A little something extra…
Someone told me recently that the energy management interfaces (typically access to such parameters over SNMP from a MIB, to jangle the wording around a bit) on most hardware was not good and far from open. To access the most of the information you’d need to monitor and then manage power use, you had to use more closed methods. Apple was praised as having “everything” available over SNMP, but not so much with others.
I’ve been looking to verify this. If it’s true, it’s (a.) a damn shame, and, (b.) something to encourage hardware makers to do.
What’s your take?
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