That stupid power button!

Posted:
in Genius Bar edited January 2014
When you press the power button on the keyboard (iBook 700), you'll be asked if you want to shut down. The stupid thing about it is: If you press ENTER, it actually *will* shut down. It doesn't ask for a password or anything. Is there no way to prevent this from happening?

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  • Reply 1 of 19
    Well, there's really nothing stopping someone from shutting down a computer if he or she physically has access to it. Just pull the plug or pop off the battery and -- zap!



    I've never seen such an option or utility to interrupt the shutdown process probably because of what I mentioned above.
  • Reply 2 of 19
    defiantdefiant Posts: 4,876member
    I'm glad that Apple does not do it like Microsoft; they ask you over and over again if you really want to shutdown. IMHO, asking once is enough.
  • Reply 3 of 19
    chuckerchucker Posts: 5,089member
    [quote]Originally posted by Brad:

    <strong>Well, there's really nothing stopping someone from shutting down a computer if he or she physically has access to it. Just pull the plug or pop off the battery and -- zap!</strong><hr></blockquote>



    <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" /> Well, okay, I'll tell the story: My brother really enjoys going to my room while I'm sitting in front of the iBook, and then quickly pressing the power button and then the enter (or return) key. It's really just a stupid joke of his, but it's starting to get annoying, so I was wondering if there was any way to "lock" the button while I'm working.
  • Reply 4 of 19
    chuckerchucker Posts: 5,089member
    [quote]Originally posted by Defiant:

    <strong>I'm glad that Apple does not do it like Microsoft; they ask you over and over again if you really want to shutdown. IMHO, asking once is enough.</strong><hr></blockquote>



    All I'm asking for is the option to not only ask for confirmation, but also for the password.
  • Reply 5 of 19
    defiantdefiant Posts: 4,876member
    just telling your brother who's da man in the house should work too



    maybe you could look at <a href="http://www.versiontracker.com/"; target="_blank">VersionTracker</a>.
  • Reply 6 of 19
    giaguaragiaguara Posts: 2,724member
    I think it would not be impossible to do an applescript for that... to ask the password for shutdown. I don't know if anyone has done one script for that - at least i didnt find any entries searching for shutdown and password in <a href="http://www.macosxhints.com"; target="_blank">www.macosxhints.com</a> ...
  • Reply 7 of 19
    I've got an idea!



    Whenever you tell the system to shut down, it first goes through all the apps and closes all documents. If there are unsaved changes, you are prompted to save them. Well, this may not be an optimal solution, but you could leave something like TextEdit hidden in the background with a new file containing a few random keystrokes. When your system tries to shut down, it'll ask if you want to save changes to the file. Simply press cancel and the shut down process will be halted, allowing you to continue working.



    Eh, it's better than nothing.
  • Reply 8 of 19
    murbotmurbot Posts: 5,262member
    Oh boy. We do rely too much on technology.



    I can't believe I am actually going to ****ing say this, but...



    WHEN I WAS YOUR AGE, a good solid punch in the shoulder would have been enough to fix this. Downwards, really hard right on his boney little shoulder with your middle knuckle.



    And no, there is no applescript for this. You have to physically do it. Sorry.
  • Reply 9 of 19
    trevormtrevorm Posts: 841member
    [quote]Originally posted by murbot:

    <strong>Oh boy. We do rely too much on technology.



    I can't believe I am actually going to ****ing say this, but...



    WHEN I WAS YOUR AGE, a good solid punch in the shoulder would have been enough to fix this. Downwards, really hard right on his boney little shoulder with your middle knuckle.



    And no, there is no applescript for this. You have to physically do it. Sorry.</strong><hr></blockquote>



    <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />
  • Reply 10 of 19
    defiantdefiant Posts: 4,876member
    as I said murbot, as I said
  • Reply 11 of 19
    ringoringo Posts: 328member
    Easy solution!



    Set a screensaver hot corner and tell it to require the user password when leaving a screensaver. Every time you leave the room, just move the cursor to the corner, problem solved. Alternately, you can go into Keychain Access and enable the keychain menu. It contains a command to lock the screen.



    Good enough?
  • Reply 12 of 19
    chuckerchucker Posts: 5,089member
    [quote]Originally posted by Brad:

    <strong>I've got an idea!



    Whenever you tell the system to shut down, it first goes through all the apps and closes all documents. If there are unsaved changes, you are prompted to save them. Well, this may not be an optimal solution, but you could leave something like TextEdit hidden in the background with a new file containing a few random keystrokes. When your system tries to shut down, it'll ask if you want to save changes to the file. Simply press cancel and the shut down process will be halted, allowing you to continue working.



    Eh, it's better than nothing. </strong><hr></blockquote>



    I had actually thought of that before... Snak, my IRC client, will ask for a quit message before quitting. Similarly, it should be possible to create an app asking for a password before exiting. I guess I'll have to wait until I've learned some Cocoa/Objective-C...
  • Reply 13 of 19
    chuckerchucker Posts: 5,089member
    [quote]Originally posted by Ringo:

    <strong>Easy solution!



    Set a screensaver hot corner and tell it to require the user password when leaving a screensaver. Every time you leave the room, just move the cursor to the corner, problem solved. Alternately, you can go into Keychain Access and enable the keychain menu. It contains a command to lock the screen.



    Good enough?</strong><hr></blockquote>



    No. I'm already doing that Look. I'm sitting in my room actually *working* at this machine. So he comes in, talks to me a few sentences, and then he does it Believe me, there's no way I could move the cursor to a corner in time
  • Reply 14 of 19
    chuckerchucker Posts: 5,089member
    [quote]Originally posted by murbot:

    <strong>[..] WHEN I WAS YOUR AGE [..]</strong><hr></blockquote>



    Funny post But if I thought there was no way to solve this with a script, then I wouldn't have created this thread.
  • Reply 15 of 19
    giaguaragiaguara Posts: 2,724member
    [quote]Originally posted by murbot:

    <strong>Oh boy. We do rely too much on technology.



    I can't believe I am actually going to ****ing say this, but...



    WHEN I WAS YOUR AGE, a good solid punch in the shoulder would have been enough to fix this. Downwards, really hard right on his boney little shoulder with your middle knuckle.



    And no, there is no applescript for this. You have to physically do it. Sorry.</strong><hr></blockquote>



    Yea. your daughters dont touch your mac don't they?



    I had for ages the screensaver thing with password. And i have practically never found my computer closed without permission = that and the physical attack work. <img src="graemlins/hmmm.gif" border="0" alt="[Hmmm]" />
  • Reply 16 of 19
    my suggestion is to put something over the button so he is forced to move it in order to push it.....this gives you time to punch him and stuff <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />
  • Reply 17 of 19
    stunnedstunned Posts: 1,096member
    If my brother was like yours, he will have his hands chopped off!



    Maybe he need counselling. try your parents first. Then the police <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />
  • Reply 18 of 19
    chuckerchucker Posts: 5,089member
    [quote]Originally posted by pyroMacbabe:

    <strong>my suggestion is to put something over the button so he is forced to move it in order to push it.....this gives you time to punch him and stuff <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" /> </strong><hr></blockquote>



    You are too violent
  • Reply 19 of 19
    hehe tank you <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />
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