo, a slideshow — can be delivered with a single link. It offers integration with Twitter as well, so you can use it for social sharing, as well as for work and emailing.

Website: Droplr

*M Junaid Tahir

Health Benifits of Dates

Health benefits of dates are uncountable, as this fruit is affluent in natural fibres. Dates are even rich in several vitamins and minerals. These natural products contain oil, calcium, sulphur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper and magnesium which are advantageous for health. It is said that consumption of one date daily is necessary for a balanced and healthy diet. Dates help in fighting constipation, intestinal disorders, weight gain, heart problems, sexual weakness, diarrhoea and abdominal cancer.

Health benefits of dates have made them the best nourishment for muscles development. People consume dates in several ways, like mixing the paste of the dates with milk, yoghurt or with bread or butter to make the food tasty and healthy. This paste is beneficial for both adults and children, especially during the time of recovery. According to the modern medicine survey, it is known that dates are useful in preventing abdominal cancer. It is also seen that many Muslims break their fast by eating dates and water according to their traditions. Breaking fast with eating dates helps us to avoid overeating of the food after the fast. When the body absorbs the nutritional value of the dates, the feeling of hunger gets pacified.


Dates are termed as a crown of sweets and ideal food which easily balances and digests food. It gives extra energy to a tired human body within half an hour after taking it. Dates are considered to be the best diet for confinement of the women. American Cancer Society recommends intake of 20-35 grams of dietary fibre in a day, supplied through dates. It is said that taking one date in a day will help you to maintain your healthy eyes for your lifetime. They are quiet effective in guarding the night blindness problems.

Benefits of dates

  • Constipation: Date is termed to be a laxative food. This is the reason that dates are beneficial for people suffering from constipation. For getting the laxative effect from dates, you need to soak dates for one full night in water. You should consume these soaked dates in the morning like syrup to get their actual advantages.
  • Intestinal Disorders: The nicotinic content that is present in the dates is said to be beneficial for curing any kinds of intestinal disorders. Continuous intake of dates helps to maintain a check on the growth of the pathological organisms and thus, helps in the rise of friendly bacteria in the intestines.
  • Weight Gain: Dates are said to be a part of healthy diet. They consist of sugar, fats, proteins as well as many essential vitamins. If the dates are consumed with the paste of cucumber, one can easily come out from the problem of over-slimming. One kilogram of dates contains almost 3,000 calories. These calories alone are sufficient to meet the daily requirements of a human body.
  • Healthy Heart: Dates are quite helpful in maintaining your heart in a healthy condition. When soaked for a night and crushed in the morning and consumed, they prove to be quite advantageous for weak hearts. They help in fortifying the heart, if taken twice in a week.
  • Sexual Weakness: Dates are even beneficial for increasing sexual stamina in the human body. A handful of dates, when soaked in fresh goat's milk for the night and then grinded in the same milk with the mixture of cardamom powder and honey, becomes a very useful tonic for increasing sex endurance and sterility caused due to functional disorders.
  • Diarrhea: Ripe dates contain potassium. Potassium is beneficial for controlling diarrhea. They are easily digestible, which helps to cope up with the problems of diarrhea.
  • Intoxication: Dates are known as an excellent remedy for alcoholic intoxication. Dates provide quick relief in the case of alcoholic intoxication. They should be rubbed and soaked overnight for getting more nutritious values from them.
  • Abdominal Cancer: Dates are beneficial for curing abdominal cancer. They work as useful tonic for all age groups. They work as better as the medicines, and are natural and do not bear any side effects in the body. They can be easily digested and used for supplying extra and needed energy.

Although dates carry tremendous nutritional values, great care should be taken in their selection because they consists of sticky surface which attracts various impurities in them. Hence, you should consume only those dates that are processed and packed properly. Make sure to wash them thoroughly before consuming. This will help remove the impurities present in them.

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References: American Cancer Society


Sure Steps to a Brighter Life

Sure Steps to a Brighter Life

By: Guy Finley

"In the long run, our attitude towards life's lessons - and the direction our life takes in life - are one and the same; show me someone who resists the Light of Life's correction in the course of his or her soul, and I will show you someone whose destiny is the darkness of total self-enclosure."

