One cool new feature you can expect in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion is Power Nap. Similar to Intel Smart Connect for Windows, Power Nap allows your Mac to keep itself updated and backed up while it sleeps. Your Mac email and calendars will stay updated, your Time Capsule backup will be performed, and even your system updates and Mac App Store updates will It syncs your computer's email, keeps track of calendars, syncs to Time Capsule, and downloads App Store and system software updates—all while your computer's asleep. One odd tidbit about this feature is that Power Nap only works with Macs that use flash SSD storage. So if you are rocking an HDD, you're out of luck on this one. Power Nap is one of many new features you can expect from Mountain Lion which will launch in July for $19.99.
Most modern operating systems, including Microsoft Windows and OS X by Apple, feature technology to turn off internal devices and manage power to be more environmentally friendly and squeeze every last drop of juice out of batteries on portable computers. Unfortunately many Linux distributions don’t offer these features built in quite yet.
Enter Less Watts, a site dedicated to configuring Linux systems and machines to consume less power. Featuring tips and tricks for reducing power consumption in Linux, and links to a number of projects aimed at bringing these technologies to more and more distributions soon. The site looks to be fairly new, but has a great mailing list which looks like a great resource for anyone trying to reign in their power use on Linux boxes.
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