News and Updates

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Textual login bug on Mac OS X 10.3.9

Two users have reported a problem after removing Power Manager from a Mac OS X 10.3 machine. Thankfully the solution is easy and requires editing only a single file. After running the removal script and restarting, the login window does not appear. …

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A VNC server is included in Mac OS X 10.4+

There are a number of VNC servers available for the Mac. These are no longer needed with Mac OS X 10.4 and later. The VNC server built into your Mac is free, easy to switch on, and supported by Apple.

Apple includes a VNC server in every edition of Mac OS X 10.4 and later. You can start the server through a discrete check box in the Sharing preferences. This article refers to Mac OS X 10.4, aka Tiger. More recent versions are available on our VNC on Mac OS X page. …

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MacUser Awards Power Manager Full Marks

Thanks to Giles Turnbull, MacUser UK, for his review of Power Manager 3. Giles awarded Power Manager full marks.

Thanks to Giles Turnbull, MacUser UK, for his review of Power Manager 3. Giles awarded Power Manager full marks.

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Removing Excessive Quotes

Last week I turned my attention to the excess quoting in the archive. Quotes are useful when the referenced text is immediately unavailable but in our archive the original is immediately above the response and has just been skimmed over by the reader.

I have learnt a little too much about quoting recently. Specifically the excessive quoting that appears in e-mails and responses to usenet posts. Sleep Centre is DssW’s massive archive of usenet and other conversations about Mac energy saving subjects. The entire archive is available on this web site and every so often I turn my attention to improving its presentation and usefulness. …

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MacGeneration reviews Power Manager

Thanks to Christophe Laporte, MacGeneration, you can now read a review of Power Manager 3.6 in French ( English translation). MacGeneration is France’s most notable Mac web site. This review particularly stands out as I am currently living and working from France. …

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Thanks to the Hereford Times

You can read an online edition of Adrian Kibbler’s Hereford Times news story of DssW. The Hereford Times is my local paper; our company’s registered office is in the middle of Hereford. It is great to see DssW getting attention locally. …

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Power Manager 3.6.1 released

Today we released Power Manager 3.6.1. It is free upgrade for existing users and recommended to all.

Today we released Power Manager 3.6.1. It is free upgrade for existing users and recommended to all. This release includes just one change from v3.6 — a bug fix for inactivity triggered events. Last week we started getting reports of problems with inactivity triggered events after a power cycle; today’s release fixes this problem. …

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Launch Traditions: Let them eat cake

With every launch we celebrate with a slice of chocolate cake. It has been a long running tradition and something my partner and I look forward to. As launches have become more important and the associated products reach greater numbers, this little treat remains a nice way keeping our feet on the ground. …

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Web front-end for Power Manager

For those that can not wait, below is a Perl CGI snippet that displays your pending events in a web page. Not pretty but functional; adding CSS and formatting is easy and left as an exercise.

So far, Power Manager does not have a web base interface. In today’s world of Web 2.0 this is clearly a must — even for our software. :-) For those that can not wait, below is a Perl CGI snippet that displays your pending events in a web page. …

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Response to Joseph Crawford

A new commenter was Joseph Crawford. Regrettably not the most positive response. Joseph made a number of factual errors and oversights that I would like to address.

With yesterday’s launch of Power Manager 3.6 behind us, the wait begins for feedback and comments. This launch was the first time we used PRMac alongside our normal press release distributors. PRMac appears to have widened our immediate audience. A new commenter was Joseph Crawford. …

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