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Ping yourself

What does that mean?

Ping, like Sonar.  Well i just stumbled to this pretty awesome bit of free software that uses sonar to control the power to your computer’s monitor.

It’s pretty ace.

It takes some calibration, actually, alot of calibration, and it’s not perfect (but that probably has more to do with one of my speakers hidden behind one monitor and the other facing slightly away from me, and my microphone haphazardly placed under my monitor).  But when it works, it’s pretty neat.  The only thing I think that would make it better is if instead of putting my monitor to sleep, it just brought up the screen saver.

The black bar is the results if gets from sending out the ping, when it drops below the red bar, it thinks you’re gone, so turns off the monitor.  The gaps in the red bar are when I’m active on the computer, so it knows I’m here regardless.

Now, I have almost no use for this, because as I was watching some full screen hulu, it turned off my monitor, but if I were to walk away with music still playing, it didn’t do anything, so it needs some work, but hey, it’s a great concept.

(Note, my problems could be because of my set up (as i said before with my speakers), but more because of right behind me is a bookshelf, but I’m not gonna worry too much about it)

You should give it a try

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