Caffeine

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 6 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.2
  • Total Downloads:
    87,077
  • Date Added:
    May 07, 2009
  • File Size:
    14.29KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    795
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista

Editors' Review

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Caffeine keeps a computer from locking up or falling asleep by regularly simulating keystrokes. Like a strong cup of coffee, the program prevents your screensaver from kicking in without your having to disable the screensaver itself. It's handy for times when you don't want a screensaver but also don't want to change your desktop settings.

We enjoyed this program's interface, because it didn't try to overextend itself. Caffeine basically has only an on/off switch. It's pretty much impossible to be confused with such a simple layout. The program's description claims it simulated a keystroke once a minute in order to keep our computer from going to sleep. We had no way to prove or disprove whether the keystroke happened, but the program lived up to its billing: we left the computer idle for several minutes, which normally would have resulted in the screensaver kicking in, and nothing happened. Since that was what was supposed to happen (or not happen) it is obviously an effective way to keep your screen open. Caffeine is so simple and basic that it offers no features, special or otherwise. While this doesn't hurt its overall excellence, a timer or scheduler might be a smart inclusion. Regardless, this was a great way to keep a computer from lapsing into sleep.

Caffeine is freeware. It comes as a compressed file.

 
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5 stars

"Frustration Saver"

February 02, 2010  |  By wsimonds

 |  Version: Caffeine 1.2

Pros

Small, easy, invisible, no bugs, no hit to performance, no complicated hooha. Just a neat work around for an annoying screen saver lock down

Cons

There are none

Summary

If you, like me, work in an environment where the IT department knows better than you how to configure your computer and insists on setting your screen saver to come on in too short a period of inactivity, sets it to require you to re-enter your log on information to get back to your desktop, and grays out the option to turn all of that off; THIS is the app for you. If you are running Windows, just drop this little puppy into your Start Up folder on your start menu and every time you boot up, it will run automatically in the background with just a small icon in your tool box. Just another little way of sticking it to the man. =)

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.2

Version 1.2 added command line switches to set the interval and to start disabled

General
Publisher Zhorn Software
Publisher web site http://www.zhornsoftware.co.uk/
Release Date May 07, 2009
Date Added May 07, 2009
Version 1.2
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 2003, Windows Me, Windows 98
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 14.29KB
File Name caffeine.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 87,077
Downloads Last Week 795
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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