Archive for May, 2009

Screensaver hotkeys and iTunesControl

I made the switch to Windows 7 as my primary operating system on Wednesday night. As is customary, I decided to fiddle with and tweak my new setup. The first thing I went looking for was a global hotkey for turning on the screensaver. I sleep next to my computer so when I go to bed I want the screens to go blank. I was using Ultramon to accomplish this on Vista, but since Ultramon is kinda broken on 7 (Maybe I should just make the switch to DisplayFusion?) I was wary about installing it. After going through a couple freeware applications that didn’t work, and deciding not to purchase Turn Off Monitor, I bit the bullet and installed Ultramon. I basically disabled everything except the hotkey.

After looking into it further I probably could have used AutoHotkey with NirCmd. I’m not sure if this combo would work on Windows 7 but I’ll try it out this weekend and see what happens.

The next thing I wanted was to be able to control iTunes with my multimedia keyboard keys when iTunes didn’t have focus. I found 2 different ways to do this: a plugin for iTunes written in 2003 and iTunesControl. I tried the plugin first and it worked great but I was a little wary about what some people had posted about problems with smart playlists. I installed iTunesControl and was very impressed by the available features. At first the on screen display bothered me, but after playing around with it I really started to like it. It’s mostly unobtrusive and it allows me to skip songs without having to listen and find out what they are. It even pulls album artwork, which is something I really appreciate. I’d recommend trying it out and seeing how you like it.

2 years 3 months 20 days ago

(Time courtesy of Wolfram|Alpha)

Taken on Feb. 8th, 2007

Taken on Feb. 8th, 2007

Since I started this blog. I was a sophomore in college. So much has changed since then.

I last blogged 4 months 3 days ago. Since I last blogged I graduated from college; I worked on Beauty and the Beast and had the biggest house (sold out!) in 10 years; I went on a cruise for the first time. I had a lot of average days, some great, some terrible. I’ve stressed out a lot less.

The summer has started for me, which means I spend most of my days at work for 8 hours a day in front of a computer. Strangely enough, this gives me a lot more free time than I had during school between classes, friends, theater, work, and relaxation. This is the time when I start to seek people out online, I start to blog again, I start following twitter and friendfeed like a fiend. I start other random projects that may or not pan out. I watch more TV. I read.

Taken on Jan. 15th, 2009

Taken on Jan. 15th, 2009

My goal for the end of the summer is to learn how to memorize a shuffled deck of cards. Useful? No. Cool? Hell yes. I’d also like to catch up on my reading, my TV, and say goodbye to NYC.

I can’t believe I never mentioned it on here but I’m going to be moving to Seattle to work for Microsoft. I’m excited and scared at the same time. I don’t know anyone over there.

Now that I’m sitting here I find that I have so many things that I could write about, but I don’t really feel like doing it. I think I’ll go back to reading The Host.

Taken today May 28th, 2009

Taken today May 28th, 2009


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