Akira started as a theory about a pseudo-networking functionality using the synchronization capability offered by Dropbox. The core idea of the project is to use a shared folder as the means of communication between a client and a server machine. After thinking for a couple of days, I’ve realized that the theory seems to be plausible. So I’ve decided to materailize the theory.
Akira is a lightweight utility used to send commands from one PC to another. It is bundled with a server called Latte (as in Cafe Latte). Both Akira and Latte is created using Batch Scripts, which clearly means that they are only supported in Windows OS. However, the syntax of the commands is not really that similar with MS-DOS command syntax. It was changed so that it can be more user-friendly, especially for those people who are not that familiar with DOS.
1. View contents of a drive.
2. View contents of a folder.
3. Run an application.
4. Open a file.
5. Delete a file.
6. Terminate a running process.
7. View currently running processes.
8. View a list of all available drives.
9. Generate a screenshot of the current screen of the server and receive it in your Dropbox.
10. Get a specific file from the server PC and receive it in your Dropbox.
11. Shutdown the server PC.
12. Open a website or any URL with the server’s default browser.
NOTE : Commands are NOT case sensitive.
ABOUT – display details about the specified command.
CLEAR – clears the screen.
CAFELATTE – terminates the server (Latte)
DELETE – delete the specified file.
DRIVE – navigate to the specified drive letter.
EXIT – terminate and sign out from the server.
GET – get the specified file from the server machine.
GO – navigate to the specified folder name.
HELP – display help screen.
KILL – terminate the specified process.
LIST – list files and folders under the specified folder.
LISTDRIVE – list all the available drives.
LISTPROCESS – list all the running process.
RUN – run the specified application, file, or website.
SCREENSHOT – takes a screenshot of the current screen.
SHUTDOWN – shutdown the server PC after 60 seconds.
Tested with Windows XP Home/Pro.
Tested with Windows Vista.
INSTALLATION / USAGE
I hope you will enjoy all the features, especially the commands GET and SCREENSHOT. Thanks!
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Akira is now open-source. You can download the source code from the link above.
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