OK. I’m terminally lazy. That’s why I have a computer — to do all the work for me. So when I thought there must be an easier way to every day check both the Astronomy Picture of the Day via APOD Grabber and the Today in History dates than actually, gasp, launching the bits of software myself I went hunting.
I had dimly heard of “cron” and knew that it was a command-line way to do things on a schedule. I had no intention though of going and learning how to use it. That’s when I found CronniX.
CronniX is an Aqua front end to the powerful Unix tool “cron”. Cron is a Unix system service that allows scheduled execution of scripts, programs, applications — in short anything that can be started from the command line. This includes OSX applications and AppleScripts.
It’s nice. It showed a couple of existing cron jobs (eg daily backup) and I just followed the patter in order to set up my two jobs. Sure enough, this morning the APOD picture popped up followed shortly after by today’s events in history. Now, what else could it do …