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Far out! Another power management option for my Mac

The marketing and communications types over at developer Faronics of San Ramon, Calif., very gently informed me a few weeks ago that they have a very well established power management utility for the Macintosh platform.
Written by Heather Clancy, Contributor on

The marketing and communications types over at developer Faronics of San Ramon, Calif., very gently informed me a few weeks ago that they have a very well established power management utility for the Macintosh platform. I had despaired of the few choices for the Mac a few months back when I wrote a blog about BigFix , a patch manager gone power manager. "What about Faronics?" they asked.

Indeed, Faronics is on version 2.0 of the PowerSave software product line, which now supports Mac OS X Leopard 10.5. The Power Save Mac 2.0 software includes intelligent shutdown functions; the ability to schedule when a system should be awake, asleep or in standby; the ability to customize what "inactivity" means for a particular system; enterprise control; and a reports feature that generates records of energy and cost savings. The report generator creates a "before" record of your computer, as well, which serves as a benchmark against which savings are calculated.

Faronics figures that software saves $25 per year per system on which it is used. Not bad, when you consider the standard edition of the software, with one year of maintenance, is roughly $14.40.

Oh, yes, Faronics Power Save 2.0 also runs on that other operating system, Windows.

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