klovell - this is not the same as the wake over LAN feature. Wake over LAN (WOL) is a hardware feature that allows devices to be turned on from a completely powered down state when they receive a "magic packet" targeted at the correct physical (MAC) address.
The feature you're describing is resuming the system from standby based on some event - whether it be a USB device - like a mouse being shaken - or a network device - like a request for a file. The key difference is that the device is powered up, and can respond to more than just the "magic packet".
I am aware of what wol is and how it works. I don't know this guy and i don't know if he knows what wol is and how it works. I do know that microsoft smartened up and windows 7 goes to sleep by default instead of shutting down. I'm assuming that's how they're posting such awesome boot time numbers... although from a cold boot it's still pretty bad ass (roughly 25 secs on my slowest laptop). If he didn't know any better he'd think his computer was off when it was really sleeping. Then it's doing exactly what mine is and it's not a wol packet but lan traffic or usb signals. He didn't mention what kind of computer he's using, I can show you a computer right now that looks exactly the same when it's sleeping and when it's off.
Even though Dave sounds knowledgeable on the matter in a subsequent post the initial post is pretty vague and IMO, with the information given, Iím not convinced itís the core. Iím sorry, in my line of work Iím just conditioned to think people are using words and phrases that does not belong. I canít count how many times Iíve said over the phone type this in the address bar, and the response I get is ďIt took me to GoogleĒ. Or people not knowing the difference between the Internet and an Intranet. Since I had/have a similar problem and the post is vague I figured Iíd though it out there.
Iím sorry for jumping to conclusions Dave and this isnít an attack Jimbo. If Dave is certain his computer is off, forget I said anything.