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Quotes frequently used in the AutoHotkey Newsletter

Subscribers often enjoy the quotes I site in the newsletter.   Here’s a snapshot of what I regularly pull from.  If you have any you’d like to share, send me an email.

Whatever Your Mind Can Conceive and Believe, It Can Achieve Napoleon Hill

Work harder on yourself than you do on your job Jim Rohn

Decisions without actions are worthless Dan Kennedy

Create exceptional Opportunities for Exceptional people Dan Kennedy

Find & hire people that are over-performing in crappy jobs Dan Kennedy

S.Y.S.T.E.M.    Save Your Self Time Energy & Money

Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.” Theophrastus

Time spent alone in silence can yield breakthrough insights  Dave Dee

Time is linear; Success doesn’t have to be Joe Glines

Coach the coachable; fire the rest.  Winners want to be coached; they care about doing well Dan Kennedy

Fire fast; Hire slow Dan Kennedy

Listen to something inspiring when you get up.  It will change your day! Joe Glines

The strength of your business is based more on your customers, than your products / services Joe Glines

The question isn’t who is going to let me it’s who is going to stop me Ayn Rand

Thought is the original source of all wealth all success all material all great discoveries and affections and all achievements Claude M. Bristol

When experiencing problems with tools, typically you should blame the operator, not the tool Joe Glines

Poverty is a state of mind not the state of your wallet Joe Glines

Successful people do the things unsuccessful people know they should be doing Joe Glines

There are no “secrets” to success only things you don’t happen to know right now Joe Glines

Information on its own isn’t overly helpful. When you use information it becomes knowledge and thereby power Jim Straw

How you deal with failure determines whether or not you ever get to deal with the success Dan Kennedy

The secret to getting ahead is getting started.  The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one Mark Twain

I will always hire a lazy person to do a hard job, because they will always find an easy way to do it Bill Gates

Put systems in place that allow ordinary people to do extraordinary things Joe Glines

Systems allow the Ordinary to do the Extraordinary Joe Glines

Systems let the Ordinary to do the Extraordinary Joe Glines

If you’re not troubled over some of the things you’re saying no to, you need to say no MORE often! Joe Glines

Focusing is more about saying no to everything than yes to something Joe Glines

Ideas fade away if you don’t write them down Dan Kennedy

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

As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another Proverbs 27:17

Motion beats meditation Gary Halbert

The written word is the strongest source of power in the entire universe Gary Halbert

When a man understands that the aim of life is not material profit, but life itself, ceases to fix his attention exclusively on the external world, ” Alexis Carrel

If the world should blow itself up tomorrow, the last audible voice would be an expert saying: it can’t be done Peter Ustinov

If you want better results, forget about setting goals.  Focus on your system instead James Cleary

You do not rise to the level of your goals; you fall to the level of your systems James Cleary

The information you consume each day is the soil from which your future thoughts are grown James Cleary

The amateur does not know what to do.  The master knows what not to do James Cleary

Curiosity can empower or impede you James Cleary

New goals don’t deliver new results. New lifestyles do  James Cleary

Don’t worry about being the most interesting person in the room, just try to be the most interested James Cleary

Don’t sacrifice peace of mind for a piece of luxury   James Cleary

The secret is not to find the meaning of life, but to use your life to make things that are meaningful  —  James Cleary

If you want something done, ask the busiest person you know to do it and stand back!

If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done Bruce Lee

Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless, add what is specifically your own Bruce Lee

Fact: You have just as much time as: Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Thomas Jefferson & Einstein.  It’s all about prioritizing & staying focused Joe Glines

It’s better to get started in the wrong direction than not get started;  We can fix the direction, we can’t fix not getting started Norm Schwarzkopf

The happiest people I know are evaluating & improving themselves.  The unhappy people are usually evaluating & judging others

You’ll always think there is a better time; Start now! Joe Glines

Good leaders don’t make excuses. Instead, they figure out a way to get things done Jocko Willink

You’ll never change your life until you change your daily routine Joe Glines

If you are not ready today, you will be even less so tomorrow — Ovid

A major reason for procrastination and lack of motivation is vagueness, confusion, and fuzzy minded thinking about what you are trying to do and in what order and for what reason Brian Tracy

Successful people rarely start out as most likely to succeed

Don’t wait. The time will never be just right Napoleon Hill

Work first, reward second, in order Dan Kennedy

There’s more pay off from self-improvement than improving anything else Dan Kennedy

The essentials of happiness are to have  something: to do, to love, to hope for, to be needed forJoe Glines

Never be handicapped by your education Dan Kennedy

Tough times never last, but tough people do❗ Robert Schuller

Being born in poverty isn’t a sin; staying in poverty might be Dan Kennedy

Amazing things get done when you don’t care who gets the credit Joe Glines

Today is always the most productive day of your week Mark Hunter

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it  Henry David Thoreau

Knowledge is power;  Automation knowledge is a “super-power”💪 Joe Glines

What I lack in Skills & Abilities I make up for with Optimism & Determination

I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better Abraham Lincoln

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is today! Chinese Proverb

Never let success get to your head, never let failure get to your heart

You’re like a dull knife that just ain’t cutting.  You’re talking loud and saying nothing James Brown

Life is better when you start forgiving the people who never apologized Zig Ziglar

Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing Theodore Roosevelt

Do the hard jobs first. Easy jobs will take care of themselves Dale Carnegie

A bad attitude is like a flat tire.  You can’t go anywhere until you change it.

