Making a process run completely or in part without the need of any user input once the process is started.

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How do I enable Automatic Logon in Windows 7 when I'm on a domain?

When Windows 7 is joined to a domain the option to automatically login is no longer available in the advanced User Management console. Since I am running a small home domain because of SharePoint and ...
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Is it possible to restart a computer in response to an email notification?

I'm looking for a way to reboot machines after getting an email notification. The setup I want to use this on is a render farm. We have 5 boxes with 8 Nvidia GTX 980Ti in them. They're running ...
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Open registry directly to a given key?

I need to open a registry key such as the following in regedit. HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Foo\Bar Is there a tool which will navigate to the key for me, without my having to navigate the folders ...
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How do I automatically convert academic papers (PDF) for reading on a Kindle?

I got a Kindle for Christmas and I'd like to read some academic papers on it. Almost all of those papers are in either PostScript or the PDF format and made for A4-sized paper. See the example here. ...
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Automatically login and lock

I want to configure Windows 7 to login automatically after the computer is switched on. That's not because I'm lazy and don't like typing passwords. That's because I want programs that are configured ...
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How to monitor a folder and trigger a command-line action when a file is created or edited?

I need to set up some sort of a script on my Vista machine, so that whenever a file is added to a particular folder, it automatically triggers a background process that operates on the file. (The ...
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Grep tool for XML [closed]

I am looking for a good tool to perform grep-like operations on XML - for example, extract certain attributes only. Grep itself can't handle it - any DFA-equivalent tool can handle only non recursive ...
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Automatically change time based on current location

I often move between 2 time zones, and expect my Windows 7 laptop to somehow automatically change the system time, being spoiled by the same feature on my cell phone. I always assumed that desktop ...
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Is it possible to open several web pages when browser is started?

I am searching for browser option or plugin (it will be best if it is available in Web Kit browsers,Opera or Firefox - not IE) that allows me to open several web pages when it is initially started. ...
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Good PowerShell guide, getting started through more advanced usage

Does anyone have a really good tutorial or getting started guide for Microsoft's PowerShell? I'm a long time Linux/Unix user, and very familiar with scripting languages, command-line usage with bash, ...
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Automate GUI tasks?

I have a Windows application which is deadware, and it lacks the option of exporting data into a file. The only way to extract data is to copy each line into the clipboard, and paste it in an editor. ...
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Software to automate the download of a list of URLs [closed]

Let's say I have a list of URLs as follows: http://creamteam.tv/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/10-Chinatown.mp3 http://mp3muffin.com/train/burbs.mp3 ...
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Completely automated DVD insert-rip-compress-eject workflow

(Partially inspired by this question.) Background: I have a PC hidden away behind an HD LCD in custom-built entertainment center. The only visible part of the PC is an external DVD drive, mounted ...
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5answers
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What tool can generate MD5 from the command-line? [closed]

Is there any tool that can automate by script to generate file MD5? I used to use Cygwin but I am looking for another solution without having Cygwin installed.
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Save attachments from many emails at once in Outlook?

Someone sent me 200 emails overnight, with one file attachment apiece. sigh I'm expecting another 200 each night for the next three nights (the emails come from a server, so asking them to batch them ...
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6answers
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Run script in OS X 10.6 on network connection. (like /etc/network/if-up.d/)

Is there any way to run a script when a network interface comes up in Mac OS X? I've tried putting a script named ip-up in /etc/ppp but it doesn't seem to fire when I disconnect and reconnect to a ...
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How to automate regular google takeout backups to cloud storage

I would like create a regular google takeout backups (let's say every 3 months) and store them encrypted in some other cloud storage like DropBox or S3. It does not have to be cloud-to-cloud ...
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What's a good macro recorder for Windows? [closed]

I'm looking for a tool that can record everything I do with my mouse/keyboard and playback recorded sessions. I've found some softwares that can replay macro using a script but none that can also ...
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How to Print to Save as PDF from a command line with Chrome or Chromium

Can I print to destination "Save as PDF" from a command line with Chrome or Chromium? I'd like to be able to automatically convert html files to PDF with Chrome's built-in functionality.
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2answers
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How do I record and run multiple find/replace with Sublime Text 2?

How do I record and run multiple find/replace with Sublime Text 2? I tried recording a macro but, as it seems, Sublime won't record find/replace, only text input etc.
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How can I control Pandora via my Mac Keyboard?

How can I use the Play / Pause, and Skip Buttons on my MacBook Pro to control Pandora? I've just got Pandora set up as a dashboard web clip and also have the Pandora Adobe AIR desktop app. I have ...
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Cannot get Windows snipping tool to auto run with AutoHotKey

I am trying to get Windows 7 sniping tool to run when I hit my PRINTSCREEN keyboard button with AUTOHOTKEY. I have been unsuccessful so far though. Here is what I have for the AutoHotKey script. ...
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How to connect to a VPN at startup?

I need to have a computer at a branch office automatically connect to the corporate VPN to simplify the login process (not forcing the user to press network login down the right). The client machine ...
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Are there any tools to periodically check if a web site is available?

Either online or local applications (Windows XP preferably). I'm specifically looking to be notified by email if the web site in question goes down. I've tried the Firefox add on, Mr Uptime, but it ...
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Mac OS X “hosts” file, can I include other files with it?

