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Yes, I’m in a video “frame” of mind this week. ;) Here’s another quickie to show off a fun and useful utility called Freeze. Phoenix Technologies created Freeze and it normally sells for $14.99. The Phoenix folks tell me there’s an intro price of $9.99 right […]

Yes, I’m in a video “frame” of mind this week. ;) Here’s another quickie to show off a fun and useful utility called Freeze. Phoenix Technologies created Freeze and it normally sells for $14.99. The Phoenix folks tell me there’s an intro price of $9.99 right now, however.

I decided to take advantage of the 14-day free trial, so I’m running around the home office testing the utility. Freeze pairs your Windows XP or Vista computer with Bluetooth phone and then uses that wireless signal as a proximity detector. When you leave your PC, Freeze will lock it, turn off your screen or put the PC to sleep. You can configure the actions as well as the lock and unlock distance.

I’ve got it just about right for my home office, although I seem to have added a step by locking myself in the room, too. I hope someone with a Bluetooth phone shows up at the door soon. The cats are in here and they look very hungry. Plus they’re staring at me strangely. Nice kitty?

  1. I used to use an app like this when I used Ubuntu as my primary device. It was free though.

    Off topic, There is a mouse over add on this page that expands over the video. Its very annoying. Thought I would let you know. Its from singlelink.

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  2. @kevin-which phone are you using? if you showed it on the video, i can’t view it at work. i have tried different bluetooth proximity software (http://tinyurl.com/kjcwf4 & http://tinyurl.com/26zxdf) with my iphone. they detect my iphone as long as it doesn’t go to sleep. once it does, my pc locks. with freeze, will it detect your iphone (assuming that’s what you’re using) if your phone goes to sleep?

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  3. Kevin what external monitor do you have hooked up to your macbook? I can’t find the post where you discussed your home set-up.

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  4. An alternative that I am using successfully is “Lockitnow!”
    http://www.bluetoothshareware.com/lockitnow.asp

    Quite a few options and works well for me.

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  5. “Yes, I’m in a video “frame” of mind this week”

    I think you know exactly what I’m thinking, Kevin.

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