I never lose. I either win, or learn Nelson Mandela

Instead of trying to get more done, I’m working hard on having less to do Joe Glines

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time  Thomas Edison

Build your own dreams or someone else will hire you to build theirs Farrah Gray

What you plant now, you will harvest later Og Mandino

Long questions require short answers.  Short questions require long answers

While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior Henry C. Link

Treat objections as requests for further information Brian Tracy

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value Albert Einstein

Nothing happens until something moves Albert Einstein

Action causes change Joe Glines

You’ll never be criticized by someone who is doing more than you. You’ll always be criticized by someone doing less —Denzel Washington

If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins Benjamin Franklin

I’ll take a hard-working noob over a genius any day! Joe Glines

Effective performance is preceded by painstaking preparation Brian Tracy

You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction George Lorimer

I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it Thomas Jefferson

I have learned that real angels don’t have gossamer white robes and Cherubic skin, they have calloused hands and smell of the days’ sweat Richard Evans

The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities Stephen Covey

The true price of anything you do is the amount of time you exchange for it Henry David

In the short term, things that contribute to productivity take more time than they save Joe Glines

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity — Robert J. Hanlon

You can’t get much done in life if you only work on days when you feel good Jerry West

When someone tells me “no,” I just ask someone else Joe Glines

The person who says it’s not possible needs to get out of my way Joe Glines

It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up Babe Ruth

Never see failure as failure, but only as a learning experience Tom Hopkins

If you have time to whine then you have time to find solution Dee Dee Artner

The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach Benjamin E. Mays

It’s not always that we need to do more but rather that we need to focus on less Nathan W. Morris

It is not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about? Henry David Thoreau

People who have time on their hands will inevitably waste the time of people who have work to do Thomas Sowell

Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks Warren Buffett

Be nice to nerds.  Chances are you’ll end up working for one Bill Gates

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me Ayn Rand

I manage my time by prioritizing tasks, working smarter not harder, and by avoiding procrastination Jeet Banerjee

Improved productivity means less human sweat, not more Henry Ford

Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t; you’re usually right Henry Ford

Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ’em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it ― Theodore Roosevelt

People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything Thomas Sowell

Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus Alexander Graham Bell

Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work Stephen King

The least productive people are usually the ones who are most in favor of holding meetings Thomas Sowell

While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior Henry C. Link

Wealth is the product of man’s capacity to think Ayn Rand

The thing about smart people is that they sound crazy to dumb people Steve Jobs

The way we measure productivity is flawed. People checking their BlackBerry over dinner is not the measure of productivity Timothy Ferriss

Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort Paul J. Meyer

Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest ― Leo Babauta

Happen to things, don’t let things happen to you Stephen Covey

It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance Thomas Sowell

My whole philosophy is working smarter and not harder. And making sure I’m using little effort and getting a huge effect Anthony Pettis

The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity Ayn Rand

Winners are NOT those who never fail but those who never quit.

If you’re a giver learn your limit, because takers don’t have any!

If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm Vince Lombardi

When the whole world is running towards a cliff, he who is running in the opposite direction appears to have lost his mind.” C.S. Lewis

A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore Yogi Berra

Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours Yogi Berra

Even Napoleon had his Watergate Yogi Berra

I never said most of the things I said Yogi Berra

I wish I had an answer to that because I’m tired of answering that question Yogi Berra

I’m not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did Yogi Berra

If you ask me anything I don’t know, I’m not going to answer Yogi Berra

If you come to a fork in the road, take it Yogi Berra

If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else Yogi Berra

In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is Yogi Berra

It ain’t over till it’s over Yogi Berra

It’s like deja-vu, all over again Yogi Berra

Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded Yogi Berra

The only color I don’t have is navy brown Yogi Berra

The other teams could make trouble for us if they win Yogi Berra

The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase Yogi Berra

There are some people who, if they don’t already know, you can’t tell ’em Yogi Berra

You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six Yogi Berra

You can observe a lot by just watching Yogi Berra

You wouldn’t have won if we’d beaten you Yogi Berra

You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there Yogi Berra

The more perfect a person is on the outside, the more demons they have on the inside Sigmund Freud

