The Endless Quest To Make My Windows PC Stay Asleep Overnight

My PC can do a lot of things. It can play video games at high resolutions and snappy frame rates. It can run the latest virtual reality software, transporting me to fantastical virtual worlds. It cannot, however, reliably sleep through the night.

I built my current gaming PC in 2014. I love it to death, but ever since I first turned it on, it has suffered from sporadic insomnia. Things will be fine for a while, then I’ll wake up one morning to find it turned on, purring away and slowly sucking power from the wall. I’ll spend some time Googling, reading, and trying to determine the problem. I’ll try toggling some setting or other, and eventually I’ll figure out how to make it stay asleep. All will be well for a while, but eventually, inevitably, it will begin waking up again.

Every time that happens, I marvel at what a stupid problem it is. This is a basic thing for an operating system to keep getting wrong. Given the number of my colleagues who describe similar issues, along with the volume of internet guides, forum threads, and tutorial videos on the subject, I sense that it’s a widespread problem. Windows PCs just do not like to stay asleep.

A couple of weeks ago, after months of restful sleep, my PC once again began to wake itself up in the middle of the night. I put off dealing with the problem for as long as I could. Last weekend, I’d finally had enough. I will now walk you through how I fixed it.

1. Tried disabling wake timers.

This is a common solution, and usually what I try first. Going into Control Panel > Power & Sleep Settings got me into the neighborhood. From there I needed to click “Change when the computer sleeps,” over on the side, then click “Change advanced power settings.” Then I navigated down to “Sleep” under the advanced settings, and made sure “Allow wake timers” was disabled.

That rat’s nest of sub-menus is standard for solving this kind of issue in Windows. Navigating Windows system menus is like going below deck on an ancient luxury cruise liner. The top floors look posh and organized, but the deeper you go, the more rusty and labyrinthine things get. Soon you’re lost and worried that you might never see daylight again.

2. It didn’t work. Began diagnostics.

Doing a blanket disable of wake timers works about half the time. Sometimes it doesn’t, because whatever is waking the PC bypasses or ignores that toggle. In this case, it didn’t work. Next thing to do was to determine what woke the computer up.

After consulting Lifehacker, I did that by going into the command prompt and typing “powercfg -lastwake”. Here’s what it told me:

Not exactly helpful.

3. Diagnostics II: Diagnose Harder.

The next thing I tried, as suggested by a guide at How To Geek, was going into Windows Event viewer, opening “Windows Logs,” and opening the list of “System” events. I filtered by “Power-Troubleshooter” event sources, and it narrowed the list to a few things that seemed like they could be tied to the events that woke my PC. I scrolled down to “Wake Source” and it said…

“Wake Source: Unknown.” Well, shit.

4. Diagnostics III: Son Of Diagnostics.

There’s another command I could enter in the Command Prompt that’d give me more information: “powercfg /waketimers”. Unfortunately, that won’t run in a standard Command Prompt, because it requires administrator privileges. I had to reload Command Prompt as an administrator.

When I ran the command, it told me that the last time the PC woke up, it was due to a timer set by the SystemEventsBroker, executing ‘NT Task\Microsoft\Windows\UpdateOrchestrator\Reboot,’” which was a task that requested waking the computer. Okay, it looked like I had found the culprit.

5. Attempted to fix the problem directly.

It appeared as though after some update or other, Windows decided that something related to Windows Update was allowed to wake my PC up, even though I had Wake Timers turned off. (This may sound like a ridiculous way for a software update to work, but it’s par for the course with Windows.) I googled “Update OrchestratorReboot waking windows PC” and found multiple forum threads dedicated to solving this apparently common problem.

I opened up Task Scheduler, then navigated through a bunch of nestled menus to Microsoft > Windows > UpdateOrchestrator. There it was, “Reboot,” scheduled to run again later that night. I clicked on “conditions” and saw a ticked box next to “Wake the computer to run this task.” I actually couldn’t just click the checkbox in Task Scheduler, however; I had to right-click “Reboot,” then select “Properties,” then go to “Conditions” in yet another sub-menu, where I unchecked the box.

6. Got stymied when something stupid went wrong.

By that point I’d spent a solid 20 minutes poking through sub-menus and internet how-tos to try to solve this thing. I’d found the problem, but should’ve known it would never be as easy as just clicking the toggle and moving on with my life. This was Windows, which meant something stupid had to go wrong.

In this case, when I tried to uncheck the “Wake the computer to run this task” box and accept my changes, this weird-ass menu popped up:

I had (and still have) no idea what that username was, or what kind of password it might have required. I entered my own Windows user name into the top field and my Windows password into the bottom, and I got an error message:

“The supplied variant structure contains invalid data.”


As it turned out, I could not uncheck the wake timer box through that series of menus. Windows refused to let me.

7. Googled the stupid thing that went wrong.

It’s usually safe to assume that if I’m running into some dumbassed Windows problem, other people are as well. I did a little Googling and found that indeed, lots of people were unable to make their Windows PCs stay asleep because they weren’t allowed to disable UpdateOrchestrator\Reboot’s wake timer.

After searching for a bit, I found this Microsoft support thread from December 2017, in which a poster (not a Microsoft support person!) who goes by DebayanGupta had shared an input for the Command Prompt that looked like it would let me disable the wake timer.

