You may remember our post showing how to automate Bit.ly using AppleScript
and TextExpander. Since then, TextExpander has been bumped up to version 2.5, and in doing so SmileOnMyMac included our bit.ly URL shortening script in the new release.
To celebrate we’re having a holiday contest and giving away two TextExpander licenses!
Contest the First:
TextExpander has one of the cheekiest registration screens around; it offers up data on how many times you’ve triggered an abbreviation, how many characters have been replaced, and how much time you’ve saved typing. The first license will go to the reader who guesses the number of characters (as of the time of posting) that TextExpander has spared me from typing. The Price is Right rules apply: closest guess (without going over) wins.
Contest the Second:
This started off because I came up with a new snippet; now it’s your turn. The second license will go to the reader who suggest the best idea for a new snippet, as judged by the LiveDigitally team. Extra points for contest entries with working code snippets. (You can download the trial version to get started.)
Submit your guesses and ideas in the comments (you can link to a blog post if your idea is too long to fit.) The contest deadline is midnight on Wednesday, December 31st, and we’ll announce the winners in the new year. Good Luck!
These days I use Textpander for replying to the million emails about job offers.
I either directly write -apply- on a new email, which expands into a full:
I’m writing to you to let you know I’m interested and I’d like to know more about the offered position. You’ll find:
My online portfolio
Some case studies and a resume in pdf format
My online résumé
Please contact me at this email address or by phone at XXX-XXX-XXXX should you need any other information.
I also have an AppleScript that triggers a new Apple Mail email with the URL of the current focussed Safari tab (so I can know to what post are they replying when they do) and adds the code -apply- which introduces the text for the reply.
In this swingin/swindling economies, I guess a great deal of us might be using that snippet in a short time, I’m afraid.
Good luck with your job search!
And for the number of characters, I say 16,742,070.
my guess: 24,200,000 characters.