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Please unravel the mystery of the MacBook that switches itself on?

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Feb 9, 2012 8:56 AM

Hi guys,


I am in a bit of a pickle with the following situation and after extensive research on Google (alas without sufficient answer), I thought the best place to ask was around here. Let me start by saying I myself do not own a MacBook Air. In matter of fact, I have never in my life owned anything from Apple apart from an iPod Nano and iTunes. Please bear with me in case you'd explain things to me, because I am pretty much illiterate when it comes to this.


Last weekend, I was staying over at my ex's who owns a MacBook. In the morning we both left the apartment (with the MacBook in said apartment) at seperate times, and later that night my ex found out that someone had gone into Skype. All chat history logs were deleted although nobody knows when exactly this happened - this weekend or before. The MacBook's Skype hasn't been used in a few weeks, so we don't know for sure. That aside.

My ex did freak out about the Skype tampering, which is totally understandable. Because the Skype conversations contained some sensitive/confidential information, my ex decided to go to the police with this. After some of their research and because Apple products apparently keep some kind of extensive log on what happens to the device at what exact time, it was established that the MacBook Air was switched on at 08:15 and switched off at 10:42. By 'off', I mean the hibernation function. (Or whatever the Apple equivalent is, I am a Windows girl so I don't really know.)


I am sure you see it coming. My ex left the apartment around 08:15, leaving me by myself. However, I slept in an adjacent room the night before and simply took a shower and left the apartment straight after, around 08:35-08:40 tops. Because I was the only person physically there, my ex now suspects me from sniffing through the Skype logs. I could go into detail how this assumption is preposterous in so many ways, but I'm not going to go there.


I don't know where the MacBook Air was. I don't know any of the computer's/programs' passwords. I don't even know where the 'on' button on the **** thing is. Keeping that in mind, I really need someone to come up with an explanation why the MacBook Air log thing showed it was switched on at 08:15 and switched off at 10:42 without me coming anywhere near it. I have read things about USB hubs, magic trackpads, ethernet and God knows what else, but nothing sounds like a definite "That could have been it!".

For the record, the Skype logs that were deleted were still accessable on my ex's phone, which makes it even weirder.


If any of you have heard of this kind of thing before or you think you may have the solution, please reply. I am very aware that I look exceptionally bad in this, but truth of the matter is, I didn't touch the bloody thing. So basically I am looking for explanations so that I can clear my name. I do have basic knowledge about computers in general so I should be able to extend extra information when needed, as long as it's not too advanced.


Thanks a lot in advance, I do appreciate the effort!




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  • SP Forsythe Level 5 Level 5 (5,200 points)

    A Mac can be awakened from "sleep" mode by network activity requesting access, but I've never heard of the computer being "turned on" remotely.


    As well, the awakening upon network activity is subject to a very special set of conditions. First, I do believe it is only supported when such notebook is connected to the network with an Apple Airport Exterme router.  Macs can’t also use this feature when powered by a battery (it has to be on AC power). Additionally, the Mac Notebook must either be open (not latched) or have an external display attached to be awakened through this method.


    Lastly, the System Preferences must be setup in advance to permit the feature to be used.

  • SP Forsythe Level 5 Level 5 (5,200 points)

    Here are a couple of links that explain quite a bit.


    This is a Snow Leopard article, but I don't think anything has changed for Lion.



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