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    1. What tasks on your computer have you automated?

      After using Shreddit to delete my Reddit history periodically for some time now, I finally decided to make a cron job to automate it on a weekly basis. I use it to delete every post and comment...

      After using Shreddit to delete my Reddit history periodically for some time now, I finally decided to make a cron job to automate it on a weekly basis. I use it to delete every post and comment that isn't whitelisted, which right now is just a tiny subreddit for a musician I like that I solely moderate and a pinned post explaining why I have a bunch of karma but barely any posts.

      After setting this up, it got me curious as to what tasks other people automate in their lives in order to streamline their workflows and eliminate minor (or major) routine tasks.

      So, what do you automate, and how did you go about doing it?

      18 votes
    2. How standardised are Z-Wave/ZigBee device APIs? Can I directly control off-the-shelf hardware?

      I'm looking to get a couple of remote controlled dimmer sockets for a quite specific use case (heat lamps in a tortoise enclosure), and I'd like to control them directly from a Raspberry Pi. I've...

      I'm looking to get a couple of remote controlled dimmer sockets for a quite specific use case (heat lamps in a tortoise enclosure), and I'd like to control them directly from a Raspberry Pi. I've found a couple of decent looking fairly generic options - examples from Trust and TKB - and there seem to be several appropriate radio modules, either USB or GPIO.

      Detecting and pairing with devices seems (hopefully) straightforward. My sticking point is trying to figure out how standardised the actual messaging is; there seem to be several brands of hub and device that can be used interchangeably, but a few that can't. In my case, of course, the RasPi will be taking the position of the hub and speaking to the devices directly.

      I'm having trouble finding reliable info on whether a command like "dim to 70%", or "read output power" will be the same across all devices, whether it will follow some kind of standard but it may be one of several competing formats, or whether it's completely proprietary.

      Any insight on how easy it is to programatically talk to these things would be very much appreciated!

      6 votes
    3. Make Emacs write (part of) your git commit messages

      I was fed up with the chores of writing consistent git commit messages, so a while ago I started developing a hook in Emacs which I used with Magit (actually git-commit-mode) which uses some crude...

      I was fed up with the chores of writing consistent git commit messages, so a while ago I started developing a hook in Emacs which I used with Magit (actually git-commit-mode) which uses some crude heuristics to fill out the COMMIT_EDITMSG buffer for me. Here is what it does (| stands for the cursor):

      • If only a single file modified, insert <filename>: |

        • If can figure out function name, insert <filename> (<functionname>): |
      • If only a single file added, insert Add <filename>|

      • If a TODO added to Readme.org, insert ; TODO <headline>|

      • If a TODO was DONE, insert ; DONE <headline>|

      • If the files are Readme.org and Readme.org_archive, and no new TODO's were added anywhere, insert ; Archive DONE|

      • If the file is .gitignore, insert ; Ignore |

      • If the file is TAGS, insert ; Update TAGS|

      I extend this when I find new cases where I repeatedly do the same thing. The code is below. It's probably a good idea to use it as a starting point and personalise it because this reflects how I like to write my commit messages (and I like pretending how they do it over at Emacs git repo). It is sloppy and probably buggy, but I don't think it can be destructive.

      Final note: I can't figure out how to set this up so that after this takes effect, the buffer is marked as modified. I want to flip the modified bit so that in some cases I can just hit C-c C-c and go. But I need to modify the buffer somehow to commit in some cases (I just type C-o to open a new line in those cases). Here is the function:

      (defun gk-git-commit-mode-hook ()
        "Set up git commit buffer."
        ;; If a single file is modified, prefix the message w/ it.
        (let ((modified-re "^#	modified:")
              (new-re "^#	new file:")
              (issue-re "^[+\\- ]\\*+ \\(TODO\\|DONE\\) ")
              current-defun filename addp onlyp issuep)
          (save-excursion
            (with-current-buffer "COMMIT_EDITMSG"
              (goto-char (point-min))
              (re-search-forward "^# Changes to be committed:" nil t)
              (forward-line)
              (beginning-of-line)
              (cond ((looking-at modified-re)
                     (re-search-forward ":   " nil t)
                     (setf filename (thing-at-point 'filename t)))
                    ((looking-at new-re)
                     (re-search-forward ":   " nil t)
                     (setf filename (thing-at-point 'filename t)
                           addp t)))
              (setq onlyp (progn
                            (forward-line)
                            (not (or (looking-at modified-re)
                                     (looking-at new-re)))))
              (when (and onlyp (equal filename "Readme.org"))
                (goto-char (point-min))
                (when-let* ((pos (re-search-forward issue-re nil t)))
                  (setq issuep (progn
                                 (re-search-backward "\\*" nil t)
                                 (buffer-substring (1+ (point))
                                                   (line-end-position))))))
              ;; Try to set ‘current-defun’.
              (when onlyp
                (save-excursion
                  (goto-char (point-min))
                  ;; Error if not found, means verbose diffs
                  ;; not enabled.
                  (re-search-forward "^diff --git")
                  (goto-char (line-beginning-position))
                  (let ((str (buffer-substring (point) (point-max)))
                        (default-directory (expand-file-name "..")))
                    (with-temp-buffer
                      (insert str)
                      (diff-mode)
                      (goto-char (point-min))
                      (setq current-defun (diff-current-defun))))))))
          (if onlyp
              (cond
               ((and issuep (not addp))
                (goto-char (point-min))
                (insert ";" issuep))
               ((equal filename "TAGS")
                (goto-char (point-min))
                (insert "; Update TAGS"))
               ((equal filename ".gitignore")
                (goto-char (point-min))
                (insert "; Ignore "))
               (filename
                (goto-char (point-min))
                (if addp
                    (insert "Add " filename)
                  (insert
                   filename
                   (if (and current-defun)
                       (format " (%s)" current-defun)
                     "")
                   ": "))))
            (when (and (equal filename "Readme.org")
                       (save-excursion
                         (goto-char (point-min))
                         (re-search-forward (concat modified-re " +Readme.org_archive")
                                            nil t))
                       (save-excursion
                         (goto-char (point-min))
                         (re-search-forward "\\-\\*+ DONE" nil t))
                       (not
                        (save-excursion
                          (goto-char (point-min))
                          (re-search-forward "\\+\\*[\\+\\-] TODO" nil t))))
              (goto-char (point-min))
              (insert "; Archive DONE")))))
      
      (add-hook 'git-commit-mode-hook #'gk-git-commit-mode-hook)
      

      Hope you find it useful.

      12 votes