TAG: Automation

Buffer – Schedule Your Social Media Posts

Previously, I have covered an application that automates the web (To do something like: If it’s going to rain tomorrow, email me) – that application is If This Then That (IFTTT) and it’s amazing. In fact, it’s one of my few “Great Tools” (read my take here). IFTT does great work for things you want to have handled based on event occurrences – but a tool to automate the frequency of information you put out there could be useful. Enter Buffer. The idea is, you add posts to a buffer and the application keeps them ready. Once a scheduled point in time arrives, Buffer posts the update automatically. Let’s take a look at this interesting new application.

Use Windows Easy Transfer To Automate User Backups

Windows-Easy-TransferI’m always looking for interesting challenges, and this one is no different. I came across this question in Microsoft’s Answers forum and I was intrigued. Windows Easy Transfer is actually pretty good for migrating user accounts and pulling out settings, but what if you wanted to use this tool to attempt a full user profile backup (to disk) at regular intervals? Is it even possible in any reliable way to do this?

Schedule A Task When PC Switches From Charging To AC Power [Windows]

Schedule-1As I was going over some issues others have had – I came across a fascinating question in the Microsoft Answer newsgroups. The user essentially wanted to trigger the execution of a task when the computer goes from being on battery to AC and vice versa. Since the Windows Task Scheduler does not include the ability to set a power source change trigger, you can’t use what Microsoft has written for this. I set out to find a way to make this possible.

Run A Scheduled Task As SYSTEM

Scheduled Task IconSometimes I come across this stuff accidentally. Other cases, like this one, it was something I needed and everything I looked at – told me it was possible, then not possible. What was the answer? and was it really possible? What I wanted to do was simply map a drive to a network share as the local SYSTEM account of a Windows computer. That, took me down this twisty road that leads me to a definitive answer: Yes, it can be done. Let me show you.

Great Tool: If This, Then That (IFTTT)

IFTTT-LogoOf the many tools I’ve come across (and there are many of them), one of the best is a simple tool borne out of a simple programming structure:

“If something happens, do something”

Yes, it’s that simple, but the Internet is not really built around this idea. Social services and other types of Internet-based sites generally require your interaction. What if there was a service that allowed you to automate stuff (just like you might do on your own computer)? This is what iffft does. The future of the Internet is really modelling it to reflect what you’re reading or thinking as closely as possible.

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