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No, This is not a security hole in Outlook. It is just one of the creative ways to make use of Rules feature in outlook.

I am not sure about yours, but my computer is always connected to the internet when it is switched on. And it is switched on unless there is a power cut at my place 🙂

Many a times, I have felt like controlling my downloads, reset modem, shut down my comp or lock it after I realize I have kept it open. Although there are a lot of ways you can do it(see logmein, VNC, VNC on lifehacker), if all you want to do is run simple scripts or launch an application, look no further. You can set up Outlook to do the work for you.

Go to Tools –> Rules and Alerts



Click on New Rule, add any rule which is convenient to you. I have chosen “Move messages  with specific words in the subject to a folder” and click next. Specify an uncommon word in your subject lines in this field  “986786374shutdown” and then when a dialog box appears asking you “What do you want to do with the message?”.



Edit the rule descriptor by clicking on ‘application’. Select the application which needs to be run when you send a message with the subject line which you had set before.

if you want to run dos commands – you can create a .bat file and put you commands in that.

ex: if you want to shutdown your machine : shutdown –s –t 10

That’s it, now you can control your machine by sending email to yourself. It’s as simple as that.

I use this to start my download manager, shutdown my computer etc. Let me know what you would use it for.

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Hi everyone. I got my new BSNL connection today. I have heard a lot of woes from my friends using BSNL broadband about their erratic billing.

Here I am going to show you how to get good download speeds, and automate the process of restarting your modem at 2. Now you can sleep peacefully. Read on.

Tools :

  1. Windows XP Professional(Don’t ask me for download links :P)
  2. BSNL Modem. I guess it works with all Modems. I am using the Indian ITI modem DNA A211-1
  3. Bridged mode connection . I haven’t figured out a way to connect more than 2 computers in bridge mode. If you know how to do it, please Contact Me
  4. Notepad
  5. Freebyte’s Task Scheduler. You can use the Windows Task Scheduler too. I somewhat prefer using this application.

Creating a bridged connection.

  • Open a browser. type
  • You will be presented with a dialog box. The default username and password is ‘admin’. Type that and proceed
  • You will now see your modem configuration page.

Pitfall 1 : If you cannot access this page. Try turning off your firewall unless you know how to add an exception

  • In the Modem Configuration page : Click on Advanced Setup, then on WAN.
  • In the WAN setup page, in the first row (horizontal), click on Edit button.
  • Next again. Don’t change anything.
  • Now in the ‘Connection Type’ page. Select Bridging . Next. Next. Save.
  • Now you will be diverted to the Modem’s main page. Click on Save/Reboot.
  • Wait for 2 minutes till your modem reboots. You are done with the first part.

Creating a dialer for the new bridged connection

  • Start –> Control Panel –> Network Connections
  • On the left hand side, select create a new Connection
  • Click on Next
  • Make sure Connect to the internet option is checked. Click Next.
  • Select ‘Set up my Connection manually’. Click Next.
  • Select Connect using a broadband connection that requires username and password and click next
  • Give some name to the connection. e.g., mybsnl (Remember this name. It is important)
  • Enter username and password. You would have got this username and password from BSNL.
  • Select Add a short cut to my desktop and click Finish.

Creating batch files

  • Open Notepad
  • Type “rasdial mybsnl(or whatever name you have given) userid password
  • Save as “dial.bat” in some location. Make sure you choose “All files” in the type field while saving. To save the trouble, type the file name with “ included.
  • In another document Type “rasdial mybsnl /disconnect”
  • Save as “disconnect.bat”

P S : You can double click on the dial.bat to connect to the internet when in bridged mode.


  • Voila You are done. Do not forget to keep this scheduler open. Do not Close it. Do not press the ‘X’ button. I am repeating this as this is important.
  • You can also go to Start –> All Programs –> Accessories –> Systems Tools –> Scheduled tasks
  • Add a scheduled task similar to the one described above. One for disconnect at 2:00 AM, Connect at 2:05 AM and again Disconnect at 7:55 AM. If you wish you can also add a Connect routine at 8:01 AM

Use a download manager or torrent manager with scheduler. You can use flashget or uTorrent.

Sleep peacefully and enjoy automated downloads. If you have any doubts, you can leave a comment.

Hope you find it useful.

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