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    automate service usage

    A co-worker who is new to Windows development (he's pure Unix and Perl) has asked me for advice on how best to develop some software for his laptop. Ideas on preferred methods, languages, information sources etc. are what we need at this point. This is his request:

    "I'm trying to automate some common activities related to moving my laptop around. I want to turn on or off the wireless antenna, start up VPN, possibly start or stop some services, reconfigure my video (dual-head versus
    single head), and launch various apps depending on where I am. Ideally I'd like to do some auto-discovery based on what network I'm on (or if there's no network). I'll probably want a small GUI eventually, ideally something that can plug into the system tray."

    I have my own short list (very short) of where to start with this huge endeavor but would like other opinions as well. Turning off my wireless antenna whenever an Ethernet connection is available is probably the first task to try and do (automatically turn off the antenna if I can't detect an AP within 20s). <img src=/S/compute.gif border=0 alt=compute width=40 height=20>


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    Re: automate service usage

    There are some folks in the lounge who swear by Autoit to automate tasks. Take a look. If your co-worker is familiar with scripting he/she should have no problems getting into Autoit.


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