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Screensaver activation on Jaguar

Message #1 - Posted 2004/01/29 - G.T.

One thing that I miss after coming home from working on my Windows PC all day is the ability to quickly lock my desktop with the keyboard, Ctrl-Alt-Del, a tab or two, and Enter and it's locked. Am I missing something or is mouse activation the only way with Jaguar? Has this changed with Panther? I find the mouse activation to be too slow, especially when I haven't been using the mouse for awhile, can it sped up a notch or two?

Thanks, Greg

"Destroy your safe and happy lives before it is too late, the battles we fought were long and hard,
just not to be consumed by rock n' roll..." - The Mekons

Message #2 - Posted 2004/01/29 - Gnarlodious

Entity G.T. spoke thus:

can it sped up a notch or two?

Applescript:

set previousState to do shell script "defaults -currentHost read com.apple.screensaver askForPassword "
do shell script "defaults -currentHost write com.apple.screensaver askForPassword 1"
tell application "ScreenSaverEngine" to run
do shell script "defaults -currentHost write com.apple.screensaver askForPassword " & previousState

If you need help getting this going, just ask.

-- Yer bud, Gnarlie

Message #3 - Posted 2004/01/29 - Doc O'Leary

Previously, G.T. wrote:

One thing that I miss after coming home from working on my Windows PC all day is the ability to quickly lock my desktop with the keyboard, Ctrl-Alt-Del, a tab or two, and Enter and it's locked. Am I missing something or is mouse activation the only way with Jaguar? Has this changed with Panther? I find the mouse activation to be too slow, especially when I haven't been using the mouse for awhile, can it sped up a notch or two?

In theory, yes. The question is how exactly you'd like to do it. The screen saver itself is just another application:

/System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework/Resources/ScreenSaverEng ine.app

How exactly you want to launch it via the keyboard is up to you. In Terminal you can do something easy like:

open -a ScreenSaverEngine

or possibly alias that to "ss" for a quicker run. It could also be launched cleanly from a system service, or you might go looking for a utility that allows you to launch apps by using function keys or other macros.

Message #4 - Posted 2004/01/29 - Daniel Cohen

G.T. wrote:

One thing that I miss after coming home from working on my Windows PC all day is the ability to quickly lock my desktop with the keyboard, Ctrl-Alt-Del, a tab or two, and Enter and it's locked. Am I missing something or is mouse activation the only way with Jaguar? Has this changed with Panther? I find the mouse activation to be too slow, especially when I haven't been using the mouse for awhile, can it sped up a notch or two?

Thanks, Greg

If I understand you, and you have an Apple keyboard, control-eject brings up the "restart, sleep, cancel, shtudown" option, and just pressing S gives the sleep. I think you can set in System Preferences an option for a password on waking from sleep.

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Message #5 - Posted 2004/01/29 - Chong Woo Paig

G.T. a Ècrit :

One thing that I miss after coming home from working on my Windows PC all day is the ability to quickly lock my desktop with the keyboard, Ctrl-Alt-Del, a tab or two, and Enter and it's locked. Am I missing something or is mouse activation the only way with Jaguar? Has this changed with Panther? I find the mouse activation to be too slow, especially when I haven't been using the mouse for awhile, can it sped up a notch or two?

Well, you can display the keychain state in the menu bar, with an option in the third menu of the Keychain application (Display?). That brings up a lock shaped icon in the menu bar, and clicking on it gives a menu whare you can "Lock the screen". That starts the screensaver, and asks for a password when moving the mouse or typing on the keyboard, even if the screensaver preferences doesn't have a password.

Message #6 - Posted 2004/01/29 - G.T.

"Gnarlodious" <gnarlodiousNULL@VOID.invalid.yahoo.com> wrote in message news:BC3E5B7C.35453%gnarlodiousNULL@VOID.invalid.yahoo.com...

Entity G.T. spoke thus:

can it sped up a notch or two?

Applescript:

set previousState to do shell script "defaults -currentHost read com.apple.screensaver askForPassword "
do shell script "defaults -currentHost write com.apple.screensaver askForPassword 1"
tell application "ScreenSaverEngine" to run
do shell script "defaults -currentHost write com.apple.screensaver askForPassword " & previousState

If you need help getting this going, just ask.

Thanks! It's about time I started working on Applescript.

