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How to implement simple, non-PHP/Perl/MySQL content management?

Simple content management for someone with server limitations: I'd like to find the easiest way to organize abstracts of articles, but most of the solutions I've found don't seem to be possible. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by padjet1 on Sep 14, 2006 - 6 answers

Simple Windows Script to Copy a File in Background??

Anyone on MetaFilter any good at writing Windows Scripting Language (VBScript) scripts? I am a total nonprogrammer but need a simple task done, which is copying a file from one directory to another (on a Win XP) system either (a) every twenty minutes, or better still (b) after checking to see if the archive bit on the file has been reset, indicating that it has been changed since the last filecopy. This should run as a background script without any user intervention or evidence that it is happening, if possible. [more inside]
posted by emg on Aug 19, 2006 - 3 answers

How to make this automator action?

Tearing my hair out over automator and applescript. [more inside]
posted by Tlogmer on Jun 30, 2006 - 8 answers

How to extract metadata about emails?

What's the easiest way to extra data about my emails? It's for the purposes of making a visualization along similar lines to Mountain. [more inside]
posted by bruceyeah on May 15, 2006 - 7 answers

How do I talk to Apple's Bluetooth driver?

I want to script the "Turn Bluetooth (On|Off)" action in OSX. I don't know how. There's just a little bit... [more inside]
posted by majick on Apr 22, 2006 - 6 answers

Can my map talk to my other map?

I need help on learning fancy new web coding techniques [more inside]
posted by forforf on Apr 14, 2006 - 13 answers

Automatically PDF a website?

How can I automate printing a complete website to PDF?

I need to be able to show what the site looked like on any given date. The site is a sales tool and therefore requires user input on every page, so simply spidering the site is not adequate.

Because the site requires user input all over the place, I'd somehow need to supply the tool with data so it could be fully automated.

Are there tools out there that could do this?

Note: It doesn't necessarily have to be output to PDF, just something manageable and static.
posted by gfroese on Mar 29, 2006 - 8 answers

How to determine a web visitor's country of origin?

Is there an easy, free way for me to figure out which country a website visitor is coming from? Or more specifically, if a user is not in the US? [more inside]
posted by gramcracker on Mar 13, 2006 - 9 answers

Script-fu for arbitrary selectable text across applications. Possibilites?

Script-fu for arbitary text: Across applications (but especially in text editors) I want to be able to (a) right click on a bit of selected text (b) have the usual contextual menu pop up upon doing so, but with options to (c) send said text to an arbitrary script (perl, python, whatever) and (d) potentially have the selected text replaced by script results, if the context is right. What are my best options for both the Mac and Windows? [more inside]
posted by namespan on Feb 25, 2006 - 10 answers

Using Quicksilver to run a shell script in the current Terminal window.

Quicksilver / OS X shell junkies: How can I have Quicksilver run a shell script in the current (or a particular) terminal window? Alternately, how can I pipe the output of the script to a particular terminal window? [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit on Feb 22, 2006 - 11 answers

how do you automate?

I have loads of work. I dont want to do it no more (than once) With batch files, there are things that i could automate right now, but i want to get more complex, with loops and ifs and error handling and all the rest. What would be the most beneficial short term / long term routes, what do you do? [more inside]
posted by ugrndhg on Jan 24, 2006 - 18 answers

Autodiscovery of RSS feeds

I want to take my bookmarks.html file generated by firefox and run it through a script that checks for rss feeds for the pages and returns the list of rss feeds in a file. Is anyone familiar with a script that can do this? I've been googling for it for a day or two and can't find what I'm looking for.
posted by TuxHeDoh on Jan 7, 2006 - 11 answers

How do I script removal of the head and tail of a file up to and after given comments?