Even though the Truth is never further away from us than our wish for its awakening and self-healing insight, there are distinct moments in life when it comes closer to us than others. Unfortunately, almost all of these important, potentially life-changing moments are entirely missed because what is wrong with us, our false nature, always sees Truth as an attacking enemy. Let me show you what I mean so that the next time Truth makes an unexpected appearance in your life you will recognize it for what it is -- a friendly and beneficial force that is on your side. Permitting the Truth to do what it is intended to do will permit you to be what you want to be -- which is happy.

Never are the healing powers of the Truth so close by as when a crisis is at hand. A crisis always precedes any real inner-advancement because real spiritual growth is a process of removing self-blocking thoughts and feelings. The reason a crisis must precede each new level of authentic self-unity is that the crisis, whatever it may be, points out where we have been holding onto a particular belief, a shaky pretense, or some flattering but deceptive self-image that is in conflict with reality. Where there is conflict there is always pain; and by the time this unconscious kind of psychological or emotional pain reaches the level of our consciousness, we generally experience it as some kind of a crisis. This explains why a crisis is a close encounter of the truthful kind. The previously invisible internal conflict, which is always at the root of any personal crisis, is now temporarily visible. We can say this in another way. A crisis arises when some inner-lie we have unconsciously been telling ourselves is about to surface and be seen as a lie. Let's take an example or two.

Maybe a man pictures himself as always being in control of his own life, but now he's suddenly aware that he can't stop drinking -- or talking -- or endlessly worrying. He has reached a turning point.

A woman has always thought of herself as being loving and kind, but all at once she begins to notice how critical and cruel her thoughts are towards others. She sees she only does things for others to have them think of her as being kind, and this fills her day with resentments. She has reached a turning point.

In both instances, where the terrible cost of living from lying but flattering self-images has suddenly become conscious, the only alternative that the false self has, as the author of these self-deceptive lies, is to start blaming everyone and everything for the unhappy circumstances. This system of self-subterfuge is almost fail-safe for the false self. By seeing to it that everything outside of it is constantly laid to blame, it keeps you fighting with life instead of learning from it. It is really very cunning. The more you take the side of defending what is wrong in you, the more the Truth that exposed the unconscious wrongness appears to be against you.

The Truth never causes pain. The only pain in a crisis is the false self's resistance to the Truth. A crisis only becomes a breaking point when we fail to use it as a turning point. In order to transform a crisis into a personal turning point in your life, you must wish to be shown the lesson in the crisis rather than allow yourself to be convinced by it that the world is against you. This Higher Wish, followed by your willingness to endure a new kind of pain, gives birth to a Higher Consciousness in you that belongs to your True Nature. This Elevated Consciousness never has to solve a crisis because it never has one in the first place.

"In the long run, our attitude towards life's lessons - and the direction our life takes in life - are one and the same; show me someone who resists the Light of Life's correction in the course of his or her soul, and I will show you someone whose destiny is the darkness of total self-enclosure."

Guy Finley is the best-selling author of more than 20 books and tape albums on self-realization and higher success. His works, which have sold over a million copies worldwide and have been translated into twelve languages, are recommended by doctors, ministers, and industry leaders. For information about Guy Finley's books, booklets, tapes, and helpful on-going study groups call (541) 476-1200 or visit where you can also sign up to receive a free, weekly Key Lesson.

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*M Junaid Tahir




In general the way to get crucial vitamins and minerals is through healthy foods, so for a completely well-nourished person, supplements may be a waste of money. But for people over age 50, even the best diet may not provide enough of some important nutrients.


Use this information to explore details about the Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements that are most important and specially as you grow older for people over 50. Supplements may cause side effects. If you have certain diseases, such as cancer or diabetes, your body may have special nutritional needs. Be sure to talk to your doctor about the vitamins and supplements you take.




[1] Vitamins




Vitamin A

How much?

Men: 900 mcg

Women: 700 mcg

Why you need it: Promotes good vision; helps keep immune system healthy.

Good to know: In supplements, look for vitamin A as beta carotene, not as retinol or retinoic acid, which increases the risk of bone fracture.

Food sources:  Dairy products, fish, darkly colored fruits and vegetables.




