|XP is just a number|
My company laptop has some remnants from the previous IT regime's mindset (one that is all too common) and so I'm not allowed to adjust how quickly the screen-saver / desktop-locker kicks in.
I have shows that get recorded for me but that I rarely have the time to sit down and watch. So I transfer them to my work laptop and watch them (mostly just listen to them, actually) during my bus commute.
I finally got a really nice biking backpack I've wanted so now I can even listen to them when I commute by bicycle and I even have a little program to cue up cuts to skip over the commercials for me.
The first day that I tried that, playback stopped about half-way to the office. I stopped and checked the laptop and the screensaver had kicked in. At work I googled and got the suggestion that I run Windows Media Player with its volume turned down while it was configured to prevent screen-saver activation. The ride home demonstrated that this is not sufficient to prevent administratively mandated screen-saver timeouts.
More googling at home mostly found people noting that when one doesn't have administrative rights, one can't install a program to thwart the screen-saver activation anyway so no such programs are offered.
So I wrote the following Perl program:
It just waits five seconds and then makes the mouse pointer move around in a nice little diamond pattern until you bump your mouse.
This morning's bike commute I enjoyed the audio from uninterrupted video playback. Thanks, Perl.