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Must automate, ASAP.

Dear Metafilter, I need to automate some tasks at work, and I'd like to make it happen quickly. [more inside]
posted by schooley on Aug 29, 2014 - 13 answers

Automators against automation?

I am looking for research on, or organizing around, the ethics and social fallout of automation from the standpoint of the workers doing the automating (i.e., computer programmers and allied trades). [more inside]
posted by enn on Aug 14, 2014 - 7 answers

Quantified self for writers

Inspired by this article, I'd like to track and monitor my writing. [more inside]
posted by fonzie on Jul 3, 2014 - 3 answers

Does this software/web service exist?

I'm starting a blog, and I have this hunch that perhaps a service or program exists out there that allows you to: 1) Write, format, and save blog posts, as well as mark them as "ready" to publish, and 2) Automate publishing those ready posts chronologically onto your blog at a fixed rate or alternatively by selecting a publishing date and time for every post marked as ready. The theory being, I could write as many posts as I want on a given day, but schedule and automate their publishing. Does this sort of thing exist? [more inside]
posted by Taft on Jun 23, 2014 - 7 answers

Identify this half remembered parable

I have a half remembered parable about the outcomes of automation of work, that is as stated, half remembered. I'd like to make that memory whole and know the source. [more inside]
posted by borkencode on May 7, 2014 - 2 answers

Help me Automate my new apartment/townhome

I am looking for ways to simplify/automate my apartment. Things like automatic lighting, automatic fridge contents lists, everything turning on/playing music when I enter my apartment, and any other household hacks. I don't have android OS. [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle on Mar 18, 2014 - 12 answers

Technical writing... by robots?

I saw a somewhat blogspammy news article the other day (regrettably, I cannot remember where, and google is failing me) which listed the top ten or twenty professions that would be eliminated by automation in the next twenty years. Among them were ones I would expect: telemarketing, retail sales, etc. Nothing surprising there. And then they threw technical writing into the mix. My question is, how could software automate technical writing? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Mar 17, 2014 - 12 answers

Journals of Autocorrection

Can you point me to resources that deal with the thresholds that computers use to overwrite authorial intent? I'm interested in the boundaries between automatic correction and untrammeled thumbs.
posted by Bistle on Mar 2, 2014 - 2 answers

How can I automate my new year's resolutions?

I have a number of goals, not quite new year's resolutions exactly, but the new year is getting me going on implementing them. They include reading more, running more, staying on top of current events, continuing to study French, listening to more new-to-me music, things like that. None of these are measurable or "SMART" goals, and that's the way I want it--I want this stuff to become a habit, not a chore. How can I automate these goals so that they are more likely to just happen? [more inside]
posted by payoto on Dec 29, 2013 - 15 answers

I want to control lights and/or thermostat with my phone, from anywhere.

It seems like all the home automation device/app combos allow me to only control my lights or devices while inside my house where, you know, I can actually just walk over to them and turn them on and off already. [more inside]
posted by sandra_s on Sep 12, 2013 - 11 answers

Simplest way to generate many chart images from a csv?

I have been looking at Chartbuilder and d3.js as a means to generate chart images for clients. We make them a video and instream advertise it. We report monthly impressions and views of the video. What would be the best way to present this data? [more inside]
posted by andendau on Aug 24, 2013 - 6 answers

How to set up this sort of automation on a MAC

A friend needs to sign his homeschooled child into "school" every day online. There are three or 4 steps: click this link, then click this link, then certify attendance etc I dont understand automator or apple scripts at all. I this likely something I can help them with easily so as to avoid this headache? Running 10.6.8 if that matters
posted by dougiedd on Aug 4, 2013 - 4 answers

Any automated way to print and stuff envelopes?

What is the cost for a machine that stuffs regular-size papers (8.5x11 and A4) into an envelope (folded) or larger manilla envelope (no folding)? Any tips on how to get one used/for the lowest possible price?
posted by jsturgill on Jul 30, 2013 - 8 answers

SENSORS ONLINE

I'd like to install some home automation/home monitoring hardware in an apartment. [more inside]
posted by A god with hooves, a god with horns on Jul 27, 2013 - 6 answers

Is there a mac application that will cut a movie into clips of X length?

