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February 1st, 2024 AutoHotkey Newsletter / 🅰HK News

Howdy,

Back in November of 2022 I shared two short stories about growing up with an over-the-top alcoholic mother.  I didn’t share one of the defining moments of my life in fully grasping that your “family” is more about actions that words.

I was 19 years old and, earlier that day, had “walked my sister down the aisle” on her wedding day.  While the wedding went fine, at the reception, my mother got drunk and screamed at hundreds of guests until everyone, except our few close friends & family, had left.

I was speaking with my childhood friend Paul when my mother came up to me, got about 6 inches from my face, and kept screaming at what a horrible human being I was.  In the background I could see my two sisters huddled together crying their eyes out.  It was that very minute I made the decision to never speak to my mother again (and held to it but that’s not what this story is about.)

I was filled with such rage it is hard to describe.  Not being a violent person by nature I was ready to snap.  I’m quite certain, when I did, I would literally kill my mother.  Then, out of no-where, I see my best friend, Joe Varney, pull up in a car behind her.

Joe never said a word.  He just ran up to the three of us picking up my mother and, without missing a beat, ran back to the car throwing her in the car and driving away.

It took an all of 7 seconds but those 7 seconds changed my life forever

Joe and I never talked much about it but I always knew: he had my back and I had his.

Sometimes you need to lean on someone and sometimes that someone needs to lean on you.

While not as extreme, it is one of the reasons we highly recommend having a “coding buddy”.  Talking with other people about your coding problems helps you in many ways.

The obvious benefit is that they may directly “solve” your problem.  However frequently just explaining the problem to someone else is enough to let you realize the solution.

One thing most people don’t take into account though is how much of a psychological support it is to have other people “in the same boat” as you and realize we all have our Strengths and Weaknesses.

It’s one of the core strengths of the AHK Hero club.  Our community knows we’re all at different stages of learning and there is no talking-down or judgement.  We all help each other.

Now on with the show…

Become a Power user Intro to AutoHotkey Intermediate AutoHotkey Intermediate Objects GUIs are Easy w/AutoHotkey Make the switch to v2

Simple File Renamer

Our Simple File Renamer script is a great tool to have handy!  It’s so easy, anyone can use it!  You can check out how easy it is to use in this video.  This is a v1 script but it still works fine.  We didn’t update it to v2 because it is a pretty complicated GUI.  The tool is actually a stripped down version of our Multi-Rename script which, if you’re a power-user, you might want to check out.

💥 Quick & Easy File Renaming in Windows – AutoHotkey Secrets❗
💥 Quick & Easy File Renaming in Windows - AutoHotkey Secrets❗


Not a Power User BUT want to be (and that’s a big but)❓

If you’re not a power user, but want to be one, you really should check out our new course on how to become a power user.  We teach out how to use a PC beyond the basics.  Nothing fancy, just all the productive things you should have been taught (but sadly weren’t).  Here’s a great extract video showing amazing hacks to selecting text using your mouse.  You can learn more about the course here.  Our course was created to help you Rise above PC Incompetence.  Don’t miss out on this amazing course!  You have nothing to risk because our courses come with a 200% money-back guarantee!

😲Amazing Secrets for Selecting Text with a Mouse🖱️: Course Extract
😲Amazing Secrets for Selecting Text with a Mouse🖱️: Course Extract


Learn how to use ACC / Peak into Private Consultation

Connie is an AHK hero member and wanted a more-robust way to automate his program: The Master Genealogist.  While we are often able to help people during hero calls, this was a bit too much so we had a private consultation call to create a more reliable solution.  After the call Connie mentioned all the data shared on the screen is public information so I asked if he’d mind if we shared the call with you as there were some great lessons learned during the call that are applicable to anyone using the ACC library.  Thankfully Connie agreed so here is the video which I think you’ll find very helpful!  (Thanks again for letting us share it Connie❗)

Private Consultation Working with the ACC library
Private Consultation Working with the ACC library


Get your Secret Decoder Ring here💍

Our Amazing script (Ultimate Spy) just got more Amazinger!  LOL   Seriously though, our Ultimate Spy tool recently had some really great updates which make it even more of a “must have” tool.  You can check out the updates in this video.  Don’t forget to grab a copy of it here.

