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Use Open Office for longer battery life on laptops Apps
Anyone with a laptop will know that the more you use the processor, the the shorter your battery life is going to be. I typically use Microsoft Word to take notes in my college classes, and with all the possible settings optimized (i.e spelling and grammar off), it is using roughly 16 percent of my TI 800's CPU. PowerPoint idles around 50%. Enter Open Office. Using the X11 port, the total system CPU usage is under 5% for either the word processor or the PowerPoint-like program with spell checking enabled! If that means a little more battery time when I really need it, goodbye Microsoft Word.

[robg adds: When I really want to just jot down writing thoughts on my PowerBook, and battery life is critical, I set the CPU to reduced power settings, dim the screen, disable AirPort and Bluetooth, quit everything, launch TextEdit, and start typing. It's astounding how much longer the battery can last working in this mode ... but if you'd like a bit more functionality, it looks like OpenOffice is a good alternative, though I'm sure there are others ... the general hint is "reduce CPU usage to maximize battery life."]
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Use Open Office for longer battery life on laptops
Authored by: NetCurl on Dec 01, '03 11:55:52AM

I find that just dimming the display on my Ti 1Ghz has a huge affect on battery life. I knock it way down on planes, in classs, and when Im running from the battery for a long time. It makes a one to two hour difference in battery life with CPU on Highest.



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Use Open Office for longer battery life on laptops
Authored by: shneusk on Dec 01, '03 02:41:00PM

I don't have a mac laptop at the moment but how about booting up, logging in as >console and then running vi? ;)



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Use Open Office for longer battery life on laptops
Authored by: doggkruse on Dec 01, '03 04:28:50PM

lol, i can say I have used this from time to time.... but i like how easy open office is compared to vi...



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Use Open Office for longer battery life on laptops
Authored by: SeanKaneFLA on Apr 05, '04 10:26:48PM

shneusk,
Excellent suggestion. Spoken like a true UNIX geek!
Thanks,
Sean



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Use Open Office for longer battery life on laptops
Authored by: yesno on Dec 07, '03 09:30:17AM

I do most of my writing in TextEdit, in plain text mode. For just taking notes and concentrating on writing rather than formatting, it can't be beat. Most other text editors are designed for programmers.

In rtf mode, TextEdit serves as a decent word processor. It can even read Word documents.

And why would you use that behemoth vi in a console section? Talk about bloat! "Ed is the standard text editor."



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