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Hybrid Sleep

Hybrid sleep was introduced in 2007 as part of Windows Vista. Hybrid sleep is a combination of sleep and hibernate mode. Hybrid sleep triggers your computer into low-power state to RAM (like sleep mode), while writing active data to the hard drive (like hibernation) when enabled. Once disabled, you can resume the computer quickly from sleep.

Not only does Hybrid sleep allow you to wake the computer rapidly, but also protects user data with a copy on the hard drive in the event of a power failure of system shutdown.

Hybrid sleep is designed primarily for desktop computers. Hybrid Sleep is on by default for desktop systems but off by default on most laptops. You are able to override the default for your laptop easily if you choose. Using Hybrid sleep on your laptop may be unnecessary since it runs on a battery and not power, so you will not have to worry about a power outage.

In order to enable Hybrid sleep you can do so by going to:

Control Panel > Power options > Edit Plan Settings > Change Advanced Power Settings > Sleep > Allow Hybrid Sleep.

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Ad Block

Ad block, or the oncept of blocking ads from showing in your browser, is growing rapidly worldwide. There are close to 200 million internet users actively using some form of ad block application when going online.

Consumers are more likely to block ads with concerns that websites are using personal data and that the ads are becoming very frequent and annoying. While corporate IT administrators, share the same concerns as consumers, they also care about network bandwidth utilization and security.

Website administrators have created/installed software to detect whether a visitor is using a blocker and in return send a message or even forbid you to enter their website. Today theremay be several websites that are not allowing users with ad blockers to enter their websites, in the future this number is expected to grow substantially. Forbes is just one example where it is able to detect if using an ad blocker. If so, you are greeted with a welcome screen that asks you to turn off your ad blocker in order to continue to view the content of their website.

Currently, digital advertising is a 60 billion dollar a year business in the United States. With ad blocking becoming increasing popular, more than 25 percent of the population has ad blockers. The industry claims they are losing money as a direct result of this growth.

The loss of revenue has been large enough that even YouTube is beginning to offer an ad-free version of its site to paying subscribers. FairBlocker, another company which started in February has a subscription that allows users to pay to see the content they want without ads.

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Sleep Mode

Sleep is a low energy power saving mode that is similar to pausing a movie or television show. This mode can often be referred to as “Standby” or as used in Linux “Suspend” mode. This mode significantly saves electrical consumption compared to leaving your system on and you are able to resume right where you started pre-sleep mode without having to start over or reboot your computer. When in Sleep, power is cut from components apart from the RAM which include the hard drive, display and ports. Ram uses the little power it needs to enable and maintain data.

Sleep mode stops actions on your computer and stores any open applications or documents into your computer’s RAM, enabling you to pick up from where you left off within moments your computer awakens. The computer’s data is maintained in RAM. RAM which is acronym for Random Access Memory is a hardware device that allows information to be stored and retrieved on a computer. RAM has a volatile memory and uses flash memory which requires power to keep the data active. If the computer is shut down or turned off, all data contained in its memory is lost.

To put your system in sleep mode, most computer systems are set to enter sleep mode after a period of inactivity and laptops often enter when they are closed. Sleep mode may also be activated through your operating system’s power menu. A computer usually awakens from sleep through pressing the power button, touching a key, or moving the mouse.


Some computers offer an option that combines sleep mode and powering down your computer called “Hibernate.” Hibernating means your computer is off and not just sleeping.

Hibernation mode powers down your computer while retaining its state. In this mode, the computer saves random access memory (RAM) to the hard drive or other storage system before shutting down the system. This includes open documents and running applications. When turning your computer back on, the system resumes exactly as it was before hibernation.

Hibernation avoids the hassle of saving unsaved data before shutting down your system.

HIbernation is a power saving technique, primarily for laptops, that may have a limited battery power, in which hibernation can be set to happen on a low battery alarm or automatically. Of all the power saving states, hibernation uses the least amount of power since the hardware is powered down like a regular shut down. This is good to use if you won’t be using your laptop or computer for an extended period of time and don’t want to close your documents or programs.

Most desktops support hibernation, mainly to save on electrical power as well as less wear and tear on your computers moving parts.

You can find the hibernate mode in the power menu of the settings charm, or in the shutdown window which is on the left hand corner of the screen press start.

Most computers can be awakened by pressing on the power button or simply lifting your laptop’s lid.

Ad Blocking

Ad blocking has been around on the desktop browsers for several years now. Beginning in 2015 this technology has went mobile. Although, not everyone is happy, as referenced recently when Google removed the Samsung ad blocking app from Google Play store. This app had racked up more than 50,000 downloads and was one of the top downloads of the play store.

Ad blocking is a technology which blocks ads before they are loaded by the web browser. Ad blockers are applications that remove all or alter some of the advertisments on a web page. Some applications eliminate all ads where as some others block things that could compromise a user’s privacy. When ads are tracking your activity through a third-party, they are able to track exactly what you are looking at online as well as how long you are spending on websites. This information can be sold to marketers.

Performance is a big benefit for using an ad blocker. There are dozens of ads on a page making your browser loading time drastically slower. Not only will an ad blocker increase load times, it will also improve battery life and less likely to crash due to overload.

Another benefit is protecting your security and privacy. Users are getting infected with viruses and malware. Ad networks can track and collect information about a users activity and pages they have visited. The software prevents third-party tracking. You should be able to browse the web privately without being monitored and watched.

Metiix has been working on blocking ads for its customer for quite a while and has recently released Metiix Blockade, a DNS-based ad blocking software for your entire network.