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10.4: Stagger startup items for less system impact
Authored by: redclawx on Jul 18, '06 10:54:43AM

Here's my startup list:
In Login Items:
1. GrowlHelperApp
2. iCal (set to hidden)
3. iTunesHelper
4. AddressBook (set to hidden)
5. Login Script
6. FoldersSynchronizor (set to hidden)
7. Synergy
8. Microsoft Database Deamon
9. iCalAlarmScheduler


The "Login Script" is an Automator application:
1. Run AppleScript:
tell application "System Events"
key code 111
end tell
2. Launch Application: HardwareGrowler.app
3. Launch Application: Mail
4. Launch Application: Safari
5. Launch Application: iChat
6. Launch Application: Microsoft Messenger
7. Launch Application: Microsoft Entourage
8. Run AppleScript:
tell application "System Events"
key code 111
end tell


I don't put pause statements between the Automator actions because it's not necessary. When an application launches the action won't complete until the application is fully launched. The AppleScripts at the beginning and end are for activating Dashboard. Dashboard will activate and the apps will launch in the background. This allows me to see what the weather to doing for the day, what local gas prices are doing, etc. After everything is done Dashboard goes away and the system is ready to be used.



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