History is just new people making old mistakes Sigmund Freud

A man is sometimes more generous when he has little money than when he has muchSigmund Freud

Recognizing a problem is half the success in solving it Sigmund Freud

The “best” is always the enemy of the good Sigmund Freud

Before you diagnose yourself with depression first make sure that you are not just surrounded by assholes Sigmund Freud

No one can make you feel inferior without your permission Eleanor Roosevelt

;*************************John Carlton******************************

It’s not how much you screw up that counts. Nope. It’s how you fix your messes that matters John Carlton

You must stop expecting perfection — either from yourself, or your employees, or your customers and clients. It will never happen John Carlton

Life isn’t a calm pond — it’s an unpredictable ocean… you gotta learn to enjoy the ride, no matter what John Carlton

Real tragedy is having a loved one pass away, or getting bad news from the doctor.  Everything else is just a small bump on the road as you haul ass through life John Carlton

Live below your means. And avoid all debt — if you can’t pay cash-in-full, don’t buy it. Let your thrill be in your accomplishments, not the toys you can suddenly afford on credit John Carlton

Put aside a healthy pile of “Up Yours” money, so you can walk away from any situation you don’t like, and know you’ll survive John Carlton

Be a good animal. Sweat a little bit every day, sleep well, eat well, purge your system, live like a warrior-poet. You can monitor how healthy you are by walking up a hill John Carlton

Learn some basic self-defense, today. The first thing a mugger does to a mark is knock you down –most people can’t handle any jostling at all, and freeze. The simple confidence of knowing what your options are — and where the “soft targets” are on an attacker — can save your life John Carlton

Do the right thing every time, as a habit. If you’re not clear on what the right thing is, that means you’re facing another life lesson. Figure it out. The test begins now John Carlton

Say “sorry” and “I love you” often and without self-consciousness John Carlton

Take responsibility for your actions. This simple habit has profound consequences you will learn to enjoy. Fix what you break, clean up your mess, watch your buddy’s back John Carlton

You want it, you take it, you pay the price. There really is no free lunch John Carlton

If what you’ve done over the past 5 years hasn’t worked for you, then change what you’re doing. Or the next 5 years will be one long boring re-run of the same bullshit John Carlton

Wake up. Challenge your belief systems. It’s better to realize you’ve been wrong for years, than to stubbornly hold onto a delusion that holds you back John Carlton

Stop doing things that don’t work. Too many people go through their entire lives marrying the same type of mate over and over again, making the same behavior mistakes, and making excuses for themselves John Carlton

Stop making excuses. I don’t care how badly your parents, or your teachers, or the system screwed up your head. You’re old enough to make the decision to start over and rewrite your script. Nothing will change for you until you do John Carlton

Keep a master list of long-range goals John Carlton

Accept defeat with grace. Learn your lesson, adjust, and plan for victory next time out.  Know how to cheat. Don’t do it, but understanding the game thoroughly requires knowing how others take advantage John Carlton

Work hard, play hard. Think harder John Carlton

Just do it. The meek may inherit the earth, but only after the bold are through with it John Carlton

If it’s critical, do it yourself. If it’s not, delegate. Learn the difference John Carlton

Don’t lie. If you’re in a position where you can’t tell the truth, learn how to weasel-word your way around trouble or hurting innocent bystanders. But don’t lie John Carlton

Some things are and always will be out of your control. Stop freaking out about it.  If you gotta cry, cry. Don’t make a big deal of it. Life has tears built-in John Carlton

Don’t borrow. Pay as you go. You borrow, you’re a kept man John Carlton

Right now, you owe someone a phone call. If it’s not yet past 8 p.m., make the call, even if your hand shakes as you dial John Carlton

Spending time with someone is more important than spending money on them John Carlton

Don’t try to change anyone. Learn the difference between actual help and co-dependent enabling John Carlton

Allow people to blossom or fail on their own. This takes ungodly patience, but it’s the only way it works John Carlton

Stop arguing John Carlton

Lead by example, not big talk. In fact, shut up until you’ve earned the right to talk by honing your chops John Carlton

You’re going to be an idiot occasionally. Embrace this opportunity for a good story, learn from it, forgive yourself, and try not to make idiocy a common event in your day John Carlton

Your reputation is built one act at a time, and a lifetime of good work can be squandered the same way. Respect is earned by consistent behavior John Carlton

Be where you said you’d be, when you said you’d be there, ready to do what you said you’d do John Carlton

Struggle is not a bad word. Accomplishment is impossible without it John Carlton

Intellectually-sound people change their minds when the facts change. Ideology sucks as a lifestyle John Carlton

