New feature in Tokyo release – New Power Policies

The Tokyo release of eiPower Saver adds additional functionality to the end user’s ability to override and change the power schemes on their computers.

The first significant change is that the user can now specify their computer’s power settings when they choose to set the override. Prior to the Tokyo release the user had the ability (if granted by the administrator) to override the power schemes, but this would set all the power scheme settings to never and hence prevent the monitor and computer from going into standby/hibernate at all. The Tokyo release enables users to specify the individual values for the Monitor Off, Disk Off, Standby and Hibernate timers when they turn on the override. This allows a user to set the override and to for example prevent their computer going into Standby while still allowing the computers monitor to go into standby

The other change is that administrators can allow end users to override the default power policy on their computers. The default power policy is the policy that will be applied when the are no Application or Schedule power policies active. The user can now change this default policy in order to make the settings more aggressive and save more power. They can only set timer values that are lower (more aggressive) than the corresponding values set by the administrator. Hence if the administrator has set the default policy to have Standby after 1 hour then the user can only specify a Standby time of 1 hour or less.

With these changes there are now the following types of power policies;

  1. Complete Override Power Policy. This power scheme gets created when the user has set the override. Likewise it gets deleted when the override countdown timer reaches zero or the user turns off the override by clicking the Resume button.
  2. Application Power Policy. These power schemes get activated when the specified application is running.
  3. Scheduled Power Policy. These power schemes become active when the current time is between the Start and End date.
  4. Users Override Default Power Policy. This power scheme gets created when a user chooses to modify the default policy specified by the administrator.
  5. Administrators Default Power Policy. This is the default power scheme defined by the administrator.

These types are listed in order of their priority. That means, the Complete Override Policy (if set) take precedent over all other policy types, likewise an active Application Policy takes precedent over all other types except for complete override policy and so forth.