Get your 🆓Secret Decoder ring💍 in the updated Ultimate Spy❗
Get your 🆓Secret Decoder ring💍 in the updated Ultimate Spy❗


Inside the-Automator:

For Northern Texas we had a pretty cold spell but that finally broke and I got outside for a few minutes today.  The dogs enjoyed playing fetch in the pond.

Some pond fun with the Automator’s dogs (Luna and Zeus)
Some pond fun with the Automator's dogs (Luna and Zeus)

BTW- I was able got to read a bit while I was outside. I’m reading a fascinating book: Using Behavioral Science in Marketing: Drive Customer Action and Loyalty by Prompting Instinctive Responses by Nancy Harhut.  I’m not impressed easily but this is, by far, one of the best books I’ve read in years!  Amazing ideas backed with facts and a TON of examples!  I exchanged a few messages with Nancy on LinkedIn and I’m very proud to say this book is a “must read” for marketers & data-science people!  I learned of Nancy while I was watching an interview between her and a friend of mine AJ Wilcox (of B2Linked).

 

📚 What we’re reading


🤖 AI / Chat GPT-3 News / Usage


⚡️Productivity tips:  M to Mute on YouTube

You can easily mute a YouTube video by pressing M


🤣 A spot of Humor : Here is a guaranteed laugh!

Didn’t quite think this one through
Didn't quite think this one through


What we 🅰utomated this week with AutoHotkey #29

In this week’s episode of what we automated this week I discuss some of the cool projects we’ve been working on.  You can check them out here.

What we automated this week 29
What we automated this week 29


AHK Hero 🦸

Consider joining the 🦸AHK Hero club! Members receive 25% off courses, consultations, tutoring, done for you project work, etc.

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

  • Good leaders don’t make excuses. Instead, they figure out a way to get things done Jocko Willink
  • Knowledge is power; Automation knowledge is a “super-power”💪 Joe Glines
  • Never let success get to your head, never let failure get to your heart
  • It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up Babe Ruth

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Joe, Isaias, Irfan, Rizwan and staff


P.S. The intro was just one of many stories I could share about me and Joe Varney.  Sadly I’ll never be able to repay the debt as, after ~15 years struggling with drug addiction and making really bad decisions he took his own life 😥.

AutoHotkey News December, 14, 2024

Howdy,

Dan Kennedy, a legend in direct marketing, has long advocated for the nimbleness and focus of small businesses over the cumbersome nature of large corporations. His experiences reveal a striking truth: smaller companies can swiftly implement clear, profit-driven goals, a feat often unattainable by their larger counterparts.

At the-Automator, we resonate with Kennedy’s philosophy. Large companies, with their intricate hierarchies and conflicting internal goals, tend to lose the essence of effective marketing strategies in a tangle of bureaucracy. In contrast, small businesses exhibit an admirable agility. They can quickly adapt and embrace direct marketing strategies, leading to immediate and impactful results.

Having worked at large companies for nearly 20 years, I love the fluidness & dynamics of how small business can make decisions and act on things without scheduling meeting after meeting.

Hence, at the-Automator, we too prefer collaborating with smaller companies. We believe in the power of direct, actionable strategies that small businesses can implement effectively. This approach not only ensures our work has a tangible impact but also aligns with our mission to empower businesses where every strategic move counts.

If you’re a small business owner, feel free to reach out to use to understand how you can automate tasks to get more done!  You can reach me directly at Joe@the-Automator.com.

Now on with the show…

Intro to AutoHotkey Intermediate AutoHotkey Intermediate Objects GUIs are Easy w/AutoHotkey Make the switch to v2

How to use GitHub’s Copilot

If you’re spending time coding, and using VS code, stop what you’re doing and watch this video!  Copilot is a GAME CHANGER!  Our clients are noticing the difference in how much we get done during a session mainly because CoPilot is doing a LOT of our work for us!  In this video Isaias shows Irfan how to configure CoPilot in VS code and some of it’s main benefits.

🤖How to Configure VS Code to use Use Copilot from github
🤖How to Configure VS Code to use Use Copilot from github


Easily send Long Text, Images, or Hyperlinks with Clipster

It’s a bummer that, with built in Hotkeys or HotStrings, it isn’t easy to send a large amount of text, Pictures,  or a “pretty” hyperlink but, with Clipster, it is very easy to do!

Easily sending text, HTML or pIctures with Clipster
Easily sending text, HTML or pIctures with Clipster


Add a MouseOver to a GUI

GUIs are amazing (especially in v2). During this team meeting Isaias showed how easy it is to add a mouse-over to a GUI. If you’d like to learn more about creating GUIs, check out our GUIs are Easier course!  Don’t forget, all of our courses come with a 200% money back Guarantee!

