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by Rob Friesel

For Pete … following our conversation the other day about AppleScript, here’s a brief concoction for your noodle:

(* first, let's launch some apps for fun: *)

(* we'll start w/ just Mail *)

tell application "Mail"


end tell

(* then we'll launch Safari and size the window *)

tell application "Safari"


  repeat with i from 1 to the count of documents

    do JavaScript "moveTo(0,0);self.resizeTo(screen.availWidth,screen.availHeight)" in document i

  end repeat

end tell

(* then we'll launch iChat, size its window, and position it so *)

tell application "iChat"


  copy the bounds of window 1 to {x1, y1, x2, y2}

  set the window_width to x2 - x1

  set the window_height to y2 - y1

  set the bounds of window 1 to {0, 22, window_width, 22 + window_height}

end tell

(* now we'll attempt to mount a shared Windows volume *)


  mount volume "smb://WORKGROUP;username@computerName/ShareName"

end try

(* but that's not enough, we need to back up some data too *)

do shell script "rsync -CSraztue ssh --exclude="\.*" --no-whole-file ~/Documents /Volumes/ShareName/backup_dir"

(* and since we don't need that mounted volume anymore... *)


(* and since we're expecting visitors via VNC: *)

tell application "OSXvnc"


end tell

(* and the "System Events" hack to activate OSXvnc *)

tell application "System Events"

  tell process "OSXvnc"

    tell window "OSXvnc (1.32)"

      click button "Start Server"

    end tell

  end tell

end tell

Hopefully that’s a good starter set.

About Rob Friesel

Software engineer by day, science fiction writer by night. Author of The PhantomJS Cookbook and a short story in Please Do Not Remove. View all posts by Rob Friesel →

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