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Starting a program automatically when idle

by James McMurray / September 7, 2006 1:09 AM PDT

Is it possible to set windows up or use a third party service/app to start a program when the computer is idle, or even better when the internet is idle.

My wife and I share a computer that I use quite a bit of background processing on with various downloads and software building. The issue is that she shuts down my software so that it doesn't bog her down while she's working on the computer, and then forgets to start it back up. If I could find a program that would start things automatically for me after a certain amount of idle time that would be great.

Thank in advance for any help!

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 7, 2006 1:26 AM PDT
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Thanks, but it wouldn't matter
by James McMurray / September 7, 2006 2:46 AM PDT

Thanks, but that won't really help. It doesn't matter whether the app is eating processor time or not, all that matters is the perception. If I'm running something and the internet is slow she's convinced that it's because of what I'm doing even though we're on a cable connection which means our neighbor's surfing habits can have more impact on our download speeds then my background processes.

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