AutoIT v3 and AutoItDebugger

Remember that time you had to do the same thing 400 times on your computer? It was probably pretty boring and tedious. The bad news: that’s how computers work. Do lots of boring stuff a whole bunch of times until you get what you want. The good news: there’s a program for that.

AutoIT has been around for a long time and it’s not very well known. However, it’s hugely useful if you’re willing to take the time to learn it. This easy to learn scripting language can automate virtually everything you do on your computer. Yesterday I used it to upload 900 files through a program that would only let me access 1 file at a time. I setup a script in about 15 minutes and over night the job was done. There’s nothing I like more than using technology to make my life easier.

Here are some details from their website.

“AutoIt v3 is a freeware BASIC-like scripting language designed for automating the Windows GUI and general scripting. It uses a combination of simulated keystrokes, mouse movement and window/control manipulation in order to automate tasks in a way not possible or reliable with other languages” more…

Now that you know what you’re missing, there’s a great tool for actually creating this stuff. It hadn’t been update for almost 2 years until this month! It’s called AutoIt Debugger and it’s worth it’s weight in software. I guess it probably doesn’t weigh anything. It’s just really useful.

Setup takes a bit of patience but it’s a small price to pay for all the time saving.  If you want to start playing, here’s the Download page and getting started instructions. (The getting started link is no longer functional)

 

Software that you really should know about

Over the coming days I’m going to do a series on software that you really should know about. There’s tons of amazingly useful apps that can dramatically improve the way you use your computer.  Some of this stuff is so good it seems like it should be bundled with the operating system. First up:

Synergy

http://synergy-foss.org/

Most people don’t even know they need this software. I’m picking them first because they asked me for help spreading the word and frankly, the software is awesome.

What it does: shares one mouse and keyboard across all your computers seamlessly. Most people have embraced the concept of multiple monitors.  The productivity improvements are super apparent. Well the same is true for this. Take that spare laptop you have sitting around from ages ago and put it to work.

All you have to do is install Synergy on both computers and you will be able to move your mouse from one screen onto the other. It’s all wireless and you just added processor capacity to your work space. Synergy is literally the first thing I install on any new computer. You probably wont need it all the time, but when you do, it’s there waiting.

 

Nikon S9300 Camera with Wifi Card Problems!

The Issue

The camera displays “This card cannot be used” when first turned on.

This error message that plagued me half the time I turned on my fancy new camera. I knew it was fake because removing and reinserting the card fixed it every time. Searching the internet did little to help me resolve this issue.

Finally, on page 212 of the manual I found an obscure comment about the Eye-Fi cards. It does NOT support endless memory mode. If you have this mode enabled you are likely to see the same problems I was having.

To resolve this issue, simply disable Endless Memory mode from your computer and everything should be back to normal! Despite my best efforts I ended up sending the card back to EyeFi. They sent me a replacement in no time and everything has worked perfectly since then. Gotta give EyeFi a pat on the back for having great customer service. On the other hand, I’ll probably never buy another Nikon. Their service was terrible. Terrible.