Turn off the TV and go read John Carlton

Listen more than you talk. And when you talk, observe the rules of conversation. If these rules are a mystery to you, go hunt them down John Carlton

Don’t interfere with people disciplining their kids. Do interfere when clear abuse is occurring next door John Carlton

Tip twenty percent. If you’ve never worked in a job where you had to be nice to rude people, tip even more. You won’t start a trend, but you will make someone’s day and generate good karma John Carlton

Learn empathy. Get a vivid picture of what it’s like to walk in the other guy’s shoes John Carlton

Go the extra mile. Even when no one does it for you John Carlton

Sometimes you gotta take one for the team John Carlton

Learn to tell a joke. But don’t rely on them. True wit is intelligence and humor, not one-upmanship or memorization John Carlton

Not everyone likes you John Carlton

Right now is a good time to stop the bullshit. Get real. Take a painful review of yourself, and be honest. Face your faults, and begin the fix John Carlton

Love will always have baggage attached. Get over it. Love is essential to a full life. No matter what John Carlton

What people think of you is irrelevant. But how you leave this world matters. Even if it’s all futile in the end, play your part as well as you can. Real courage is fear, in action. Play your hand John Carlton

February AutoHotkey Newsletter

24th of February AutoHotkey Newsletter

Howdy %Name%,

I’m one to do my best to “practice what I preach”.  Many times, Jackie and I have talked about how important it is to write “pseudocode” before you actually program.  Lately I’ve taken this to heart and make sure that, when I start a new script,  I quickly write out several lines of text that describes my goals / what I want to achieve.

The more I do it, the more it’s been helping! 👍

First, in case you’re not aware of what it is: Pseudocode is a human readable description of the steps planned steps in your script. Pseudocode is intended for human reading (not your AHK programming code).

Now that I’m writing pseudocode more frequently my scripts are far better organized and much more likely to take into account things that I wouldn’t normally think of. Also, by doing it more often, I’ve gotten to a point where it takes almost no time to do!

Think of it more as writing a 1️ st draft.  Don’t try and get anything “perfect”.  Don’t worry about misspellings or grammatical errors.  Just make short notes to yourself about what you’re going to do.  Trust me, after doing this for a while you’ll be so glad you started!

Are you writing pseudocode before you program?

Now on with the show…


ActiveX vs. GDIp

Did you catch the great video last week with where Dimitri Geerts created some amazing GUIs with an ActiveX GUI in 🅰️🇺t🇴🇭🇴tk🇪🇾 🇻2️?  At the end of the video we were wondering how GDI would stack-up in comparison.  Well Dimitri decided to put it to the test and build the game of life in both ActiveX and GDI.  This is a really fun video where we demo the comparisons and discuss what is actually being done with the code.


GDI vs ActiveX Which is faster 🚀? The answer may surprise you!


Arrays & Pseudo Arrays

Speaking of “pseudo” things, one thing that confuses people new to AutoHotkey are the usage of Arrays and Pseudo Arrays.   In this video RaptorX walks us through using them in a command.  BTW- I had a call with Isaias Baez / RaptorX last night and he’s ready to come back to work! 😁  Can’t wait to get back in our grove!


arrays vs Pseudo arrays and using a dynamic variable


Are you cheating at work?

Continuing on with this concept of “is AutoHotkey cheating at work” I Ryan W. (Automation expert and marketing guru) his thoughts on the idea.  It turned into a great chat (thankfully I’d recorded it).  We continued on discussing how to evangelize AutoHotkey.

The book I mentioned is from John Carlton: The Entrepreneur’s Guide To Getting Your Shit Together.  Chapter 2 has a ton of amazing quotes to live by.  I’m going to include some of them at the bottom of the newsletter but there are a lot more in the book.  The book mentioned by Ryan is Darren Hardy: The compound effect. It’s an amazing book with great ideas and tips how to be more productive!


Cheating at work & how to better evangelize automation with Ryan Wells


🔎Searching / Replacing text within files

Do you need to find some code but don’t know the file name / location?  I’ve been using grepWin for a really long time.  It’s an amazing free tool that allows you to, easily, find and replace text within files.  It’s allows you to filter on many things to limit the search and allows you to see the content of the file w/o opening it.  Here I walk through a few examples how to use GrepWin.


grepWin for Searching and Replacing Text within files: Must have tool!


The-Automators’ Podcast


What we’re reading 📚


AutoHotkey GURU 👨‍🏫 Interview: Joe Winograd

For those of you on the AutoHotkey forum, you’ll be familiar with Joe Winograd.  He runs/operates a business where he develops code for clients.  In our AutoHotkey Guru interview I got to know him better and picked up some great AHK tips from one of the few people I know that works in AutoHotkey but IS A PROGRAMMER!  He has some great content on working with PDFs and AutoHotkey.


