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Hazel – Performing Tasks On Your Mac So You Don’t Have To

Mac

Hazel – Performing Tasks On Your Mac So You Don’t Have To

I have previously written an entire MUO guide about using Apple’s smart folders and Automator program, but a classic third-party application called Hazel is one of my personal automation assistants that works in the background, requiring no keyboard shortcuts and mouse clicks on my part. Hazel is an automation program that essentially goes into action when files are added or changes are made to designated folders.

06-05-2013
Hazel – Performing Tasks On Your Mac So You Don’t Have To
Schedule A Shutdown In OS X With These Tools [Mac]

Mac

Schedule A Shutdown In OS X With These Tools [Mac]

Computers often pose a dilemma of power consumption. You’d like to do batch jobs like downloading, system repair or back-ups at night, when you aren’t bothered by it. Then again, it seems a bit wasteful to keep your computer running all night long, especially if it should finish its work in an hour or three. Sure, it’s easy that way, but it’s also an incredible waste of energy.

04-03-2013
Schedule A Shutdown In OS X With These Tools [Mac]
Schedule Your Applications For Worry-Free Productivity

Windows

Schedule Your Applications For Worry-Free Productivity

How many people really make good use of scheduling tasks? I used to be obsessed with finding different PC automation applications that could time the launch of all of my critical applications throughout the day, turning my computer into a self-fueled workhorse. In this article I want to walk you through some of the things that I do to automate my day and increase productivity.

02-08-2012
Schedule Your Applications For Worry-Free Productivity
Cuttlefish: Set Up Actions And Reactions To Automate Ubuntu

Linux

Cuttlefish: Set Up Actions And Reactions To Automate Ubuntu

Automate things you’re currently doing yourself. Cuttlefish is a new Ubuntu program that allows you to set simple rules that can save you time. It’s kind of like ifttt, which automates your web apps, but works entirely on your Ubuntu desktop. It’s actually very easy to use, and no programming skills are required to use this GUI-based tool.

26-07-2012
Cuttlefish: Set Up Actions And Reactions To Automate Ubuntu
How To Write A Windows Script To Change Network Settings On The Fly

Windows

How To Write A Windows Script To Change Network Settings On The Fly

In many offices or work environments, you might need to redefine your network settings to connect to different networks. I found myself in this situation often enough, and got so tired of browsing to the network card, opening up the IP settings and making those edits, that I decided it was high time to put together a VB script that would do it all in one or two clicks.

27-04-2012
How To Write A Windows Script To Change Network Settings On The Fly
5 More Awesome IFTTT Recipes You Can Start Using Today

Internet

5 More Awesome IFTTT Recipes You Can Start Using Today

We introduced MakeUseOf readers to ifttt in September of last year. Since then, I’ve made a few posts regarding the web service. Those two articles introduce 18 one-click “recipes” that can supercharge your Internet experience. As ifttt continues to grow, users are contributing new and more useful ideas. Thanks to this web service, anyone and everyone can automate and simplify their most routine tasks, absolutely free.

24-04-2012
5 More Awesome IFTTT Recipes You Can Start Using Today
Easily Automate Bulk Screen Captures With The Free KMPlayer

Internet

Easily Automate Bulk Screen Captures With The Free KMPlayer

As the editor of several TV and movie-based websites, it often comes in handy to be able to grab images from video clips. Now of course there are many ways to do this (using VideoLan’s VLC Player is my favourite) but so far I’ve only found one method in which to grab tens, hundreds or even thousands of captures from a clip with a single mouse click. Fortunately, the results are spectacular.

18-04-2012
Easily Automate Bulk Screen Captures With The Free KMPlayer
How to Get Wget for Your Mac

Mac

How to Get Wget for Your Mac

Macs are great, with their neat UI and a Unix back-end. Sometimes you get the feeling you can do just about anything with them. Until one day you’re trying to do something simple and you realise what you need is just not available natively. In this case, I’m talking about wget, an incredibly useful command-line tool to download whole webpages, including media and as much link depth as you require.

10-02-2012
How to Get Wget for Your Mac
Dropbox Automator Sends Emails, Converts PDFs, Downsizes Files & More

Internet

Dropbox Automator Sends Emails, Converts PDFs, Downsizes Files & More

For many computer users, Dropbox is the quintessential online storage and file sharing service for accessing files between computer devices. If you’re heavy user of Dropbox like I am, you might be interested in a new online service, Dropbox Automator, that can automatically perform all sorts of tasks when you add files to your designated Dropbox folders.

09-01-2012
Dropbox Automator Sends Emails, Converts PDFs, Downsizes Files & More
How To Create A Data Backup Tool With SyncToy & VB Script

Windows

How To Create A Data Backup Tool With SyncToy & VB Script

We’ve covered a lot of backup solutions here at MUO, and all of these solutions are great, but if you’re working in an environment that is wary about free 3rd party software packages, or companies that want to stick with Microsoft products only, then you may find yourself without a good solution. Enter SyncToy and VB Script.

15-12-2011
How To Create A Data Backup Tool With SyncToy & VB Script
How To Automate & Schedule Regular Windows 7 Backups

Windows

How To Automate & Schedule Regular Windows 7 Backups

Far too many PC users fail to properly back up their systems and their data. Because of that, I’ve often found myself in the position of having to tell family and friends that all of the family photos and financial information they’ve stored on their computer is completely lost. There are so many free and inexpensive ways to set up regular backups, that there is really no excuse.

