The machine that I'm currently using is an extremely slow netbook. Whenever I go to change user preferences in Blender, it stalls out. What I need to do is activate the "emulate 3 button mouse" checkbox. Is there a way to do this via console/script?
bpy.context.user_preferences.inputs.use_mouse_emulate_3_button = True
It also says on the wiki that The Blender API can modify user preferences, keymaps and themes