An Inconvenient Bug (or two)

04.19.10 52 Comments

So I’m sitting there coding the other day, and the phone rings. I pick up absentmindedly, because really, only Anna calls me. “Hello”, says the voice on the other end of the line, in an easy quasi-drawl “this is Al Gore”. My brow furrows, because I don’t believe it at first. “The Al Gore who invented the Internet?” I ask suspiciously. “One and the same”, he says.

“I called to ask for a favor”, he continues. “You see, I run Plex on my three monitors, and I noticed that when I set the display sleep timer, my monitors still wake up after a few seconds.”

I suddenly have a bad feeling. Barkley can sense it too, I think, because he opens one eye for a second, and then falls back asleep.

“So I ran the numbers”, Al Gore continues, “and, well, with all your users, this bug is going to result in a 3 inch rise in sea-levels over the next hundred years. Son, do you know what this means?”

“Well”, I say, somewhat uncomfortably, “I saw your film”. I leave out the part about feeling really sleepy about half-way through and waking up with drool on the couch. “I thought you were really good.”

“This is no joking matter”, he says all serious, “fix this bug, and save the planet and the people of Tuvalu in the process.”

Needless to say, I fixed the bug.

I’d love it if you could give it a try for me before I send it over. You can find the binary here (replace the one inside It fixes two issues and adds a new feature.

  • Display sleep bug fixed.
  • Double sleep bug fixed.
  • Ryan W kindly added support for MP4 subtitles (apparently Gore hates MKV and has all his media in MP4 format).

If it works well, I’ll spin another full release with the fixes.

Here’s Barkley, with a ball for each fix.

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  • this fixed my double sleep issue nice one buddy. G/F friendly factory has now increased 100%

    • @bertybassett: glad to hear, don’t forget to sent me a wedding invite as a result of the 2x friendly-factor increase.

  • @Elan: Has the dimming issue been fixed? If so, If I download the binary that you’ve released with the hardware acceleration feature, is this included? I’m never sure where exactly to download the latest build from.

    • @cyrdog: Not yet.

  • @elan On my iMac 27″ i7 I’m still seeing the screen saver, not going to sleep bug.

  • Double sleep fixed! Ive been waiting for this! Thanks +1K

  • Hi there,

    If you got the chance to talk once more with Al Gore, tell him to contact Macromedia as well. Because with the trillions of flash ads or what so ever running while browsing, it consumes more cpu power than anything else.

  • I just downloaded Plex today. Loving it so far.

    Unfortunately I’m having the same problem as Rybber. Both the Use your Applications and Go to the App Store menu items drop me in the applications folder.

    I tried toggling the media server on and off to no avail. What else can I do?

    • @paul: Please head to the forums (if you haven’t already) and we’ll lend you a hand and see what’s going on!

  • Come on elan, a couple of days to fix it? geez.

    Just kidding. I understand how these things go. Thanks for all you do in the first place.

  • @elan On both my new mini and 27″ iMac I’m having sleep issues.
    Both machines usually goes to sleep after the time set in system preferences.
    However if Plex have been launched and quit they will never sleep!
    Only way to fix this, is to reboot.
    Would be real nice with a fix….

  • Cram,
    Try this Safari add-on, it works as advertised:

  • some how my app store is messedup,the add source does not have plex media player in it…and i have been trying to add the media server since without the server i am not able to see any of the videos or channels.Please let me know if anyone has a solution to my problem.

  • Great job! It you marketed this app, you would make a killing! I’ll donate…..don’t sell it!! :) :) :)

  • Didn’t solve the sleep issue for me and my mac mini. Now it wakes up on it’s own a couple minutes after it goes to sleep even if i put it to sleep manually using the harmony remote which it didn’t do before.

  • It DID fix it! Nice work. Much appreciated.

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