Greg

PS The Mekons are coming to town, the Mekons are coming to town!

Message #7 - Posted 2004/01/29 - G.T.

"Daniel Cohen" <danspam@f2s.com> wrote in message news:1g8brz9.ja5c7y1f6uoi0N%danspam@f2s.com...

G.T. wrote:

One thing that I miss after coming home from working on my Windows PC

all

day is the ability to quickly lock my desktop with the keyboard, Ctrl-Alt-Del, a tab or two, and Enter and it's locked. Am I missing something or is mouse activation the only way with Jaguar? Has this changed with Panther? I find the mouse activation to be too slow, especially when I haven't been using the mouse for awhile, can it sped

up a

notch or two?

Thanks, Greg

If I understand you, and you have an Apple keyboard, control-eject brings up the "restart, sleep, cancel, shtudown" option, and just pressing S gives the sleep. I think you can set in System Preferences an option for a password on waking from sleep.

That's a good idea but my system hasn't woken from sleep properly since 10.2.3. I have an Adaptec 29160N in my system but sleep worked well before 10.2.4.

Greg

Message #8 - Posted 2004/01/29 - Heath Raftery

G.T. wrote:

One thing that I miss after coming home from working on my Windows PC all day is the ability to quickly lock my desktop with the keyboard, Ctrl-Alt-Del, a tab or two, and Enter and it's locked. Am I missing something or is mouse activation the only way with Jaguar? Has this changed with Panther? I find the mouse activation to be too slow, especially when I haven't been using the mouse for awhile, can it sped up a notch or two?

I haven't seen anyone mention the simple solution. There's been lots of great ideas, but if your mouse is near your keyboard you don't even have to put your hand over it, let alone click anything.

Just nudge the mouse with your hand so the cursor jumps to the top right corner. Set your Screen Effects preferences first so the top right is a hot spot to start it, and that cancelling the SE requires a password, and you're home free, aren't you?

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Message #9 - Posted 2004/01/29 - G.T.

Heath Raftery wrote:

G.T. wrote:

One thing that I miss after coming home from working on my Windows PC all day is the ability to quickly lock my desktop with the keyboard, Ctrl-Alt-Del, a tab or two, and Enter and it's locked. Am I missing something or is mouse activation the only way with Jaguar? Has this changed with Panther? I find the mouse activation to be too slow, especially when I haven't been using the mouse for awhile, can it sped up a notch or two?

I haven't seen anyone mention the simple solution. There's been lots of great ideas, but if your mouse is near your keyboard you don't even have to put your hand over it, let alone click anything.

Just nudge the mouse with your hand so the cursor jumps to the top right corner. Set your Screen Effects preferences first so the top right is a hot spot to start it, and that cancelling the SE requires a password, and you're home free, aren't you?

It's a decent suggestion. But if Gnarlodius' Applescript solution works well it will be easier since it will be more consistent than me having to remember to leave my mouse near the hot spot, and then nudge it correctly.

Greg

"Destroy your safe and happy lives before it is too late, the battles we fought were long and hard,
just not to be consumed by rock n' roll..." - The Mekons

Message #10 - Posted 2004/01/29 - Gnarlodious

Entity G.T. spoke thus:

PS The Mekons are coming to town, the Mekons are coming to town!

What town, pray tell?

Message #11 - Posted 2004/01/30 - G.T.

Gnarlodious wrote:

Entity G.T. spoke thus:

PS The Mekons are coming to town, the Mekons are coming to town!

What town, pray tell?

09th Pittsburgh, PA Club Cafe
10th Ithaca, New York, The Chapter House
11th Cambridge, MA Middle East Club
12th New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
13th Hoboken, NJ Maxwell's
14th Arlington, VA IOTA Club & Cafe
16th Atlanta, GA Echo Lounge
/23th Berkeley, CA Starry Plough
/24th San Francisco, CA Slim's
28th North Star, Philadelphia
29th Mercury Lounge, NYC
30th TT's, Boston
31st Narrows, Fall River MA

Plus my area, 1 show ea in West Hollywood and Santa Monica before the Bay Area shows, and New Orleans.

None of which are close to you, I believe. :-(

Greg

"Destroy your safe and happy lives before it is too late, the battles we fought were long and hard,
just not to be consumed by rock n' roll..." - The Mekons

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