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Hotkeys on Demand

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There is no shortage of hotkey programs for Windows, many of them of high quality. And of course Windows itself allows you to define hotkeys. However, a hotkey program in Tcl is not only very simple to write, it offers the full flexibility and power of Tcl behind it. Meaning what exactly? Read on.

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Playing God on Windows

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There are times during software development when you want to run in interactive mode with maximum privileges on a system, be God as it were. One might think running as Administrator would do it but it doesn't. To be truly omnipotent on Windows, you have to run under the LocalSystem account[1]. It is easy enough with Tcl and this post shows you how. As a side bonus, it also describes how to inject processes into the interactive user's desktop to run under the user's account as well.

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How do I exec thee? Let me count the ways...

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One of the strengths of Tcl is the ease of integration with other software, whether they be COM components, libraries or even executable programs that are not designed for interaction with other programs. Here we look the facilities Tcl offers related to the last of these -- running external programs and optionally interacting with them using standard I/O mechanisms.

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