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With the recent launch of Moosejaw's Tha Lowdown, and sites like Steep and Cheap that offer one-day, while-supplies-last deals on outdoor gear, I have been in need of a way to load these pages at their scheduled update times without forgetting. Both have RSS feeds, but they have proven problematic.

I did some searching and found a post on the MacNN forums that suggested I use Cronnix, a cron GUI, that can be used to launch a simple script whenever you want. The following script will load a page in your default browser:
osascript -e 'open location "http://www.macosxrumors.com"' > /dev/null
Now that I have it set up to load ThaLowdown.com when the deal changes, I am going to explore using this same concept to have the Boulder, Colorado GPS-tracked bus schedule loaded for me every day when I wake up. I can think of a lot of individual applications of this idea as well.
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Load a web page on a set schedule
Authored by: matx on Aug 23, '06 08:06:01AM
Using Cron through the app Cronnix, is not a bad idea, but "launchd" is the new master scheduler now in OS X 10.4 Tiger. It handles cron, as well, but why not just go to the top? Use the free lingon app and its set up assistant to set up a scheduled job. Check out http://lingon.sourceforge.net/

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Load a web page on a set schedule
Authored by: adrianm on Aug 23, '06 08:17:33AM
no need to use osascript.

open "yoururlhere"
should do.

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Load a web page on a set schedule
Authored by: hereward on Aug 23, '06 02:52:41PM

Can't you use iCal to do the same thing?



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Load a web page on a set schedule
Authored by: tpillon on Aug 23, '06 10:57:24PM

As I understand it, the new Dashboard in 10.5 should make this obsolete, now that you can make widgets from any web page...



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Load a web page on a set schedule
Authored by: bluehz on Aug 24, '06 11:24:50AM
I've been doing this for years in a script I call "morning_coffee" that gets executed every morning at 5am by cron. same basic idea - but I load multiple pages like this:
#!/bin/sh
open "http://www.macosxrumors.com" \
"http://macosxhints.com"  \
"http://url3.com" \
"http://url4.com"
I am not at my machine right now - but I have nice little featre built in that creates a new safari window then loads 7-10 urls (similar topics, etc grouped), then creates a new safari window and a new group, etc. Allows me to quickly peruse 30 pages or so with coffee.

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Load a web page on a set schedule
Authored by: gklinger on Aug 25, '06 11:34:44AM
There's a fantastic free Widget called Yoink (see http://www.softchaos.com/products/yoink) that will automatically load webpages and create thumbnails and a bunch of other handy things. It's one of the neatest Widgets I've come across and I consider it a must-have.

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