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Why Terminal?
Authored by: Dr. T on Apr 01, '09 09:50:05AM

I'm a long time Mac user, and I do not understand this infatuation with Terminal. A few simple lines of AppleScript code will safely quit an application after a specified delay period. You can even tell the application to Save before quitting. A slightly more complex script could ask you which application you want to quit and at what time. There's no need to type arcane (and possibly dangerous) commands in Terminal.

Timed quitting of an application also can be accomplished with Automator by making the quit application workflow an iCal plug-in. You set the quit time by telling iCal when to run the workflow. An added advantage here is that you can drag the quit application event to a future date, adjust the time, and run it again.



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Why Terminal?
Authored by: kikjou on Apr 01, '09 12:57:09PM

Because once you have learned a little Unix, it is much more elegant and not as crash-prone as a GUI application. For admins: terminal commands can be implemented through ssh, that is remotely, even over a dialup connection while you are at the North Pole. And it does not require specific software to be installed. Speed: deleting or copying files is considerably faster on the command line than in the Finder, and so are other terminal commands with a GUI equivalent.



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