8. Had my PC tell me that access was denied.

I ran the elevated command prompt as an administrator, then entered the suggested command: “SCHTASKS /Change /TN “Microsoft\Windows\UpdateOrchestrator\Reboot” /DISABLE” and my PC spit back to me:

Access is denied? Access is denied? I BUILT YOU. I GAVE YOU LIFE. How dare you??

9. Paused and reminded myself how simple this should’ve been.

My PC was waking up when it shouldn’t. This was some basic shit. It should be controlled by a toggle located in some easy to find settings menu, like, a check-box next to the sentence “allow software to wake the computer from sleep.” It was absurd that something so trivial should actually be so complicated.

10. Installed special software that overrode the access restriction.

After that I downloaded NSudo, which let me run things in Windows with “all privileges” turned on. I tried not to dwell on the fact that I was downloading some GitHub app that I’d never heard of to be able to give commands to an operating system that I’d bought and installed, but whatever. I installed NSudo, ran Command Prompt with all privileges turned on, and ran the command again.

Success! The parameters had been changed. I finally did it, right? (Right?)

11. Enjoyed my success until Windows overwrote it.

For one night, it worked. My PC didn’t wake up until I clicked my mouse the next morning. The next night, however, it woke up again. I re-diagnosed the problem the following morning and found that, yep, UpdateOrchestrator\Reboot had yet again woken up my PC. As it turned out, the UpdateOrchestrator has a tendency to write over your changes, even if you had forced the issue by using something like NSudo.

12. Fixed the problem again before locking the door behind me.

At this point I was too far in to give up. I needed to fix the problem, then lock the system out of the file so that it couldn’t change it after I left. Thanks again to the post from DebayanGupta, I loaded an elevated command prompt with Nsudo, then entered: “%WINDIR%\System32\Tasks\Microsoft\Windows\UpdateOrchestrator\Reboot” /inheritance:r /deny “Everyone:F” /deny “SYSTEM:F” /deny “Local Service:F” /deny “Administrators:F”.

I am no computer expert, but I believe that blocked off Windows from accessing the Reboot file, meaning it wouldn’t be able to change or overwrite it down the road. I am not used to taking this firm a hand with my operating system. Not only was I required to force my own PC to give me the access I needed to change a setting, I then had to lock the door behind me to keep it from undoing my changes.

13. Tried to relax and enjoy my victory.

It’s been four nights, and my PC has stayed asleep through all of them. I still have no real sense of what the UpdateOrchestrator\Reboot was doing, or if blocking my PC’s access to the file will be detrimental to its health over the long-term.

It’s probably fine. The important thing is that I won. Once again, I was able to bend Windows 10 to my will. My PC will sleep without waking, at least for a while.

Looking back over that convoluted problem-solving process, I keep reminding myself that I wasn’t trying to do anything weird or advanced. I wanted to stop my PC from waking up in the middle of the night. Like all the other people who have wrestled with this problem over the years, I wanted only to restore the most basic sort of functionality to my computer.

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Things will be fine for a little while, but if history is any guide, they won’t stay fine forever. Sometime within the next year, my PC will start waking itself up again, and I’ll dive down the rabbit hole once more.

From Tel Aviv to Taipei: Guide to perfect date nights in 14 global cities

Whether or not you celebrate Valentine’s Day, it’s always advisable to have a great date-night idea in your back pocket. If your hearts wants to do something special but your mind is short of ideas, fret not. Here is a list of things you can do in world’s best cities to not only make your partner feel loved and special but also create great memories together.

Nairobi, Kenya

If you’re going out on a weekday

Head to Nairobi National Park, the rare wildlife reserve you can visit by taxi, to see some of the more than 100 mammal species that reside there, including the rare black rhinoceros. After catching a legendary African sunset surrounded by Mother Nature’s riches, have dinner at Talisman, where the service is excellent and the menu blends European, Asian, and African influences. It includes vegetable samosas, grilled fish, spicy Indian “bhajia”-style potatoes, and roasted vegetables blended with spicy mustard sauce.

If it’s the weekend

Spend a night at Giraffe Manor, a luxurious, English-style country house built in 1932 that’s home to a herd of Rothschild giraffes. Its 12 luxury suites have sunny terraces and in-room fireplaces, but the real draw is the famous breakfast room, where the giraffes poke their heads through the windows each morning to beg for a bite of your eggs benedict. The property provides a car and driver for your stay, so cap off a day of horseback riding and hiking at the lounge-y Casablanca, famous for its shisha pipes, cocktails, and cold, local beer.


If you’re going out on a weekday

Grab a pre-dinner drink at Drake One Fifty, where cold weather tonics include the Brown Butter Maple Old Fashioned (a classic that’s spiffed-up with maple cigar tincture and mole bitters). Then make your way down the street to Ripley’s Aquarium.

If it’s the weekend

Start your day with a group project: learning to make macarons with the pastry chef at Le Dolci, a rustic bake shop known for its dainty French cookies and stunning unicorn cakes. Keep the sweet theme going at the Ritz-Carlton’s internationally acclaimed spa. It’s most famous for high-tech diagnostic facials, but the chocolate body wrap treatment may be more apt for a romantic celebration. (Go the whole nine yards and opt for the hot stone massage add-on.) Snap out of your bliss for just long enough to get to Canoe, the longstanding destination restaurant atop the TD Bank Tower. Most restaurants with skyscraper views are tourist traps, but this one is a real winner, with a menu that’s fiercely Canadian. Case in point: an indigenous-inspired Haida Gwaii halibut with preserved lemon, and s’mores foie gras with toasted marshmallow cream.

