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What to Do When Merge Cells is Disabled in LibreOffice Calc

I found this problem on LibreOffice Calc v3.4.3 Windows. I tried searching the internet, and found the solution, but only after digging for a while.

Turns out that the feature is disabled if you are currently recording changes that happens in the document, as I was doing. So, if you encounter this problem, make sure that the Record Changes feature is not enabled by toggling it from the Edit > Changes > Record menu.

Hope that helps! The original forum thread can be found here.

Fixing Snow Leopard Unibody MacBook Pro Battery Life Problems

mac-batteryEver since I upgraded the OS of my Early 2009 13″ MBP to Snow Leopard, I have a problem with the notebook’s battery life. When I was using Leopard, the battery could last very long, so long that I was used to working without connecting the notebook with a power source. I also remember that the Time indicator for the battery used to estimate about 7 hours or so of battery life at 100%, although it occasionally fell to 3 or 4 hours on heavy usage. But now, at 100% it would only show about 5 hours max.

For some time I used to think that this was probably due to 64-bit architecture change that caused the notebook to use more power. But the longer I used the notebook in this condition, the more I worry about the battery. According to Apple, the new battery technology in unibody Macs are supposed to last for 1000 charge cycles, about 3 years of normal usage. The battery problem means that I am using more cycles than it is supposed to be for a given time, which increases the possibility of the battery having degraded performance before the 3-years mark.

So I googled around a bit, and found out that other people are also experiencing the same problem. The solution to this problem is to do the following :

  1. Reset the PRAM.
  2. Reset the SMC.
  3. Recalibrate the battery.

I did all three and the problem is now fixed, I can now see the 6+ hours battery life indicator on 99% again :).

~7 hrs on 99%

Horray!

EDIT : I am conducting a battery test to see the actual performance of the MBP’s battery here.