LawnLoginI get tired of running a browser everytime I use Georgia Tech's LAWN network, especially if I'm just running a non-browser app like AIM. I spent a few hours coding some C# and LawnLogin was the result, available for download. LawnLogin, as the name might imply, allows you to login to LAWN automatically by watching your network and submitting your login details to LAWN as soon as you've joined the network.
Download v220.127.116.11 Requirements LawnLogin requires the .NET Framework version 2, which is available for any modern Windows machine via Windows Update. I recommend placing the executable in C:\Program Files, then running the program and checking the "Start LawnLogin with Windows" option.
How it WorksWhen running, LawnLogin keeps up with your network status and checks whether you are connected to LAWN, as well as whether you are logged in. If you connect to GTwireless or the wired LAWN system, the program will detect this and take the desired action. If you prefer, it can present a login dialog or automatically log in if you have entered a username and password in the options. Your password is stored in a somewhat-obfuscated manner in the registry, but as with any app that saves your password, this is not completely secure if someone gains access to your computer. You may enter just a username if you prefer to be prompted for the password each time. Because LawnLogin uses HTTPS to talk to LAWN's login servers, and because HTTPS provides server identity verification, you can be assured that it will never accidentally give your details to any other server.
Source Code, etc.For those who are curious and/or security-conscious, you can download the source. It is licensed under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license. Also, I have made every effort to make this program reliable, but I do not assume any liability for its use. Use at your own risk. You can also view the changelog.
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NotesSeveral of these programs were coded in Visual Basic 5 and/or 6, and thus require the MS VB5 Runtime Libraries or MS VB6 Runtime Libraries. Disclaimer: I make no claims regarding the safety or effectiveness of the programs listed here. I'm just sharing what I have, so you bear all risks and I am not responsible for any damage caused by these programs. Source code available on request for any of the programs shown above.
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