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AutoHotkey News: How My Mom’s ‘Kool-Aid’ Incident Foretold My Sense of Ethics

Howdy %Name%,

When I was 8 years old we were taking my older sister to the doctor for a checkup.  As we were driving down our street, a car backed-out in front of us and my mother failed to stop in time and rear-ended it.

I don’t recall how fast she was driving but the speed limit was 25 mph and it was a short road so I doubt she was driving much faster than that.  But here is where it get’s “interesting”.

My mother handed me her cup of “Kool-aid” and asked me to do her a “favor”.   She said she could “get in trouble for having” it and asked me to go pour it out behind a tree.

As a kid I can remember wondering why you can’t drink Kool-aid while driving a car and I remember getting nervous about it.

I don’t recall exactly what happened after that only that my mother wasn’t “hauled-off” for drunk driving which she should have been.    The magical Kool-aid was, in fact, red wine.

I realized this later because she got so many DUIs (Driving Under the Influence) I lost count.   One drunk driving incident was while she was driving my niece and nephew.   It’s truly amazing that she never killed anyone (or herself.) ☹

The thing is, even as a child, I could tell there was something dodgy being asked of me.

Honesty and Ethics are two things I look for in my employees.

I make sure we always provide incredible value and make sure the guys working with me understand that is our goal.   When we meet with clients my goal is their success (not ours).

By ensuring you are successful, I know we will be

So what are you waiting for❓    Reply to this email and see how we can help you get more time back in your day.  That’s the main focus of what we do here at the-Automator.  We help you work smarter, not harder!

Now on with the show…

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AHK being flagged / How Dumb is Antivirus?

We’ve had a lot of people coming to us and asking if “AutoHotkey is safe” because they download it and it is being flagged as a virus.  GeekDude, an admin on the AHK Reddit, mentioned he’s also seen an uptick on the number of people complaining/asking if it is virus.

In this video I show just how “dumb” antivirus software is.   Just make sure you’re downloading it from AutoHotkey.com.  “Hackers” are using AutoHotkey BECAUSE it is so powerful.

You can take some comfort knowing you’re using the right tool when hackers (lazy people that want to automate your pc) are using your tool of choice!

Don’t panic❗ Find out why virus checkers aren’t always right and how to protect your computer
Don't panic❗ Find out why virus checkers aren't always right and how to protect your computer

Programmatically Getting the Text Under your Mouse

A few years ago I shared a v1 version of this script which was decent at getting the text under my mouse.  Descolada created a v2 version of UIA which allowed us to update our script to v2 which is even better than before!  You can check it out in this video.

How to Easily get Text Under your Mouse in most programs for AutoHotkey v1 or v2
How to Easily get Text Under your Mouse in most programs for AutoHotkey v1 or v2

Don’t Store your Passwords in Plain Text files

People often come to AutoHotkey for easily sending text (like passwords) with Hotkeys or HotStrings.  Unfortunately, most people end up putting their passwords into a plain text file which is a big “no-no” in corporate world.

Saving your passwords in your files also lends itself to accidentally sharing of passwords when you share your scripts with others.   Our Password Encoding tool makes it easy to (somewhat) protect you against the above.  You can see how we use it in this video.

Don’t store your passwords as plain text
Don't store your passwords as plain text

Simple Checklist

We recently shared this simple checklist script which allows you to easily create a checklist and cross things off of it.  You can also create a longer-term list that you borrow for projects.  If you have a routine with many items to use this to ensure you perform all your tasks.  Check out this video to get an idea of how it works.

How to create and manage simple Checklists
How to create and manage simple Checklists

Using live Computer Vision thru your Webcam

I was watching this Wes Roth AI Video and noticed this part showing how easy you can use Python to give “Computer Vision” to your PC by wathing through your Webcam!   You can get the Python code here.

The part about Computer Vision is at 11:15 and is linked below

The AI Revolution in Videogames, nothing will EVER be the same…
The AI Revolution in Videogames, nothing will EVER be the same...

Improving People’s Lives: Story #4

This morning we were on a Consultation call with Scott, an AHK Hero member, and discussed how he might take his current approach (where he’s automating a browser) and adapt it to performing WebService API calls to streamline the process and make it more robust.

What we’re reading

AI / Chat GPT-3 News / Usage

Character voices with GPT-4o voice

⚡️Productivity tips: Setting Deadlines

This clip is extracted from Chapter 7 in Real power: If God were our therapist by Dr. David J. Lieberman.
I linked to a small section of the chapter but the entire chapter is well worth listening to!

A spot of Humor Cabin Fever?

The English language can be a challenge.  Here’s an epic example of the confusion that one might run into.

Beware of Cabin Fever
Beware of Cabin Fever


Having discovered Joe Glines on the Internet was the best thing in addition to discovering Autohotkey. Joe not only shares his knowledge of Automation with this wonderful language but interacts with users via Email and other as well.

He shares his opinions and experience with all and always has his newsletter full of knowledge, topics, videos and other things to do. Having a resource like Joe is priceless. To all programmers out there, stop wasting time with useless programming languages and useless YouTube videos that just simply waste your time and get into Autohotkey with Joe Glines! I guarantee you will not be disappointed. Dwight Arroyo

AHK Hero

Consider joining the AHK Hero club! Members receive 25% off courses, consultations, tutoring, done for you project work, etc.    Currently we have over 267 hours of recordings teaching AutoHotkey that is exclusive to AHK Hero members❗

During this Friday’s call we’re planning to discuss:

  • Member’s Code & Questions
  • Tracking time / Tooltip timer
  • Creating an IF statement (logic and writing)
  • Changing an Edit window to increase/Decrease font size by Control/Scroll
  • Startup Screen
  • Case sensitivity on Voice Access Json file
    • using file compare in VS Code
    • Voice Access tool
    • Using Debug to learn what Voice Access is doing
    • DLL inspector

They also have access to exclusive & pre-released content and a 3 hours a week where we help people with their AHK issues (the Saturday calls are geared towards people new to AutoHotkey.)

️ Quotable quotes

  • Systems allow the Ordinary to do the Extraordinary Joe Glines
  • Give me 6 hours to chop down a tree and I’ll spend the first 4 sharpening the axe Abraham Lincoln
  • Motion beats meditation Gary Halbert
  • Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me Carol Burnett


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