Go ahead and nap, PC. We'll wake you when we need you.

Go ahead and nap, PC. We'll wake you when we need you.

Summary: It's cool to be green these days - and what easier way to save some energy than to put your computer to sleep at night. But when the computer goes down for a nap, so does the Web connection.

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It's cool to be green these days - and what easier way to save some energy than to put your computer to sleep at night. But when the computer goes down for a nap, so does the Web connection. That means services like Internet telephony, software updates and subscriptions are met with the equivalent of a "Go Away. Baby's Sleeping" sign on the front door of a home with an infant inside.

But Intel's Remote Wake technology, which allows services to wake your computer, changes that. Already, a handful of companies have lined up to announce and showcase their use of the technology. JAJAH, a Web telephony company, said the technology opens the doors to a global IP-based telephony service. Previously, incoming calls handled via the Web were not received because the machine was in sleep mode. Likewise, Orb Networks - which synchronizes media to the Web for access from other Web-connected devices - is a partner. So is movie download service Cyberlink and Pando Networks, which allows sharing of large files over the Web. (Pando has a demo of Remote Wake on its site.)

Here's one thing: Apparently, the technology "wakes" the computer remotely but leaves the monitor on the remote PC dark and disables the audio on it so it won't disturb anyone who may be nearby. I haven't been able to figure out if it puts the machine back to sleep when it's done doing its thing. Having been a parent of a newborn, there was nothing worse then someone waking the baby from its nap and then leaving without putting the baby back down to finish his or her nap. Anyone know if Remote Wake also has a Remote Back To Sleep feature, too?

Topics: Unified Comms, Browser, CXO, Hardware, Networking, Telcos

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  • Sounds perfect for hacking...

    ... ?wakes? the computer remotely but leaves the monitor on the remote PC dark and disables the audio on it so it won?t disturb anyone who may be nearby.
    Arapey
    • I read exactly the same thing.

      This is good for remote machines on your intranet for maintenance, but any computer I get would have that firewalled off instantly. :D

      There is an easier solution, turn the monitor off, and select a power profile that drastically reduces power when not in use.

      TripleII
      TripleII-21189418044173169409978279405827
      • Computers have had

        wake up on LAN for just that reason, but yes, that was for Intranets.

        This sounds like a fine way to reduce the security even less.

        And I can not wait to read the first article where a vulnerability in that features opens a door to a new hack.
        GuidingLight
      • Even better solution

        Install a screen saver.

        It may not save power, but then I don't need to save power.
        hiraghm@...
    • I give it 3 days

      After this goes live before an exploit phones home.
      Larry Dignan
    • If they could make the feature secure, it would be wonderful (NT)

      .
      P. Douglas
  • I must be off my meds today...

    For the most part I have to ask "Who cares?". This looks like a problem in search of an opporunity. Updates and subscriptions can wait till the baby is up. Frankly so can the phone calls. I don't answer all my calls because I have a life. I can and will call back if interested.

    Hell, I dont even use suspend. Shutdowns are good for Microsoft (which I use for better of worse) and save even more energy than suspend.

    For the digital OCD's who have to be aware of every email, text, phoncall, calendar change and smoke signal as soon as it is sent I suggest therapy. If that doesn't work you'll just have to add to your phobias, the only question is are you more afraid of the hackers or missing a critical update? By the way, someone is probably working on the internet version of Wake on LAN as we speak.

    I wouldn't have bothered to reply but this seemed such a fun responce to give I couldn't resist. I'm so mean sometimes, I don't know what get's into me... Where's my Lithium?
    bernalillo
    • I agree...

      "Who cares?" Updates and subscriptions don't have to wait til the baby is up, because the computer is always up, ready for me to use at *my* convenience.

      There's no energy shortage, so I see no need to engage in ridiculous limitations on my convenience just so a bunch of human-hating technophobes can feel superior by brainwashing the sheeple in their Earth-worshipping religion.

      For those who really think a ball of dirt and water needs to be "loved", or who really think that, even though their actions have hobbled our production of energy, that the world would be better if we lived a 19th century existence, I suggest therapy.

      What am I more afraid of? Unthinking fools crippling mankind's future because of their limited, paranoid delusions and orgasmic reaction to the idea of 'sacrifice'.

      But that's just my opinion...
      hiraghm@...
  • Internet Telephony

    I hadn't really looked into it, but I was unaware that internet
    telephony services like Vonage or Skype required the PC to
    be left on at all times. Guess I'll be keeping the landline for a
    little while longer.
    fondy
  • Keep it off my computer!

    I might be willing to accept this for the telephony functionality, but why not just get an IP telephony adapter instead of using the piggy computer. As far as waking up my computer to do an update or download, oh HELL NO!

    I turned it off because I want it off. If I want that stuff to complete, I will leave the computer on when I am done. Why not just turn off your monitor and press mute, if you want your computer on, and don't want it interrupting you?
    colinnwn
  • RE: Go ahead and nap, PC. We'll wake you when we need you.

    I don't put my computers to sleep at all, except my laptop, when it's on battery power.

    See I have this *really* cool thing that I pay for each month: I have all these holes in my wall, and when I plug an insulated piece of copper into them, and into my electrical appliances... magic! I have power. So long as the bill is paid and the plug is inserted, my electrical toys work.

    In my dreams, sometimes I see a medieval world, with scaffolds and posts, and piles of timber, and "greens" being burned alive, screaming in agony, as enemies of mankind.
    hiraghm@...
  • one use i can think off...

    anyway wouldnt the pc automatically go back into suspend mode (even after it was woken up using this feature) after its work was done, if we set the - go to standby- setting in power profile for say after 1 hr of being idle?

    this new system can come in useful say the next time i am out of town and i have to keep the pc on so that i can access files on it remotely using vpn software. now i can keep it in suspend mode and save some power.
    only_moin@...