Examples of AutoHotkey |AutoHotkey Experts: Joe Winograd


Productivity tips  ⚡️

Short and sweet: Kill your social  pages (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.) while you’re working!


A spot of Humor 🤣

Do you watch The IT Crowd?  It’s one of the funniest shows I’ve ever seen🤣. They really nail many aspects of corporate world and geeks🤓!   Here’s a short excerpt from S1 Episode 2.  Freaking genius!  The main tagline in the show is “Have you tried turning it on and off again”?  What a great burn 🔥 on Windows!


The IT Crowd - Series 1 - Episode 2: Fire!


Beta testing Clipboard 📋 manipulation tool

Many of us have this need but don’t even realize it!  Wouldn’t it be cool if you could write some rules that would monitor your clipboard and apply them w/o you having to think about it?  That’s just one of the uses of Quick Access Clipboard;  a new tool from Jean Lalonde (author of QAP).  He’s currently looking for beta testers to QAC.  To learn more take a look at this video if you’d like to learn more and you can go here.


Automating Clipboard replacement with QAC-Looking for Beta testers


Quotable quotes 🗣️ 💭

  • The secret to getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one. — Mark Twain
  • You’ll never be criticized by someone who is doing more than you. You’ll always be criticized by someone doing less —Denzel Washington
  • Effective performance is preceded by painstaking preparation. — Brian Tracy

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Double P.S.  Quotes from John Carlton: The Entrepreneur’s Guide To Getting Your Shit Together

  • It’s not how much you screw up that counts. Nope. It’s how you fix your messes that matters.
  • You must stop expecting perfection — either from yourself, or your employees, or your customers and clients. It will never happen.
  • Life isn’t a calm pond — it’s an unpredictable ocean… you gotta learn to enjoy the ride, no matter what.
  • Real tragedy is having a loved one pass away, or getting bad news from the doctor.  Everything else is just a small bump on the road as you haul ass through life.
  • Live below your means. And avoid all debt — if you can’t pay cash-in-full, don’t buy it. Let your thrill be in your accomplishments, not the toys you can suddenly afford on credit.
  • Put aside a healthy pile of “Up Yours” money, so you can walk away from any situation you don’t like, and know you’ll survive.
  • Be a good animal. Sweat a little bit every day, sleep well, eat well, purge your system, live like a warrior-poet. You can monitor how healthy you are by walking up a hill.
  • Learn some basic self-defense, today. The first thing a mugger does to a mark is knock you down –most people can’t handle any jostling at all, and freeze. The simple confidence of knowing what your options are — and where the “soft targets” are on an attacker — can save your life.
  • Do the right thing every time, as a habit. If you’re not clear on what the right thing is, that means you’re facing another life lesson. Figure it out. The test begins now.
  • Say “sorry” and “I love you” often and without self-consciousness
  • Take responsibility for your actions. This simple habit has profound consequences you will learn to enjoy. Fix what you break, clean up your mess, watch your buddy’s back.
  • You want it, you take it, you pay the price. There really is no free lunch.
  • If what you’ve done over the past 5 years hasn’t worked for you, then change what you’re doing. Or the next 5 years will be one long boring re-run of the same bullshit.
  • Wake up. Challenge your belief systems. It’s better to realize you’ve been wrong for years, than to stubbornly hold onto a delusion that holds you back.
  • Stop doing things that don’t work. Too many people go through their entire lives marrying the same type of mate over and over again, making the same behavior mistakes, and making excuses for themselves.
  • Stop making excuses. I don’t care how badly your parents, or your teachers, or the system screwed up your head. You’re old enough to make the decision to start over and rewrite your script. Nothing will change for you until you do.
  • Keep a master list of long-range goals
  • Accept defeat with grace. Learn your lesson, adjust, and plan for victory next time out.  Know how to cheat. Don’t do it, but understanding the game thoroughly requires knowing how others take advantage.
  • Work hard, play hard. Think harder.
  • Just do it. The meek may inherit the earth, but only after the bold are through with it
  • It it’s critical, do it yourself. If it’s not, delegate. Learn the difference
  • Don’t lie. If you’re in a position where you can’t tell the truth, learn how to weasel-word your way around trouble or hurting innocent bystanders. But don’t lie.
  • Some things are and always will be out of your control. Stop freaking out about it.  If you gotta cry, cry. Don’t make a big deal of it. Life has tears built-in.
  • Don’t borrow. Pay as you go. You borrow, you’re a kept man.
  • Right now, you owe someone a phone call. If it’s not yet past 8 p.m., make the call, even if your hand shakes as you dial.
  • Spending time with someone is more important than spending money on them.
  • Don’t try to change anyone. Learn the difference between actual help and co-dependent enabling.
  • Allow people to blossom or fail on their own. This takes ungodly patience, but it’s the only way it works.
  • Stop arguing.
  • Lead by example, not big talk. In fact, shut up until you’ve earned the right to talk by honing your chops.
  • You’re going to be an idiot occasionally. Embrace this opportunity for a good story, learn from it, forgive yourself, and try not to make idiocy a common event in your day.
  • Your reputation is built one act at a time, and a lifetime of good work can be squandered the same way. Respect is earned by consistent behavior.
  • Be where you said you’d be, when you said you’d be there, ready to do what you said you’d do.
  • Struggle is not a bad word. Accomplishment is impossible without it.
  • Intellectually-sound people change their minds when the facts change. Ideology sucks as a lifestyle.
  • Turn off the TV and go read.
  • Listen more than you talk. And when you talk, observe the rules of conversation. If these rules are a mystery to you, go hunt them down.
  • Don’t interfere with people disciplining their kids. Do interfere when clear abuse is occurring next door.
  • Tip twenty percent. If you’ve never worked in a job where you had to be nice to rude people, tip even more. You won’t start a trend, but you will make someone’s day and generate good karma.
  • Learn empathy. Get a vivid picture of what it’s like to walk in the other guy’s shoes.
  • Go the extra mile. Even when no one does it for you.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt was right: No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.
  • Sometimes you gotta take one for the team.
  • Learn to tell a joke. But don’t rely on them. True wit is intelligence and humor, not one-upmanship or memorization.
  • Not everyone likes you.
  • Right now is a good time to stop the bullshit. Get real. Take a painful review of yourself, and be honest. Face your faults, and begin the fix.
  • Love will always have baggage attached. Get over it. Love is essential to a full life. No matter what.
  • What people think of you is irrelevant. But how you leave this world matters. Even if it’s all futile in the end, play your part as well as you can. Real courage is fear, in action. Play your hand.