Adding a tooltip-MouseOver to a control in a GUI :tatm
Adding a tooltip-MouseOver to a control in a GUI :tatm


Intro to Xpath 

Irfan was doing some work on Abberium (the 19th way we can automate programs with AutoHotkey) but didn’t have a lot of experience working with Xpath so Isaias gave him a tutorial which you can see here.  It reminded me when Maestrith gave me a tutorial using his Xpath class.  While his class is v1, he did a great job teaching me the power of Xpath!

💡 Essential XPath Skills in AutoHotkey – Unleash Your Potential!
💡 Essential XPath Skills in AutoHotkey – Unleash Your Potential!


What we Automated this week #26

I almost didn’t record this video but, when I ran our script to see how many AutoHotkey files we’d worked on I was surprised to see 287 files…   A big part of this was because we scraped all the v2 example files from the AHK Documentation during an AHK hero call but we did have quite a busy week.  BTW- we’re working on scraping the v1 examples as well and make them a download.

What we Automated with AutoHotkey this week #26
What we Automated with AutoHotkey this week 26


Driving Behaviors with Behavioral Science

A client & good friend of ours (AJ Wilcox) had a great interview with Nancy Harhut (a behavioral scientist) and had some great points.   If you’re trying to get people to take action, this video is a “must watch”.  I’m currently reading Nancy’s book: Using Behavioral Science in Marketing which has lot’s of great gems to adopt for marketing your business / products / services.

BTW- AJ’s company, B2Linked, is top-notch working with LinkedIn advertising!

Nancy Harhut Behavioral Science Approach to LinkedIn Ads
Nancy Harhut Behavioral Science Approach to LinkedIn Ads | The LinkedIn Ads Show


📚 What we’re reading / Listening to


🤖 AI / Chat GPT-3 News / Usage


⚡️Productivity tips: Pausing Videos in YouTube

If you’re using your computer to watch videos in YouTube, hitting the letter “k” will toggle playing/pausing the video playing


🤣 A spot of Humor

AHK Hero 🦸

Consider joining the 🦸AHK Hero club! Members receive 25% off courses, consultations, tutoring, done for you project work, etc.

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

  • Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t; you’re usually rightHenry Ford
  • Recognizing a problem is half the success in solving it Sigmund Freud
  • Winners are NOT those who never fail but those who never quit

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The-Automator

Joe, Isaias, Irfan, and staff


P.S. If you own / work for a small business and are ready to level-up your usage of AutoHotkey, please reach out to us to discuss how it can help you work smarter, not harder.

 

AutoHotkey Newsletter 2023/11/23🦃

AutoHotkey Newsletter

Howdy %Name%,

Last weekend I was listening to a Dan Kennedy seminar and he’d mentioned he realized he was “unemployable”.  I hadn’t really thought about it but, I knew at a very young age, I was as well.

I think I first realized it when someone asked me, when I was around 17 years old, if I’d considered joining the military.   I told them I didn’t think I ever would because I’m horrible at “taking orders” (especially when they don’t make sense.)

It’s why, after 20 years, I finally left Corporate America and started the-Automator.com.  I got tired of working for, and with, people that had NO CLUE what they were doing.   Don’t get me wrong, they were nice enough people, but completely incompetent on so many levels!  And when it comes to using a computer don’t get me started!   Everyday I would see people using their computers as a “fancy typewriter”.

It’s one of the reasons, unlike our previous AHK courses, our next course won’t mention AHK and will be geared to empower people’s PC Skills & rise above incompetence on a Windows computer.

You can get an idea of what we’re planning to cover here.   It will likely be a few months before we release it however, if you sign up for notifications, you eligible to get 35% off when we do make it public.

And don’t forget, all of our courses come with a 200% money back guarantee.  So, if in the first 30 days, you’re not happy with the quality, we refund you DOUBLE what you paid for it!

Now on with the show…

Intro to AutoHotkey Intermediate AutoHotkey Intermediate Objects GUIs are Easy w/AutoHotkey Make the switch to v2

We’ve Unleashed the only Program Spy you’ll ever need!

It’s been a long time coming but, after hundreds of hours of work, we finally released the Ultimate Spy.

