When the screensaver has been disturbed, or the computer wakes from sleep, my system asks for a password. I would like to add to this dialog. Along with username and password, there would be a third field asking for user text input on what they would like to do at the computer. After a successful login, the Automator would take the user input and put it in a stickie note in the corner of the desktop.

This is for productivity purposes, as I always get distracted whenever I go to the computer and after a long time surfing the internet, I forget what I actually logged on for.

I have seen a lot of questions & answers on adding your own text message to the login window, but not any on adding a user input text field. I have a vague idea of how this might work (which could be totally wrong), but here is what I think:

  1. I need to edit the com.apple.loginwindow.plist and add a custom field that asks for user input? (is this possible?)

  2. Use Automator to paste the user input into a Stickie.

  3. Somehow run a shell script to have the Automator perform this action after every login. (or do I even need this b/c I can do that in the Automator?)

Also not sure: so I need to use AppleScript?

Thanks for any help. I am on Snow Leopard by the way.

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Probably not.

I would imagine that the lock screen is locked down fairly tight - imagine a piece of malware that did just that - except the Automator action sent the password to a server in Bangladesh.

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    Hm, ok, how about if after the login screen has been passed, it would pop up a GUI that would ask for user input? How would I start that?
    – newt
    Jun 24, 2013 at 4:00
  • @newt I'm pretty sure that's possible - look into something like the Login Items.
    – user44427
    Jun 24, 2013 at 4:02
  • @Undo that would only be after logging in not when giving password to close screensaver
    – mmmmmm
    Jun 24, 2013 at 11:44

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