09-11-2011
How To Automate & Schedule Regular Windows 7 Backups
10 Great ifttt Recipes To Automate Your Web Life

Internet

10 Great ifttt Recipes To Automate Your Web Life

We’ve already introduced you to ifttt in a previous post and there have been several improvements made and new channels added to the web application since then. Automation and synchronization are two points that have to be stressed if you’re very involved in social web and GTD. To save you even more time and effort, I’ve assembled a list of 10 of the best Recipes that are currently available.

05-11-2011
10 Great ifttt Recipes To Automate Your Web Life
Write VB Windows Scripts Easier & Faster With VbsEdit

Windows

Write VB Windows Scripts Easier & Faster With VbsEdit

Writing a script to automate various tasks on your system that you would normally have to do manually is something that I’ve become infatuated with recently. Maybe it’s the automation engineer in me, but the idea of having a computer intelligently do what I don’t have time to do is very appealing. That is why I’ve recently started offering some tips on how you can automate your own computer.

04-11-2011
Write VB Windows Scripts Easier & Faster With VbsEdit
5 Ways To Clean Up Your Computer With An Automated Script [Windows]

Windows

5 Ways To Clean Up Your Computer With An Automated Script [Windows]

Computer maintenance isn’t exactly something that most people remember to do. For the general user that isn’t exactly tech savvy, when a computer doesn’t work, they either call for help or simply buy a new computer. If you have family members or friends that are always calling you for help with a slow computer, I’m going to offer you a solution that you can use to stop those phone calls right now.

26-10-2011
5 Ways To Clean Up Your Computer With An Automated Script [Windows]
How to Automate Telnet Commands Using VB Script

Windows

How to Automate Telnet Commands Using VB Script

Writing batch jobs and more recently Windows scripts is an activity that really makes up the bulk of how the large majority of network and system administrators do their jobs faster, and simplify what would otherwise be time-consuming, complex tasks. Using batch jobs, you can automate installing and uninstalling applications and a multitude of other queries and jobs.

13-10-2011
How to Automate Telnet Commands Using VB Script
Automate SMS Replies & Schedule Messages With Auto SMS [Android 2.1+]

Android

Automate SMS Replies & Schedule Messages With Auto SMS [Android 2.1+]

Texting has become a common and very popular method of communicating with friends. Shooting off a quick text is much quicker and easier than calling, and it’s possible to text while distracted by other tasks. Of course, those other tasks sometimes need to take priority. Fortunately, the Auto SMS app for Android makes texting possible even when you’re not available.

19-08-2011
Automate SMS Replies & Schedule Messages With Auto SMS [Android 2.1+]
Schedule Daily Tasks With Tasks Till Dawn [Mac]

Mac Internet

Schedule Daily Tasks With Tasks Till Dawn [Mac]

Let’s say you just want to schedule a few little daily or weekly tasks on your Mac and you don’t feel like hauling out Automator or figuring out a script in AppleScript. Well, a small utility called Task Till Dawn might well do the trick. You can use Task Till Dawn to set up and run daily tasks for automatically opening files or scheduling iTunes to download the newest Podcast at a specified time.

08-08-2011
Schedule Daily Tasks With Tasks Till Dawn [Mac]
Automatically Transfer Your Instagram Photos to Your Facebook Account Using InstaFB

Internet

Automatically Transfer Your Instagram Photos to Your Facebook Account Using InstaFB

One of the most popular photo sharing apps is Instagram. It combines the ability to take and share candid snapshots to the world and the wide range of unique image filters. Unfortunately, Instagram is only available for the iPhone and other iOS devices with a camera. For those who really love to share, the Instagram world might not be big enough.

03-08-2011
Automatically Transfer Your Instagram Photos to Your Facebook Account Using InstaFB
How to Automatically Keep Windows 7 Clean of Obsolete Files

Windows

How to Automatically Keep Windows 7 Clean of Obsolete Files

Windows has a way of collecting virtual dust, a circumstance that has not changed considerably in Windows 7. These obsolete files take up space and contribute to hard drive fragmentation. While neither of this is a big issue, it is an annoyance, one that you can easily take care of.

13-07-2011
How to Automatically Keep Windows 7 Clean of Obsolete Files
Getting Started with the Internet of Things eBook [Giveaway]

Internet

Getting Started with the Internet of Things eBook [Giveaway]

How cool would it be if your computer could talk to your sprinkler system and tell it to water your plants if the past few days have been really hot according to Weather.com? It would be friggin’ awesome! And you can actually make this happen, if you know the bits and bobs involved and have a knack for programming.

This week, we’ll be giving away 25 copies of Getting Started with the Internet of Things by Cuno Pfister from O’Reilly Media. Jump in for a quick description of the book and join the giveaway!

11-07-2011
Getting Started with the Internet of Things eBook [Giveaway]
How To Turn Off GPS In Private Places Using Tasker [Android]

Android

How To Turn Off GPS In Private Places Using Tasker [Android]

With the plethora of amazing gadgets people own these days, it’s really easy to overlook privacy concerns which, upon reflection, are quite obvious. One of the simplest of these is geotagging photos. While it’s an incredibly handy tool for sight-seeing and worldwide data collection, it can be a pretty serious privacy threat.

30-06-2011
How To Turn Off GPS In Private Places Using Tasker [Android]
Tasker For Android: A Mobile App That Caters to Your Every Whim

Android

Tasker For Android: A Mobile App That Caters to Your Every Whim

When it comes to device automation, there’s just one 900-lb gorilla in the Android space, and that’s Tasker. True, Llama is an awesome free automation app, but it doesn’t aim for Tasker’s full power. Tasker is a paid app (it costs UK £3.99), so we’ve never really covered it in detail. Now the time has come to share with you one of the absolute best Android apps on the Market.

23-06-2011
Tasker For Android: A Mobile App That Caters to Your Every Whim