This tool is a huge time saver!  Not only does it give you an idea about which methods you can use to automate programs with AutoHotkey, we built-in 9 inspection tools that can be used.  Not to mention checks to let you know If the program is being run as an admin!  You can check this “must have” tool in this video.   Of course, like most of our scripts, it is 🆓

Unbelievable! 🌟 The Ultimate AHK Spy Tool of Your Wildest Dreams❗
Unbelievable! 🌟 The Ultimate AHK Spy Tool of Your Wildest Dreams❗


Creating a File Search tool with AHK

I was just about to record the above video when I realized that, every week, I was doing the same thing every week.

  • Launch my tool
  • Filter by file type
  • Filter by date modified
  • Display results in list.

This is something super-simple in AutoHotkey!  And since Isaias was working, we created this GUI script in AutoHotkey to achieve the above.  We show how to create the tool and GUI in this video.  Isaias and I both agreed, if you had worked through our Intermediate V2 and GUIs are Easier in V2 courses you’d have all the knowledge needed to have created it on your own!  BTW there are still a few days to get 40% off.  You can find the links to save 40% here.

Creating Search Tool for What we Automated with AHK
Creating Search Tool for What we Automated with AHK


What we automated with AHK this week

As I mentioned above, Isaias was with me during this week’s video on what we Automated with AutoHotkey.  We also created a simple script for displaying items in a menu and clicking it.  You can get that script here.

What We Automated with AutoHotkey this week #23
What We Automated with AutoHotkey this week #23


The-Automator Team Meeting: Working through Encoding Issue

During a team meeting I mentioned  an issue I was seeing and thought it had to do with File Encoding.  I had Isaias give us a walk through and you can see how complicated programming can be.

Reasons like this are one of the main reasons why I hired people like Isaias and Irfan. Having programers where you can get help is the main driver why people join the AHK Hero Group
and is also why people hire us to fulfill their work.

Working thorugh Encoding issues can be pretty tricky…
Working thorugh Encoding issues can be pretty tricky...


📚 What we’re reading


🤖 AI / Chat GPT-3 News / Usage


⚡️Productivity tips: Setting Reminders for your Special Day

Use your phone or computer’s calendar to set reminders for important Thanksgiving-related dates and tasks.

This can help you stay on top of preparations and prevent last-minute stress.


🤣 A spot of Humor:  This is still one of the funniest clips I’ve ever seen on TV 🦃

WKRP Turkey Drop
WKRP Turkey Drop


AHK Hero 🦸

Consider joining the 🦸AHK Hero club! Members receive 25% off courses, consultations, tutoring, done for you project work, etc.

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

    • When experiencing errors with tools, typically you should blame the operator, not the tool. Joe Glines
    • If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done Bruce Lee
    • Being born in poverty isn’t a sin; staying in poverty might be Dan Kennedy

When YOU should be a:Socialist, Democrat, Conservative, and Libertarian
When YOU should be a:Socialist, Democrat, Conservative, and Libertarian


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Joe, Isaias, Irfan, and staff


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Double P.S. You still have a few more days to save 40% on our AHK courses.  Act now and treat yourself to some self-learning!

November, 15th AutoHotkey Newsletter

AutoHotkey Newsletter

Howdy,

I truly have a moving story for you today!

Around 12 years ago my son was 4 and had made a great friend, Alex, at his daycare.  We’d met his parents (Jennifer and Cody) several times and, even though they are ~10 years younger, we realized we have similar attitudes and beliefs.  Plus they lived in the same city as we did!

It was great because, if you’re not aware of it, when you have kids you spend more time with your kid’s friend’s parents than your own friends!

After a couple of years Jennifer was excited because they were buying a house.  Unfortunately it was in a neighboring town but it would still be close enough where we’d see them regularly.

At this point I was working for TI full time and, even though I hadn’t started “the-Automator” yet, I did side projects to make sure we stayed debt free.

Given the fact that I:

  • was out of shape
  • super busy
  • had more money than time

I told them:

“If you’d like us to watch Alex during the move, he’s more than welcome to stay with us for a few days.”

They said that would be great and we waited for the purchase of their home to go through.

Once they got all of that scheduled we were hanging out and Cody said: “We’re moving next weekend and would like to take you up on your offer

”So please be at our place at 8:00 am Saturday, we’ll have a 🚚truck and be mostly boxed up”.😳

That’s when I realized they didn’t really hear my offer…  They heard what they wanted to hear.  This is a common thing that happens to all of us in everyday life!

