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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.

mynum1 = 1
InputBox mynum1, “Mouse Clicker”, “Enter # of Mouse Clicks”
if ( mynum1 < 500 ) AND ( mynum1 > 0 )
Loop %mynum1%

Keurig K-Cups (EXPIRED!)


I have often discussed with my friends, family and customers that I am a big fan of the Keurig coffee machines. As a long-time instant coffee drinker – switching to drip coffee when I moved to the states was kind of jarring.

I was used to the same flavor of coffee in my cup every time – and with drip coffee I seemed to throw so much away – either because it was cold, too strong, too weak or “burnt”… The Keurig fixes all this by making JUST the right amount at JUST the right strength. I couldn’t be happier.

Well…. I COULD. Because the K-Cups are horribly expensive. NOT expensive versus drinking a cup of designer coffee from the local Starbucks every day – but expensive when you looked at how MUCH coffee you get from a $6-$9 can of ground coffee.

I have, however, found a solution that I can live with.

Here’s how:

1. Go to the Staples web site at THIS address:

2. Choose 7 boxes of 24 k-cups – choose 1 lot of 3 and 1 lot of 4 of 2 flavors. (Or 7 of the same kind if you know exactly what you want)

7 x $11.99 = $83.93 with free shipping.

3. In a separate browser window – go to this website:

4. Purchase one of the $25 off $75 coupons for $2.49. They will email you a code and a link where you get the actual coupon code to use on the Staples website. (You will need to create your account if you don’t have one, then use the coupon code to get your $25 off.)

6. This brings your price down to $58.93. With the $2.49 you spent on the coupon your total cost is $61.42 for 168 K-Cups – 36.6c per cup.

7. If you want 6 different flavors – the numbers change a little since each box comes out at $12.99 and you only need 6 boxes to get over $75. (6 x $12.99 comes to $77.94) Less the $25 coupon is $52.94. Adding the $2.49 cost of the coupon your total is $55.43 for 144 K-cups – 38.5c per cup.

Here’s a SMALL List of the 65 Different Coffees Available:

  • Gloria Jean’s® Cappuccino Coffee, Regular, 24/Pack item # 325422
  • Gloria Jean’s® Hazelnut Coffee, Regular, 24/Pack item # 325420
  • Gloria Jean’s® French Vanilla Supreme Coffee, Regular, 24/Pack Item: #325421
  • Gloria Jean’s® Swiss Chocolate Almond Coffee, Regular, 24/Pack Item: 325418
  • Green Mountain® Southern Pecan, 24/Pack item # 719416
  • Tully’s® French Roast Extra Bold Decaf Coffee, Decaffeinated , 24/Pack Item: 325408
  • Green Mountain® Caramel Vanilla Cream Coffee, Regular, 24 Pack Item: 719424
  • Donut House™ Chocolate Glazed Donut Coffee, Regular, 24 Pack Item: 848985
  • Green Mountain® Hazelnut Coffee, Regular, 24 Pack Item: 719614
  • Green Mountain® Breakfast Blend Coffee, Regular, 24 Pack Item: 707196
  • Green Mountain® Flavored Coffee Variety Sampler, Regular, 22 Pack Item: 719469
  • Green Mountain® Gingerbread Coffee, Regular, 24/Pack Item: 737188

Fixing Windows 7 exe Links

If you find that you have malware issues that have disabled your running of executables in Windows 7, the following page will walk you though downloading the registry fix.

Don’t click the DOWNLOAD button.

Scroll down until you find the “exe” link and click on that. When the file has downloaded, right click the file and choose Merge. Click OK. Then reboot.

Seven Forums Executable Reg Fix

27in Planar 1080p LCD Monitor $230

Planar 27 inch monitor

Dell Home has 27″ Planar PX2710MW 1080p Widescreen LCD Monitor for $230 with Free Shipping.

(It’s normally $469!)

Use Coupon Code : 0LQ0SW30D3M3LB

Resolution: 1920×1080 (1080p)
Response time: 2ms
Contrast ratio: 1200:1
Image Aspect: 16:9
Viewing Angles: 170 H/160 V
1x HDMI , 1x DVI-D , 1x VGA
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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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