Apple Distinguished Educator Applications Open
We just got a few new beautiful MacBook Pros in our office. I hated to see their desktops get all junked up like the old computers were- some people cover every inch of desktop until files overlap. So to amuse myself and to play around with Automator I decided I’d make something that makes a folder for the current date in your Documents folder takes all the crap off your desktop and puts it there then deletes all the stuff on your desktop It took about 30 minutes to do, mainly because I couldn’t get the contents of the Finder to get refreshed before it selected what to delete It’d have been faster to do in AppleScript despite my serious deficiencies there as well.. So I’d watch it copy to the right folder but then it’d erase the desktop and the contents of the Documents folder. It was strange but I eventually just broke the action into two parts I’d be interested to hear smarter solutions. It’s my first time using Automator so constructive criticism is welcome. I’m running 10.5.6 so I’ll say it works on that if both the app files are in the Applications folder and assuming your Documents folder is in the normal location. I put it in my Dock with a soap icon from Fight Club. […]
If you use a Mac it is now really easy to make your own custom widgets. Dashcode (beta- so no promises) is a neat little WYSIWYG that makes widget construction quick and easy. You can make all of the default widgets above or make your own from scratch. It’s free to download once you join the Apple Developer’s Connection (which is free but requires you to give some information). Not a bad deal. Educationally, it’d be a fun way to do a number of things. An easy intro to RSS for staff and/or students but with you in control Countdown timers for Spring Break, exams etc. An upcoming events widget for your school with sports, meetings etc. A staffdev feed of recommended articles and posts I realize these are all things you could do easily other ways (and in some cases with greater ease and flexibility).Â The thing is widgets will often succeed where you would fail utterly with a less “cool” or “fun” option. Our school has widget mania so I’m going to try to tap in. If you’d like a widget for BionicTeaching’s rss feed click here. Yeah, I know it’s probably useless for the majority of you but like I said- It’s all about the widgets baby.
Let me preface this with the fact that I am not a programmer (knowing laughs from anyone who is) and I managed to write this using AppleScript. It is a little scary looking but really isn’t that bad. If you’ve got a Mac, give it a shot! The Issue It is always a hassle for me to stop in the middle of writing a post to log on to a server and upload files that I need to link to. I also have server space in several locations so remembering that ~ in one or that I’m woodward_t in the other was a hassle. So . . . Here’s a little AppleScript I wrote to help myself out. It’s a droplet (you drag files onto it to make it work) that I leave on my desktop. It uploads the file to the server (I have three, one for each server) and puts the URL to that file on my clipboard so I can then paste directly into the post. Stuff to keep in mind- I tried to comment (denoted by –) it up so you could see clearly what was going on. All things you’ll have to change are in all caps. It’ll handle multiple files but it’d only give you the URL of the last one that uploads. If […]