Add a Battery Meter to Your Cursor


battcursorPhil Ferris, our man in Cornwall, England, got the jump on me today. I normally read Business Hacks during my daily routine, but Phil beat me to it. Of course, he’s several time zones ahead, so I’m going to have to visit him and have a local RSS reading challenge soon. ;)

Phil pointed out another useful battery meter utility, and since I’ve been taking a closer look at Windows 7 on my UMPC (more on that later), the timing is perfect. I’m always looking at different battery meters because I like to auto-hide the Windows taskbar on the small screen. That, in turn, hides the native battery icon in the Windows system tray. Business Hacks thinks that BattCursor could work for folks like me. The free app adds your remaining battery level percentage to the cursor on your screen.

That might sound annoying, but you can customize the transparency level of the notification. And your cursor can be configured to turn yellow or red when the battery level gets close to the critical level. The software can even turn your Aero Glass windows yellow or red as you approach a low battery level. The BattCursor devs say this uses an undocumented feature of Windows, so that function could disappear. As your battery levels decline, the utility can auto-dim your screen and disable Aero Glass in order to save a wee bit more juice.

BattCursor runs on Microsoft Windows Vista and 7 (s msft), at least up to the Release Candidate of the latter. Thanks, Phil!



Philip Ferris

Cheers Kevin, it always gives me a buzz to get a shout out from one of my favourite websites.

It’d be good to see you if you did come over and if you do come further south than Bob Scoble did recently – his party only made it to London and Cambridge I believe.

Your link to my most neglected blog has given me impetus to go write some entries this week.

I am interested in your UMPC Windows 7 experiences, having recently started trying it by loading it onto this Aspire One netbook. I have to say I have been very impressed with how smoothly it went on, automatically setup the synching with my Touch HD Windows Mobile phone and generally. It’s swift on this 1GB memory 1.6Ghz Atom processor, I’m almost tempted to put it on my HP2710p but concerned about cost as even at half price I don’t think I can afford 2 copies next year. [I have a bow and 18 arrows to support these days].

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