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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

Autoprinting a PDF from a Broswer

I'm working with a cloud-based application (NetSuite) where we need to quickly print a document from the broswer. Right now it's taking too many clicks to get the job done. I'm wondering if there are any scripting/plug-in options we can use to create an auto-print solution. [more inside]
posted by slogger on Jun 16, 2014 - 3 answers

Script or hack to show PDF from /YYYY/MM/DD/*.pdf URL?

I just noticed that the NYT offers a PDF version of its print front page, which I'd like to be able to access without going through the extra clicks on the website. The file always has the same name as is located in a simple nested date format — but I have no idea how to script something to replace that every day in a new tab or add it to Rainmeter or the like. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront on May 15, 2014 - 8 answers

Complex conditional text: compare values, spit out sentences

I have a project where I am tasked with presenting many data points, and need to have a comparative sentence or two before each section featuring the highlights of the data. "In this section, X is the highest value!" [more inside]
posted by BleachBypass on Apr 4, 2014 - 4 answers

How can I merge bulleted lists in Word spread across multiple files?

Is there a software tool or script for Word (2003 or 2010) that will allow me to combine bulleted lists spread out over multiple files, such that the sub-bullets with the same parent all show up together in one file? [more inside]
posted by ArgentCorvid on Oct 24, 2013 - 2 answers

Can I do it in HTML learned in 1998?

I need either an extremely specific browser add on or a computer script that does a strange and complicated (??) thing. I'd rather download a solution, but if someone can point me to a scripting language that will eventually do what I need it to I am willing to learn. [more inside]
posted by AmandaA on Aug 13, 2013 - 23 answers

Looking for a user script to improve the tumblr dashboard: 5-6 columns?

I'm hoping to find a user script for Tumblr that will go from the default 1 column layout to something that has 5-6 columns to take advantage of my widescreen monitor. I've found a userscript that gets partway there ("minimal three column layout"), but it suppresses the Like & Repost buttons. I've tried modifying it to have 5 columns instead of three, but I don't know java for beans. Would someone in the hivemind be able to tweak this appropriately, or know another way to get a better layout?
posted by Decimask on Jul 14, 2013 - 2 answers

What should I bid to implement a fairly simple Python scheduling system?

Tomorrow morning I'm meeting with someone to talk about implementing a local scheduling/database application. Most everything I know about the project suggests it's something I could do in my sleep. Thing is, I desperately need the money, I don't know how much to "bid," and I have a long history of undervaluing my work. How much should I ask for? [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Jun 10, 2013 - 21 answers

Using grep to extract x characters of text after a predictable pattern

I'm trying to work out how to use something like grep or sed or awk (or maybe even some Perl) to extract a string of characters which appears in a predictable place in a series of text files. Help/advice/tutorials very welcome! [more inside]
posted by infinitejones on Mar 15, 2013 - 8 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

R Statistical Computing for Semi-Dummies?

StatFilter: Would anybody be able to recommend a good introduction to the statistical computing language "R" that a reasonably quantitatively-adept psychologist might be able to work through on his own? Something like a step-by-step book or textbook with exercises would be great to help me become more fluent in R. (My colleagues at work who use R are primarily computer scientists who either first learned MatLab or are brilliant autodidacts when it comes to learning different scripting languages, and thus don't have any suggestions; Googling has mostly proferred a somewhat obscurely structured guide from the R authors and lots of invocations to just learn on my own, somehow...). I've become familiar with how to do many individually useful tasks in data structuring and analysis, but I feel a bit like a very high-functioning tourist who has learned a lot of phrases to get around but who would be lost and mugged in an alleyway if I strayed off the beaten path.
posted by Keter on Feb 7, 2013 - 16 answers

Multiple gpg keyid search (script?)

I have a file listing all my long keyID's for GPG and want to lookup the emails associated with these. [more inside]
posted by jago25_98 on Jan 13, 2013 - 3 answers

Unattended program installation options in a home context?

I'd like to automate installation of windows programs. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Dec 26, 2012 - 5 answers

Getting tired of mandatory OCD

An annoying but necessary part of my job is logging into a company website and checking to see if a number has gone up. If it has gone up, I start working on stuff to make the number go down. Checking the website every five seconds gets boring really fast and really cuts into the time I spend working on other things. Does anyone know of some programs out there that will automate this checking and notify me if the number has gone up? More deets inside! [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 on Sep 5, 2012 - 11 answers

Simplify the kids' computer experience

I want to make an elementary school computer lab just work, magically if possible. I am Windows deficient and could use guidance. [more inside]
posted by argybarg on Jul 5, 2012 - 4 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

Best way to bring my programming to the next level?