I want to give it a video and say "cut this into clips of 30 seconds/10 minutes/whatever" and have it spit out the clips as movie files. Is there an OS X app that can do this? Or some way to do it with automator? [more inside]
posted by ejfox on Jul 10, 2013 - 3 answers

How to talk about skills gained unethically during a job interview

I'm applying for a job in automation software development but from what I have on my resume, I've only touched upon the subject. However, what my resume doesn't mention is that I was active in the Warcraft botting community developing profiles and behaviors and made programs that botted various online games, surveys, and web forms. I'd be very happy to "go legit" as it were and use my skills for good, but mentioning that I have a good background in automation would prompt questions of specific examples and I don't know how I could talk about it without sounding like an unethical person.
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2013 - 19 answers

Time-lapse camera automation

What's the easiest way to set up a time-lapse camera that takes a picture at regular intervals over the course of many months (and possibly years)? [more inside]
posted by antonymous on Apr 1, 2013 - 12 answers

Background Gmail automation, what program(s) to use?

I want to write a script to automatically check for new emails with a certain gmail label, then check the message body for a link containing a certain keyword or phrase and click on it. The logic part should be easy, but what program(s) should I be using for this? Requirements... [more inside]
posted by querty on Mar 13, 2013 - 7 answers

How to automate 4 different web searches for the same query?

I'm learning a language (Hungarian) and I look up new words in a bunch of websites (2 dictionaries, Google images inside of Google Translate, Forvo.com). In general, I just copy and paste each word into the URLs, but there must be some way of clicking a button and searching all four websites at once. Is there? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Jan 27, 2013 - 5 answers

Automated PDF modification

Is there an automated way of placing elements from one PDF file into another? Open to coding this via Python if a relevant module exists. [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Dec 17, 2012 - 4 answers

What Options Exist for Keyless Entry for Front Door Deadbolts

Are there any deadbolts that feature keyless entry using a fob instead of a number pad? I've seen several locks with number pads, but they look pretty ugly. I'd like a deadbolt that is as streamlined looking as possible, but that can be opened with a proximity sensor or button on a key fob instead of a key. This is for a front door.
posted by willnot on Nov 20, 2012 - 5 answers

Automated screengrabbing

I need to take regular full-screen screenshots of around 12 different webpages that all have similarly formatted URLs. Is there software that makes this easy, and preferably automates it? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Sep 13, 2012 - 3 answers

What's the best way to migrate from local to IMAP in Thunderbird?

I need to migrate about 5gb+ of email from the local folders in Thunderbird to IMAP in Thunderbird. There are a lot of folders and a lot of subfolders, and migrating them "manually" has really been a pain in the ass. I've got about a third of the folders over, but I'd love to hear a better solution that will actually keep the folder structure in place correctly, not randomly. Perhaps there's an add-on for this? Cheers.
posted by gman on May 25, 2012 - 3 answers

How to automate a dynamic web page using VBA?

Help me automate some of my work involving taking values in a spreadsheet and plugging them into a website with dynamically generated content. [more inside]
posted by Reverend John on May 9, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me automate a workflow

Automator/macro/scripting help: Is there a way to automate a series of keystrokes, initiated by a command that I create? Running Mac OS 10.7.3. [more inside]
posted by slogger on Apr 13, 2012 - 9 answers

Help a Python newbie out!

Programming noobfilter: I have a Python script that does some things to a proxy log file: it can count and rank the top 20 urls accessed, users and source IPs. Three further problems and code inside: [more inside]
posted by monocot on Mar 6, 2012 - 10 answers

Search Automation

Librarianfilter: (How) Can I automate comparing the Fiction Core Collection with our catalog? [more inside]
posted by naturalog on Jan 26, 2012 - 4 answers

Automatic PowerPoint Formatting Approaches?

I need to automate the format of outline-based information into slide presentations, given some simple rules. I can code. I have some ideas. What options am I missing? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Dec 31, 2011 - 4 answers

Is there a way to make this easier? I'll be doing it for the next twenty years or so...

How can I automate email or text notifications to myself that any given employee's certification is a month away from expiring? [more inside]
posted by mireille on Dec 29, 2011 - 15 answers

Version control with automated deployment?

I'd like to start using source control for a website, with automated, one-click (or close to it) deployment. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Dec 18, 2011 - 19 answers

And then there were none.

Knowing full well I will be pilloried for this: We have a library at work (13,000 mostly-technical books and about 100 active periodical subscriptions, 200 users), but the 1 full-time librarian will retire in 2012 and a new hire is not going to happen ... What's next? (please read the questions inside) [more inside]
posted by whatzit on Dec 8, 2011 - 12 answers

Automate this form!

