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Awake

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The other day, I noticed a stange icon in the system tray that looked like a teacup that was called “Awake”. Turns out it’s part of the PowerToys suite of utilities which I only use for the Spotlight-like search bar. Reading about Awake some more, it turns out it’s designed to keep your laptop…awake without changing you’re system’s power settings, useful when you’re doing long running tasks.

One thing I was annoyed with when I got my new laptop was how the laptop would go to sleep and killdoing a long running tasks like compiling and using ffmpeg. It wasn’t a problem before since my old laptop had no battery so staying on was the default. Now I know this exists, I’m going to use it more often.