I’ve recently started listening to iTunes Radio. It has ::shudder:: commercials. Ick. They’re typically 30 seconds, near as I can tell, and you can’t skip them. I’ve started hitting “mute” as soon as they come on.
But I frequently forget to “unmute”. Oops.
So I wrote an AutoHotkey script to mute the master speaker for 30 seconds, then automatically unmute it.
; Shift-Control-Alt-F9 -- Because "FN-F9" is the special "mute"
; button on my keyboard, so this is easy to remember
; mute the master volume setting
SoundSet, 1, Master, Mute
; display a msg box for 1 second that says you're muting for 30 seconds
Msgbox,, Commercial, Sound is muted for 30 seconds, 1
; sleep for 29 more seconds
; unmute the master volume setting
SoundSet, 0, Master, Mute
; and return
Update 2014/02/21: This script has come in handy many times already just today. Life is good. 🙂