WakeOnLan; fun for the purely lazy.
One of my favorite features of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard is the screen sharing built right into the Finder (the only thing I’ve come to find the Finder useful for). What used to require an expensive seat of Remote Desktop For Mac, or a slightly hackish Chicken-of-the-VNC setup, is now accomplished with the built in screen-sharing goodness of Leopard.
At the home office this is great; it adds an additional level of sophistication to my complete and total laziness that only cool technology can afford. My wife and I share a common space in our home where our computers exist no more than 6 feet apart from each other. We tend to share a lot of files and tend to want to show each other things on the others computer. As you can imagine, before Leopard came along, we used to physically get up and down from our office chairs, walk the 6 long feet and peer over each others shoulder to have our common viewing experience. It was a dizzying, trying time, but we somehow managed.
Now we simply share each others screen with the click of a button. But what if my wife’s computer is asleep? Then what? Do you really expect me to get out of my chair, walk 3 paces of wake it? Hell no. That’s what God created WakeOnLan.app for. Simply put, WakeOnLan is the greatest lazy mans invention. I can wake and sleep my wifes computer at will, even while she’s in the middle of doing something, making for hours of completely impractical, totally irrational, yet entirely enjoyable fun… until she discovered the same app herself.