I just had one of those “gulp!” moments … it’s 3am, and I’d been editing a PowerPoint for maybe 5-6 hours. Â I’d used a previous deck as a template, and because I thought I might want to sample from some slides. Â I clicked “save”. Â Uh oh … I never remembered to change the name of the PPT to a new deck — I just overwrote what turned out to be my only copy of the previous deck! Â And it was a critical deck. Â This is not the first time this has happened to me.
Thanks to this post on restoring overwritten PowerPoint files, I found ShadowExplorer, an awesome utility … man, it’s my new best friend! Â I was immediately able to go to the directory and find my previous copy of the file and restore it … sanity and hours of work saved! Â Later, I determined that maybe I could have just gone in Windows Explorer to the directory, right-clicked on the file, and selected “Previous Versions”.
Just installed Subversion on my (relatively) new Vista notebook just now, for bookkeeping purposes in the midst of iffy edits. Â Followed the notes on the VertigoSystems blog, which in turn are following the notes on Joe White’s blog, which were overall very useful. Â A point that I discovered after some digging, that might help you: Â When you go to run “sc …” to register the service, ensure that you’re running in a command window started with “Run as Administrator”.
I found the answer in the really nifty application Notebook Hardware Control. Â This application allows you to control the various settings on your notebook associated with power management. Â You can assign different profiles for docked and undocked. Â Most importantly, you can throttle down the speed your CPU’s running at by controlling the voltage, triggered by different CPU loads.
By doing this, you can turn your CPU speed — which you generally don’t need most of, given a modern machine — way down. Â I find this useful for keeping my machine cool … but you’ll probably find it useful because by turning the speed down, you can substantially prolong your battery life. Â I find that — even with the fan kept on full all the time — I’m adding another 0:30 or so to my battery time.