How to hide/show Messenger Plus! ‘contacts on desktop’ based on a hotkey

Earlier today, I’ve made another post doing something very similar to this one. You can have a look at it here.

We are going to do the exact same thing actually, but this time, you will be able to use the code that I’m giving without any modification.

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How to hide/show a specific Sidebar gadget on Windows based on a hotkey

Well, we will write a little code first. If you are not scared by that fact, go and install AutoIt. It is a great scripting language for Windows. It saves the day when you just want what you want to be accomplished and not worry about anything else. Anything that comes up to your mind, first check this thing, if you cannot find it, or it is limited in some sense, only then try implementing it wholly by yourself. Fortunately, what we are going to do is actually quite basic, so it has all that we need.

Here is my code for hiding and showing the ToDo gadget based on a hotkey.

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Utilizing Human Computational Power by Games?

I just watched this great video of a Google Tech Talk by Luis von Ahn; who is a professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. Luis von Ahn developed reCAPTCHA, a new form of CAPTCHA that also helps digitize books. In reCAPTCHA, the images of words displayed to the user come directly from old books that are being digitized; they are words that optical character recognition could not identify and are sent to people throughout the Web to be identified. He also was awarded many fellowships and awards like the MacArthur Fellowship (a.k.a., the "genius award").

He came up with really interesting thoughts on how to use humans to identify and tag images on Google’s image database, and more importantly, how to do it for free! 🙂 When people play, they help label images on the Web with descriptive keywords. These keywords can be used to significantly improve the accuracy of image search. There are, of course, algorithms behind to prevent cheating and to prevent wrong tags.

This talk introduces a paradigm for utilizing human processing power to solve problems that computers cannot yet solve. The idea is to make the people want to help this verification process by actually turning it into an enjoyable and fun game!

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