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Journal JonnyRo88's Journal: Sony Laptop Batteries

It seems interesting to me that the high capacity battery for my sony vaio v505 laptop costs 500$. That's a LOT OF cash. Enough cash to make me pull it off of my christmas list. Why would I want to give up all the other possible things that I could get for christmas to be able to sit at some random location for 4-5 hours without the battery dying.

Primarily the main reason for wanting such extended battery life is to keep your battery running long enough to make it through a long flight without needing to recharge. Almost every other situation in which I could require extended battery life puts me in close proximity to a plug or car-lighter where I could plug in.

On a sidenote I have been quite happy with the laptop-mode patch that exists in kernel 2.4.24 (i know it is in some previous versions as well). It makes a lot of sense because it keeps the kernel from making writes to the disk too often when there shouldnt be a whole lot of activity going on anyway. Things that also helped included switching to metalog (a buffered logger) away from syslog-ng, and installing CpuDYN to do adaptive cpu throttling. These solutions are awesome if i stick to running pure linux applications. However , opening up a VMWare session pretty much throws all power management out of the window, as you cant count on the child OS to behave.
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