Another Reason To Use IE 8 – Extended Battery Life for Laptops

Both Lifehacker and Gizmodo yesterday posted the same post from anandtech.com. Surprise ? Yet apparently IE 8 came up top in the battery life test they have hold. Few things need to point it out, the test was done on 2 different laptops and 1 netbook with AMD, and Intel CPUs. (Atom for Netbook)
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Both Lifehacker and Gizmodo yesterday posted the same post from anandtech.com. Surprise ? Yet apparently IE 8 came up top in the battery life test they have hold. Few things need to point it out, the test was done on 2 different laptops and 1 netbook with AMD, and Intel CPUs. (Atom for Netbook)

we set the laptop on the Vista "Power Saver" profile instead of "Balanced", with the hard drive set to power down after 3 minutes and the maximum CPU performance set at 50%. This improves battery life on all laptops, sometimes by a significant amount.

Here is the list of the browsers they have tested (Firefox with Adblock which should increase the battery life for Firefox as well)

Apple Safari (version 4.0.3), Google Chrome (version 2.0.172.43), Mozilla Firefox (version 3.5.2), Microsoft Internet Explorer (version 8.0.6001.18813), and Opera (versions 9.6.4 and 10 Beta 3)

Notice the test was in Vista and Power Saver Mode, not done in Windows 7, which I suspect IE 8 will have even longer battery life with the new Windows 7 power management. Anyways in both laptop tests IE 8 came in top of the result by as much as 33 %, compare to the worst browser Sarfari 4.

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This Gateway NV58 is running Intel Core 2 Duo T6500

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This Gateway NV52 is running AMD Athlon 64 X2 QL-64

IE 8 battery life netbook

ASUS Eee PC 1005HA Intel Atom N270 (notice this netbook is running XP not Vista as the previous 2 laptop)

Looks like IE 8 isn’t so bad if you really want to extend the battery life of your laptop by just that much.

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Browser Chooser Allows You to Choose What Browser to Open the Link

I have FireFox set as default browser on my work computer. Often times, I find it’s quite inconvenient that the link I open from my email only works well in IE. I then would have to copy the link and paste it to IE manually to get it display properly. If you find this annoying, […]

I have FireFox set as default browser on my work computer. Often times, I find it’s quite inconvenient that the link I open from my email only works well in IE. I then would have to copy the link and paste it to IE manually to get it display properly. If you find this annoying, you may find this little tool Broswer Chooser comes in handy.

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It’s an open source tool developed in VB.net and acting as the default browser allowing you to choose what browser to open the link in. It gives you the flexibility to choose what browser to you for any given task. It works on almost all late Windows, including Windows 7.

It opens up the configuration window the first time when you open it, in which you can set all browsers you have installed on your computer. All installed browsers will be available to pick from the dropdown box.

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You will also need to set the Browser Chooser as the default browser in order to be used properly.

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Once all set, next time when you open a link from your email, the Browser Chooser opens up first asking you to pick which browser you would like to use.

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The Weekly Roundup #4: here are what you might have missed

Tips & Tricks roundup:
[Tips] New iTunes 9 Feature Only in Windows 7
[Tip] Easily Show Computer Name in the Taskbar in 3 Steps in Windows 7
7 New Font Features in Windows 7
Application Driven Audio Volume Mixer in Windows 7
How-to roundup:
Quickly Resize Images in Windows 7 and Vista on the Fly
Tools roundup:
Quickly […]

Tips & Tricks roundup:

[Tips] New iTunes 9 Feature Only in Windows 7

[Tip] Easily Show Computer Name in the Taskbar in 3 Steps in Windows 7

7 New Font Features in Windows 7

Application Driven Audio Volume Mixer in Windows 7

How-to roundup:

Quickly Resize Images in Windows 7 and Vista on the Fly

Tools roundup:

Quickly Resize Images in Windows 7 and Vista on the Fly

Windows 7 ISO Verifier Verifies Your Downloaded Windows 7 ISO

Misc. roundup:

The Story of Windows 7 Beta Fish

Sick of Apple’s Ads on Windows? Let’s Take a Look at the Future Windows Ads [Update]

Early Sneak Peak Windows 7 Ultimate Package with REAL DVD

New MS Commercial – Happy Words About Windows 7

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Quickly Resize Images in Windows 7 and Vista on the Fly

Resizing image has always been a problem in Windows OS, it lacks the support to resize image quickly. Fortunately the popular tool ImageResizer in Windows XP now has support in Windows 7 and Vista, it has native 64 bit support for 64 bit 7 and Vista.
Like it sounds, this tool lets you quickly resize a […]

Resizing image has always been a problem in Windows OS, it lacks the support to resize image quickly. Fortunately the popular tool ImageResizer in Windows XP now has support in Windows 7 and Vista, it has native 64 bit support for 64 bit 7 and Vista.

Like it sounds, this tool lets you quickly resize a selection of multiple images at once. It’s was typically used in the past to compress photos to more manageable sizes for sharing via email (although that’s not necessary anymore since Windows Live Mail does this for you). Now, it’s more likely to be used to compress photos down for use on your web page or blog.

Simply download the installer and you will have the option to resize any image when you right click the image. You can also select multiple images and resize.resize_image

You should see the new "Resize Pictures" option after you done installing the application

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It has 4 different presents build in and of course you can customize the size of the image by going to the advanced option

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Dwonload ImageResizer for Windows 7/Vista 32 bit

Dwonload ImageResizer for Windows 7/Vista 64 bit

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[Tip] Easily Show Computer Name in the Taskbar in 3 Steps in Windows 7

You can go to System Properties to find out what computer name is when needed. You also can use this little tool BgInfo to create custom wallpaper with computer name stamped in it.
However, if you are like me who often manage more than one computer or run a couple of virtual machines and don’t […]

You can go to System Properties to find out what computer name is when needed. You also can use this little tool BgInfo to create custom wallpaper with computer name stamped in it.

However, if you are like me who often manage more than one computer or run a couple of virtual machines and don’t often get chance to see the desktop, you will find having a computer name that always stay in taskbar all time can be quite handy.

Step1: Create a new folder with name the same as your computer name.

You can create it anywhere that is convenient to you. For example, now I have c:\temp\Kent-VW7.

Step 2: Right-click on the empty area in the taskbar and choose Toolbars, then New Toolbar.

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Step 3: browsing through the folder and select the new folder created in Step 1 as your Toolbar and click Select Folder.

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Done! And here is what the taskbar looks like with computer name embedded.

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Credit goes to Sott Hanselman for sharing this tip.

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