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Software to perform actions by itself without actively being supervised by a user.

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What can tell me that I'm probably out of garbage bags?

It happened again today. We were at three different grocery stores, and still managed to not buy some of the stuff that we need. I'm getting tired of coming home just to realize I need to go back out ...
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Software to detect BPM and tag MP3 files

A friend of mine started using a music player and manager that can dynamically create playlists based on MP3 tags. He is happy with it, but the only thing missing for him (he works as a DJ sometimes) ...
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Web-apps recording/replay software

I have been attempting to implement a system with my company that will record data sent over the web and make it possible to make edits to the information and replay it. It will be fine if the ...
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Automate web login for Wi-Fi hotspots (captive portal) on Windows

Many Wi-Fi hotspots these days have a "web login", especially free ones. You know, the ones that redirect any HTTP request to their login form. (The technical term for the technique is "captive ...
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What program offers automated image resizing?

I have a blog. Before I upload images from my computer (these images are really big), I want to resize them (make them smaller) and save them in a different folder. After that, I can upload them. ...
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Self hosted service to monitor a HTTP endpoint (for change) and trigger an event

I am looking for a web-based application where you can set up HTTP monitors (to monitor for changes specifically but support for more triggers like HTTP status would also be nice) which then fire REST ...
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Get alerts with diffs of web-page changes

It is sometimes necessary to be alerted when a change is made to a web-page. Currently, I have some simple scripts on OpenBSD that download the web-page with lynx -width 120 -dump, get relevant parts ...
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Automate web login for Wi-Fi hotspots (captive portal) on Android

Many Wi-Fi hotspots these days have a "web login", especially free ones. You know, the ones that redirect any HTTP request to their login form. (The technical term for the technique is "captive ...
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Automatic, bootable drive wiper

I'm looking for a bootable tool that erases all data on all hdds in a computer that does not need any interaction whatsoever. On my work, we now and then get quite a few, old, crappy PCs that are for ...
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Windows program to show available updates for all programs on computer

I am looking for a program that shows me all the programs on my computer that have available updates. I would click a button, and they will all be updated automatically. I want it to: be free have ...
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Real user web browsing simulation

I am looking for software (it should not be a plugin for a browser, but a "standalone" application for Windows or Linux) for this: I need to simulate web-browsing of "real" users. It should open a ...
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GUI scripting for Linux

Effectively, I am looking for an AutoIt clone for Linux. I am aware of tools like Sikuli, Javaauto, etc, but they just won't cut it, because they rely on x, y coordinates and for example they are ...
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PDF editing software for removal of dark scan margins

Assume you have a PDF file resulting from a scan of multiple pages of a book (in a format smaller than the scanner default format (e.g. 10cm x 20cm and DIN A4)) and that the person who scanned placed ...
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Free service for scheduled cross-posting to major social networks

I'm looking for a free and simple web-service for posting to multiple social networks (at least it should support Facebook, Google+ and Twitter) with ability to schedule messages for a specific time.
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Python GUI automation library for simulating user interaction in apps

I'm looking for Python library which can help with window automation tasks (either on macOS or Linux). By automation I mean finding the application/game window, gets the content of it and be able to ...
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Windows Software to constantly record the last X minutes of audio entering the microphone?

I'm looking for a Windows Software that would constantly record in the background the last X minutes (e.g. 30 minutes) of audio being inputted into the microphone whenever my PC is on, much like a ...
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Application which can generate online treasure hunts (or, progressive Q&A)

I am looking for an application that can generate treasure hunts (basically which include just Q&A levels) which can be easily deployed online. Here are the some of the important features: The ...
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Tool or IDE for comfortable AutoHotKey (AHK) macro management?

Do you know about tool or IDE which allows comfortable management of AutoHotKey macros? I know many ways how to edit them directly in text file. For example using Notepad++. But since I have 200+ ...
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Mouse and keyboard recording and replaying on Linux

On Windows, I used TinyTask multiple times a week for years (amazing program, recommended for every Windows user). Now I want to switch to Linux, but I can't find a program that does the same: Start ...
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Update images in documentation automatically

I'm looking for a tool/software to keep software documentation for a website project always up-to-date. Especially the images in the documentation, e.g. explaining user masks etc. gets out of sync ...
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Hourly screenshot taker

I'd like to take a screenshot on an hourly basis (with an option for as short as minutely, or long as daily would be nice). And automatically delete previous day's/week's screenshots. It'd be nice ...
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Android and iPhone app automation tools

Please suggest me tools for Android and iPhone app automation testing. I have searched some, like - Appium, Calabash, MonkeyTalk, Selendroid, Robotium, etc. But, I am confused to choose any one. ...
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Software that automatically downloads videos you're watching

This is a software I used years ago, used to download videos I watch automatically, without clicking anything. It would work in the background and does not slow down the internet. It will capture the ...
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HTML to PDF Batch Mode Converter (or Library) that Respects CSS @font-face?

NOTES: My request covers software or libraries, hence why I'm posting here. I also checked the similar threads here, but they asked for something subtly different. I have the following HTML page: &...
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A program to 'listen' for a particular audio frequency then run a task

I need a program (for Windows) that continually 'listens' to a computers own audio ('what you hear' type, preferably). Now, once it's 'heard' a set frequency it runs 'batch01.bat', at another set ...
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Run a program as a service?

