Tag Archives: automator

An easier way to run dscacheutil -flushcache on your Mac (OS X Snow Leopard) to clear your dns cache

Don’t know about you but I am fed up with intermittent “Unable to connect..” messages when I’m browsing the web on my Mac. Its a real pain – my mac is the only device in my house (out of many devices) that seems to have problems connecting to the web.

I’m fed up with having to open a terminal and enter “dscacheutil -flushcache” to get browsing the web going again.

To begin with I got around this by creating a shell script called revive.sh which ran dscacheutil but i got bored having to open a terminal, navigate to the location of my shell script and enter ./revive.sh.

There had to be another way… and there is. I created an Automator App which runs dscacheutil. Now when I get one of those pesky “Unable to connect…” messages I double-click on my app (or an alias for the app) and I’m browsing the web again.

You can download the app here: flushdns.app

Seamus

Mac OS X Automator Adventures – an app that will speak a dictionary definition of a word

Here’s an Automator app that will speak the dictionary definition of a word.

To get going double-click the app and when prompted type in the word for which you would like to hear the definition spoken.

Its basic but i’m jusssst gettin’ to grips with Automator.

 

You can get the app here : speakingdictionary.app

Mac OS X Automator Adventures – an app that speaks one’s IP Address

I know, this is completely useless… unless you have a use for it, that is.

I was home alone and a little bit bored so i decided to play around with Mac OS X’s Automator. Stuck for something do i though it would be nice to have an app that would speak one’s Mac’s IP address out loud. I know, who’d have thought that computers would be used to speak? 🙂 Anyway, I’ve never used Automator before and was surprised how easy it was to use.

 

You can download the app here