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Author Topic: IDEA: Start Program after x minutes of idle.  (Read 4371 times)

Deozaan

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IDEA: Start Program after x minutes of idle.
« on: April 27, 2006, 03:15:21 PM »
I know something like this was already done here, http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?topic=1328.0, but I want something that operates much like a screensaver -- runs a program after your computer is idle for a determinable amount of time.

This would be great for Skrommel's ToddlerTrap: http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Skrommel/index.html#ToddlerTrap

Often I will step away for just a second (yeah right) to help someone with something and it ends up being more than a few minutes before I return to my computer only to find out that the little monkies are clicking around and typing. This is terrible when I leave while I'm in the middle of programming because these monkies don't eat their fleas; they put the bugs right into my programs.

Maybe an additional (and optional) feature would be to close the program when it's active again (not good for ToddlerTrap, but maybe good for other programs like Azureus). And it might be nice to be able to run more than one program at different idle times.

I'd prefer a little program that I can put in my startup folder that has a tray icon to access the settings.


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Re: IDEA: Start Program after x minutes of idle.
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2006, 06:35:50 PM »
IdleMute is pretty close to what you after.

you can also run start the screensaver and password protected it.
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Re: IDEA: Start Program after x minutes of idle.
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2006, 07:35:47 PM »
IdleMute is pretty close to what you after.

you can also run start the screensaver and password protected it.

Thanks kimmchii! I thought IdleMute was only for muting the speakers. I don't want to have to resort to passwords because I'd like adults to be able to use the computer. They know better than to type around inside my programs. Once I figure out how IdleMute works, though, it might be perfect for ToddlerTrap.

Although it might still be nice to have an IdleRun (kind of an oxymoron, there) which allows me to schedule multiple programs at different idle times and the ability to close them once activity is restored. If someone is up to the task I would gladly make a donation.

« Last Edit: April 27, 2006, 08:17:44 PM by Deozaan »

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Re: IDEA: Start Program after x minutes of idle.
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2006, 12:07:37 AM »
no prob Deozaan,

actually you can use XP schedule task, i just checked it has this feature,

http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/1838/gadwinscreenshot0031ao.png
IDEA: Start Program after x minutes of idle.


with this you can have multiple programs at different idle times. :)
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Re: IDEA: Start Program after x minutes of idle.
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2006, 12:20:16 AM »
no prob Deozaan,

actually you can use XP schedule task, i just checked it has this feature,

with this you can have multiple programs at different idle times. :)

Great! How do I find that? IdleMute is unreliable at best for what I want. Sometimes it starts running the program while I'm in the middle of moving the mouse around and sometimes it doesn't start the program when it's been idle for a few minutes.


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Re: IDEA: Start Program after x minutes of idle.
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2006, 04:06:06 AM »
And if one like to use AutoHotkey, the code is

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If A_TimeIdlePhysical > ...

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Re: IDEA: Start Program after x minutes of idle.
« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2006, 07:26:59 AM »