17th of February AutoHotkey Newsletter

Hi %Name%,

Let’s force ourselves to have an anxiety attack!  Sounds crazy but anytime we step into unknown areas we ALL experience anxiety.  It’s just human nature.   It’s undoubtedly the #1 reason people stop trying to learn AutoHotkey!

AutoHotkey is an amazing language that allows people (like you and I) to “program” without really being programmers.   However, the majority of people that start to use AutoHotkey stop right away (or never even try) because they see they have to “program” and believe they can’t do it.

Some will get started but then get very confused and even consider themselves “dumb” because they see others “getting it” in seconds.   When I first started WebScraping I nearly gave up.  I thought “I just don’t get it”.  What I didn’t realize at the time is that WE ALL went through that learning (feeling stupid) process!  Rarely are we all at the same “level” when learning something new.

But what gets some of us to keep plugging along into the dark abyss?   Is it that some of us are just smarter?

Hogwash‼️

Those of us that continue to learn have “had a win”.  We’ve automated something and then felt the joy of using that script, over and over, and avoid the mundane work.  %name%, can you remember the script that saved you time?  I used HotStrings and Hotkeys for the first 3 years of using AutoHotkey.

And they made me a Rockstar!

It’s a rough part of life but we need that carrot🥕!  That reward for the work to continue on.  If there’s no gain, then why submit to the pain?

This is one of the big reasons I created the AutoHotkey Udemy courses.  Because AutoHotkey is so vast (with some many applications) having a clear path really helps!  My courses aren’t “amazing” but they do provide a very clear path to start learning AutoHotkey.

Now on with the show…


Amazing ActiveX example with AutoHotkey V2

The other day I published a short video documenting how Maestrith had shown how to create an ActiveX GUI.  Dimitri Geerts was inspired by it and did some amazing work!  He then joined me in Zoom to demo some of it which was spectacular!     The 2d work was amazing but the 3d version and “game of life” was really, really over-the-top!  I should point out that it’s all done in V2 (mainly because GUIs are a bit simpler in V2 because they’re functions).  Check out the video and let me know what you think!  Click here if you’d like to learn more about AutoHotkey V2.

Taking ActiveX to a new level with AutoHotkey V2 by Dimitri


Awareness of Automation

It’s been a few years, perhaps Jackie and I need to go look at the current stats to see if the bar has moved at all?  Are people more aware of ways to automate?

AutoHotkey Podcast: 024 Awareness of Automation tools / RPA


Parsing Text with AutoHotkey

In this video I show some tips & tricks how to parse text with AutoHotkey.  The more programming you do, the more splitting text becomes “a thing”.   RegEx is great but StrSplit() and InStr() are faster and simpler to get started with.

