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    How to Automate Anything with IFTTTIfttt preview
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    Setting Up an SSH KeySshpreview
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    Cutting a Swathe Through Your Gmail Using Keyboard MacrosGmailhi
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    Effortless Paperless Nirvana With Mail, Hazel and EvernotePaperlessnirvana large
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    How to Automate Tasks With ServicesSettings retina
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    Advanced Search and Replace With RegExRegex400
    It's time for you to learn Regular Expressions. These impenetrable codes will become your search and replace superpower that can prevent you from ever having to do repetitive manual text changes again. I'll be starting at the very beginning and illustrating three common use case examples. These will help you understand just how easy it is to get your head around regex and why it is so powerful. 1. I'll change every instance of 'Dept. of Defence' with 'Defence Department' 2. I'll change sets of double apostrophes with left and right quotation marks. 3. I'll rename a mish-mash of different image files into a coherent list. These three, real-world examples demonstrate the true power of regular expressions in search and replace. You will soon be manipulating text like magic!Read More…
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    Creating an AppleScript to Switch Between Multiple iTunes AccountsItunes account switch preview2x
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    Automating Tasks With ServicesAutomator400
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    Continuing along in our ongoing series of AppleScript articles, today we're going to learn about the power of repeat loops, which can save you tons of effort by automating repeating tasks and groups of commands. After you learn to use repeats, you'll be able to significantly cut down on the amount of work it takes to automate tasks, which translates to faster, easier coding and higher productivity.Read More…
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