Get some Caffeine for your Mac

Caffeine keeps your Mac awake. Get it now.

Lighthead Software

Ever in the middle of a presentation and the Mac screen dims or your Mac goes to sleep? Yes, you can go in and edit your preferences to avoid this, or you can get Caffeine.

It's super easy to use and does one thing extremely well:

Caffeine is a tiny program that puts an icon in the right side of your menu bar. Click it to prevent your Mac from automatically going to sleep, dimming the screen or starting screen savers. Click it again to go back. Hold down the Command key while clicking to show the menu. The menu now has a sub-menu for deactivating Caffeine automatically after a number of minutes.

Verdict? It's awesome. Get it now. It's not open source, but it is freeware.

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    Matt Asay is chief operating officer at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, Matt was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. Matt brings a decade of in-the-trenches open-source business and legal experience to The Open Road, with an emphasis on emerging open-source business strategies and opportunities. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mjasay.

     

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