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Caffeine: Keep Your Screen Awake!

Complete Score: 38 / 42 = 90.5%

Ever watch a video on your computer and get annoyed by having to move the mouse or disable your screen saver to keep the video on the screen? Well, if you’re on a Mac those annoying times are long gone. Caffeine is one of those great programs that I bet nearly everyone would love to have but is truly at home on a Mac. It’s a tiny (only 240 KB) program that sits in the menu bar and allows you to disable or enable your screen saver and monitor sleep mode with a simple click.

Value

Caffeine is free to download and use. It’s got a tiny footprint and uses barely any system resources. It sits in the menu bar out of the way, patiently waiting for you to enable or disable it. It might only save a few seconds when compared to disabling your screen saver manually via system preferences, but having the visual status right in the menu bar is crucial. Sure we could just go to the system menu and turn off the screen saver, but what about remembering to turn it back on?

The vastness of the preferences menu boggles the mind
The vastness of the preferences menu boggles the mind

Over time, Caffeine ends up saving the user resources by easily letting us see if we’ve remembered to re-enable our screen savers. Plus in version 1.0.2, Caffeine adds a sub-menu, accessible by holding down Command before clicking the coffee cup icon, that allows us to set a time limit for how long Caffeine should be active for. Watching a movie before falling asleep? Just set Caffeine and forget it, knowing your screen saver will turn on after the movie ends.

Score: 4.5 / 5

Quality

Simple, elegant, and efficient, there’s little to improve upon here. Caffeine only does one small task but it does it damn well and looks good doing it too!

Score: 4.5 / 5

Innovation

Caffeine is one of those programs you might not realize you need until you begin using it. At first I thought, it’s not that useful, it just saves me a step when watching a video, but after converting my TV time to Hulu time, caffeine has gotten a lot of use to keep my screen saver at bay while I watch The Daily Show. It’s not a world changing piece of software but the design and implementation is perfect.

Score: 5 / 5

Caffeine is so simple, we've shown you all its menus & options
Caffeine is so simple, we've already shown you all its menus & options

Social Benefit

By allowing users better control over their screen savers and monitor sleep modes, Caffeine ends up saving us energy by re-enabling the screen saver and sleep mode after a period of 5, 10, 15, 30, 60, or 120 minutes. The software is also free to download and use. If it was open-source, it might receive a five here.

Score: 4 / 5

Freestyle!

If you own a Mac and watch any amount of videos, there’s really no reason not to use Caffeine. It’s free, useful, and simple.

Score: 20 / 22

Caffeine for Macintosh systems is available for free at Lighthead Software.

Complete Score: 38 / 42 = 90.5%

Slacker Uprising: No More Michael Moore

Complete Score: 4 / 42 = 9.5%

On September 23rd, Michael Moore released his latest film for free via internet streams and downloads. Further, he’s given blanket permission for people to do whatever they wish with the film, even sell it for profit. Having just watched the documentary, it’s apparent why he’s giving it away for free, Slacker Uprising is fracking awful. Moore proclaims on the film’s website that “…you can charge admission or ask for a donation if it’s to raise money for a candidate, a voter drive, or for any non-profit or educational purpose. In other words — it’s yours!”

Well, Michael Moore, I don’t want it, please keep it the hell away from me. Never before have I wished for the Men in Black memory erasing device as much as I do now. If only Michael Moore’s blanket open permission allowed me to remove this film from the universe.

Value

Well, it is free. If you are uber-bored and desperately want to see moving pictures on a screen for an hour and a half, please don’t watch this film. I recommend anything from hulu or just watching your screen-saver instead. If you’re having trouble falling asleep, give this film a shot, it knocked me out a few times.

There’s no educational value, no activism and no investigation of voter fraud or election corruption. This film holds little value outside of its free distribution methods.