Being a good listener and always paying close attention to what someone actually says is one of the things we do very well at the-Automator.   We also push-back at what we here the client say they want because, more often than not, they’re not aware of all the possibilities.   Sometimes it is more important to hear what isn’t being said so you can ask the right questions.

In fact, it’s of my firm belief that most disagreements happen because of miscommunications/misunderstandings. Once people really understand each perspective they resolve themselves.

It’s one reason why I ask people not to use pronouns when communicating with me.   Its very easy for our brains to swap out who/what is being referred to when we say “It”, “he/she”, “they”, etc.  Do yourself a favor and use the actual names and you’ll be amazed at how much easier it is to communicate clearly!

Now on with the show…

Intro to AutoHotkey Intermediate AutoHotkey Intermediate Objects GUIs are Easy w/AutoHotkey Make the switch to v2

Computer Vision and AutoHotkey

A couple of weeks ago I had a vision (excuse the pun) of how, at some point, our usage of AutoHotkey will change because AI will be “doing” the image search which means it will be more robust and reliable.  I was thinking this was a year or two away however, after watching several videos on creating GPTs, I see the future is much closer than I was anticipating!😀

Future of AutoHotkey with AI Computer Vision
Future of AutoHotkey with AI Computer Vision

OpenAI Playground Assistant is POWERFUL! Here’s how to BUILD one…
OpenAI Playground Assistant is POWERFUL! Here's how to BUILD one...


How to use AI to understand your pictures

Since we’re on the subject of AI and Computer vision, you might check out this video where I show a free way to submit pictures to an AI and have it tell you what it sees!

🆓 How to use AI to examine pictures for FREE❗
🆓 How to use AI to examine pictures for FREE❗


Celebrating AHK’s 20th Birthday!🎂

Don’t’ forget AutoHotkey turned 20 last week!  To celebrate we’re having a huge sale (40% off)on our AHK courses that will be ending soon!  You can learn more about AHK’s birthday, and how well AI is writing v2 code in this video.

AutoHotkey hit’s a milestone! Celebrate with us!🎂
AutoHotkey hit's a milestone! Celebrate with us!🎂


What we Automated this week with AutoHotkey

As you might know I spent ~20 years as a Data Scientist and have a masters in Market Research.  While I’ve mainly hung up my Data science “hat”, I do help a friend out when he needs it.  A good friend of mine, Mike Courtney, runs Aperio Insights and is one of the few people I’ll still do work for as they’re honest, professional and do amazing work.   We regularly use Alchemer (formerly SurveyGizmo) for fielding studies.  So this week Isaias and I spent a ton of time connecting to their API and simplifying building a “clean” data file.  In this week’s video I discuss some of that process and cover a bunch of other cool things we did!

What we automated with AutoHotkey this week #22
What we automated with AutoHotkey this week #22


📚 What we’re reading


🤖 AI / Chat GPT-3 News / Usage


⚡️Productivity tips: Windows key + Shift + S

Did you know you can launch the Windows snipping tool by hitting Win+Shift+S❓   Or you can use our amazing Snipping tool and define your own!


🤣 A spot of Humor:

This is Fascinating, not funny, but just try and take your eyes off of this video!  The vast majority of them are breathtaking!

1 in a Billion Moments
1 in a Billion Moments


AHK Hero 🦸

Consider joining the 🦸AHK Hero club! Members receive 25% off courses, consultations, tutoring, done for you project work, etc.

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

  • Give me 6 hours to chop down a tree and I’ll spend the first 4 sharpening the axe Abraham Lincoln
  • Better to Remain Silent and Be Thought a Fool than to Speak and Remove All Doubt Mark Twain
  • What I lack in Skills & Abilities I make up for with Optimism & Determination
  • Knowledge is power; Automation knowledge is a “super-power”💪 Joe Glines

AHK Newsletter⏩SHARE WITH A FRIEND⏩

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The-Automator

Joe, Isaias, Irfan, and staff


P.S. If you’re wondering what happened on the day of my friend’s move I’m proud to say I did show up and help them.   You see, even though I was at a point I’d never move myself, I’m a firm believer in doing what I say (even when people innocently misconstrue what I said)

If you’re looking for people that do what they say you might consider joining our AHK Hero group.  We have a lot of like-minded people there getting things done faster, smarter, better❗

BTW- I did insist they have a dolly because, like AutoHotkey, a dolly is an enormous productivity booster