Dear Apple: Enough With the Pulsing Lights!

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Date: Friday, January 28th, 2005, 10:02
Category: Hardware

Since we know that the Apple brass likes to read the PowerPage I’d like to pass along a tip that the company has ignored on their support forums and feedback pages for years: enough with the pulsing sleep lights already!
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Since we know that the Apple brass likes to read the PowerPage I’d like to pass along a tip that the company has ignored on their support forums and feedback pages for years: enough with the pulsing sleep lights already!
I should start out by saying that I’m the kind of person that needs to sleep in total darkness. I black out every LED and blinky thing in my bedroom and detest the light pollution given off by mobile phones, DVD players, heck, I even cover the little LEDs on my bedroom surge protectors.
If you aren’t familiar with the pulsing cyclops of insomnia, it’s the small white LED in the release latch of the PowerBook G4 that tells you when the PowerBook is asleep. My problem is with the PowerBook G4′s annoying “sleep indicator” blinking all night in my bedroom. (BTW, you can keep your comments about how the PowerBook isn’t supposed to be in the bedroom to yourself, I’m getting help for that…) To make matter worse, Apple added another annoying light to the AC power adapter where is connects to the side of the PowerBook – UGH!
Apple started adding the power-draining and sleep-depriving lights to PowerBook years ago and I have rallied against them ever since. My question is this: do we really need a light on the front of a PowerBook to tell us it’s asleep? No, we don’t. What is the purpose of this light exactly? And why does it have to be one million candlepower? Do my across-the-street neighbors need to know that my PowerBook’s asleep? If there’s a legitimate use for such a light, why can’t it be on the inside of the PowerBook?
What’s worse is the iMac in my guest bedroom also has an annoying sleep indicator that lights up the whole room – to the point that I can see it in my bedroom.
Bad form Apple. Ditch the light and stop with the light pollution in my house, Ok?

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