Last month MacCentral
brought readers news about Sophisticated Circuits’ efforts to publicly test a new version of its crash detection and recovery system Kick-off! 1.5. Today the company announced the final release of the new version.
Kick-Off! 1.5 is a combination of hardware and software that detects when your USB-based Macintosh has crashed and automatically initiates a restart. The new version has been completely rewritten for Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server. It also sports the ability to start the Mac after power returns following an outage. Users can set an optional delay to keep the computer isolated from the power lines until voltage has been stabilized.
Sophisticated Circuits, Inc. spokesman Amar Singh explained that this ability is something the company’s customers have asked for.
“This feature is of special interest to G4 users with UPS systems, as it provides a means to automatically start the computer back up when the power returns, even after a clean shutdown,” said Singh.
Kick-Off! 1.5 is shipping now for US$179. Upgrades from 1.0 are $35. Users who purchased the software after January 1, 2002 are entitled to a free upgrade. Visit the
Sophisticated Circuits Web site for more details.