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After having to subscribe to the Wall Street Journal for one of my college courses, I was determined to find easier ways to get the content to my desktop. I discovered that they provide a PDF version for the front page of every section, with the date being the only differentiation in the filename.

By using the Replace Date Placeholders automator action, I can now automatically download a PDF for the Wall Street Journal every morning. It simply replaces the date portion of the filename with the current date. I have done the same to fetch the latest Penny-Arcade comic.

With that said, I have a few questions for you:

  • Do you have any Automator Workflows that are pretty handy?
  • What would you use the Replace Date Placeholders action for?
  • Are there any other online publications that provide PDF versions?

Mint 2.0

Mint 2.0

Shaun Inman, mastermind behind Mint, has released the much anticipated 2.0 updated for the popular stats program. In the update, Shaun gave the program a complete visual overhaul, as well as many improvements to increase the performance of the application. Here is a list of the major improvements taken from the feature highlights page:

  • staggered loading of Pepper data to improve page load time within Mint
  • numerous interface and hierarchy refinements including support for custom styles
  • improved pane tiling to reclaim wasted screen real estate
  • better management of additional database tables created by third-party Pepper
  • simple graphs (with an updated API to share this functionality with third-party Pepper developers)
  • full support for Internet Explorer 6+ including installation and administration
  • most Repeat, Popular and Common tabs can all be filtered by timespan
  • support for the official Bird Feeder Pepper for tracking your feeds with Mint
  • new Domains tab added to the Referrers pane groups referrers by domain and sorts by the number of referrers from each domain
  • Watched tab of the Pages pane has been expanded to display referrers of Watched pages
  • new Readers tab in the User Agent pane when the new Bird Feeder Pepper is installed shows the feed reader application and version
  • new Secret Crushes Pepper uses common blog and CMS cookies to automatically assign names to your visitors within Mint
  • new Real Estate Pepper tracks the width and height of the browser window
  • searches are now separated out into web and image
  • no longer tracks identifiable information by default (eg. ip addresses) to prevent conflicts with existing privacy policies
  • single column mode (perfect for uni-taskers and those with Wiis!)

With the update, all previous pepper plugins work without losing any functionality. Head over to the Peppermill and check out all the third-party peppers that add unlimited potential to Mint beyond the factory capabilities. Also, don’t for get my pepper, Notification.

Overall, $30 for a new license, or $19 for an upgrade is money well spent if you’re interested in tracking your website traffic.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Five Things About Me

Ronald tagged me in a little blogging activity were you reveal 5 things that most people don’t know about you.

Five things about me:

  • I’ve been bitten in the face by two dogs. The first time I was 5 years old, a Husky attacked me after I stepped on it’s tail. I have a scar on my upper lip and my right eye brow. The second time a Dalmatian just went crazy and attacked the left side of my face. Yeah, I have a small fear of large dogs.
  • I raced BMX for 2 years. When I was 16, I was ranked #1 in the state for my class.
  • When I was 6, I got mad at my mom for something stupid, went into my bedroom and proceeded to climb into my clothes hamper. My dad had to be called home from work to cut me out with a saw.
  • I used to hate Macs. Now I refuse to use anything else.
  • I feed my cat beef jerky as a treat.

Verizon Has No Sense

I never have liked Verizon all that much, and I’m not sure why. I think it may be their ‘network’ commercials. Does it really take that many people to get one customer’s phone working? Alright, advertising aside, it seems they lack major math skills in the customer service area.

This poor customer was quoted a different amount for data usage than he was charged. Not one, not two, but three service representatives, including a manager, fails to recognize the difference between $0.002 and 0.002¢. You will have to read the customer’s blog, and listen to the phone call to understand how stupid these service reps are.

I hope someone at Verizon’s corporate office sees what is going on and fixes this guys bill.