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Random Mouse Distance in Keyboard Maestro

Here’s one way to choose a random item in a select list using just mouse movements and a random number. If you’re trying to do this in a browser there are cleaner ways to do it (javascript, chrome/safari actions, etc.), but

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Use Keyboard Maestro to Hide Instead of Close an Application

I use SnagIt to capture screenshots. The editor window that appears after you capture takes a few seconds to open if the application isn’t running. I realized that, while the capture tools remain open, the editor goes away when I

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Launch Center Pro actions for Day One

Here are my Launch Center Pro actions for the Day One app on iOS. I’m not here to teach you how to use Launch Center Pro (a huge topic), so if you need to learn that I suggest a lot

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Keyboard Maestro “Insert text by pasting” Quick Tip

“Insert text by pasting” is faster than “Insert text by typing” (which is rarely necessary in my experience). Unfortunately, using the paste method results in unwanted junk in your clipboard (unless of course this is also your intention). You can insert by

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Installing ElasticSearch on Webfaction

You read everywhere that setting up and running elasticsearch is very simple. In fact, it is. There are some hurdles to clear when you’re setting it up on Webfaction, however. These instructions will hopefully provide some guidance.

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Automatic Dropshadow and Border on Mac OS X Screenshots

If you’re like me, you take lots of screenshots. I probably average 20 a day. Primarily I use CMD-SHIFT-4 and drag a box around what I want to capture. The result is exactly what I highlighted. Here’s an example: That

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Automatic Screenshots of Drupal Content

In an earlier post I recommended webkit2png for automatically screenshotting a list of URLs. A lot of time has passed since that post, and I’ve discovered a more robust tool. Pageres is incredible, and it has a CLI and an api. I’ll

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Alfred Workflow – PERT Calculator

Using Alfred? Ever have to estimate time on tasks, projects, etc? Check out my new PERT Calculator on Packal.org    

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Keyboard Maestro – Looping Through Each Line of the Clipboard

This graphic illustrates how you can loop through each line of the clipboard and use the line’s value for some purpose. It also demonstrates how to handle the first line differently than the others. This is zero-based. The second time

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Detecting When You’re “Away” or “Back” in Your Keyboard Maestro Macros

Your Mac knows the last time you moved the mouse or pressed a keyboard key. We can use this information in Keyboard Maestro to perform actions based on whether we’ve “gone away” from or have “come back” to our computer. I’m using this

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