The Homer Simpson trick

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by bigpz1981, Nov 14, 2015.

  1. bigpz1981 macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2008
    Not sure if anyone recalls the reference, but in a Simpsons episode many years back, Homer Simpson used a toy bird to hit his keyboard every couple of minutes to perform a very simple function at work so that he didn't have to be by his computer (or maybe it was so he could nap, I don't recall). I am looking for a similar trick (minus the toy bird) for an online course I am taking that has a timer that I am required to be "reading" during this time and the timer stops when the page goes idle for a minute or two. I was thinking that if I could hit the space bar or somehow cause the cursor to move every 30 seconds, I could keep the timer going, even while I was sleeping. Any ideas on how I may be able to set up my Mac to make it appear that I am on the page and doing something while I am away?
  2. Wondercow macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2008
    Toronto, Canada
    So you want us to help you cheat on your homework? I don't think you'll get much help.
  3. bigpz1981 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2008
    Haha, not quite. It's the equivalent of traffic school but it's for work. I know all the content and already passed the required exam, but it still requires the mandated reading time.
  4. Thunderboltedge macrumors regular


    Nov 12, 2014
    Not sure but maybe if it si required there would be a reason why so.....
  5. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    My first thought is plug in a USB keyboard and just have something held down on the spacebar.

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