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Farmville Tired Fingers

If you are anything like me – you like the cuteness and easygoing gaming of farmville but HATE HATE HATE the stupid acceptance thing they make you go through at the beginning of the game where you thank everybody. I’ve never found out if it helps or hinders the game if you skip it so I feel duty bound to click that accept/help button anything from 200-400 times. Repetitive Strain Injury causing so it is.

Getting fed up I wondered if there was an easy way to make the computer click the mouse for me. Not during the game – but just to agree to those 300-400 stupid pop-ups at the beginning; and I found it in the simple piece of software and a little scripting.

The software is available here: AutoHotKey.

1. Click on the download and run the install.

2. When it finishes installing choose Run AutoHotKey
It should say “Your script it running in the Background”
And you will have a small green H showing in the notification area at the bottom right.
(click on the little white up arrow if it doesn’t show up)

3. Right Click on the small green H and choose edit this script. A script shows up in notepad.
Use cut and paste to add the script below in the blue box to the bottom of the script in notepad

4. Save the notepad script and close the window.

5. Right click on the H again and choose reload this script.

6. Now you have a hotkey script that when your farmville starts – you put your cursor on the first button – note the number of messages in the little red envelope and hit Win+Q. The script will ask you how many times to click the mouse and you enter the number of messages. Hit enter and it will do the clicking for you.

#q::
mynum1 = 1
InputBox mynum1, “Mouse Clicker”, “Enter # of Mouse Clicks”
if ( mynum1 < 500 ) AND ( mynum1 > 0 )
{
Loop %mynum1%
{
Click
}
}
return

Kindle Fire – $199

Amazon Kindle Fire

I rarely see technology that truly excites me these days – but Amazon with their Kindle Fire did just that. I’d always liked the Apple iPad but the $600+ price has always put me off – and black and white readers which ONLY allow you to read and have no ability to do anything else seem like a waste of technology.

When HP dumped their touchpad onto the market at $100 I was one of those people who thought “hey for that money I’ll buy it and THEN work out what I can use it for”… regardless of whether there was any new software being written for it. This simply because having the ability to surf the web on something that was portable and easier to read than an iphone just sounded cool.

Unfortunately like 1000′s of others I missed out on that particular opportunity, but I am wondering now if that was actually a lucky break since Amazon now has the Kindle Fire.

At $199 this is double the impulse-buy that the touchpads were being sold at, but with some distinct advantages:

a company that looks like they actively WANT to support this form factor
a mass of media ready for consumption
a size and weight that means you don’t need 2 hands to hold it when you ARE reading
and cloud storage which means that you aren’t restricted by the amount of memory in the device.

I’m now wondering how I can persuade Sarah to let me have one for Christmas!

Technical Details:
7″ multi-touch display with IPS (in-plane switching) technology and anti-reflective treatment
1024 x 600 pixel resolution at 169 ppi, 16 million colors.
7.5″ x 4.7″ x 0.45″ (190 mm x 120 mm x 11.4 mm).
14.6 ounces (413 grams).
8GB storage. That’s enough for 80 apps, plus 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books.
Free cloud storage for all Amazon content
Up to 8 hours Battery life – continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback, with wireless off.
Fully charges in approximately 4 hours via included U.S. power adapter.
Also supports charging from your computer via USB.
Wi-Fi Connectivity
USB Port
Audio 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, top-mounted stereo speakers.
Content Formats Supported Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV, MP4, VP8.
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Logitech Squeezebox Radio – $100 (refurb)

Logitech has their squeezebox Radio for only $120 with a $20 off coupon code logi_radio_92711 (expires 30th Sep) = $100 with free shipping.

Logitech Squeezebox Radio

Specs:
Audio formats : MP3, FLAC, WAV, AIFF, WMA, Ogg Vorbis
Internet radio
Support for WMA formatted Internet radio streams
Built-in 802.11g (802.11n and 802.11b compatible) wireless
Ethernet interface
6.1-cm (2.4-inch) 24-bit colour LCD
6 preset buttons allow one touch access to favourite radio stations and playlists
Alarm clock with 7 days of settings
Line-in via 3.5 mm stereo jack
Speakers and amplifier: ¾-inch high-definition, soft-dome tweeter and 3-inch high-power, long-throw woofer
3.5 mm stereo headphone jack
Rechargeable battery pack
Infrared remote
Dimensions (H x W x D): 5.12 inches by 8.66 inches by 5.04 inches
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Best Buy Flyer from 1996

15 years ago…

A few things to notice: the size of the memory upgrades… the cost of PCs and Macs (note that the price of the Mac does NOT include a $500 15″ display!)… the physical size of the laptops… the chunky phones… and NO digital cameras yet!!!

Best Buy Flyer from 1996
Best Buy Flyer from 1996
Best Buy Flyer from 1996
Best Buy Flyer from 1996
Best Buy Flyer from 1996
Best Buy Flyer from 1996

First External 4Tb Hard Drive!

4Tb seagate external hard drive

FreeAgent® GoFlex™ 4Tb Desk External Drive

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  • Lets you upgrade to a faster interface with another GoFlex Desk adapter
  • Includes an illuminated capacity gauge

  • This is SO new that it’s not reached the stores yet – but it should be available in the next few weeks…

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