New Delhi

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If you’re going out on a weeknight

The most renowned restaurant in India, Indian Accent, has recently moved to a new location in the serene Lodhi Hotel. Use this as an excuse to book a table—and to work up an appetite in nearby Lodi Park. The tasting menu is as zany as ever: Think pork spare ribs with sun-dried mango and pickled kohlrabi. Afterward, take a car to the colorful, brick-walled Ek Bar, where bartenders will stir cocktails with fresh fruits and homemade syrups. Our favorite is the City of Nizams, a gin concoction flavored with turmeric.

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If it’s the weekend

The Taj Mahal, about as grand a testimony to love as you’ll find in the world, is just two hours away—and when romance is the order of the day, there’s no better place to go. (The monument was commissioned in 1632 by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his favorite wife.) Spend the night at the opulent Oberoi Amarvilas in Agra, which is mere steps away; most of its rooms have stunning views of the historic wonder. Raid the minibar and watch the sun set over the iconic white dome, then head downstairs for dinner at Esphahan. The menu highlights historical Mughal recipes once served to emperors, including slow-cooked kebabs, Mughal curries, and soft tandoori breads.


If you’re going out on a weekday

Wake up early and take a meditative morning stroll among the mangroves in North Jakarta. If you can get into work a bit late, hire a boat to spot some unique birds and stoke some romance. For dinner, book Henshin, which set the city abuzz when it opened last summer. Located on the top three floors of the Westin Hotel—69 stories above the city—you can enjoy stunning sunset views while sipping cocktails and dining on authentic Nikkei cuisine, which blends Japanese and Peruvian flavors.

If it’s the weekend

Explore Jakarta from above on a Whitesky Aviation heli-tour. Thrilling 30-minute joy flights fly low and weave among the skyscrapers, revealing sides of the Big Durian you may have never seen. (If you’d rather see nature, island and volcano itineraries are available, too.) After landing, take the adrenaline down a few notches. Feast your eyes on the artistic works and colors presented at the new contemporary Museum Macan, whose current exhibition showcases works by 70 artists, both local and international. Then it’s off to a relaxed meal of traditional Indonesian dishes at Tugu Kuntskring Paleis, set in a historic Dutch building.

Tel Aviv

If you’re going out on a weekday

There’s no faster way to flip the switch from work to play than taking a walk on the beach, so head to the Jaffa boardwalk and watch the city light up from a distance. Then visit historic-yet-buzzy Neve Tzedek—home to Tel Aviv’s billionaire’s row—where you’ll find Dallal, a bakery that serves a full menu by night. Sit on the leafy terrace if the weather’s nice, and pick a smattering of Mediterranean dishes to share. (There’s never a bad choice). The kitchen is especially adept at dessert, so save room for the pistachio mille-feuille. Still have energy? Jajo, also in Neve Tzedek, is a wine bar tucked into a stone-walled, historic building that was once Israel’s first winery. Slide up to the bar and order glasses of French Crémant for one, last toast.

If it’s the weekend

Tel Aviv offers no shortage of culinary delights, but less than two hours north, in Acre, a whole other food scene awaits discovery. A day trip is doable, but book a night at the ancient-feeling Efendi Hotel to maximize your time. It’s a stunning preservation of two Ottoman homes, with original arched windows that face the Mediterranean Sea. Then head out on a market tour with chef Uri Jeremias, who runs the famous Uri Buri restaurant nearby and can explain how Arabic, Islamic, and Jewish flavors inform his most famous dishes. Cap it off with homemade cardamom or Halva ice cream at Endomela—then return to privacy with a session at the Efendi’s stunning Turkish hammam. Luckily for you, Jeremias will get to work on your ingredients while you pamper yourself, so dinner will be waiting by the time you’re hungry again.


If you’re going out on a weekday

Take a sunset hot air balloon ride with Air Texas Balloon Adventures and you’ll get beautiful overhead views of the plains and the Gulf of Mexico—or charter your own journey by asking the pilot (who has over 40 years of aeronautical experience) to show you his favorite views. Back at sea level, a Champagne toast will await you and the crew. Cap it off with a meal at Beaver’s, the award-winning barbeque spot known for its excellent brisket, hot-fried chicken, and panko-crusted, deep-fried brownie balls.

If it’s the weekend

Have a spa day at the Four Seasons, where a recent multimillion-dollar renovation has provided steam rooms, a nail salon, multiple treatment rooms, a relaxation area, and a couples’ suite, all with state-of-the-art amenities. After a peaceful treatment—our pick is the chakra-balancing massage with eucalyptus oil—lounge on the outdoor pool deck and sip a fresh Ginger-Melon Fizz. Come sundown, you’ll be ready for a different kind of indulgence: a meal of sophisticated Creole comforts at the iconic Brennan’s of Houston, starting with West Indies crab claws and Louisiana oysters from the raw bar and culminating with andouille mac and cheese.

