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Yank the battery from your Mac without shutting down, then pick up later right where you left off.
Karl the Machinist wrote in to the Real Deal podcast recently saying he had a cool trick where he put his Mac to sleep and took out the battery. When he put the battery back in and turned on the Mac, all of his programs were right where he left them. Granted, Apple no longer sells any laptops with a user-replaceable battery. But if you have an older Mac like mine, it's a really cool trick. I'm going to put this Flash game up on the screen before we put the Mac to sleep. We have a few other programs running here. Now remember where everything is. Put the computer to sleep by tapping the power button so the sleep menu comes up, and then click sleep. Alternatively, you can go to the Apple menu and select sleep from there. Once the sleep light starts blinking and you've confirmed the hard drive is no longer spinning, carefully close the lid so that you don't reactivate the computer, and then remove the battery. The light will go out. The computer will be dead. Now, either connect the computer to AC power, or put the battery back in and restart the computer. You'll see a progress bar and then the computer will return right where you left it. See, look at that. Not only will it amaze your friends, but if you need to yank that battery out on a trip, or you just want to make sure the laptop doesn�t wake up in your bag while you�re driving to work, it�s a great way to make sure you can pickup right where you left off. I'm Tom Merritt, CNET.com