Given BBEdit (or sed) and a file of HTML, how can I script the deletion of all text up to a given comment tag, skip over deleting the part of the file I want to keep, then resume deletion of contents after the next occurrence of a given comment tag? [more inside]
posted by mph on Jan 7, 2006 - 7 answers

Wahhhh, don't let it die!! :'(

How do I convince someone to fully "hand over" (to the public, not to me specificallY) a now dead, open source but not totally "open licensed" project. Furthermore, how do I find people who might want to work on its revival? [more inside]
posted by twiggy on Dec 29, 2005 - 6 answers

Tailing a remote logfile without opening an SSH connection?

How can I tail a remote logfile without actually opening up an SSH connection each time? [more inside]
posted by neilkod on Dec 27, 2005 - 13 answers

Please help me get my head around multidimensional arrays in PHP.

Please help me get my head around multidimensional arrays in PHP. [more inside]
posted by willnot on Nov 23, 2005 - 20 answers

Which scripting language to learn?

Looking to learn a scripting language. Which? [more inside]
posted by jwadhams on Nov 4, 2005 - 38 answers

Merge mp3s with PHP?

How can I merge multiple MP3s into a single MP3 using a web scripting language such as PHP, ASP.NET, etc.? [more inside]
posted by oissubke on Jul 18, 2005 - 9 answers

Script to provide Intellitext-style functionality

Are there any free or extremely cheap packages that do something like what Intellitext does? Please do not kill me, I'm not really evil. [more inside]
posted by Hildago on Jul 14, 2005 - 1 answer

JavaScript only RSS parser?

I wasted a lot of time the other day trying to reinvent the wheel. I wanted to write a web-based RSS parser. [more inside]
posted by jpburns on Jun 17, 2005 - 9 answers

Running javascript from within cgi-Script

I use a free cgi mailing list script that generates a html template for the admin interface and user feedback for sign-up. The site i am implementing it on today has some basic preload/rollover javascript within the HEAD of the HTML document, but the javascript aint working on the template the cgi outputs. How do i need to format the javascript so that it works from the cgi-script? [more inside]
posted by elphTeq on Jun 15, 2005 - 3 answers

Windows Batch File - Run Minimized?

I've a batch file for automatically uploading a file from my computer to my webspace. The batch file does it's job perfectly but I'm having problems automating the running of the batch file. I've set up a scheduled task to run the file but the problem is that even with the batch file settings changed to 'Run Minimized' the scheduled task still runs maximised and takes over my whole screen. Since I have the file set to run every 10 minutes this is a problem. Anybody have any solutions?
posted by daveirl on May 22, 2005 - 5 answers

DHTML-ish function question...

I keep trying to come up with a generalized way to scale a webpage image in a gradual fashion using JavaScript. I can do it in a specific way (with one hard-coded named image); it's the generalized form (that would work with any rolled-over image) that's giving me fits... [more inside]
posted by jpburns on Apr 13, 2005 - 10 answers

Automating USB pen drive copying

So I have a big conference coming up and we’re considering giving each attendee a usb-drive with all the presentations on. The problem is that if I don’t find a way to automate the copying of files I have to do it manually by myself! (+) [more inside]
posted by bering on Feb 16, 2005 - 18 answers

Php session help requested

Php session help requested. [MI] [more inside]
posted by Scottk on Feb 13, 2005 - 9 answers

Tracking employee schedules with Excel?

Excel formula question. Using Excel as an employee scheduler and need to help trying to create a formula for tracking. [more inside]
posted by cyniczny on Feb 1, 2005 - 3 answers

PHP Refresh Scripts: Fork

Ok, so I have a php script that updates a txt file on my server with data pulled from an rss feed on Scrobbler. I have it set to refresh the feed when a user accesses a page on my site, and the local txt file is stale. There's (obviously) a noticeable lag accessing this page when the feed is being refreshed. My question: Is there a way to call the refresh script such that it would be its own process, independent of my pagebuilding script.
posted by crumbly on Jan 18, 2005 - 6 answers


I'm developing a form Adobe Acrobat which, when submitting, calls a php script, which performs an INSERT into a MySQL database, then comes back with a "Thank you" web page. The script is called just fine and the INSERT works, but the browser hangs on the Thank You page. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by jpoulos on Jan 6, 2005 - 3 answers

Graphical images script

I am looking for a simple script (perl,php,whatever) or even binary utility that can programatically render graphical images in this manner: take XYZ font (true-type/postscript/whatever) and render an image with the text ABC.

