TimerCL - A command line tool for timers on iOS

As many of my posts on this blog reference, my phone is jailbroken. Activator, a popular tweak allows you to link activating events (such as unlocking your phone, entering a wifi network, or pressing a sequence of buttons) to various listeners (such as setting the brightness, adjusting the volume, sending a text, or triggering Siri). However, I couldn't figure out a way of silently creating a timer. So I created TimerCL.

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Life at Dartmouth - Data Analysis

I realize that this blog isn't the standard one, where someone would write about how they were feeling, or reblog pictures of cute dogs (that's what I have Instagram for!). So despite the fact that this post is nearly entirely data driven and still relied on CS, it's slightly out of the norm in that it's a look at how I interact with the Dartmouth campus.

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Adding Lightbox Support to Anchor

Previously, the images weren't ideal on the blog. While they were typically large enough if viewing it on a desktop computer, it didn't work great on phones, because you couldn't expand the images in any way. For Dog-a-Day, in viewing previous images I used a lightbox solution called FancyBox. They recently released their 3rd version which was mobile first, so I figured I'd add it to the blog.

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Adding Captcha to Anchor

I was getting a lot of spam messages on this blog, so I decided it was long overdue to add a captcha to the form submission. Which means a fun dive into the completely undocumented world of Anchor CMS!

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Venmo Deeplinking

I tried to deeplink into the Venmo app, but couldn't find a lot of public documentation on it. So I cracked the main app, and found all of the deeplinking strings, which are listed below:

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Dock Spacers

Just a small thing that I found out about today and wanted to write down somewhere. Using Terminal, you can create blank spacers for the macOS dock. Simply run defaults write com.apple.dock persistent-apps -array-add '{"tile-type"="spacer-tile";}' for as many spaces as you want, and then restart the Dock with killall Dock. You can rearrange the spaces wherever you want, and can remove them just like any normal dock item.

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Message Indicator

I find that I commonly open chats in Messages on my computer to make the 'unread' indicator go away. However, if there's any delay in answering them back, it's quite common that I'll simply forget to respond to the text for a while. I've already addressed this on my iPhone using a Cydia tweak (post coming eventually) that adds a gray indicator to chats if I wasn't the last person to respond. So I figured out how to port it to macOS.

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Markov Messages

I was talking to a friend from college about automatically generating flavortext and death messages for a game, to keep it unique. We were talking through markov chains (here's a great resource to read up on them), and he mentioned the possibility of using your iMessage chat database from your phone.

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Automatically Changing Wallpaper

A few days ago, I stumbled upon some Firewatch wallpapers for the different times of day, and wanted to have the wallpaper on my mac automatically switch through them. However, all of the solutions I found for this were overly complex, or just plain didn't work on macOS Sierra. So, here's my solution that doesn't require installing anything and is pretty easy to set up.

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OnceMore

OnceMore is another Cydia tweak that I developed, and probably the one that I use and benefit from the most. It's incredibly simple: it just adds a 'Restart' button when a timer goes off. While this is a pretty minor quality of life improvement, I do a ton of things that I try and do in a set time. Whether it be workout reps, a constrained nap, or a timer for doing laundry, there are countless times when I wish I could just easily click a button and the timer would reset without having to go in, turn off the current one, and set up a new one. Additionally, if the time isn't a set minute, I would have to retrigger it with Siri.

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