Expand your user-authentication options with mouse dynamics

Use Perl, cnee, and custom algorithms to measure how specific users move the mouse and click buttons. In this article, we discuss how mouse-click hold times, or a combination of keyboard and mouse activity can enable new levels of access-requirements obfuscation. Learn how to apply the open source tools cnee …


Reduce your PC's power consumption through smart activity monitors

Monitor application usage, system attributes, and user activity to more effectively use the power-management systems of your laptop or desktop computer. This article provides tools and code to build on existing power-saving measures by monitoring your application-usage patterns. Use the techniques presented here to change your power settings based on …


Shut down idle computers on your network automatically

Recent pushes for "green" technology focus mostly on talk, with little action for the typical home- or small-office environment. Many users leave their systems online continuously through laziness or ignorance, resulting in a significant source of power consumption, as well as an additional vector for malware propagation. The tools and …


Rotate images in online mapping applications in Firefox

Most online mapping applications assume that the desired view is always north at the top of the image. This article presents tools and code that show how to replace the map image with an inverted copy, where south is at the top. Using a Firefox extension and the Imager Perl …


Create a continuous keystroke-dynamics monitor with Perl and xev

Keystroke dynamics is a relatively new field that enables identification of individuals through statistical analysis of their typing patterns. Previously published articles on developerWorks have shown how to integrate the concept of keystroke dynamics into your applications, as well as a real-world example of modifying Gnome Display Manager (GDM) to …


Creating altitude attribute-enhanced image overlay maps in Google Earth

Recent applications have greatly increased the ease of development and ubiquity of 2-D maps. Tools like Microsoft® Live Search Maps and Google Maps offer a wealth of tools for enhancing these single-plane maps, but often ignore altitude as the third dimension of information. This article presents tools and code to …


Improve focus tracking indicators across multiple monitors

Unlike traditional single-screen setups, multi-screen display systems require special consideration for user interfaces (UIs). This article presents tools and code designed to address the acquisition and change of input focus across multiple displays. By enhancing existing X Window System focus information using Ghosd displays and the Synergy debug-level output, multi-screen …


Create time-availability maps with Perl and Google Earth

Time-availability maps provide a listing of who is most likely to be available for a certain hour in a certain location. Find out how to use Google Earth and a log of your communications to map and identify the time and place when availabilities match. Featured in an IBM developerWorks …


Beef up the Find command in Firefox

The Find command in Firefox locates the user-specified text in the body of a Web page. The command is an easy-to-use tool that works well enough for most users most of the time. Sometimes, however, a more powerful Find-like tool would make locating text easier. This article shows how to …


Integrate encryption into Google Calendar with Firefox extensions

Provide basic encryption support for user data in one of the most popular online calendar applications. Building on the incredible flexibility of Firefox extensions and the Gnu Privacy Guard, this article shows you how to store only encrypted event descriptions in Google's Calendar application, while displaying a plain text version …