I'm a regular on ServerFault and I've seen several references over the years to products that'll allow an interactive program designed to be run under an active, interactive windows profile to be ...
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General-purpose automation tool for overlapping execution

I'm looking for a good general-purpose automation tool (not for building software in any sense), well-suited for regular overlapping execution. Wishes: It should be based on modern and concise ...
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Android app to automatically send incoming SMS messages to a URL

I'm looking for an Android app that can automatically forward any incoming SMS (text) messages to a custom URL. So basically this: When searching around I find lots of forwarding apps that can send ...
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Automatic USB syncing based on what USB is connected

I'm looking for a program that automatically copies certain folders from my PC to my USB storage device. The program needs to: distinguish between different USB storage devices Overwrites data to USB ...
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Lightweight buildserver for C++ project

I'm developing some C++ projects. I have some SBCs (Raspberry Pi 3, Odroid n2) and I wanted to use one of them (odroid n2 is most powerful so it's the obvious choice) as a private buildserver. I ...
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Automating the conversion of FLAC to MP3

I have a collection of folders, some of which contain .flac files while others contain .mp3 files. I need everything to be in .mp3, but I don't exactly want to go through hundreds of folders in ...
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Auto-delete old emails on IMAP account

I have a mail account that receives and stores copies of receipts sent to customers making reservations. As the account gets filled up over time, and as I have no interest in looking at the content ...
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Take screenshot from "command line"

For test automation purposes I am looking for a "command line" tool that takes screenshots. Until today I was satisfied with NirCmd, which can be used like nircmd savescreenshot screen.png ...
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Website testing / browser automation tools

I'm looking for a tool, that will automatically performs specified actions such as clicking on links, filling and submitting forms, and so on. I mean I write some kind of script with instructions and ...
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Notification tool for continuous update checking of remote file (by URI)

Usage scenario Somebody regularly uploads new PDFs to his web page and updates the old ones. I do copy them to my hard drive, however, I am unfortunately not notified of any updates to the files. ...
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Managing servers in remote machines

I'm looking for some software which can start & stop processes on remote machines (to be specific, servers we are testing). Ideally, you could set it up on various machines of different ...
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Automatic flexible deployment software

Looking for open source software (not SAAS) that can deploy projects to different endpoints via protocols such as SSH, FTP, Amazon S3 etc. More specifically: I will compile static websites and build ...
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Open source Android automation (alternative to Tasker, Macrodroid)

I want to set up a few very simple "automations" on my Android device: Required triggers: Buttons on the home screen At startup ... and the more the better Required actions: Set up notification ...
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Open Source Release Automation

I'm searching for a tool/script that'd automate things I always need to do when publishing a new version of my open source library. Like: npm version [major/minor/patch] git push --tags npm publish ...
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Syncing app for cloud based doc files

I have hundreds of pages of notes/notebooks in Evernote and Onenote and recently I've needed to collaborate with others on Google Docs. I need a good syncing app that syncs all of my documents ...
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Game development content pipeline/toolchain?

I'm a software developer at a gaming company, and we're currently undertaking efforts to improve our asset creation and management toolchain. Our initial idea was to code our own solution from scratch ...
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Karnaugh map minimalizer for at least 6 variables

Are there some good Karnaugh map minimalization software that fulfills the following: Can work with at least 6 variables. The more variables the better Free to use It should graphically show the ...
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Android app that auto navigates automated telephone menus?

So I have this number I need to call and then go through this annoying phone menu, and I have to do it every hour. I'm thinking there has to be an app for this somewhere but Googling has not turned up ...
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Program to automatically read Terms and Conditions

I am looking for a program that reads terms and conditions and shows me the sections that are privacy and tracking related. Requirements: free automatically detects when terms and conditions are on ...
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Tool for automating the process of getting inside a webpage, clicking around and downloading its new state

Quite often I solve problems related to getting a lot of information that I need on webpages by opening the browser on the developer mode, clicking around the page (or doing it automatically with ...
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Development software recommendation for an industrial machine

We have developed the PC control software of an industrial complex machine. The software runs on a PC on the machine, and it communicates with: a PLC, some National Instruments acquisition boards, ...
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Extract Individual Questions from a pdf and convert to images

I want to extract an image for every question in a .pdf (an exam paper like this) so that they are split up like this: So for example q1.png for question 1, like above, and again for question 2, 3 ...
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OpenSource Security scan tools for REST APIs

I am very new in security testing. It will be very helpful if any one can suggest open-source/free tools that can run Scans for security issues (E.G SQL Injection) on REST APIs which use JSON ...
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Android app to call a predefined number when a specific text is received

I am looking for an app for my Android phone that when it receives a specific text, for example, "call now", it will then call a specific phone number already defined and then will hang up after a ...
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What can I use to automatically send sms texts before calendar events?

After Google calendar dropped support for SMS event reminders (June 27, 2015), is there any other solution to receive sms notifications 15 minutes before calendar events?
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