Score: 1 / 5

Quality

It’s the first time I’ve awarded a product a zero in any category on OTIBR and Slacker Uprising deserves every piece of that null value. Please, do not get the wrong impression, I am by no means a Republican. Nor am I a Democrat. I’m registered as an independent and plan on voting for Ralph Nader. I am not opposed to the political views expressed in the movie, it’s zero score is purely because this documentary is just plain bad. I went in expecting a look at the voter fraud occurring during the 2004 elections and instead got a lot of Michael Moore encouraging others to do stuff while other people spread the gospel of Michael Moore and his awesomeness. We get it Michael, other celebrities think you’re cool and you desperately need to show the world their validation of you.

Michael Moore thinks Michael Moore is #1
Michael Moore thinks Michael Moore is #1

When the film isn’t celebrating Michael Moore, it’s hating on George W. Bush. Look, I hate George W. Bush as much as any other self respecting liberal leaning independent, but this film is simply too much. Over and over and over Moore and others bash Bush but offer little to no praise of Kerry or any other Democrat. There’s no real alternatives mentioned. No one discusses how to fix the country or how to convince Republicans to switch their vote or anything besides a lot of Bush bashing and a lot of promoting the great hype that the Democrats are not the Republicans.

Moore shows a lot of appreciation for the armed forces in this movie, but who does not appreciate what our soldiers do for us? I for one have a great difficulty seeing myself in uniform and immensely appreciate that we have people volunteer for what amounts to one of the toughest jobs on this planet so that we don’t have to. I would have loved to seen a movie all about the troops and their opposition to the war. This film does not do so, but rather skims the issue. Our troops rock, Slacker Uprising does not.

Score: 0 / 5

Innovation

A new level of awful. One point for inventing a documentary so bad, so self-loving that it’s not worth the price of free. In all sincerity, Moore deserves a little bit of credit for releasing his move for free streaming and via download online. He’s not the first person to release a movie for free but he’s one of the biggest. Hopefully it starts a new trend amongst artists who are already financially set and wish to give back to their fans and society.

Score: 2 / 5

Social Benefit

I’ll give Michael Moore credit where he deserves it. While filming this documentary, he did get people excited to vote and helped register voters. But, by the same token, George W. Bush’s terrible presidency also encouraged people to register and vote so we can’t give either party too much credit.

Michael Moore's Biggest Fan
Apparently Moore does not like this guy

In traveling the country Michael Moore also released a ridiculous amount of pollution into the air. It seemed he was flying a jet for a big portion of this film, and towards the actual election day seemed to criss-cross the country multiple times. At the end of the day, despite all of Michael Moore’s ranting and raving, John Kerry still lost the election. In other words, the Democrats had four failed years of the Bush doctrine, a war hero presidential candidate, a liberally loved Michael Moore supporting them and actively seeking voters for the Democrats and still, the Democrats lost.

Not only did they lose the election, but they also lost the fight for democracy. Little effort was made by the Democrats to combat the massive election fraud, voter suppression and the purge of registered voters. I was expecting a documentary discussing the voter frauds that occurred in Ohio to steal the election for George W. Bush but instead got a lot of Michael Moore’s self love fest and then some more Michael Moore.

Score: 1 / 5

Freestyle!

Aside from the bump in voter registration, I can’t find one redeeming quality about this film. Sure there were some musical performances, but none of them were very good. I’m a fan of Eddie Vedder and Tom Morello but they come across very flat in this film. What was the deal with that guy singing about Al Gore? Why do the Democrats love losing?

Hey, it's Eddie Vedder!
Hey, it's Eddie Vedder!

This film is just too bizarre and yet boring. I considered giving it a point or two in the freestyle section for the benefit of registering voters but I can’t in good faith encourage Michael Moore. As apart of the slacker generation targeted, this movie is of great insult to my intelligence and my passion for this country. Michael Moore repeatedly yells at people to get off the coach and vote, well Michael please take a look in the mirror, get off the jet, get on a bicycle and stop yelling at everyone else.

No more Michael Moore, no more.

Score: 0 / 22

Download or stream Slacker Uprising for free at SlackerUprising.com. If for some reason you must own this train wreck, Slacker Uprising is available on DVD at Amazon.com. (Note, Amazon.com is our affiliate).

Fahrenheit 9/11 was great, Slacker Uprising needs to be burned.

Complete Score: 4 / 42 = 9.5%