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iTunes AppleScript examples (command examples)

iTunes AppleScript examples FAQ: Can you share some iTunes AppleScript examples (iTunes AppleScript example scripts)?

As I've been working a lot with Mac speech recognition software lately, AppleScript has once again become important in my life. I've been writing a lot of small AppleScript scripts, including AppleScript iTunes scripts, and I thought I'd share snippets of code from those iTunes scripts here for anyone else they might benefit.

Mac speech recognition software - How to create custom commands

Mac speech recognition software FAQ: Can I add my own commands to the Mac speech recognition software system, and if so, how?

While the built-in Mac speech recognition software doesn't recognize voices nearly as well as Sphinx-4, it does have one virtue: You can add custom commands to it fairly easily, as long as you don't mind writing a little AppleScript.

The short story is that if you go to this folder:

Mac mouse and keyboard battery levels (How to check)

Mac mouse/keyboard battery FAQ: How can I check the battery level of my Mac mouse or Mac keyboard?

The easiest way I know to see the Mac keyboard/mouse battery level is to put the Bluetooth menu on your Mac menu bar, and check it from there. This menu will be in the upper-right corner of the Mac menu bar, and it looks like three small dashes with some other figure behind those dashes. (This is something like the normal Bluetooth icon, but a little different.)

Mac speech recognition - How I control my iMac with speech recognition

Mac speech recognition software: I just had a fun interaction with my iMac that went a little like this:

Al is standing in kitchen, peeling an avocado. It's a little quiet, so he says, "Computer, play the movie Juno."

The computer says something snarky like "Yes, master" (or in Alaska, "You betcha"). In a few moments the movie begins playing.

Al smiles.

Revenue per employee in the computer industry

As I get ready to release my new website on How I Sold My Business, I did some research on revenue per employee, specifically revenue per employee in the computer services industry.

As it turns out, there are all sorts of good information sites on the internet. Probably the most consistent source of information is the Fortune Magazine site, specifically these two links:

iPhone 3G iOS 4 performance - 4.1 update fixes problems

Dear Apple,

Thanks for the latest iOS 4.1 update. While that last iOS software update that caused my iPhone 3G to run extremely slow, hang, and crash will be a scar on Apple's reputation for a long time, my iPhone 3G running iOS 4 now seems fast once again. I want to write that it seems "very fast", but after living with that last poopy iOS update for so friggin' long, "fast" is a relative term.

Al

P.S. - Thanks Apple, I finally don't feel abused by you (again).

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