Santiago, Chile

If you’re going out on a weeknight

Skip out of work a bit early for couples’ massages at the Singular Hotel in buzzy Lastarria. You can book a few hours of pampering or a whole evening affair: The resort’s “Honey Lovely Moon” package includes an overnight stay, plus dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, chocolates, a bottle of sparkling wine for your room, and late checkout the next day. For a nightcap that’s sure to impress, ask the concierge to book you at Room 09—one of the hardest bars to get into. It’s on a rooftop above one of Santiago’s top restaurants, 040, and requires a one-day “membership fee” of $17. Need a Plan B? Azotea Matilde, in the bohemian quarter of Bellavista, has great drinks—and views to match.

If it’s the weekend

Take a 2.5-hour drive south, to Vik Vineyard near Santa Cruz. The winery, an architectural marvel built by local designer Smiljan Radic, has an excellent hotel and restaurant. For comparison, travel 30 minutes farther to Vina Montes, which makes some of Chile’s greatest wines. Last year, it partnered with international celebrity chef Francis Mallman to open the Fuegos de Apalta restaurant, which serves beef from specially raised local cattle and fish from the Colchagua coast. The food is memorable on its own, but you won’t forget the restaurant’s dramatic focal point: a three-meter-high fire pit that’s used to roast and smoke a majority of the dishes.


If you’re going out on a weeknight

Pack a picnic rug, your favorite snacks, and a nice bottle of wine (we recommend Shiraz) to the outdoor Moonlight Cinema in Melbourne’s beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens; this Wednesday you’ll catch a screening of Australia’s favorite son, Hugh Jackman, in The Greatest Showman. After that, wander back across the Yarra River, through the Gehry-esque Federation Square, to chef Frank Camorra’s famed Spanish restaurant Movida for fried zucchini flowers stuffed with crab or milk-fed beer tartare on potato paper. Bonus: It’s located in Hosier Lane, known for incredible street murals.

If it’s the weekend

Spend the morning at the National Gallery of Victoria’s triennial exhibition, featuring 100 artists from 32 countries. Stroll or take a tram to St Kilda Beach, get your toes wet, and then wander through the edgy boutiques and the street market on the esplanade. Stop for a bowl of pasta and an aperitif at Cicciolina, followed by dessert at Monarch Cakes, a Melbourne institution. Then walk to the 105-year-old Luna Park, complete with a classic called the Scenic Railway—it’s the world’s oldest continually operating roller coaster. If you’re still game, the iconic Stokehouse restaurant is just across the road, and although the dining room has just been renovated, the sea views and market fish are as great as ever.


If you’re going out on a weeknight

Book a bed at Electric Cinema in Notting Hill—the Soho House-owned theater has just a handful of two-person beds and sofas for each showing—from which you can watch one of the season’s Oscar-nominated love stories, The Shape of Water or Phantom Thread. Follow it up with a different kind of spice: London’s Indian food is some of the best in the world, and Trishna is just across Hyde Park, in Marylebone. The dining room is charming and intimate, and the six-course tasting menu features such knockouts as lobster balchao (seasoned with palm vinegar, mace, and red chili) and tandoori pineapple for dessert.

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If it’s the weekend

A delightful London weekend experience starts at Mr. Fogg’s Residence, a cute Mayfair bar with eclectic decor and massive cocktail menu. The tipsy tea is best—it involves Earl Grey- or Lapsang souchong-infused cocktails served from teapots, as well as a traditional array of sandwiches and cakes, plus live music and (on Sundays) tricks by the resident magician. Then cross the Thames for a visit with Modigliani’s artful nudes at the Tate Modern, making sure to snap some Instagram-worthy boomerangs on the swings outside. For dinner, head to Elystan Street in Chelsea, where chef Philip Howard (previously of the two-Michelin-star spot Square) serves up his take on pure, seasonal cuisine.

New York

If you’re going out on a weeknight

Head to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a rare uptown performance by Tony winner Alan Cummings, who will appear for one night in Many Fathoms Deep, a snappy cabaret-style homage (7 p.m., tickets from $75). Then shoot over to La Goulue—a New York institution that’s recently been reborn. The dining room will transport you to Paris, and you won’t be forced into a tired, prix fixe meal; instead order the steak au poivre verte with frites and the iconic, served-at-dinner only chocolate soufflé. Cap it all off at another renowned spot, Bemelman’s Bar at the Carlyle, where the best-selling Passion Royale cocktail is made with passion fruit-infused vodka, lime juice, and a splash of Champagne.

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If it’s the weekend 

Hire a car for the day. Your first stop is the Cloisters, the castle-like museum in the upper reaches of Manhattan with views of the Hudson River and a magnificent collection of tapestries. From there, head to Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. You can take a winter farm tour or simply settle in at the Grain Café for a seasonal salad and house made charcuterie sandwiches from the James Beard award-winning kitchen. Then it’s down to the Bronx—specifically, to Dominick’s on Arthur Avenue for baked clams, linguine with meatballs, and as much Chianti as your hearts desire.


If you’re going out on a weekday

Have the local travel specialists at Galavanta set up a private cooking class with Nicolas Rengifo, chef at of-the-moment Krone Bistro. He’ll take you to Plaza de Mercado del Norte to shop for farm-fresh ingredients, then drive you back to the restaurant for a hands-on demo. You’ll learn to make dishes like fish empanadas and chocolate-avocado panna cotta with Rengifo and his partner Ana Maria—who’ll offer up a soundtrack from their sprawling record collection and serve you home-brewed beer as you chop, stir, and sauté.