I am working on some automation scripts to configure my network settings, hosts file contents, and /etc/resolver files, when accessing different networks I frequent between. There are some ...
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Do something when a file is changed

When I write a LaTeX document, I find myself to press F6 in my editor to compile often. Or when I use SASS, I often type make to convert my .scss into .css. Now I would like to let the machine do the ...
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Automate printing of more than 10,000 emails and their attachments, including the contents of ZIP files

For some unholy reason I am required by work to print out 10,500 e-mails AND their attachments (which accompany about 70% of the e-mails) through Outlook 2010. I, like you, am appalled at such ...
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How to trigger a check for updates in Firefox programatically or from a command line?

Is there a command line switch for firefox.exe or an "about:" URL that will either force an update check or at least display the Help/About dialog, which checks for updates and tells if you're running ...
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What should I make my computer do while I'm away from keyboard? [duplicate]

During the day, usually I'm away from my computer for 3-5 hours. I also sleep 6+ hours every night. I run Arch Linux x64 on my computer. Besides the usual things that do not require user ...
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2answers
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bash - Sending simulated keystrokes

I've recently been trying to write a script that can be used to automate my c++ program in bash. If you know AutoIt, I can simply show you an example of what I am trying to do: send("1{enter}") or ...
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Record a macro of windows commands

Using Windows 7, is there an in-built or third-party method of recording windows commands and being able to play them back? As a very basic example of what I would like to be able to do, imagine ...
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How to get Thunderbird to archive messages automatically

I want Thunderbird 3.1.1 to automatically move old messages to archive. The definition of "old" should vary by folder. E.g., messages in the "Meeting minutes" folder should get archived after 7 days, ...
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How to test thousands of MP3 files whether they're playable?

I just managed to recover lots of mp3 from a bad HDD. Is there a way to test all these files if they are playable? I don't want to hit next a few thousand times.
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How to get Windows 7 to automatically connect to an ad-hoc network?

I have two machines - one is running Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit and the other is running Windows 7 Starter Edition (32-bit). The Ubuntu machine is connected to the Internet via the eth0 interface. That ...
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Toggle proxy settings based on the wired/wireless connection you make

Without using third party software, is there a way to have Windows toggle your proxy settings on/off based on the wired/wireless connection you make? I'm aware that I could create a registry script ...
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1answer
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Suspend process according to CPU temperature in Windows 8

Is there is a software or a way to suspend a process according to the CPU temperature? Sometimes when I render video the CPU temperature increases a lot, so I have to suspend the process in resource ...
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Multithreaded Windows FOR batch command

do you know if there is a simple way to run FOR command in batch file on multiple threads? What's the point of having 4 cores if I can't run my tasks in 4 parallel threads? For example, if I am ...
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Automated setup of Eclipse?

I work for a company that uses Eclipse and a bunch of plugins for their development environment. I'm trying to come up with an automated way to install everything(eclipse, and plugins) and configure ...
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3answers
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How To Lock Down Windows RT

I have a Windows tablet that is running Windows RT. I would like to "lock down" Windows from a normal user. I would like to remove the charm bar, or disable it. I have an App this is running on the ...
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What is an efficient, cost-effective tool to automate installing Windows 7 and software?

One of my job responsibilities is now maintaining laptops for sales people (they demo software). It would take me up to 2 days to perform a full installation manually, so I would like to delegate much ...
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2answers
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Is there a way to easily set the icon a folder uses?

I want to have certain folders show a picture I made my own instead of having to use the properties and specifying an *.ico file. Is there a way to use a *.jpg or *.png or *.gif or something like that ...
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3answers
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Cisco AnyConnect v3.1 AutoLogin

I'm having a bit of difficulty with Cisco AnyConnect v3.1 in regards to automatic login. I have to stay connected to a single server all day every day, and it would be super if I didn't have to dig ...
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How do I make the Windows Vista/7 power plan automatically switch to “Power Saver” on battery?

I like having my laptop run as long as humanly possible when running off battery, even if it means huge a compromise in performance. Currently, whenever I'm on battery I have to manually switch my ...
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4answers
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WiFi or Bluetooth controllable power outlet [closed]

I am looking for some sort of thing that I could plug a lamp into that would then plugin into the wall that would allow me to control it (ie turn it on and off) via a web interface, or via a web API ...
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help me automate this process

I come from a unix background, and need to do this on Windows Server 2003. Basically I have a command line process that I start from the windows cmd.exe. I want to achieve the following: Make this ...
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How to sum cells depending on the content of a neighbor cell

I have an Excel document with the following columns; Date | Reference | Amount 23/01/11 | 111111111 | £20.00 25/09/11 | 222222222 | £30.00 11/11/11 | 111111111 | ...
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How can I keep a Windows registry key constant?

Is there a way to lock a system registry key from being changed? Or to somehow keep it constant? In Windows 7, I'm trying to prevent a system registry key from being automatically changed any time a ...
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2answers
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Software to automate website screenshot capture [closed]

Do you know any software that can automate the process of getting screenshots of every page of a website? It would act like a spider/crawler/robot. You name it... For example: I developed a website ...
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I have an Outlook 2007 rule which copies certain outgoing messages to another folder — how do I automatically mark these messages as “read”?

The messages are successfully copied to the other folder, but show up as unread. "Mark as read" does show up as a filter option in the action list when creating a rule that applies to incoming ...
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How can I programmatically renumber pages in a PDF?

As a graduate student, I come across PDFs of articles and book chapters on a daily basis. Sometimes these PDFs are paginated correctly internally (that is, if an article starts on page 67, the PDF ...