Endless paperwork! How do I automate filling out a .doc form? Challenge: cannot involve downloading/installing any new software [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 on Oct 5, 2011 - 5 answers

How can I create a hand-made digital timer?

I want to create a digital timer to run a motor and activate three solenoids in a particular sequence and for particular durations. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Sep 28, 2011 - 9 answers

Where my army of robots?

I'd like to automate the creation of online exercises on my company's platform (as in: automatically generated matching, multiple choice, highlighting activities). [more inside]
posted by mammary16 on Sep 12, 2011 - 2 answers

trying to automatically click items on a webpage. but how?

trying to automatically click items on a webpage. but how? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Aug 23, 2011 - 8 answers

Need help designing an OSX based solution to help manage my 85 year old Dad

We'd like to use our OSX-populated home network to automate a bulletin board solution for my Dad. If you can suggest OSX-based tools to do this, it'll help me learn OSX and become a better person! (more Mac-y) [more inside]
posted by kalessin on Aug 16, 2011 - 8 answers

tumblr bulk upload

I want to upload about 1300 images to my tumblr queue. I want each image as an individual post. I want to release 4 images a day. I am on a mac. I have a web server if that helps. How can I do this?
posted by Infernarl on Jun 16, 2011 - 7 answers

Using Table data to automatically (re)name worksheets in Excel 2007?

In Excel 2007 can I use data in a column on one spreadsheet to automatically change the name of another spreadsheet in the same workbook? [more inside]
posted by Lentrohamsanin on May 10, 2011 - 2 answers

Automating a Web Head's Up

How I do know when a specific part of a specific page is updated on the web? I want to take advantage of an online sale, so I need to be notified when the deal is available... [more inside]
posted by OneMonkeysUncle on Mar 28, 2011 - 7 answers

Automated Adding to iTunes

OSX automation. Broadly speaking: I have a folder where all my music torrents go. How can I get these automatically added to iTunes. [more inside]
posted by karmaportrait on Feb 27, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me feed my addiction I keep forgetting about!

How do I automatically download a file from a website (specifically, the NYTimes crossword puzzle) every day? [more inside]
posted by naturalog on Jan 14, 2011 - 6 answers

Looking for proposal management solution

Co-workers in charge of preparing RFP and RFQ (Request for Proposal and Quote, respectively) documents for prospective customers are looking for an application to manage their documents and other resources, including creating a comprehensive library of boilerplate / commonly-referenced sections. Ideally would play well with Office 2007 and / or InDesign.
posted by aught on Dec 9, 2010 - 4 answers

"Oh, I uh, thought it just...happened."

What are some examples of processes which many people assume happen automatically (automagically?), but which actually involve a lot of skilled human intervention and/or planning? [more inside]
posted by embrangled on Dec 8, 2010 - 85 answers

Help me automate my processing...

Help me process my files ... automatically! I need a Windows application which will sit in the system tray, and watch for files being dropped in a folder, and do something to them when they're done being written to. (Modification time over an hour ago or something similar.) Difficulty: Need to be able to run arbitrary commands, not just move or copy them to another folder. [more inside]
posted by jferg on Nov 19, 2010 - 3 answers

How can I run semi-complex automated processes (FTP, ZIP etc) on Windows PCs?

How can I run semi-complex automated processes (FTP, ZIP etc) on Windows PCs? [more inside]
posted by Hartster on Nov 2, 2010 - 12 answers

Auto-embiggener script?

Is there a Chrome-compatible userscript that will automatically display the image on a Flickr page in its largest available size?
posted by Joe Beese on Sep 10, 2010 - 0 answers

How can I generate an "average image" from 200 photographs?

How can I generate an "average image" from 200 photographs? [more inside]
posted by so_necessary on Sep 7, 2010 - 17 answers

Home automation for fun

Home automation I'm about to move house and would like to setup a home automation system for fun, learning and utility! [more inside]
posted by dance on Jul 28, 2010 - 2 answers

Torrent Search List Automation?

Is there a program or an add-on which will keep a list of torrents I want to download so as to avoid typing them in individually each time I want to see if they are available? [more inside]
posted by gman on Jul 20, 2010 - 3 answers

Psychofolder replacement

Are there any applications like Psychofolder out there? [more inside]
posted by fizzzzzzzzzzzy on Jul 9, 2010 - 7 answers

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