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Does your computer have an on/off switch?
By Dave Winer on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 4:33 AM.

First let me explain what I mean. permalink

This is an on-off switch: permalink

A picture named onoff.gif permalink

If you press the top part, whatever it's connected to turns on. permalink

If you press the bottom part, it turns off. permalink

On, off, on, off, etc etc. permalink

If you forget which part does what, they are conveniently labeled to remind you of their function. permalink

Anyway, looking around my desk I see lots of things that have switches that work exactly this way. 1. Printer. 2. Lamp. 3. Power strips.  permalink

But lots of things don't. 1. Scanner. 2. Router. 3. Modem. 4. iMac. permalink

I seem to remember that my first Apple II had a simple on-off switch. Did the IBM PC? Not sure. The Apple III? Not sure. Pretty sure the first Mac did not have an on-off switch.  permalink

Let's compare notes. Does your computer give you a clear and simple way to turn it off? If not, should it? permalink

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