So I've used Python here and there to solve system administration tasks and create some small web applications (again to solve any issue related to work). Living in the sys admin world, I typically turn to Bash. Bash because I know it well and I can throw out a solution quickly. Problem is I'm starting to interview more and more for "DevOps" positions, what's the best and fastest way to bring my Python (or insert language) abilities up a notch? I admit that I typically write in Python with one screen trained on the library docs. I've got a solid understanding of data and control structures. I thought maybe coming up with a weekend project might help but I'd like to hear other people's thoughts. Reading good code always helps, but doing is always better for me. I guess the real question is creating something that does x always makes you understand a language at a deeper level (if such thing exists).
posted by snuffaluffagus on Mar 23, 2012 - 11 answers

Split and broadcast video with VLC

VLC scripting help! I'd like to take the incoming video from a camera and split it into two feeds, where the first leg is broadcast over the LAN and the second leg is chroma keyed, then broadcast over the internet. I can't seem to figure out how to capture leg2, though. [more inside]
posted by eamondaly on Mar 16, 2012 - 2 answers

How to best modfy 800 Thunderbird Prefs.js files?

We are doing a campus wide migration to gmail, and that means I have a few hundred thunderbird users who need their settings changed to point to a new imap server (and change their username to username@foo.edu). What is the best way to get this done? [more inside]
posted by mrzarquon on Nov 30, 2011 - 8 answers

Smartphone choices: iPhone vs. Nexus

I have conflicting needs driving me towards either the new Nexus phone or an iPhone 4S. Which will be better? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore on Oct 25, 2011 - 13 answers

Scripting exercises and tech interview theory?

Help me prep as an applicant in an imaginary interview for a junior programming position centered around Linux shell scripts, PHP, and Python, with an emphasis on processing text and URLs (availability, routing, etc). [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Oct 17, 2011 - 10 answers

Help me fix my nifty webapp

Help me repair or replace this nifty instrument availability web app on my facility's website. [more inside]
posted by sararah on Jul 7, 2011 - 8 answers

Editable, sortable JS-based table script?

I'm looking for a (mostly) pre-made sortable, editable table script that hooks into a mySQL database. [more inside]
posted by omnipotentq on Jun 6, 2011 - 8 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

Can I write a backup script for OSX that will automate to S3?

Is there a way to build an automated cloud backup job blending OS X and Amazon S3? [more inside]
posted by rocketman on Mar 2, 2011 - 17 answers

Folder logic

Please help me create a dated folder (Windows 7). [more inside]
posted by xiaolongbao on Mar 2, 2011 - 5 answers

How to create multiple local users on multiple remote servers?

Our company has 5 Windows 2008 Standard (non-R2) servers - none of them set up on AD. I have to create usernames individually each time for each one of them when we have new employees. What would be the best avenue to pursue in order to make this process less terrible? [more inside]
posted by Mali on Feb 8, 2011 - 13 answers

What to learn next?

What to do next? I've been working in software testing for the past 15 years, currently in management and less hands on than I am used to be. I'm starting to realize I am happier in a more hands on role and would like to develop some scripting skills. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 2, 2010 - 2 answers

How Do I Extract Multiple Data and Put Them into CSV Format?

Extract Multiple Data (email, names, dates, and IDs) from a Huge Messy Text File, and Sort Them into a CSV: How do I do this? I've read this on extracting emails, but I can't figure out how to do this with several different data points. [more inside]
posted by darth_tedious on Oct 19, 2010 - 19 answers

I know what you did between 14-18, computer.

I'm looking for an osx app which would periodically check a folder on a remote WebDAV volume and download anything which has appeared on the same day. [more inside]
posted by monocultured on Sep 3, 2010 - 4 answers

Scripting events on a jailbroken iPod

I have a jailbroken iPod with iOS 4. I would like to run a shell script when the device wakes from sleep, or when the wifi interface connects to a certain SSID. What can I use?
posted by harlan on Aug 29, 2010 - 2 answers

Help me write a script to group files in windows.

Help me write a script to group some selected files in windows. [more inside]
posted by volpe on Jul 30, 2010 - 6 answers

Interrupting itunes playback - how to do it automagically

I want to interrupt a playing itunes stream with another program's output. I already have many pieces in place, but I need to trigger itunes to shaddap. How to do? [more inside]
posted by disclaimer on Jul 21, 2010 - 7 answers

can I have my iphone execute scripts?

can I have my iphone execute scripts? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Jul 12, 2010 - 5 answers

Send files to a PHP app via email?