If it’s the weekend

Start your day with a molecular coffee tasting, or “coffee baptism,” at the San Alberto coffee shop in the Usaquén neighborhood—the former offers your daily dose of caffeine served up with dry ice or distilled into caviar-like pearls, while the latter feels more like a lesson in wine tasting. Then head to Castanyoles at the Four Seasons Casa Medina, where brunch includes homemade Colombian breads and pastries in a verdant solarium. Between that and dinner at Bistro El Bandido (whose ambiance is ratcheted up by live jazz), check out the cutting-edge Espacio El Dorado art gallery in La Macarena and then jump on the teleférico to Monserrate for sunset views over the entire metropolis.


If you’re going out on a weeknight

Book a table at either Holbein’s Restaurant (next to the famous Städel Museum) or Gusto restaurant, set within the beautiful Villa Kennedy. Both places offer excellent food and easy access to the Main riverfront—perfect for a romantic, post-dinner walk along the water, with postcard views of the city’s skyline.

If it’s the weekend

Build your day around a reservation at Maintower restaurant and lounge—which serves upscale, international dishes from a 53rd-floor space that offers breathtaking views of Germany’s financial capital. Beforehand, take in some natural beauty at nearby Rothschild park—or stop by Italian Opera night at the Old Opera building. Go further upbeat after your meal: by then, you’re likely to find one of the world’s top DJs spinning at the centrally located Gibson Club, where the Champagne drinks flow freely until the early morning hours.


If you’re going out on a weeknight

The posh thing to do is take high tea a block from the Royal Palace at the Duchess, a Belle Epoque space with soaring ceilings, where Wednesday’s “Valen-tea” includes your pick of Mariage Frères blends, a glass of Champagne, and a full menu of “sweets for your sweet.” Then head to the Concertgebouw, the royal concert hall: The orchestra is scheduled to perform a selection of romantic classics that night, such as Ravel’s Bolero and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. Nearby, the Conservatorium Hotel is a sumptuous place to spend the night—its signature restaurant, Taiko, has dinner menu that includes oysters and personalized fortune cookies, but you might be happier with a fancy gin and tonic at the Tunes bar and an indulgent room service dinner. (Bonus points if you choose to enjoy it in your plush bathrobes.)

If it’s the weekend

Take a 30-minute drive outside the city to Muiderslot, a 13th century castle that’s been exquisitely renovated and converted into an art museum; the current exhibition, “Eroticism in the Golden Age,” provides an intimate look at the bedroom secrets of the Dutch during the 17th century. Back in the scenic Jordaan neighborhood along the city’s famed canals, head to the beloved Italian red-sauce joint, Toscanini. The immediate area is perfect for a romantic stroll: Book fiends can stop at Mendo, or you can spice things up at the shop of lingerie designer Marlies Dekkers, a Dutch staple for 25 years. Nightcap it at Tales & Spirits, where you can order the Mo-Jo, a “libido enhancing mix” of Ketel One vodka, Goji and lemon juice, honey syrup, and Bob’s vanilla bitters.


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If you’re going out on a weeknight 

Taipei is a city in which you can eat incredibly well for incredibly little, but for a special night, Raw is worth the splurge. Chef Andre Chiang’s dimly lit restaurant has swooping wooden architecture and Instagram-friendly dishes—the eight-course menu includes such refined Taiwanese classics as crispy masala chicken skin. (Call for a last-minute table and hope that somebody’s canceled their coveted two-top.) Follow it up with a drink at Self, which started out as a set for a television series called The Bar and eventually became a real-life watering hole. Order the Amare, made with Bacardi 8, Amaretto, Aperol, Vermouth, and chocolate bitters, and try to guess which of the patrons is angling for a big break in show business.

If it’s the weekend

If there’s one thing Taipei does better than any international peers, it’s hot springs, and one in particular stands out. On the lower slopes of Taipei’s resident, dormant volcano, you’ll find Villa 32, a Relais and Chateaux hotel that was originally designed as a private club. Today, it’s open to the general public, assuming you can reserve one of its five, Japanese-inspired rooms. Soak in your private plunge pool—filled with tension-melting mineral water—and flip through the property’s deep list of vintage wines to find your perfect bottle. (The 1945 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild is the sommelier’s proudest offering.) A trip to the aromatherapy-focused spa is the only other activity you should even bother to consider.

Here are the 10 wealthiest people in China — a country leading the way for self-made billionaires

China’s billionaire population is on the rise.

Today, the country is home to 10 percent of the world’s almost 2,400 billionaires, according to the latest report from Wealth-X. But, perhaps more notably, a massive 94 percent of them are self-made.

Growth in China’s technology, consumer retail and real estate sectors over the past five to 10 years have made it easier for entrepreneurs to build their fortune, marking a massive surge in the country’s self-made billionaire population.

Just 2 percent of China’s 249 billionaires are the product of inheritance, according to the report. Meanwhile, 4 percent have reached the 10-figure milestone through a combination of entrepreneurship and inheritance. The rest have earned it through grit and hard work.

