Tuesday, 8 September 2009

How to remote control your PC from Twitter

This PC will make your PC twitterable as I call it , in other words how you may command your PC remotely from any place on the solar system through Twitter Account.
This is through an Open Source (for sure) application called Tweet MyPC, which could be found h3r3
TweetMyPC works by listening to a Twitter account for updates. I recommend that you create a new Twitter account for this purpose and also keep the updates on this account as private so that no one else is able to read the commands being issued. this could be achieved by click on Settings links and checking "Protect my tweets"

Launch TweetMyPC and setup the application by entering details of that Twitter account we just created

To send a command to your PC, login to the Twitter account that TweetMyPC is listening to and write the command as a status update.
for Example : Free Memory
responses comes as an update to the same Twitter account "Free Physical Memory X MB"

List of Command that TweetMyPC will understand could be found h3r3

lock :
This command locks your Windows pc

physical memory :
As the name says, this command will let you know the Physical Memory of your pc

virtual memory :
Want to know the virtual memory of your pc? Just tweet virtual memory

ip :
Know your pc’s ip from anywhere in the world with this command

standby :
Don’t want to shutdown? then make you pc go to standby mode with this command.

hibernate :
hibernate your pc with a tweet.

screenshot :
Want to know what is happening in your pc when you are not around? Just tweet screenshot and TweetMyPC will take a screenshot of your desktop and post it to Twitpic.

getprocesslist :
This is one of the very useful command. On receiving this command TweetMyPC will generate a list of running programs, along with the process ID, and email it to a predefined email address.

kill : This is used along with the above command. Once you recive the process list you can close a program using the kill command

download : Want to download an intresting video but you are on the move? don’t worry just tweet download followed by the download url and TweetMyPC will download it for you and it will be ready when you return back. Note: Twitter automatically converts long urls into short one using bit.ly. TweetMyPC can download files only if the url is in the short form. Please use bit.ly to shorten your url before posting.

getfile : Missed an important document and you are travelinlg some where? No problem. Just tweet get followed by the file path and TweetMyPC will email the file as attachment to a predefined email. Don’t know the path? dont worry. Just checkout the next command.

getfilelist : This command will make TweetMyPC to send you the list of files and folders in a drive. You can use this command to email you a file once you know the complete path of the file.

Custom Command : This is the most interesting feature of TweetMyPC. Do you think the above command are not enough? then create your own custom command. You can choose a command and then chose a file to run. For example you can choose a command winamp and make TweetMyPC to run winamp by tweeting winamp.

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