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I have my machine set to time out after 5 minutes and shut off the display and require password.

The inconvenience comes from the fact that I often work on another machine and reference the first one, so when the first one times out, I have to stop what I am doing to type a password.

What I would like is an option similar to what a lot of android phones do: turn off the display at the 5 minute timeout, but not actually lock the screen until a few seconds later. That way, if the screen shuts off while I'm using it, I can just move the mouse quickly and it will come right back up. However if I walk away it will actually lock on its own.

Can this be done? I'm using Mint 13

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There is a program blueproximity (see also this)

BlueProximity is a clever program by Lars Friedrichs that sets up your computer to lock itself when your phone is out of bluetooth range, and unlock itself when it comes close enought again. You can also also make it turn off and on the monitor, music, change msn status and pretty much everything you can imagine.

Maybe not the 100% answer to your question, but it might solve your problem.

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That looks cool. – trusktr Jan 24 '14 at 7:58

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