Parsing more Text with StrSplit and InStr


The-Automators’ Podcast


What we’re reading 📚


AutoHotkey GURU 👨‍🏫 Interview:

I remember this call with RaptorX / Isaias Baez.  RaptorX (AHKTuts on YouTube) was one of my inspirations for creating a YouTube channel.  I’d watched his videos ~10 years before and was amazed at what was possible.  This call was so much fun and educational, it’s no wonder we started working together a while after.  BTW I’ve been in contact with him and he’s hoping to be back here in the next month or so.  😊

Examples of AutoHotkey |AutoHotkey Experts: Isaias Baez / RaptorX


Productivity tips  ⚡️

One of the best ways to spot “what to automate” is by batching your work!  When you batch your work together you’re much more efficient!  As a side benefit, it becomes painfully obvious what processes can be automated!  Give it a try and tell me if I’m wrong!

Productivity tip #7 Batching #Shorts


A spot of Humor 🤣

I’d like to say “I’ve been there” but I’m not so sure I have!  lol


Quotable quotes 🗣️ 💭

  • The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. — Benjamin E. Mays
  • If it’s critical, do it yourself. If it’s not, delegate. Learn the difference — John Carlton
  • When the whole world is running towards a cliff, he who is running in the opposite direction appears to have lost his mind.” —S. Lewis
  • You wouldn’t have won if we’d beaten you — Yogi Berra 🤣

Live AutoHotkey Support Tomorrow

Don’t forget on Friday’s you can get free AutoHotkey support on my YouTube channel.  Or you can sign up for reminders and join the zoom room.


Intro to AutoHotkey HotStrings with AutoHotkey Intermediate AutoHotkey GUIs are Easy with AutoHotkey Intro to DOS & AutoHotkey AutoHotkey FAQ AutoHotkey FAQ

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10th of February AutoHotkey Newsletter

Howdy %Name%,

It was 24 years ago, however I remember it like it was yesterday.  I took my first class in Advanced statistics 🧮 and sweated my way through it!  I was cursing to myself because it was downright uncomfortable and painful.  At times it made me feel incompetent and stupid.

When we’re trying something new, we feel awkward uncomfortable, and we might not like it.  The question to answer is, “Is it worth it?” If the answer is “yes”, then continue to work through the discomfort.

Why did I continue learning stats after my first unpleasant experience? Simple. I knew that it was good for me. And I LOVED the outcome (finding hidden patterns in data)

Many of us learn AutoHotkey because, compared to other languages, it’s very easy to get started on.  There’s nothing wrong with starting off with the basics!  I used HotStrings and Hotkeys for the first 3 years!  And it made me a Rock Star 🎸 compared to my colleagues!  But, when I finally started learning more advanced AutoHotkey functionality, I really blew-doors by everyone and my productivity skyrocketed! 🚀

Keep at it!

Trust me %Name%, learning is ALWAYS worth it!  Carve-out a regular time to learn at least twice a week!

Developer’s Corner

Simple way to select items

Sometimes “simple” is the way to go!  In this short video I show how you can easily automate selecting items form a list.  I happen to be in Chrome in the example however, the general approach, will work in most programs.

Simple AHK Script to Select many items in Chrome with AutoHotkey


Getting properties from an Outlook email

Outlook has a COM object which allows us to, easily, connect to it and access various properties.   Here I demonstrate how you can get info from the currently-selected emailCOM rocks!   You can learn more about using COM with Outlook and Excel in this AutoHotkey webinar.   Don’t forget we have over 60 AutoHotkey webinars you can watch!

Outlook Email Object- Getting Name, email, Send date, etc.


Learning XML

I stumbled upon a video I hadn’t published where Maestrith (author of AHK Studio) was teaching me how to use his XML class.  If you’re storing data XML is a great approach  for smaller amounts of data (let’s say under 10,000 items)

Learning XML with Maestrith and the-Automator


Automating Graphs in Excel

I’m coaching some current grad students and remembered, a lifetime ago, I had automated graphs in Excel.  Sadly the code I have now no-longer works but I’m planning on updating it once I have the time.  Still the concept is amazing!  Do you regularly make graphs?  Why not have it down to hitting a button to make them?  Be sure to check out my over 50 Excel tutorials and download my XL Function library.


How I automated Excel graphs with AutoHotkey | Amazing time saver!


AutoHotkey Guru👨‍🏫 Interview with  JoeDF from the AHK forum

Back in 2018 I was able to have a chat with JoeDF from the AutoHotkey forum.  Joe’s done some amazing things with AutoHotkey and, for such a young guy, has an amazing amount of posts on the AutoHotkey forum (currently 7,270).


Examples of AutoHotkey / AutoHotkey expert: joedf


The-Automators’ Podcast


What we’re reading 📚


Productivity tips ⚡️

Right now is a good time to stop the bullshit. Get real. Take a painful review of yourself, and be honest. Face your faults, and begin the fix. — John Carlton


A spot of Humor 🤣

David Letterman causing havoc while working a Mc Donald’s Drive-in.   Freaking hilarious!


