got another idea.. setup the database on a machine which can detect
the availability of the boss. if the boss machine is on.. and
connected to network.. the script will try to verify the availability
of the bosses's ip and interface hardware address. (if the boss change
the nic or machine, mac has to be updated manually in the script) and
starts or stops the database.

this can be done with bit of shellexec and bit of shellscripting, if
on linux with 'arp' (all employees and boss has to be in same subnet i
guess.. )


On Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 7:17 AM, Andy McKenzie <> wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 13, 2010 at 8:11 PM, Micky Hulse <> 
> wrote:
>> On Mon, Sep 13, 2010 at 5:05 PM, Daniel Brown <> wrote:
>>>    It would be cheaper to employ the same method used on some
>>> lawnmowers and required on Jet Skis and Skidoos: a cable with a clip
>>> worn by the rider.  The rider falls off, the cable releases from the
>>> vehicle, disengaging the throttle and cutting the engine.  The boss
>>> stands up, his entire infrastructure collapses, everyone's connections
>>> are closed, and all PCs subsequently catch fire.
>> Lol! That would make a great Dilbert and/or Farside cartoon. :)
> It would, wouldn't it?
> Anyway.  Something you could do is a script that turns mysqld on and
> off:  set him up with an SSH connection to the server, and he can run
> the script when he gets in to turn it on, and run it again whenever he
> leaves to turn it off.  A cron job to turn mysqld off at whatever time
> he usually leaves would probably be a reasonable failsafe.  If he
> really wants you could probably link it to a swipe card system or just
> a keyboard on his desk (enter your PIN to turn it on, enter it again
> to turn it off).
> All that aside, I can't help feeling that this has gotten into "I'm
> afraid you know too much for us to let you leave:  Guards!  Take him
> away!" territory.
> -Alex
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