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Re: Crazy idea? Remote SVN client for the Subversion-impaired

From: Russell E Glaue <rglaue_at_cait.org>
Date: 2007-05-18 21:03:03 CEST

Les Mikesell wrote:
> Russell E Glaue wrote:
>> >> > ... Why can't they just turn it
>> >> > off when they are done just like they would a TV?
>> Well, they can. Using FC6.
>> I have fedora core 6 install on my DELL laptop.
>> When I press the power button (to turn off the computer) the screen
>> turns black and eventually turns off.
>> What is happening in the background (which you can see if you press a
>> key like [control]) is that the fc6 linux OS is shutting itself down
>> gracefully.
>> So yes, you can just press the power button on the computer to turn if
>> off just like you would a TV.
>> Just make sure you use Linux.
> But people who do that will then be surprised that things break when
> they pull the power plug instead of pressing the button.

No, because the computer runs on a battery.
And the computer always reserves enough battery power to execute a clean shutdown.
I believe they should make desktop computers with a 3 minute rechargeable
battery for this same reason.

If a power outage happens, everything is lost. So the UPS people get rich
selling $200 UPSes. Which no regular user thinks they need to buy, until a power
outage occurs and their data gets lost as a result.

The home computer should be seen as an appliance.
All home-user computers should come with the option of putting in a rechargeable
battery with just enough power to shutdown the computer should the power go out
-- or the power cord be pulled out as you said.


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