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    Default laptop usage application

    I have decided to challenge myself to create an application, an idea I have is to see how often I use my laptop throughout the day and whether I am doing work or not. I am thinking of having a login when I first turn on my laptop at the start of the day and then have a small icon on the side of my screen where I can press to notify app I am starting work or stopping work.

    The main hurdles at present are:

    1. How to get the login page whenever I turn on the laptop?
    2. How to make a small icon on my desktop?

    Basically this is my first time taking my program/ code to operate outside some IDE like eclipse, so I am unsure of how to go about implementing such an idea.

    Does anyone have any advice on where I can start and how I could go about learning to tackle this problem.


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    Default Re: laptop usage application

    Helpful articles for you:
    Login Page: If you want it to come on when the laptop starts, you will need to load it as a Windows Service (assuming you are on windows). I don't think you can do that natively in java, but there is a tool you can try out: Java Service Wrapper - What is the Java Service Wrapper?
    Using the System Tray (if that is what you are talking about when you say "a small icon on my desktop"): How to Use the System Tray (The Java™ Tutorials > Creating a GUI With JFC/Swing > Using Other Swing Features)
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