i just installed a little ikea lamp on my wife's desk. no problem so far, the only thing that's really wierd is that the switch of the lamp is next to the power supply. to use it she would have to crawl under the desk and use the switch :-( - NSF
therefore i installed a sis-pm silvershield from gembird (which has 4 sockets that are switchabel via usb) and sispmctl and wrote a simple applescript program. now she can simply click on the script in the menu to turn the litght on/off :-)read more ...
Halve of my time i'm working at a costomers office, everyone has a different network environment, some usuale proxies some don't. in some environments i can use my mailclient, in some i have to use my webmail account.
so i usualy spent the first 5 to 10 minutes of my workday switching network profiles, configuring proxies, changing my subversion configurations, stopping and starting various propgramms, etc
doing repetitive stupid work is something i dont like. im a computer programmer and these are exactly the ones that sould be automated in my oppinion.
so i startet to create a little applescipt for every environment im in. it switches to the correct network profile stops my mailclient where nessesery and changes my current subversion profile, if a proxy is required.
changing the subversion config was the easiest part. i just fired up iterm and changed the config by setting a symlink using a shellscript so i have two copies of my .subversion/servers file one for using the proxy and one for direct connections, and the 'servers' file is a symlink to one of those
well at least i thought it woult be easy ...
the tricky part starts when iTerm is running but has no open windows. then i have to start a Termintal before i can call the shellscript so this is what the shellscript-starting part looks like
tell application "iTerm" activate delay 1 if (count of windows) is 1 then set myterm to (current terminal) else set myterm to (make terminal) end if tell myterm set mysession to (launch session "Default Session") tell the last session write text "/Users/nikki/tools/switchsvn2 default" end tell end tell end tell
and the corresponding shell script is
#!/bin/bash cd ~/.subversion rm servers ln -s servers.$1 servers
to switch the current network profile applescript UI events need to be activated. Then applescript can be told to click on various menu items like this
tell application "Finder" activate end tell tell application "System Events" click menu item "networkprofilename" of menu "Location" of menu item "Location" of menu "Apple" of menu bar 1 of process "Finder" end tell
to start the applescript files i use quicksilver. So all i have to do now when starting my working
day in a different environment is fire up quicksilver using
thats how i like it :-)read more ...