The figure stands in stark contrast to the global average. Overall, just 55 percent of the world’s billionaires are self-made, according to the intelligence agency’s figures. Thirteen percent of the world’s billionaires have gained their wealth through inheritance, while 32 percent have built it through a combination of inheritance and entrepreneurship.

What’s more, China’s billionaires are relatively younger than the global mean, with one-third aged under 50, compared to 14 percent globally. The average billionaire in China is 53-years-old while the average billionaire globally is aged 64.

China’s billionaires include those responsible for some of the world’s biggest companies. Here’s a look at the top 10 wealthiest:

China’s top 10 billionaires

10. Yan Jiehe

Yan Jiehe, founder of China Pacific Construction Group

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Yan Jiehe, founder of China Pacific Construction Group

Net worth: $14.1 billion

Founder, China Pacific Construction Group

Born the youngest of nine children, Yan’s earliest memory is of going hungry, he told Fortune magazine in 2014. Like his parents, he began his career as a schoolteacher, before moving into the construction industry and launching China Pacific Construction Group in 1995.

9. Zhang Zhidong

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A microphone displays the Tencent Holdings logo during a news conference in Hong Kong.

Net worth: $15 billion

Co-founder, Tencent Holdings

Also known as Tony Zhang, Zhang was born in 1971 and met fellow Tencent co-founder Pony Ma while studying at Shenzen University. The duo, alongside three other co-founders, set up the internet company in 1998.

8. Lei Jun

Lei Jun, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Xiaomi Inc., delivers a speech during a launch event at Beijing University of Technology on September 11, 2017 in Beijing, China.

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Lei Jun, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Xiaomi Inc., delivers a speech during a launch event at Beijing University of Technology on September 11, 2017 in Beijing, China.

Net worth: $15.1 billion

Chairman, Xiaomi

Born in 1969, Lei studied computer science at Wuhan University and worked as an engineer before taking on senior positions in several technology companies. Then, in 2010, he co-founded smartphone manufacturer and software company Xiaomi.

7. Li Hejun

Li Hejun

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Li Hejun

Net worth: $15.5 billion

Chairman, Hanergy Holding Group

A mechanical engineering graduate, Li founded Hanergy in 1991 with 50,000 Yuan (around $8,000) borrowed from his college teacher, according to the company’s website. Today, Hanergy is a world-leading renewable energy company.

6. Ding Lei

Ding Lei, founder and CEO of, at the China Internet Conference 2011

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Ding Lei, founder and CEO of, at the China Internet Conference 2011

Net worth: $17.2 billion

CEO, NetEase

Ding is the founder of Chinese internet technology company NetEase, which provides online content, communications and commerce services. He launched the business in 1997 after studying electronic science and technology and working for a short time as an engineer.

5. Wang Jianlin

Wang Jianlin, Chairman and President of Dalian Wanda Group Co., speaks during Suning smart retail development strategy press release and partnership agreement signing ceremony on December 19, 2017 in Nanjing, China.

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Wang Jianlin, Chairman and President of Dalian Wanda Group Co., speaks during Suning smart retail development strategy press release and partnership agreement signing ceremony on December 19, 2017 in Nanjing, China.

Net worth: $18.1 billion

Chairman, Dalian Wanda Group

Born in 1954, Wang served for sixteen years in China’s People’s Liberation Army before founding Dalian Wanda Group in 1988. Today, it is China’s largest real estate development company. Wang also owns 20 percent of the Spanish football club Atletico Madrid.

4. Yang Huiyan

Signage for the Forest City development is displayed at the reception of the Country Garden Holdings Co. property showroom in Iskandar Malaysia zone of Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

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Signage for the Forest City development is displayed at the reception of the Country Garden Holdings Co. property showroom in Iskandar Malaysia zone of Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

Net worth: $20.7 billion

Vice Chairman, Country Garden Holdings

Chinese property developer Yang is the majority shareholder of Country Garden Holdings, a property development company set up by her father, Guoqiang Yang in 1992. She was named the richest woman in Asia in a 2015 Wealth-X report.

3. Hui Ka Yan

Hui Ka Yan, chairman of China Evergrande Group, speaks during a news conference in Hong Kong, China, on Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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Hui Ka Yan, chairman of China Evergrande Group, speaks during a news conference in Hong Kong, China, on Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Net worth: $27.5 billion

Chairman, Evergrande Real Estate Group

Hui Ka Yan, also known as Xu Jiayin, was born in a rural village in Henan province in 1958. After graduating from college, he worked as a technician in a steel factory for a decade before becoming chairman of Chinese real estate developer Evergrande Group.

2. Jack Ma

Jack Ma, co-founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.

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Jack Ma, co-founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.

Net worth: $40.2 billion

Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group

Jack Ma was born in 1964 in Hangzhou, Zheijang province. He began his career as a teacher and famously suffered dozens of job rejections before launching Alibaba Group. Today, the company is the world’s largest retailer and one of the largest technology companies globally.

1. Huateng Ma

Ma Huateng, chairman and chief executive officer of Tencent Holdings Ltd., speaks during the 2017 China International Big Data Industry Expo at Guiyang International Eco-Conference Center on May 28, 2017 in Guiyang, China.

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Ma Huateng, chairman and chief executive officer of Tencent Holdings Ltd., speaks during the 2017 China International Big Data Industry Expo at Guiyang International Eco-Conference Center on May 28, 2017 in Guiyang, China.