Vitamin B1 (thiamin)

How much?

Men: 1.2 mg

Women: 1.1 mg

Why you need it:  Necessary for healthy nerve and brain cells; helps convert food to energy.

Good to know:  Antacids and some diuretics may lower thiamin levels by decreasing absorption and increasing urinary secretion.

Food sources: Liver, whole grains, enriched breads and cereals.



Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)

How much?

Men: 1.3 mg

Women: 1.1 mg

Why you need it: Important for red blood cell production; helps convert food to energy.

Good to know: Older men and women may be especially susceptible to riboflavin deficiency, which can cause cracking or sores at the corners of the mouth, skin irritation or weakness.

Food sources: milk, eggs, fortified bread products and cereals.



Vitamin B3 (niacin)

How much?

Men: 16 mg

Women: 14 mg

Why you need it: Necessary for proper functioning of the digestive system, skin and nerves; helps convert food to energy.

Good to know: Can cause skin flushing; may be prescribed to treat high cholesterol but should be used only under a doctor's care because of potentially severe side effects.

Food sources: Meat, fish, poultry, eggs.




Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)

How much?

Men: 1.7 mg

Women: 1.5 mg

Why you need it: Aids in the formation of red blood cells; strengthens the immune system.

Good to know: Too high doses of supplements may cause nerve damage, numbness and trouble walking.

Food sources: Beans, nuts, eggs, whole grains.




Vitamin B12

How much?

Men and women: 2.4 mcg

Why you need it: Essential for keeping nerves and red blood cells healthy.

Good to know: As many as a third of people over 50 do not absorb enough B12 from diet alone; inadequate absorption may lead to neurological and balance problems.

Food sources: Fish, shellfish, meat, dairy products.





Vitamin C

How much?

Men: 90 mg

Women: 75 mg

(Smokers should add an extra 35 mg)

Why you need it: Important for wound healing; boosts immune system; required for growth and repair of tissues in all parts of body.

Good to know: No studies confirm vitamin C prevents colds although it may shorten the length of a cold; excessive amounts may lead to upset stomach and diarrhea.

Food sources: Citrus fruits, tomatoes, kiwi, strawberries.




Vitamin D

How much?

Ages 51-70: 400 IU (10 mcg)

Age 71+: 600 IU (15 mcg)

Why you need it: Helps the body absorb calcium; may protect against heart disease, cancer, diabetes and several autoimmune diseases.

Good to know: The current recommendation is under review and may soon increase substantially. See also "D to the Rescue."

Food sources: Sun exposure provides the body's main supply of vitamin D; fatty fish, fortified milk and juices also contribute.




Vitamin E

How much?

Men and women: 15 mg

Why you need it:  Helps protect cells from damage; may reduce the risk of developing cancer, heart disease and other chronic diseases, but further research is needed.

Good to know: If you take a blood thinner, talk to your doctor before taking supplements; vitamin E increases bleeding risk.

Food sources: Vegetable oils, nuts, fruits, vegetables.




Folic acid

How much?

Men and women:

400 mcg

Why you need it:  This B vitamin helps form red blood cells and produce DNA.

Good to know: High levels may mask vitamin B12 deficiency, especially in older adults. Recent research, suggests that for women, folic acid along with vitamins B6 and B12 may reduce the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration.

Food sources: Enriched cereals, whole-grain breads, dark, leafy vegetables.




Vitamin K

How much?

Men: 120 mcg

Women: 90 mcg

Why you need it: Helps blood clot properly and helps maintain strong bones in older men and women.

Good to know: Can dilute the effect of blood thinners, so talk to your doctor if you take Coumadin (warfarin) or other blood thinners.

Food sources: Plant oils, green vegetables, cabbage, cauliflower.








How much?

Men and women: 1200 mg

Why you need it: Helps form and maintain healthy teeth and bones; needed for normal heartbeat; helps with blood clotting.

Good to know: The body needs vitamin D to help absorb calcium, so if you use calcium supplements choose one that contains D. Recent studies have linked calcium pills to increased risk of heart attack.

Food sources: Dairy products, green leafy vegetables, bok choy, calcium-fortified orange juice.





How much?