I'm not a PHP expert, but I'm working on a simple photo gallery application, and I'd like to add the ability to send it files via email. I know of other products that have this feature, but in my Googling I haven't been able to find any information on how to get started. Might you have any info?
posted by crickets on Jul 9, 2010 - 12 answers

How do I create a search feature for my website that searches only the meta tags of my pages

How do I create a search feature for my website that searches only the meta tags of my pages and displays a list of pages where the search terms appear in the meta tags? In other words, how do I make my site searchable by tag?
posted by markcmyers on Jun 25, 2010 - 6 answers

Is there a free/cheap execution/debugging environment for Visual Basic?

I've been doing COM scripting for about two years, using a Sax-basic scripting application. It was a great app. It allowed line-by-line code execution, error reporting, and debug messages. I want to start using real VBS so I can port my widgets to a wider platform. I know I can write a script app in notepad and just run it with windows script host, but there's no real debugging there. Is there any free (or cheap) application that allows you to run VB script in a controlled way? I'd rather not plunk down a month's rent for Visual Studio if I can help it.
posted by clarknova on Jun 3, 2010 - 3 answers

Step Backwards in Photoshop, Using Javascript

How do I access the previous history state in Javascript for Photoshop? [more inside]
posted by lore on Jun 2, 2010 - 1 answer

Help with addressing itunes buttons with applescript.

In iTunes 9.1, what is the applescript button number for the "Save Genius Playlist" button? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom on May 28, 2010 - 3 answers

Word I find software that can get to the root of this problem?

How do I obtain a list of all words associated with a list of word roots / stems? [more inside]
posted by hooves on May 13, 2010 - 6 answers

Can you help me find/write an AppleScript to increase/decrease the quote level of selected text?

I'd like an ApplesScript that will let me increase or decrease the quote level of text that I've selected (like using ⌘' and ⌥⌘' in Mail). [more inside]
posted by davextreme on Jan 21, 2010 - 4 answers

Building a sculpture of a sound

How can I turn a waveform graph of an audio clip into a string of numbers describing the graph? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Jan 18, 2010 - 17 answers

Gimme Some Folder Action

In OSX, say you have a folder that is often populated with subfolders containing RAR archives spanning multiple files named either in a format like filename.rar, filename.r00, ... filename.r10 or filename01.rar, filename02.rar, .. filename10.rar. How would you create a folder action, be it mostly Automator, Shell or Actionscript or any other tool based, that would automatically extract the contents of these archives once (and only once) when they are added?
posted by ejoey on Jan 15, 2010 - 3 answers

Column-oriented CSV in Python?

Is there a simple, elegant way to iterate over columns in CSV files using Python? [more inside]
posted by Kadin2048 on Jan 11, 2010 - 13 answers

How to merge data fields into a plain text file?

Is there some way to do a "mail merge" type operation on plain text, xml or html files without using a word processor? [more inside]
posted by geekgirl397 on Nov 25, 2009 - 11 answers

MS Outlook: scheduling VBA scripts?

Using Outlook 2007 on windows XP, how do I run a (VBA) script either daily, or on opening the application? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom on Nov 10, 2009 - 4 answers

PowerShell: recursive processing of all files and folders without OutOfMemory exception?

I need to use a PowerShell script to scan through a large amount of files and folders for certain security permissions. The issue is that it seems that the "Get-ChildItem" function insists on shoving the whole folder and file structure in memory. Since the drive has over a million files in over 30,000 folders, the script runs for 30 minutes, then throws out a System.OutofMemoryException without doing anything else. [more inside]
posted by splice on Oct 8, 2009 - 15 answers

DAW scripting

What tools and/or DAW software do I need to automate DAW actions through scripts? [more inside]
posted by vanar sena on Sep 17, 2009 - 11 answers

ExcelFilter: Between Day 1 and Day 90, I had how many of which?

How can I count certain things in a range of cells in Excel that fall between two dates? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Sep 2, 2009 - 5 answers

Please help me make many documents much shorter.

How can I access the "AutoSummary" feature of Microsoft Word progammatically to summarize many documents at once? Alternatively, what other programs are there that will summarize documents that can be accessed programmatically? If this isn't the right place to ask, where is? [more inside]
posted by procrastination on Jul 29, 2009 - 1 answer

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