Found out a trick to boost batt life while surfing

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by hari-bhari, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. hari-bhari macrumors regular

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    I noticed that a lot of websites use flash, especially for ads which saps your batt life while surfing. So I installed Safari Adblock and also went into Safari preferences and disabled plugins. Most sites I visit work fine because they have backups for browsers without flash. When it comes to a site with a video, I just renable plugins and refresh the page (no need to quit safari completely). But it added about 45min to and hour of predicted battery life on a full charge.
     
  2. hari-bhari thread starter macrumors regular

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    By the way, using this trick with low screen brightness (4 clicks) and moderate keyboard backlight, I got about 1:20 of surfing off of 29% battery. Calculates to about 4:45 total for full charge. 9400m of course
     
  3. NATO macrumors 68000

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    I think it's criminal how much CPU Flash occupies... good tip :)
     
  4. kastenbrust macrumors 68030

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    i should have thought of this earlier! its only criminal on macs :( and considering macs were the first computers to have flash its a bit rude too.
     
  5. RKpro macrumors 6502

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    I just use Firefox 3 Beta 2 with AdBlockPlus add-on, it blocks out all the flash ads, and all other ads, but allows youtube and other video players.

    (btw, I use FF3 beta 2 because it allows trackpad gestures like Safari)
     
  6. bay2sacto macrumors member

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    Have you heard of MultiClutch? Its a free preference pane that allows you to assign gestures to *ANY* app on a multitouch MB/MBP.

    Link (Via TUAW)
     
  7. hari-bhari thread starter macrumors regular

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    yes but sites like cnet, abcnews, and facebook all use flash if its available. if you actually remove the plugin totally you will see a message requesting you to install it. however if you disable the plugins then the sites switch into some other mode and everything still renders normally. i cant tell the difference in functionality, but i can tell the difference in battery life :D
     
  8. Sean7512 macrumors 6502a

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    If you guys haven't done so, update to Flash 10. It uses less power than the old flash that comes pre-installed on the computers....You can download it here.. http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ It is still pathetic compared to Windows, but the latest version is a step in the right direction...I know this is old news, so if you are already using this new version, sorry...
     
  9. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    I'm using FF3 beta 2, and found that AdblockPlus doesn't work for me, on sites like IGN.com or Engadget.com. Just got FlashBlock instead, which works great.
     
  10. semitry macrumors member

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    I use noscript, a firefox plugin, it lets you block anything and allowing sites or certain flash applications on the fly is simple.

    And does multiclutch work with 4 finger gestures, would be nice to remap spaces to that.
     
  11. bay2sacto macrumors member

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    Unfortunately not at this time. Though the author has said on his site he plans to implement them in a future update.
     

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