Sunday, September 21, 2014

What’s the Difference Between Sleep and Hibernate in Windows?

Sleep mode 

All actions on the computer are stopped and any open documents and applications are put in memory. You can quickly resume normaloperation within a few seconds. Sleep mode is basically the same thing as “Standby” mode.

Pro: Faster wake-up
Con: Still uses power

Hibernate 

The Hibernate mode saves your open documents and running applications to your hard disk and shuts down the computer.  

Pro: 0 power consumption
Con: Somewhat slower wake-up

To confusing? Simply do what I do and use the regular shut-down :)


Mozilla Electrolysis (e10s) Release Date and Resources

The goal of the Electrolysis project ("e10s" for short) is to run web content in a separate process from Firefox itself. It is an important project with potentially breaking changes for addon developers. I find the Mozilla Resources ...confusing. So here is my e10s cheat sheet.


e10s Release Date


E10S is scheduled for Firefox 36 - February 17, 2015.

According to the Rapid Release Calendar Firefox 36 development begins Oct 13,2014. This is the version of the browser where Firefox's multi-process architecture will be moved from channel to channel (Nightly > Aurora > Beta > Stable) so that it is released to the stable channel of the browser on February 17, 2015. (Source =?, I read it on Ghacks)

e10s - How to test

You can test e10s in its own window, like Private Browsing, using the 
Nightly channel's "File > New e10s Window" menu item. (Source https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/mozilla.dev.platform/q0Ku_8j26Pc )

How To Automatically Logon To Windows 8 or 8.1


  • Open the RUN prompt, type 
    netplwiz
  • Then the  Advanced User Accounts program will opens. You see a list of users.
  • Click (= mark) the user that you want to autologin.
  • Now, above this list of usersuncheck the box next to "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer".
  • Click the OK button at the bottom of the window.
  • When the Automatically sign in box appears, it has the user name prefilled. Just enter the password twice.
    Note: If you're using a Microsoft account, be sure to enter the entire email address that you use to sign in to Windows 8 with in the User name field. What defaults there might instead be the name associated with your account, not your actual user name.
  • Done!








Saturday, September 20, 2014

Bluetooth Tracking Devices Review

Ever lost luggage? Or your mobile phone? Then a Bluetooth location tracking device (aptly also called Lost-Item tracker) might be for you. Here is a list what is currently on the market:

  • Tile
  • StickNFind
  • BluTracker
  • PebbleBee
  • XY Find-It
  • Bringrr & BringTags
  • Find’Em Tracking
  • Linquet
  • PROTAG Duet
  • Lupo
  • iCookie
  • Click N'Dig
  • Wallet TrackR

The review is easy: All of them require a battery and cost between $30-$100. Unlike the WallStreet Journal I think this is ridiculous. It is the electronic version of Coal Rollers.

In contrast to Bluetooth, NFC (Near Field Communication) would be an ideal candidate for this application, as the tags require no battery. But physics still puts some hard limit on their range. More than 20cm are currently not possible.

As far as I am concerned, I came to the conclusion that this is nothing for me. Way to much battery waste! So I decided I'd rather continue use my build-in brain for this. It is not that bad after all.

But wait! There is one solution that does not require a battery. It is
Alas, this one does not exist yet and is most likely a scam.