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Micro.blog Posts Moved Out of Your 40Tech RSS Feed (and into Their Own Feed)

My foray into micro.blog is a work in progress. Micro.blog is a service that allows you to publish Twitter-like updates to your own site, but also have them appear in a familiar timeline interface at micro.blog. The idea is that you can own your content.

Since first going live with micro.blog, all my micro.blog posts have resided on the front page of 40Tech and in the main RSS feed, as well as at micro.blog. To help those who didn’t want to see those posts in their feed, I set up a feed to let you exclude those posts.

It’s time for some more tweaking. I realized I was refraining from posting to micro.blog because I didn’t want more trivial items to show up on the main page at 40Tech and in the main RSS feed. To remove that friction, I’ve removed the micro.blog posts from the home page at 40Tech, and from the RSS feed. You can still see all the micro.blog costs in their own section of the site. They also have their own RSS feed. Those who want to get all the content from 40Tech should subscribe to both the main feed and the micro.blog feed. If you’re on micro.blog, you can also follow me there. Of course, you can still follow me on Twitter.

Automatically Save Mail Attachments Using Automator and Keyboard Maestro

I have set up my firm’s case management system to email me three reports every Sunday evening. These reports arrive as attachments to email. For several months, I’ve been coming in on Monday morning and dragging those reports out of Mail and into Unclutter, which I keep in my Mac menu bar so I have easy access to certain files. I recently decided I would automate this process.

Looking around online, I found several AppleScripts purporting to accomplish this, but I wanted to see if I could accomplish this with Keyboard Maestro. I ended up doing it with Keyboard Maestro and Automator.

My Automator workflow, as depicted below, is pretty simple. It finds any email in my inbox that meets two conditions:

  1. The subject of the email must begin with words that are specific to the report emails; and

  2. The emails must have been sent in the last two days.

If those conditions are met, Automator gets the attachments from those messages and saves those attachments into the same Dropbox folder used by Unclutter to hold files. (I don’t know if I actually need the second step in the workflow).

Automator Mail Attachmentn Workflow

Then it was simply a matter of setting up a Keyboard Maestro macro that would launch the Automator workflow every Monday before I arrived at the office.

Keyboard Maestro trigger for Automator

The final step for me was to create a rule in Hazel to monitor Unclutter, and clean out old reports every week.

Hazel rule to clean out reports

Caveat: I just set up this system yesterday, and forced it to run out of its normal schedule. It worked fine. I’ll see this Sunday evening whether it runs on the schedule I designated.

Here are links to the Automator workflow and Keyboard Maestro macro:

Automator workflow

Keyboard Maestro macro

Hey, things:/// →

 From the Cultured Code blog:

Things 3.4 has just hit the store with three fantastic new features: Linking to Things, Powerful Automation, and Handover from other apps – all made possible by our brand new Things URLs.

Wow. From hooking Things into Drafts, Workflow, Launcher, Mindnode, and more, the possibilities of this are exciting. Things used to be the app that was beautiful, but not as powerful as OmniFocus. Now . . . we’ll have to see after everyone has played with these new features for a while. I’ve been working on a video on using Things and DEVONthink together. This might require me to rework a few things.

DEVONthink Tuesday Tip: Use Workspaces →

Jim Neumann writing for Devontech’s Devonian Times blog:

Workspaces save the content and positions of all open windows so that you can restore them later. This is ideal if you are working with the same set of windows over and over again. Save these windows as a workspace and recall them whenever you need them again.

DEVONthink is one of those apps where you really could discover a new feature almost every day, if you wanted to. I’ve been using DEVONthink for a few years now, and was completely unaware of the workspaces feature. Although I mostly use the widescreen four pane view (with my PDF or file displayed in the far right pane), workspaces could be handy for different workflows. One that comes to mind is when you need several items on the screen at once.

Lawyers Can’t Secretly Track Emails, Illinois Bar Says →

Mindy L. Rattan writing for Big Law Business:

Bar panels in at least four jurisdictions now say it is unethical to use “web bugs” or other email tracking software to monitor how and when recipients review and circulate emails and other electronic documents.

With some email apps offering read receipts, email tracking is pretty easy for anyone to set up. Many people, lawyers included, probably enable it without second thought. Something to have on your radar. UPDATE: In Illinois at least, certain types of read receipts are acceptable.

Hat tip to David Roth for posting a link to the story on Twitter.