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HoneybeeAZ
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Keeping the keyboard/mouse active

I hope I don't come off sounding like someone that wants to bypass group policies... I know it will sound like that, so I will explain.

I am systems professional with really good ethics!!

The laptop I travel with is owned by the company and we use smartcards for access. The system is locked down so we can't install on it and have no admin rights. That keeps the company's computers standard. It works well!

We carry thumb drives with our portable apps and there is no company policy to turn off the USB and they encourage us to use it so they don't have to modify individual computer laptops for a program they don't have in their standard load.

Here's my problem:
Their screensaver kicks in every 15 minutes. We have to log back in with the smartcard. This is a royal pain. I am not always sitting in front of my computer while I am working. I walk over to servers and work on them, waiting for email to come in, talk too long on the phone without clicking my mouse, etc.

Does anyone know of a portableapp that can initiate a mouse click or something, even if it is only every 14 minutes? I know it might be considered malware or spyware, because it might need to monitor usage. But if it is a tool that we can turn on as we walk away, it wouldn't be running on it's own. Activated by the user only?

Comments anyone? ;-/

azjerry
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caffeine.exe

I use this on my company laptop. It's a single executable file.
http://www.zhornsoftware.co.uk/caffeine/index.html

HoneybeeAZ
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thanks for the reply

Will this install on my thumb drive as a portable app though? I can't install it on the local drive....

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Single .exe - no installation

This is a single exe, there is no installation. It just runs.
Works for me at work, but I am not that limited in what I do on my PC.
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AutoHotkey

You could have AutoHotkey press say, shift, every 5 minutes.
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HoneybeeAZ
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thanks for the reply

I can't install programs on my hard drive (no admin privileges). Will it install on the thumb drive like the portable apps?

azjerry
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Yes

As stated, it's a single .exe file. There is no "installation". Put the caffeine.exe file on your flash drive and run it from there.

HoneybeeAZ
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WORKS

Caffeine works perfectly! I couldn't use the .vbs script as the laptop is locked down for that, too. I was able to go work on a server and come back for email and not have to sign in with my smart card again.

Wonderful!

THANK YOU!

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A vbs will do it.

The following is a simple script that you can take with you and execute by simply double clicking it from where ever you store it. All you need to do is copy the text into note pad and save it as something.vbs The .vbs extension is required or else you just have a text file. Once it is saved as a .vbs you will have a standard windows script icon for the file. You double click it and the pesky screen saver is no longer a problem. Hope this helps. Here is the code:

Const DELAY_MINUTES = 10

Wscript.Sleep DELAY_MINUTES * 60000
Do
CreateObject("Wscript.Shell").SendKeys "+"
Wscript.Sleep DELAY_MINUTES * 60000
Loop

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