Net worth: $41.8 billion

Chairman, Tencent Holdings

The son of a port manager, Ma studied computer science at Shenzen University before starting his career in telecommunications. Known as Pony Ma, he launched Tencent alongside four college classmates in 1998, and now serves as its chairman and CEO.

Tencent is one of the largest internet companies in the world and counts social networks, e-commerce, payment systems and games among its services.

Apple employees can’t stop walking into the beautiful glass doors at new Apple Park campus

It turns out that when a company loves glass buildings and also creates devices for hours of addictive personal use, sometimes it ends up with injured employees who are too distracted by the products to notice walls. A report from MarketWatch today details how the company has had to call emergency services to assist multiple employees who can’t help but accidentally walk into glass walls. None of the injured employees required hospitalizations, but some were treated for minor cuts to the head.

The new Apple Park campus was slated to open last year, but many employees only began moving into the building early this year. After the incidents, employees began using Post-its to mark where walls are, but the sticky notes were reportedly removed “because they detracted from the building’s design.”

The irony is delicious that Apple employees were too glued to their iPhones to notice the harms they’re bringing upon themselves, but, legally speaking, Apple may be subjected to a workplace violation. California laws require employees to be ”protected against the hazard of walking through glass by barriers or by conspicuous durable markings,” so the company could be fined if it does not find a better solution for marking doors and walls — or it keeps removing Post-it notes put up with the express purpose for just that.

It wouldn’t be the first time Apple got in trouble for putting its architectural vision before prioritizing safety. In 2012, an 83-year-old woman sued Apple after walking into a see-through door at an Apple Store and breaking her nose.

‘Ghost ship’ washes up on Japan’s coast with skeletal remains of suspected North Koreans

The remains of eight people thought to be from North Korea were reportedly uncovered after a “ghost ship” washed ashore on Japan’s coast last week, containing a badge depicting former North Korean leaders Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung.

Seven decomposed bodies were found in the ship’s “small rooms” that washed up in Kanazawa, the coastal city in central Japan, a police official told AFP on Wednesday. Another man’s “badly decomposed” body was found about 50 feet away from the battered boat.

“It is difficult to identify the bodies as they had begun to decompose,” senior police official Hiroshi Abe said. “We spotted a tobacco box which carries some Korean letters, but we can’t confirm the boat came from North Korea.”

The boat was pictured capsized and wrecked on the beach. It took several days for authorities to investigate the scene because of rough seas and bad weather obstructing the investigation.

Though they stopped short of confirming the vessel was from the Hermit Kingdom, officials believe it is the first North Korean “ghost ship” in 2018 to reach the Japanese coast.

The latest discovery deepens the mystery behind the suspected North Korean vessels that keep washing up along the Japanese coast. Officials recorded 104 cases in 2017 where North Korean boats reached Japan’s shore, according to AFP. The majority of them were severely damaged from the rough seas.

Some experts believe the uptick in the “ghost ships” episodes is caused by the severe food shortage in Kim Jong Un’s regime. North Korea was also hit recently with a series of sanctions in retaliation against its nuclear and missile tests.

Toshimitsu Shigemura, professor emeritus of Waseda University and a North Korea expert, previously told AFP the desperation to meet fishing harvest quotas had pushed fishermen to travel farther out. Kim is seeking to make North Korea self-sufficient in food, but its sources of protein continue to fall. The rogue nation remains vulnerable to health problems caused by the lack of a varied, balanced diet.

“Fishermen are desperate to meet annual catch goals, which are elevated to higher levels every year,” Shigemura said.

A wooden boat, which drifted ashore with eight partially skeletal bodies and was found by the Japan Coast Guard, is seen in Oga, Akita Prefecture, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo on November 27, 2017. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. JAPAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN JAPAN. - RC1916E90BA0

Eight skeletal remains were found in a boat late last year, one of the earlier gruesome discoveries. (Kyodo via Reuters)

Others speculated about whether North Koreans were looking for a new route to defection. North Koreans typically escape the brutal regime by traveling through China. An estimated 1,000 people flee Kim’s regime each year, and a total of about 30,000 North Koreans have made the treacherous escape since the end of the Korean War.

Netgear’s Arlo Pro 2 is an expensive, but capable home camera system

Here’s the thing about home security systems: they are expensive, usually require experts to install them, and for the good ones you’ll need to pay a monthly fee starting at $30 to have a company monitor them. While they won’t provide the same level of security as a professionally installed system from ADT or Slomin, the current wave of smart home cameras released by companies such as Nest, Logitech, and even Amazon have made security systems cheaper and easier to install and monitor from your smartphone. And the camera that still leads the pack in terms of ease of use is Netgear’s Arlo.

The newest addition to the lineup is the Arlo Pro 2, its latest wireless camera that works both indoors and outdoors. Before we even get into the details, the Arlo Pro 2 already checks the three main boxes — no wires, 1080p HD stream, and weatherproof — that you’d be hard-pressed to find in any other security camera. It also features free cloud storage for a week, two-way audio, a rechargeable battery that lasts six months, and a 130-degree field of view.

