Unless you’re a relative, co-worker, or neighbor, it’s likely you can be persuaded to believe I don’t complain much; especially about Apple’s products. Yet, here we are. I have a few issues about how Apple treats the Mac and we’re not talking anemic power in most Macs.
What bugs me about the Mac is both hardware and software. On the hardware front, Apple seems to want to push mouse users onto trackpads. Granted, over 80-percent of all Macs sold these days are notebooks and, surprise, surprise, they come with trackpads, but some of us still have affection for the mouse.
Yes, the mouse is better than a trackpad. Unless you’re using Apple’s Magic Mouse. Uh huh. That mouse. The one that uses a lithium ion battery for long life, but needs to be charged from the bottom. That’s just stupid. Wait. I’m not done. Let’s go to software.
Mac Sleep – Yes, the settings in System Preferences > Energy Saver seem to be sufficiently explicit enough that if you can read and comprehend what you read all the button choices should be obvious. Sometimes those buttons just don’t work and there is no button for watching Netflix movies so without some manual intervention the display goes into sleep or screensaver mode, often before the protagonist meets the antagonist.
Enter Anti Sleep, a free Mac utility which lives in the Menubar and gives you options to not sleep a Mac or let the Mac sleep, with or without a timeout. Apple seems to think anti-sleep is a none issue but Anti Sleep and Netflix watchers think otherwise.
What’s not to like. Self explanatory and free.
Auto Start Up – Also in System Preferences > Energy Saver you’ll find a Schedule button. Click it and you’ll see options to Start Up, Sleep, Shut Down, or Wake your Mac on a particular schedule. One. Per. Day. How about weekdays vs. weekends? No. Can. Do.
Enter Power Manager, a utility which gives you a bucketful of options to start up or shut down a Mac according to a schedule. Not only that, there are all kinds of events that can be triggered according to a schedule. Sweet. macOS High Sierra has nothing like that.
Unlike Anti Sleep, which is free, the folks who develop Power Manager are rightly proud of their app and since it’s the only one like it for the Mac, you pay for the privilege. What you get is ungodly control over scheduling events, so your Mac Geek is unleashed to run AppleScript scripts or Automator workflows or just turn the Mac on every hour because you like the startup chime.
Both of these utilities– Anti Sleep and Power Manager– do what macOS High Sierra does not.