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10.4: How to easily secure a nearby iMac G5 (iSight) System 10.4
Tiger only hintI was reading through the User's Guide for my new iMac G5 (iSight), and noticed that the addition of the Front Row remote has added a new way to put the machine to sleep.

If you press and hold the Play/Pause button on the remote for three seconds, the computer will go to sleep. Combine this with requiring a password to wake up the computer, and you've got a potentially useful means of securing your system if you notice someone is starting to explore areas of your system you'd rather they didn't.
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10.4: How to easily secure a nearby iMac G5 (iSight)
Authored by: wacko42 on Nov 22, '05 07:04:52AM

Interesting.

Having set up two side by side I've found that the remotes will work on more than one iMac at a time so I'd imagine you could also use this hint to lock down/put to sleep an entire lab at once (if they're all facing you of course).



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10.4: How to easily secure a nearby iMac G5 (iSight)
Authored by: _merlin on Nov 22, '05 10:48:15PM

Or even maliciously put someone else's iMac to sleep during a Quake game or when they're trying to work...

Why aren't remotes keyed to individual iMacs?



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10.4: How to easily secure a nearby iMac G5 (iSight)
Authored by: PeteVerdon on Dec 12, '05 01:42:05PM

You can "pair" a remote with an individual iMac, though by default this is not the case.

My gripe is that Apple chose to use an IR remote and hence restrict it to the new iMac (and to line of sight). If they'd created a bluetooth remote instead (bundled with iMacs, and available separately) and made FrontRow generally available I'm sure plenty of people with Powerbooks or Mac Minis would have bought one - I certainly would have. And the remote would only control the machine it was paired with.



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10.4: How to easily secure a nearby iMac G5 (iSight)
Authored by: mabino on Nov 22, '05 07:09:56AM

Does anyone know if Photo Booth is scriptable? Along the lines of potentially new security features of the iMac I was thinking it would be neat if you could script it to take a picture should a user try and fail to log in. Extending the idea futher, you could have the machine attempt to email the picture or upload it to a server.



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10.4: How to easily secure a nearby iMac G5 (iSight)
Authored by: albertoricart on Nov 22, '05 08:02:01AM

It doesn't appear to have a scripting dictionary.



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10.4: How to easily secure a nearby iMac G5 (iSight)
Authored by: blech75 on Nov 22, '05 12:10:49PM
you don't want photobooth, you want isightcapture

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10.4: How to easily secure a nearby iMac G5 (iSight)
Authored by: waffffffle on Nov 22, '05 10:25:48AM

You could use QuickTime pro to take a video and then email that. I think Automator should handle all that nicely.



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