Setting up the Arlo Pro 2 system is simple. The camera system is sold with two cameras and a base station that plugs into your router to manage the connections. (You can plug in an external hard drive to the base station to back up your recordings locally.) Once you sync the camera with the base station, you can easily mount the camera on any wall with a screwdriver and the included magnetized mount in about five minutes. The included mounts keep the camera close to the wall, but you can buy extended mounts (great for mounting it on the side of your house or on a tree outdoors) for $19.

You can manage the camera through Arlo’s app, which allows you to schedule times for the cameras to run, or set it up to activate once you leave your house. If motion or sound is detected, Arlo will send you a push notification to alert you, and you can view the footage within the app.

Video quality is excellent during the day and when night vision is in use, and the audio playback through the camera — while a bit crunchy if you’re trying to scare off intruders or get your dog off the couch — is perfectly decipherable. There is lag during live playback, averaging around three seconds for me with video quality turned all the way up, but it’s nothing too serious.

Arlo Pro II camera and solar charger
Arlo Pro 2 and solar charger.
Photo: Netgear

Netgear says the battery will last for six months in the Arlo Pro 2 under normal use, and can be quickly recharged when it goes out. After a week of testing and a handful of alerts, both of my cameras are still at 100 percent, which bodes well for that claim. The company also sells a solar charger for $79 that can keep the camera running indefinitely.

Arlo will keep your cloud recordings from up to five cameras for free for seven days, but it offers a subscription service to keep footage from 10 cameras for 30 days for $10 a month. You can also set up 24/7 continuous cloud recording starting at $10 a month per camera, but this only works when the cameras are plugged in.

The Arlo Pro 2 has some other features that only work when the camera is indoors and plugged in. There’s a look-back feature that captures activity a few seconds before motion or sound is detected, and Activity Zones allow you to highlight areas in the camera’s field of view to focus on for alerts.

Despite checking nearly every box, there are two notable, and pretty significant downsides to the Arlo Pro 2. If you want it to operate as a full-fledged security system that records everything all the time, it’s going to cost you a lot. The Arlo Pro 2 base kit starts at $479, and extra cameras are $220, which is expensive to say the least. Then you’ll need to add in continuous cloud recording at $120 a camera per year, which puts you at a minimum of $720 in the first year and $240 every subsequent year without any additional cameras.

The second issue — and undoubtedly more important one if you want to use Arlo as a real security system — is reliability. Last Friday afternoon, customers with Arlo security systems were unable to access the app or any footage for 15 hours until early Saturday morning after the company had a “major service disruption.” In a statement to The Verge, Netgear apologized to its customers for the outage. “We sincerely apologize for this service interruption and it certainly does not reflect our standards of service availability. Our technical teams continue to work diligently to ensure services remain available and we are reviewing our internal processes and systems in order to prevent this from happening in the future.”

Low-Cost Pliable Materials Transform Glove Into Sign-to-Text Machine

Photo: University of California San Diego

Researchers have made a low-cost smart glove that can translate the American Sign Language alphabet into text and send the messages via Bluetooth to a smartphone or computer. The glove can also be used to control a virtual hand.

While it could aid the deaf community, its developers say the smart glove could prove really valuable for virtual and augmented reality, remote surgery, and defense uses like controlling bomb-diffusing robots.

This isn’t the first gesture-tracking glove. There are companies pursuing similar devices that recognize gestures for computer control, à la the 2002 film Minority Report. Some researchers have also specifically developed gloves that convert sign language into text or audible speech.

What’s different about the new glove is its use of extremely low-cost, pliable materials, says developer Darren Lipomi, a nanoengineering professor at the University of California, San Diego. The total cost of the components in the system reported in the journal PLOS ONE cost less than US $100, Lipomi says. And unlike other gesture-recognizing gloves, which use MEMS sensors made of brittle materials, the soft stretchable materials in Lipomi’s glove should make it more robust.

The key components of the new glove are flexible strain sensors made of a rubbery polymer. Lipomi and his team make the sensors by cutting narrow strips from a super-thin film of the polymer and coating them with conductive carbon paint.

Then they use a stretchy glue to attach nine sensors on the knuckles of an athletic leather glove, two on each finger and one on the thumb. Thin, stainless steel threads connect each sensor to a circuit board attached at the wrist. The board also has an accelerometer and a Bluetooth transmitter.

When the wearer bends their fingers, the sensors stretch and the electrical resistance across them goes up. Based on these resistance signals, the circuit assigns a digital bit to each knuckle, 0 for relaxed and 1 for bent. This creates a nine-bit code for each hand gesture of the ASL alphabet. So if all fingers are straight, the code reads 000000000; for a fist it would be 111111111.

To distinguish between ASL letters that generate the same code, the researchers incorporated an accelerometer and pressure sensors on the glove. The letters D and Z, for instance, have the same gesture but the hand zigzags for Z while it remains still for D. In U and V, meanwhile, two fingers are held together and apart respectively, which the pressure sensor detects.

In tests, the glove could translate all 26 letters of the American Sign Language alphabet into text. The research team also used the glove to control a virtual hand to sign the ASL letters.

The next version of the glove will incorporate new materials that generate a tactile response so that wearers can feel what they’re touching in virtual reality. Today’s haptic devices simulate the sense of touch by applying forces and vibrations to the user. Lipomi and his students plan to convey a much broader range of signals. “We’re synthesizing materials that can be used to stimulate everything from pressure and temperature to stickiness and sliminess,” he says.