A query on scheduling WinXP programs, and Radio resource demands
Does anyone out there know of a workable, preferably free app for WinXP with which I can launch and quit a program on a scheduled basis? Starting to work my mad Google skillz to find this, but having a hard time coming up with search terms that give me good results. See, Radio UserLand demands too much CPU from any of the machines I currently own. The desktop where I want to park it also serves as my PVR, and when it starts up to record a show, Radio keeps stealing CPU from the video encoding, and I end up with choppy and sometimes dead video. I even tried screwing with priorities, and that only seems to help moderately.
So, I want to start up Radio, let it churn free. Then just before a show comes on, I want to quit Radio. I was doing this manually via a VNC connection from work, but that's just stupid. The other alternatives I've tried are running it under Wine on my Debian Linux box, which doesn't quite seem to work happily, or to run Radio again on my OS X iBook, which seems to crush the poor thing.
I suppose my desktop PC is due for an upgrade, containing only a 600MHz Athlon (though 512MB of RAM), but I've been waiting on that. Funny, the last time I upgraded, it was to run a few more games. This time, its to make Radio happier. :)
(Addendum: Hey, wait, Radio's an intelligent, reasonable platform... I wonder if I couldn't just get it to shut itself down at a given time, and then have Windows launch it again. I think the shutdown is the main issue, since Windows seems to come with a scheduler already for launching programs.)