__/ [The Natural Philosopher] on Friday 10 February 2006 11:26 \__
> I apologize for not finding a better place to put this but here goes.
> I spend much of my days at a computer screen, multi-tasking between
> various things, one of which is keeping a fairly close watch - every
> half hour or so - on a web site that displays more or less real time
> stock prices.
"Real time", you say? There is a lag with most of them...
> The trouble is that the site I use to deal with, and mindful of
> security, they log me out after ten minutes of inactivity.
> What I really really need - is some kind of firefox extension, that I
> could in principle say 'see where I am, watch what I do and record it,
> and keep doing it every 5 minutes till I tell you to stop'
Such a thing would be worryingly insecure. You want a kind of a macro robot,
which I believe you will have a hard time finding.
> To be restricted to one URL, and one URL alone, strictly...
> In essence a robotic click on one part of the screen is all I need.
> Surely someone else has written one? Yet extensive searches revealed
> If I had a clue about java or a week to spend getting clued I'd write
> one..anyone else have the requisite code at their fingertips? Or care to
> point me at it?
At first I thought that what you need is a page refresher with the ability to
grab page content and aggregate it. I later thought about the various
extensions in existence, which refresh the browser or a tab. I am also
assuming that you need the browser cookie in place, so 'wget' is merely out
of the question. The only operating which I think you are permitted to do is
grab a screenshot using 'import' and the like. To actually manoeuvre the
mouse and keyboard triggers, perhaps you would need some morbid box with a
broken kernel. Then again, I might be wrong altogether.
Hope my random thoughts help somehow,