Are you tired of having to load, place and resize the programs you normally use every time you start your computer? Would you like to have a simple program that does it for you automatically? Do you wish easily to switch from a series of programs oriented to different uses (office, internet, multimedia, CAD and 3D)? In the article I propose all this by presenting an easy-to-use Python script for Ubuntu and derivatives.
I have recently started to complain some eye strain and headache, after remaining many hours in front of my laptop screen. Hence I discovered the 20-20-20 rule and wrote a script in Python to automatic show a black fullscreen every 20 minutes for 20 seconds in order to force me to look away at something that is 20 feet (about 6,10 meters) from me. Besides the program makes a sound when the screen turns on again.
Two weeks ago I finished an interesting course offered by Coursera and called "An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python". If you are looking for a funny and pleasant method to learn the basics of object programming and how to create simple interactive games, you have to take it. Below I am going to describe just a little my opinions and to show you a screencast of my mini-projects.
Two years ago I had to make many traffic surveys along a big road in Rovigo city during the rush hours: in the early morning and in the late afternoon. I simply had had to count the numbers of cars and long vehicles in the two directions of travel and in preset positions and times (15 minutes per station). To do this I wrote a Python program for my phone: a Nokia N78 (equipped with Symbian 60v3). Here is the full story, code and how it worked.
The work was easy but stressful and repetitive: