Hate When Your Mac Falls Asleep While You're Still There Using It?

Hate When Your Mac Falls Asleep While You're Still There Using It?

Gregory Han
Mar 7, 2013

The "Sleep" function available to OS X users is a helpful preference to enable...you can walk away from your machine and know it will switch over to a screensaver or power down to standby mode. The Achille's heel is occasionally your machine will go beddy-bye when you're actually still there (while reading a long article, in the process of doing your taxes, etc). Should I Sleep, a  will cure your Mac's case of narcolepsy by keeping an eye out for you...



The secret in Should I Sleep's ($1.99) ability to determine whether you're there or not there is accomplished by calling upon the aid of your MacBook or iMac's built-in camera. When installed, the app will turn on the camera and "look" for a user's face; if nobody is there, the machine will go into sleep mode as usual. If a face is detected, Should I Sleep prevents sleep mode, allowing you to continue reading, working nearby, or whatever you're busy doing. If you ask me, this should be a built-in option with the operating system.

On a similar, but tangent note, SmartSleep ($5.95 ) puts your Mac to sleep dependent upon the battery level, designed specifically for laptop users who are trying to eke out battery cycles. With the SmartSleep extension installed, a MacBook or MacBook Pro can be put into three different sleep states:

  • sleep machine will go to sleep only (saves state in RAM only, battery keeps RAM contents).
  • hibernate only machine will go to hibernate only. (saves state on disk, battery will not be used).
  • sleep and hibernate machine sleeps and hibernates. (default).

(Images: as linked above)


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