Capability, and a few questions.
So far, the MaxFan utility is the only one I've been able to use. The CPU setting one crashes the 3rd party DLL package. Nevertheless, the ClockGen program *does* work on my 8890, as does MaxFan--setting the maximum and auto settings perfectly. B)
Can the fan speed be set at a fixed rate other than the maximum? It could be nice to have the fan on constantly, but at a lower rate, and iirc, Hendrik made a comment about it being settable 0-100.
Changes in temperature, both increasing and decreasing, have a certain affect on systems--the change in size (macroscopically and moleculary) come into play, for instance. Come to think of it, is it better for a light bulb to turn on fast or slow? That's one of the first things I'm reminded of. I know lightbulbs burn out most often at the first surge--there's the change in size, the temperature, and the increase in resistance as the filament ages and wears, and the teeny cracks, etc. mean smaller diameters of conductor take the burden of large current. The second thing I'm reminded of is the harsh on/off people are still implementing in their design. Even the day and night are not so drastic--but there is the delicate, and even beautiful, dawn and dusk transitions. And sleep and wakefulness have special stages inbetween. So why do I shock my system with this fan suddenly turning on and off? I like the ability to have it at a constant rate--just not so loud, if possible.
This is about design, and not programming implementation--unless there is a variable speed setting.
There's a lot of research on the topics of heat, shock, etc. and I'm sure many advances have been made, helping many people, by the release of the findings.
With regards to the fan, what I would want would be a settable speed, which I could set, myself, depending on my needs at the time--and leave it constant. This would allow my manual selection based on my needs at the time--balancing between how much I want to cook my computer+battery, and how much noise the fan makes, and would result in a more stable system environment, instead of the off-on surges in warmth and cold. Such a fast surge also has a tendency to chill the surface, while the inside remains hot, resulting in an even greater heat shock. I did glass blowing and the pieces will break from the tension caused by varying cooling rates/size of material (ie. coefficient of expansion).
On a related note, I read the best way to store one of these types of batteries is at 40% charge and some normal cool temperature. Unfortunately, the worst combination for these batteries' lives happens to be at high temperature+full charge. I think, to address this issue, having a settable constant fan speed, and in addition, more powerful options in terms of power and charge should be implemented--if not by the consumer, then in the product and software design itself. Charging frequency should also be controllable, allowing a default or settable range so the battery can naturally drain a bit, then be charged. Apparently there is a reduction on battery life if as you go through re-charges, and perhaps this aging is reduced by allowing a calmer cycle. It seems like most people would like more control over the fan speed and cpu (fsb?) speed. I don't drive my car at top speed all the time, nor do I accelerate as fast as possible from a stop, nor stop suddenly. I think these things are extremes and should be avoided, if not at least considered carefully.
Anyhow, and I'm saying this all while a bit weary, and I am not saying them negatively nor critically about people or their works, but I believe strongly in improving on myself, and also in balance, stability, and implementing comprehensive knowledge, as well as being acceptant to others knowledge. On a more tangible note, I feel the present methods of implementation do not meet many standard situations and are possibly, therefore, not meeting the basic necessities of these systems. Again, this is a general tendency I see--at least in what is available where I live. It should be possible to either include the intelligence directly in the design of the products, and/or allow the user the ability to configure it themselves; all the while including the protection necessary to prevent or reduce on mistakes and danger of both advanced and "average" users. In terms of protection, for example, I do not see it commonly needed that anyone can turn off the fan *permanently*, themselves.
It's interesting how we pay so much attention to design details, in so many ways, but the fundamental needs of the system do not receive a proportional amount of attention--this is in general, with people, and not specific to products.
I feel the problem is much like the natural tendency to accept, naturally and without question, the workings and attitudes of society and the rest of our environment. It's stabilizing, between the individual and society, but I am uncertain about it being a positive influence aside from that. For example, here people have insurance, and they visit the doctors, and take medicine, yet many still do not turn that much attention to their consumption and exercise, though it is so important to the balance of their system; and when something goes wrong, they do not treat all issues in balance, but instead, focus on one method of treatment, possibly in neglect of the whole. Often a problem might arise which can be treated, but also requires a change in the way someone leads their life, or it should include some behavior, or study.
Of course some people do try to do these things. Nevertheless, I figure food and exercise are similar to battery and cpu in some way--is that funny? I also feel that, perhaps our attitudes and views are expressed in our behavior at many levels; that is, maybe I treat my things similarly to the way I treat myself, and other people for that matter. Perhaps it is an expression of my understanding, and I put it into my relationships, my creations, and myself.