Scott Hanselman (http://www.hanselman.com/, http://twitter.com/shanselman) recently tweet'd, "I need a keyboard with an "http://www." button."
To which I replied, "@shanselman you still type the "http" part? I didn't think you had to anymore..." Oooh, hahahaha, how smart and funny am I!? ....Apparently not very... :-)
shanselman responded (as well as to others with the same smart remarks), "@aaron_hoffman in tweetdeck or Twitter, you do." --Aaaah, I get it now, he's not in a browser! okay, he has me in Check.
Now I just had to solve this problem. Well automation/degree in laziness (with years of laziness experience) to the rescue! At first I thought PowerShell - but since I am on a WinXP SP2 machine, that wouldn't do. I'll have to fall back to the console app & desktop shortcut combination of yester-system.
Steps to Simple Keystroke Automation (w/ WinXP SP2 Handicap)
1. Create .NET Console App
2. Write/Build App.
2.1 Note System.Windows.Forms.SendKeys class
2.2 Note text string of "http://www."
10 class Program
12 static void Main(string args)
3. Create Shortcut to New App On Desktop
4. Set properties correctly:
4.1 Shortcut key: "Ctrl + Alt + H"
4.2 Run: "Minimized"
5. Go Back to Twitter and Press the "http://www." button! (Ctrl + Alt + H)
6. This should run the New App, which should send the text string as keystrokes to the currently active window.
Checkmate! But wait. Have I been played? Maybe this is what he was hoping for all along!? He posts a need on Twitter and someone does the work for him.... well played sir.... well played indeed. :-)