Dave Works The McDonald's Drive-Thru | Letterman


Quotable quotes 🗣️ 💭

  • The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity. — Ayn Rand
  • Effective performance is preceded by painstaking preparation. — Brian Tracy
  • The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase — Yogi Berra

Live AutoHotkey Support Tomorrow

Don’t forget on Friday’s you can get free AutoHotkey support on my YouTube channel.  Or you can sign up for reminders and join the zoom room.


Intro to AutoHotkey HotStrings with AutoHotkey Intermediate AutoHotkey GUIs are Easy with AutoHotkey Intro to DOS & AutoHotkey AutoHotkey FAQ AutoHotkey FAQ

The-Automator

Joe and staff

P.S. Some of you may not have been receiving the AHK newsletter for a couple of weeks.  A bug crept into my script that pulls the list ☹.  Sorry for that!  Many of the past Newsletters are posted on the-Automator in case you want to check them out or share them.

 

3rd of February AutoHotkey Newsletter

Howdy %Name%,

Do you feel stuck in the same position? 😲  Do you get the feeling people (things) are going around you?

Start learning to automate your work and I guarantee you you’ll be your boss / colleague’s best friend!  Being more efficient and productive was always part of my plan in corporate America.  It reminds me of this video where I discuss how to get a raise💲.  Here’s a hint:  Be WORTH MORE!

Want to get a raise? Be worth it!- Investing in yourself is critical to succeeding!


Raptor❎ / Isaias Baez

Just an FYI- I had a call with Isaias the other day.  He stopped working for me as he had some personal things he had to take care of  however he’s hoping to be able to come back in the next month or so.  Here’s to hoping!  I have lots of things I’m looking forward to working on with him (not to mention making some more deep-dive videos).  Here’s one where we discuss various ways to store data with AutoHotkey

the-Automators AHK-talk: Various ways to store data and their uses


Debugging 🏴‍☠️

A little while back Jean Lalonde gave us  a tutorial on using classes with AutoHotkey.   I mentioned, in that video, that his use of SciTE4AutoHotkey debugging was amazing!  If you’re not using a tools that has debugging, you’re really missing out!  I have an intro to debugging in SciTE here.  Or, if you’re an AutoHotkey Studio user like me, you can check this video out.  Isaias / Raptor X prefers debugging in VS code.  Or take a look around at my debugging playlist.

Debug AutoHotKey with SciTE | Level up your AHK programming today!


Comparing lists

I used to build SQL queries and would have to compare lists to make sure I 1) had everything and 2) didn’t have duplicates.   This simple AutoHotkey script made it really easy!

Compare Sets


Learning what can be automated by watching others

I conducted a couple dozen interviews with other AutoHotkey users.  One of my favorite ones was with Gio Sperotto out of Brazil.  He uses AutoHotkey at his family’s company and has done some AMAZING things!  He also lead the webinar on Neural Networks.

Examples of AutoHotkey |AutoHotkey Experts: Gio Sperotto


AutoHotkey Resources

Jackie Sztuk and I discuss many of the AutoHotkey resources.   Amazingly not much has changed!  Are you aware of them all?   Which ones do 👉you use %Firstname%?

AutoHotkey Podcast: 012 AutoHotkey websites / Communities Part 1


Using a variable as the index when getting it from an Object

If you’re still learning objects and arrays, this is a great, short, video showing you how to access them if the index is stored in a variable.  In objects, the dot notation literally looks for that value (not a reference)

Using a Variable as the Index when getting it from an Object in AutoHotkey


The-Automators’ Podcast

What we’re reading 📚

Productivity tips  ⚡️

Be decisive and make decisions however, when you have a mistake, remember it is just that; a mistake. Don’t get caught up in that you are the mistake in recognize that we all learn by doing mistakes the important point is not to do them again

A spot of Humor 🤣

This may seem edgy, but it’s 100% true! All code has a few WTF. If it doesn’t you proably spent too much time working on it!


Quotable quotes 🗣️ 💭

  • Never see failure as failure, but only as a learning experience – Tom Hopkins
  • The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. — Benjamin E. Mays
  • When the whole world is running towards a cliff, he who is running in the opposite direction appears to have lost his mind.” —S. Lewis
  • If you ask me anything I don’t know, I’m not going to answer — Yogi Berra

Live AutoHotkey Support Tomorrow

Don’t forget on Friday’s you can get free AutoHotkey support on my YouTube channel.  Or you can sign up for reminders and join the zoom room.  We are having a severe storm in Texas so, if I’m not there, the power is out! 🥶


Intro to AutoHotkey HotStrings with AutoHotkey Intermediate AutoHotkey GUIs are Easy with AutoHotkey Intro to DOS & AutoHotkey AutoHotkey FAQ AutoHotkey FAQ

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