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Windows: Application launchers are plentiful and since Windows Vista there has been a built-in launcher in the start menu. Blaze, however, rolls application launching into a package with task automation. As you work it suggests ways to automate your workflow.
You're handy with BitTorrent , you've learned your way around Usenet , and you have all kinds of files streaming onto your hard drive. Learn how to automatically unpack, rename, convert, and otherwise make your media ready for viewing with these 10 helper apps.
Wouldn't it be awesome if you could just drop a PDF in a folder and it would automatically show up on your Kindle?
Windows only: Have a flash drive that is constantly getting cluttered up with temporary files or system files from another OS? Why manually delete the mess?
Dear Lifehacker, I like to watch TV on my computer at night but sometimes I fall asleep before the program ends.
The great part about your computer is that—unlike you—it doesn't require any sleep. Take advantage of your PC's insomnia by automating time- and processor-intensive tasks while you're counting sheep. Photo remixed from Remko van Dokkum and Ian Wilson .
Ed. note: We've shown you how to automatically download your favorite TV shows before, but even if you've got your downloads automated perfectly, there's still a little matter of organization. Productive Geek forum member ejf071189 details how he automates his TV-download organization. I used to use uTorrent's RSS feature to automatically download shows via this guide (see "How do I use the RSS feed in my client ?").
XBMC is a fantastic and free cross-platform media center application we're nuts for.
Windows: Got a host of PDFs, Office documents, or, heck, AutoCad documents to print out?
Firefox: If you spend time reading lengthy text on the web ScrollyFox is a handy tool to automatically scroll the page down for you. ScrollyFox is a simple Firefox extension. Install it, open it up and adjust the settings—we found 50 a little slow, you'll want to tinker with it to find your comfort zone—and specify whether you want it to scroll back to the top when it reaches the bottom.
We've discussed how to automate your home with X10 before, but if you're unhappy with its limitations and are willing to roll up your sleeves, you can tweak nearly any electrical device to communicate with your computer. Over at DIY web site Instructables, user indestructable thoroughly describes the process of connecting an electrical device to your computer and controlling it with some simple programming.
Windows: Whether you're downloading something or streaming media to your smartphone, sometimes you have to leave your computer on while you're out.
We've featured a fully automated media center set-up before, but Lifehacker reader Andre has improved on these methods, allowing you to download torrents to your media center while still seeding them to others.
Windows (AIR 2.0): HandBrake is consistently voted the best media converter and DVD ripping tool .
We've shown you how to automate just about anything on your Mac without coding , but if you're a Windows user, you can automate repetitive tasks in the same way with free app Actions. Actions is a Java app that aims to bring the same automation tools to Windows as Mac users get from the Automator tool.