I have a colleague with an unhealthy obsession with rotating people’s desktops using the control alt arrow key combination.
It used up not be so bad, it would occasionally happen when you left your desk too long, but alas the problem grew ever so much worse. He soon learnt that he could spam the keys and it would queue up the rotations, he could make our desktops spin uncontrolled!
But still, this could be avoided by locking the computer it was not in use however Jacob has gotten more stealthy at this and he now rotates the monitors even when you are at the desk and not paying attention.
It is for this reason that I created the anti Jacob device. it activates the windows lock with a single press of a big red button therefore it gives you a quick and easy way to prevent Jacob from rotating your desktop.
At its core, it is an emergency stop button wired to Arduino Pro Micro. A sketch pulls up gpio 2 and watches it. If the pin is then pulled to ground will activate the windows L combination, therefore locking the pc.
This is our strongest weapon in the war against surprise rotating desktops.
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This is super weird – I was looking to find more about your cisco telepresence camera software I saw on youtube, saw you have a gerkin (I just built a gerkin!) and then saw this – My name is Jacob, and I built a nearly identical device with the recently released big switches, that locks my workstation in a single giant button.
Are you me in a parallel universe?
oh my god
maybe we are
next you’re going to tell me you’re from Australia