We only have one Windows computer on the farm. It’s used to stream our goat channel to ustream and youtube. In an effort to make life a little bit easier for ourselves, I’ve installed a new tool called AutoHotkey.
When you watch television, you will notice at the top of the hour, a small graphic in the lower left corner of your screen. The ABC television network puts up a little ABC in a circle, CBS has their CBS Eyeball, and etc. This little graphic is called a Bug.
We use a small GoatsLive.com logo for our bug. and have been putting it in and out manually the last 5 years. With AutoHotkey and some clever scripting, it’s now inserted automatically at the top and bottom of the hour!
I’m also using AutoHotkey to change to a specific camera, and insert a custom graphic when I’m giving the goats their morning and afternoon cookies. I can fire off the script right from my Android cell phone!
So if you’re running Windows, and want some automation for about any task, give AutoHotkey a try!