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Coffee Keeps Your Windows PC Awake until Your Downloads Complete

There’s no need to go mucking about in your power settings to temporarily keep your machine awake, let Coffee perk it up and keep everything active until your downloads are finished.

Practically everyone has left their machine on to finish a download, just accepting that wasting the electricity/money to run it all night is better than sitting up until 3AM when the files are done downloading. Coffee offers a simple solution in the form of a temporary sleep/hibernation blocker for Windows PCs. Run it, point it at the network adapter that data is flowing through, and give it a minimum data threshold before it shuts off and allows the computer to sleep or hibernate on its own.

Visit the link below to grab a copy. Coffee is a Windows only application and required Microsoft .NET.

Coffee [SourceForge via Addictive Tips]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 05/5/11

Comments (9)

  1. jon_hill987

    Fine unless the reason you have to set it downloading half the night is because your internet is flaky and keeps dropping out for seconds at a time…

  2. anon

    It’s a cool idea! Might give it a go.

  3. ben lee

    great idea for the lappy
    i wonder if it can switch off the modem too while it is at it.

  4. brian

    Source code or it didn’t happen. I thought if you were hosting a project on sourceforge that you had to make the source available.

  5. MJ

    But if you don’t have an account on direct download sites like megaupload then you must wait some seconds between downloads.

    I use a program I made that presses the Lock Caps key once a minute. That combined with the options of auto shutdown of download managers works fine for me.

  6. Talking to the Penguins

    Hey How-To-Geek,
    I love ur website! I am running ubuntu 10.10 and wanted to know if there is a similar app or if i can write a shell script to do the same thing!

  7. chetan

    Use an app like WakeUpOnStandBy which you can schedule wake up and standby. And an app like Flashget that will shutdown when the que is empty.

  8. Robert Pickering

    I didnt know these programs were still needed today. I remember when I would connect to BBS’s they would disconnect me for being idle.

  9. stevencole

    the sourcecode is in the svn now, sorry for the delay.

    yes this is probably not the best solution for flaky internet connections

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