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A different kind of scheduler

Jul 14, 2008 at 5:33 AM
Thanks for writing this- very handy! The thing is that I wish I could open an application "x" minutes after an event, rather than at a specific time. As I'm sure you know, Outlook 2007 in particular has some issues; I had to remove it and some other things from my startup. I think it would be really cool to have a "X minutes after Startup" startup, that could launch programs after windows and other things have settled down. I can think of a number of people I know that would like this, especially for those who have apps that must be started in a particular order.

What do you think? Would you have any interest in either adding this function here or in making a different utility?
Jul 31, 2008 at 10:32 PM
Hmm i don't think i can added in this program, but i could make a program that does that.
but couldn't you just write a batch script, and then put a shortcut in the Start Menu->Start (folder) ??
Aug 1, 2008 at 7:50 AM

Hi! Thanks for writing back.

I could write a bat file, or try to stagger the events in the task scheduler. Actually, I’ve done those things in the past, but for whatever reason, any attempt to auto-start Outlook eventually ends in a corrupted profile and another mess to clean up (no reinstall of either app or entire system helps). Over the years, I’ve tried all sorts of ways to get the program to come up auto-magically, but always end up going back to manual. I think this is because Outlook requires some other event or chain of events to occur before it starts, or perhaps for some other process to complete. Ideally, I would like to be able to detect windows and application events so that I can keep moving Outlook’s start down the list, so to speak. Eventually, you’d think I would be able to have it open itself without error, or at least find out why this procedure never works. There are other programs that also conflict with Outlook, and I know people who would love to use a program like this with their Blackberry software. But… I don’t know how to make one. I’m not a programmer- just a tech. I don’t even know what to study to build what I want to make, although I’d love to try if you know where I could learn this information. I bought some VB programming books, but all they talk about is programming structures, so all I learned is if-then-else. Would I be able to do anything with Visual studio or maybe Powershell? How did you learn?

Hey thanks again for all your help!

Aug 3, 2008 at 2:43 PM
Edited Sep 21, 2008 at 9:59 PM
Well I have started working on a program that can delay the
startup of programs, but i don't know if it will fix your outlook
problem, but i try to see what i can do...

Where to learn to program... hmm well i started here:
Microsoft learning center. They make some good
videos to learn you the basic stuff in VB or C# :P

If you don't have a compiler/IDE, go download
one here, it's FREE :D

Hope it helps :D
and sorry for my bad english. :S

Aug 3, 2008 at 6:43 PM
Heres what I have so far:   :)