Men: 30 mcg

Women: 20 mcg

Why you need it: Helps maintain normal blood sugar levels.

Good to know: There has been interest in treating high glucose levels and type 2 diabetes with supplemental chromium, but research to date is inconclusive.

Food sources: Meat, chicken, broccoli, apples, fish, grape juice.





How much?

Men and women: 150 mcg

Why you need it:  Necessary for normal thyroid function; prevents goiter, a swelling of the thyroid gland.

Good to know: Deficiency occurs more often in women than men; when buying salt, choose one labeled "iodized."

Food sources: Seafood, iodized salt.





How much?

Men and women: 8 mg

Why you need it: Essential for healthy red blood cells.

Good to know: Men and women over 50 generally should not take a mutivitamin containing iron unless they have been diagnosed with iron deficiency.

Food sources: Meat, eggs, fortified bread and grain products.





How much?

Men: 420 mg

Women: 320 mg

Why you need it:  Supports a healthy immune system; helps keep bones strong; regulates heart rhythm.

Good to know: Magnesium-rich foods may help protect against the development of type 2 diabetes; may also decrease the risk of high blood pressure in women.

Food sources: Whole grains, nuts, green vegetables.





How much?

Men and women: 4700 mg

Why you need it:  Crucial for heart, kidney, muscle, nerve function; important in controlling blood pressure; works with sodium to maintain the body's water balance.

Good to know: With age, kidneys become less able to remove potassium from blood, so speak with your doctor before taking supplements. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables generally provides sufficient potassium.

Food sources: Cantaloupe, bananas, yogurt, leafy green vegetables and sweet potatoes.





How much?

Men and women: 55 mcg

Why you need it:  Helps make special proteins that play a role in preventing cell damage.

Good to know: May reduce the risk of certain cancers, including lung, colorectal and prostate, although not all studies have found this effect.

Food sources: Red meat, fish, chicken, vegetables.




How much?

Men: 11 mg

Women: 8 mg

Why you need it: Aids in wound healing; keeps sense of smell and taste sharp.

Good to know: Many people take zinc to ease the miseries of a common cold, but its effect is controversial; some studies suggest zinc can speed recovery, others conclude it doesn't work. Some studies show that taking a combination of antioxidants and zinc reduces the risk of advanced age-related macular degeneration.

Food sources: Fortified cereals, red meat, eggs, seafood.










Omega-3 fatty acids

What does it do:  Important for blood clotting, cell division, relaxation and contraction of muscles.

Good to know: The omega-3 fatty acids plentiful in fatty fish and fish oil supplements have built a powerful reputation for reducing the risk of a second heart attack. Studies on fish oil and memory have had mixed results. May interact with blood thinners.




*M Junaid Tahir

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Prevent Eyes Strain With Periodic Reminders Using EyeDefender

Prevent Eyes Strain With Periodic Reminders Using EyeDefender

While spending an awful amount of time online, most of us forget the importance of taking periodic breaks to rest our eyes. A good way of reminding ourselves to take a break from the computer screen can be to use reminder applications like FadeTop, which provides periodic alerts for resting the eyes. EyeDefender is another such application that provides reminders for resting your eyes. It is more feature-rich than FadeTop, and has been designed to prevent Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), which is caused as a result of working on a computer for too long.

As explained by the developer, CVS symptoms include:

"eyestrain, blurred vision, delayed focusing, headaches, back/neck aches, dry and burning eyes, light sensitivity, distorted color vision, forehead heaviness, and sore eyes."

After installation, you can configure EyeDefender settings from the system tray and select a time after which the reminder message is to be displayed, as well as the amount of time the reminder image stays on screen.

Eye Defender

Once the configured time frame is reached, a serene image of flowers is displayed on the screen with a bar at the bottom which displays the amount of time remaining for your break to end.

Screen Saver

You can customize reminder display option by going to Settings from the system tray menu. Here, you can display pictures from a  predefined folder (as a reminder), start visual training, set the default screen saver to be activated as a reminder, or opt for a balloon reminder from the system tray instead of a screen saver. You can also enable password protection and auto start EyeDefender at system start up.

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EyeDefender works on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Download EyeDefender



*M Junaid Tahir