Newsletter : March 2003

Table of Content

  1. Hi!
  2. Useful Tips of the Month
    1. Improve your working efficiency with hourly and quarterly chimes.
    2. How to save your PC electricity.
  3. New Release: Pocket Binary Converter
  4. New Updates:
    1. PC Alarm Clock Pro Version 1.0.0.3
    2. PC Binary Converter Version 1.0.0.5

1. Hi!

It has been a busy and interesting month for Aquarius Soft in February. Our PC Alarm Clock Pro and PC Shutdown have been very well received. We would like to thank our you all again for your kind support in our young company. Thank you!

This month is the first time we try to come out a proper and informative Newsletter that we hope you will find it useful. Other than the standard software release updates, we added a new section "Useful Tips of the Month" where we try to provide you some useful tips in using our software that you have bought or try.

Do give us any feedback that you might have on this newsletter that we can improve on. We hope you will find it informative. Feel free to forward the tips to your friends if you think it will help them.

2. Useful Tips of the Month

2.1. Improve your working efficiency with hourly and quarterly chimes.

You may think that the hourly chimes feature in PC Alarm Clock Pro is useless and may even be irritating if turn on.

In fact, if used properly, it may help you to work more efficiently especially when you are rushing for time. It helps by reminding you the amount of time you have spent on the current task that you are doing on your PC.

Every time it sounds, you will know that you have spent another 15 minutes on the current task. At that moment, you can do a few things:

One thing to note though, make sure your sound card volume to is not too high for the chime sounds you use.

Hope you find this tip useful. Click here to give us your feedback on this tip.

2.2. How to save your PC electricity.

Are you the type of people who prefers to keep you PC always on because of the long startup time of Windows?

One way to have fast startup time and yet save electricity is to have your system goes to sleep (standby mode) when it is not in use for a period of time, like 30 minutes. You can do this in the Power Options control panel application under Start Menu -> Settings -> Control Panel -> Power Options.

However in doing that, your current alarm clock program may not be able to sound your alarm when the PC is in standby mode. Some alarm clock programs would not even allow your PC to goes into standby.

Our new Aquarius Soft PC Alarm Clock Pro solves the above problem.

Another way to save electricity is to set a time for your PC to automatically shutdown at a time when you will not need your PC anymore. For example, you should set your office PC to auto shutdown on Friday night at 6 P.M. With the auto shutdown timer set, you would not even need to be around to shutdown your PC.

Our PC Shutdown program not only lets you set a shutdown timer, like our alarm clock, it also works even if your PC goes to sleep. This means you can save even more electricity. You can set your PC to go to sleep after its not use for 30 minutes, and when it's time to shutdown the PC at 6 P.M., PC Shutdown will wake your PC up and shutdown it down!

If you need different shutdown time for different day or multiple time of the day, you can use our PC Alarm Clock Pro to set multiple shutdown time to activate PC shutdown.

Hope you find this tip useful. Click here to give us your feedback on this tip.

3. New Release : Pocket Binary Converter

This is the Pocket PC version of the PC Binary Converter that we currently have. What is interesting about this software is the very easy input method and flow of the software that we come out with after doing lots of usability test with it. Do give it a try if you have a Pocket PC and tell us what you think about the input flow. We will be implementing this new improved input method and flow in our upcoming Pocket Unit Converter.

4. New Updates

All new updates are free for registered customers, just download and install over the older version.

4.2 PC Alarm Clock Pro Version 1.0.0.3

Now you can specify the time range not to play the hourly chimes (See Tips of the Month on how to put hourly chimes to good use). You can also directly change the background image of the application by simply drag and drop your favorite image into the application.

4.2. PC Binary Converter Version 1.0.0.5

Now you can pick a color and see its value in the four number systems. This feature is useful for programming as well as web design when dealing with color values. You can also directly change the background image of the application by simply drag and drop your favorite image into the application.

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