Delegate and Defer AppleScript

Delegate and Defer AppleScript

“Turns out…” that the OmniGroup linked to my Delegate AppleScript on their Inside OmniFocus page, which has lead to a lot of traffic to the site, but also a lot of questions/bugs being found in the script. I took some time to get those bugs squashed and add some other features.

Version 2.1 Release Notes

2.1 - 20150413
* Improved: Inclusion of task name in email subject
* Fixed: Issue 2

One issue I’m having with the script is the subject line it assigns to the email. I’ve examined the script and can’t see where the problem is coming from, and I’ve quit and restarted both Mail and OmniFocus 2 Pro, and keep having the same problem, as follows: When I run the script in OmniFocus, I finally get to the email that has a subject line beginning with Delegated Task from ——. (I changed your name to mine in the script.) But instead of then continuing with the name of the task being delegated, each time I run the script it just adds the name of the new task to the list of all the prior tasks. So I get something like this in the email subject line: “Delegated Task from ——: test action 1test action 2test action3test action 4” Each time I run a new test, it adds the name of the new test action at the end of that list.

2.0.1 - 20150407
* Improved: documentation, and included in script
* Removed: Delegated.scpt - to cut down on confusion
* Improved: Added .png icon to project, also added icon to file (Not sure it will work)

2.0 - 20150403

Get it on GitHub

Things I like


John Gruber:

…how much will I be willing to pay then to be able to go back in time, for one day, to now, when he’s eight years old, he wants to go to movies and play games and build Lego kits with me, and he believes in magic?

A short post that hits “being a parent” nail on the head.

Coca-Cola Disconnects Voice Mail at Headquarters

It is kind of like when people who I know are checking their email on their smart phones who put their vacation responder on - “I am not checking email.”


Good riddance to voicemail.

The Future: A Cat Litter Box and DRM

Jorge Lopez:

Seriously CatGenie, you added fairly sophisticated DRM to a litter box? I’m a tad hurt you spent my money on building in a restriction instead of figuring out how to avoid constantly cooking poop.

This made me realize that I don’t actually own a CatGenie, I’m renting it. Though I paid for it, I have to pay per use yet I’m still responsible for all repairs until it craps out and I have to get another one. A tad disheartening.

I had written up a much longer post about DRM, advertising-driven monetization and where we are headed, but never published it, I couldn’t find the right way to express it all.

Jorge hits the nail on the head: manufacturers want us to rent the hardware we buy, whether it is the CatGenie or Keurig. They want to make money on every interaction with their product. And it isn’t just makers of disposable pod coffee makers, but every company. Microsoft and Apple working on patents to insert advertising into their operating systems is one example, the music industry salivating at a chance to charge every time one hears a song in their catalog, whether you own it or hear it in an ambient way.

Frank Chimero in the post Boring Future, Volume 1

Boring Future #3

Ten years after the introduction of Google’s self-driving car, it still shows ads for businesses in other cities. Everyone complains, but we’d be terrified if the ads were too good. There’s a mutual interest to retard the platform. You want a dumb ad network so you can believe Google doesn’t know too much. Google wants it to seem dumb so they can keep some knowledge for themselves. After watching a 15-second YouTube ad for bail bonds, the car starts driving you to the Google grocery store without you telling it you needed milk. When you arrive, the car makes you sing the grocery store’s jingle to unlock the doors.

This is the future…

Using Evernote (the right way)

Thomas Honeyman:

When I first started using Evernote, I used it the way I’ve always used physical notebooks: a note goes in a notebook.

Of course!

So I created a bunch of notebooks. One notebook for a school class. One notebook for my parking tickets. One notebook for reminiscing about coffee. Unfortunately, this is a fine way to miss out on perhaps the most powerful way to use Evernote: the tagging system. I discovered this system through a wonderful Michael Hyatt post. He noticed that tags are essentially the same thing as notebooks, except with a lot more power (and a lot less visual reinforcement).

Related to my Productivity Late 2014 post, the secret to using Evernote successfully is to realize the notebook - note relationship is one-to-one, but the tag - note relationship is many-to-one. Notes can be trapped and lost in a notebook, but be more fluid and accessible with the use of tags.