Mimsy Were the Borogoves

Mimsy Were the Technocrats: As long as we keep talking about it, it’s technology.

42 Astoundingly Useful Scripts and Automations for the Macintosh

Work faster and more reliably. Use Perl, Python, AppleScript, Swift, and Automator to automate the drudgery of computer use. Add actions to the services menu and the menu bar, and create drag-and-drop apps.

Use simple scripts and make your Macintosh play music, roll dice, and talk to you. Create ASCII art from your photos. There’s a script for all of that in my new book, 42 Astoundingly Useful Scripts and Automations for the Macintosh.

Vacation auto-reply is obsolete

Jerry Stratton, December 16, 2007

Literary agent Janet Reid writes that she can’t understand why authors would send out a query just before going on vacation:

I surrendered to the modern age only after a great deal of whining, moaning and complaining. Yes, I now take queries by email. Yes, I like the ecology of saving paper. Yes, I love the speed. Yes, I love the time savings.

No, I don’t love the queryworts who haven’t figured out “auto respond.”

More correctly, I don’t love the people who can’t figure out when NOT to engage their vacation message.

I don’t understand vacation auto-reply at all. It once had a purpose; long ago in the last century, we only read our e-mail from one location, and when we left that location, we didn’t read our e-mail. But I never liked them, and I don’t use them anymore. E-mail has long since left the realm of paper mail. In today’s world where we can read our e-mail sporadically from anywhere, I don’t see the point of vacation auto-replies.

I suggest that all auto-reply default text be changed to “Hi! I’m currently out of town. If you’d like to burglarize my office or home, now is a good time to do it.”

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