Matthew Todd

Scheduled Mail and News Downloads

Turning off automatic downloading in Mail and NetNewsWire has been good for me: I’ve had fewer interruptions and freer bandwidth during the workday.

But this does mean that I have to check them manually every morning, which is cumbersome since I can’t refresh both at the same time if I want to avoid timeout errors. (C’est la internet connection.)

So, in the interest of laziness, I’ve just added a couple of delightfully short crontab entries, hoping they’ll save me some time in the morning:

 5  7 * * * osascript -e 'tell application "Mail" to check for new mail'
10  7 * * * osascript -e 'tell application "NetNewsWire" to refreshAll'