Does such a thing exist?
posted by xmutex on Nov 12, 2004 - 13 answers

Online introduction to Perl Unix scripting?

Looking for a reasonably quick introduction to Perl Unix scripting, preferably online.
posted by Krrrlson on Nov 4, 2004 - 7 answers

PHP / MySQL Q: where can I get a script to scan contents of page when it loads and replace a certain value with a string of text?

PHP / MySQL Q: Is there anywhere I can get a script that will scan the contents of a page when it loads and replace a certain value with a string of text? {more} [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Oct 4, 2004 - 9 answers

I'm getting error messages when trying to create or clear semaphores in perl on linux.

Perl, semaphores, linux, problems [mi] [more inside]
posted by pissfactory on Oct 4, 2004 - 5 answers

video stream automation

I'm looking for a video stream automation application, preferably open-source but I'm interesting in any suggestions. More than a playlist, less than a rack full of industry-standard hardware. For example, there is the popular SAM2 for audio which does scheduling, scripting, weighting, etc. Is there anything like this out there for the prosumer-level video broadcaster? [more inside]
posted by travis vocino on Sep 24, 2004 - 0 answers

What are some computer languages for describing/generating graphics?

What are some computer languages for describing/generating graphics? [more inside]
posted by freebird on Sep 10, 2004 - 34 answers

Microsoft Script Debugger

Microsoft Script Debugger - Has anyone actually gotten this thing to work properly? I've got some JavaScript (that I didn't write) that is completely bisbehaving in IE (although it produces no errors...it works fine in FireFox, so my usual line of attack doesn't work). I've used the View | Script Debugger | Break at Next Statement and then refreshed the page. It opens the debugger app but doesn't open any source files and it most certainly doesn't break. Has anyone seen this behavior and overcome it?
posted by mmascolino on Aug 10, 2004 - 4 answers


Okay three gifts. (inside). But first, could you help me find a very basic language program that will allow me to ..........10 Print"kill" 20 Goto 10 on my pc xp pro machine. [more inside]
posted by JohnR on Jun 6, 2004 - 15 answers

How do I get Dean Allen's Refer to show destination hostnames as well as $REQUEST_URI?

How do I get Dean Allen's Refer to show destination hostnames as well as $REQUEST_URI? [more inside]
posted by brownpau on Mar 8, 2004 - 2 answers

Collecting everything for a web page into one file that's browsable?

Is there a way to embed images, applets, or anything that is linked in a web page so that you have a one file entity?

I'm thinking along the lines of a PDF, or a Word .doc, but you get the ability to view this document in a web browser (without plugins) edit it in a text editor, and add functionality via scripting. You could lock it and send it so that it can't be changed, but only viewable. (Think mock-up, without hosting a dev website).

If it doesn't exist, would something like it be practical?
posted by grefo on Feb 17, 2004 - 7 answers

I'm having some trouble generating a custom e-mail reminder for certain events in Applescript.

Applescript help, please. I'm trying to generate a custom e-mail reminder for certain events [MI] [more inside]
posted by adamrice on Feb 6, 2004 - 4 answers

What scripting languages and/or CMSes are most important to learn in a library environment?

Library/information science question(s): My code-fearful friend succeeded in getting through library school without exposure to more than basic HTML. I now have him on a diet of Dreamweaver and XHTML, with a sprinkling of GoLive. He's wondering about next steps: for someone who wants to be well-equipped to work in an academic, medical, legal, or similar library or archive (with web development as part of his job, rather than the focus of it), what scripting language(s) and/or content-management systems are most important to learn? Is the library world fragmented in this regard, or is there a dominant technology? What would be a logical entry vector into this world for someone without a comp-sci bone in his body (in terms of languages/systems, and specific learning resources)?[no more inside]
posted by stonerose on Jan 22, 2004 - 6 answers

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