Power Manager uses inproper terms

Brian McKee brian.mckee at gmail.com
Mon Mar 16 01:21:00 UTC 2009

On Fri, Mar 13, 2009 at 2:58 PM, James T Snell <james at dawning.ca> wrote:
> When I plug my laptop in to its power adapter, the Power Manager says the
> computer is on AC power. This is a misnomer at least in my case because the
> computer only sees a DC power source. The big box that power laptop power
> cords have contains an AC to DC adapter. The same process occurs inside the
> power supply of a desktop and thus the actual computer never sees anything
> but DC power.
> I'd suggest renaming the terms in the Power Manager to read "External Power"
> and "Internal Power" - I think this is about as precise as we can be without
> actually being incorrect in some occasions.

And what about a unit with an add on power pack?  or a docking station? or?

While you are technically correct, I think you're splitting electrons
here.  Everyone knows what AC power is referring too - and it takes up
less space on the panel.


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