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Update DynDNS from the command line

My router is not updating DynDNS correctly, so I wanted to use a simple cron job to do the same. Here is a simple BASH/Shell script to update DynDNS:

IP=$(curl -s
curl -v -k -u username:password “$IP”

Using cURL to pull Google Reader starred items – Part 2 UnStaring in Google Reader

In the first part of this tutorial, I pulled a couple of variables from the XML feed of my Google Reader’s “starred items”. Now I wanted to “process” the item and UnStar it. This was not easy for me to put together – it was my first attempt at working with the Google API.

First I needed to get authenticated against Google Services for accessing Google Reader. Here is the shell script to do this:

stty -echo
read -p "Password: " password; echo
stty echo
RESULT=$(curl -s \
--data-urlencode --data-urlencode Passwd=$password \
-d accountType=GOOGLE \
-d source=MyAppName \
-d service=reader)

This returned some html that included the AUTH code that I needed to add to the header of each Google Reader Request. I used this AUTH to get a Token (my understanding is that if I wanted to edit an item, I needed the token too). Here are the two pieces of code to parse the AUTH get the Token:

AUTH=$(echo "$RESULT" | grep 'Auth=' | sed  s/Auth=//)
TOKEN=$(curl -s --header "Authorization: GoogleLogin auth=$AUTH"

Putting the AUTH together with the Token, and the Source and id from this post, you end up with a cURL command that can mark an item as UnStared:

curl -s --request POST --header "Authorization: GoogleLogin auth=$AUTH" \
--data-urlencode r=user/-/state/  \
--data-urlencode async=true \
--data-urlencode s=$SOURCE \
--data-urlencode i=$OBJID \
--data-urlencode T=$TOKEN

I was surprised when i got this to work. I am still scared of APIs/REST.

Using cURL to pull Google Reader starred items – Part 1 xpath

A while ago, I wrote a post about using ruby to parse the xml feed of shared starred items in Google Reader. One thing that I did not like about this solution was that I could not get the URL AND mark the item as un-starred. Since I had been playing with REST in these two prior posts, I figured I could re-write my code to pull down starred item’s URLs, and mark them as un-starred. I wanted to eliminate ruby, as I just don’t use it that often and I feel like I am re-inventing the wheel every time. This too a lot longer than I thought it would, but I figured it out (I think)

As this article explains, you can share out your Google reader starred items. First step was the find the needed values from this XML feed and put the values into variables. I turned to xpath (xpath is installed by default on OS X, it is part of the Perl library XML::XPath).

For the second part of this tutorial, where we mark the item as “un-starred”, we need 2 variables form the Xml feed: id & source. My end goal was to put these URLs into, so I needed the URL too. Title was just for fun.

Here is the non ruby code to pull the variables that I needed out of the XML of the shared starred items in Google Reader.

XML=$(curl -s | xmllint --format -)
OBJID=$(echo "$XML" | xpath "//entry/id" 2>/dev/null | awk -F"[<>]" '{print $3}')
TITLE=$(echo "$XML" | xpath "//entry/title" 2>/dev/null | awk -F"[<>]" '{print $3}')
URL=$(echo "$XML" | xpath "//entry/link/@href" 2>/dev/null | sed 's/\"//g' | sed 's/href\=//g' | sed 's/\ //g')
SOURCE=$(echo "$XML" | xpath "//entry/source/@gr:stream-id" 2>/dev/null | sed "s/gr:stream-id=//g" | sed "s/\"//g" | sed 's/\ //g')

After getting those variables, I wanted to put the URL in (this has not changed since the previous post). Here is that code:

echo "Adding $TITLE to Together"
osascript << EOT
tell application "Together" to import url "$URL" as web PDF
EOT on my iPhone crashes, and Mac does not see any photos on my iPhone (iOS5)

Crap!!!! I had close to 400 pictures on my iPhone. I back it up all the time, but I had not “processed them” (my workflow is to use Image to pull photos off of the iPhone, and into a folder, that I then import into iPhoto. I zip up (compress) the original folder containing the originals.)

Every time I opened the Photos app on my iPhone, it crashes. Every time, I look at previous photos from the, I see a lot of “Black photos”. Something was screwed up. I figured I needed to import the photos into my workflow and start fresh.

I fired up “Image” to pull the photos in, and it saw nothing. I started to get nervous, because I had Halloween photos on there.

All my photos were showing up in “Photo Stream”, but I wanted the originals (does Photo Stream copy the originals? Full quality? I did not know).

My Solution

I figured that since I backed up my iPhone in iTunes all the time, there should be a way to extract the photos from a backup.

If you have a valid backup that has your photos in it, and you have not encrypted your backups, then use iPhone Backup to restore the photos. Fire up the app, select read backups, and then select iOS files. The restore will put all your photos in “iOS Files/Media/DCIM/100APPLE/”

Hope that helps someone.

Cisco ASA and smart tunnels – my experience on OS X 10.7

I have been playing with smart tunnels on my Cisco ASA. The documentation is a little scarce on examples, so I thought I would post what I have found. On OS X, not much appears to work (I only tried with Safari). Maybe this post will help someone, or they will post a comment on how to get these apps working.

I was able to get terminal working, but my terminal preferences are ignored. Once Terminal was started, I could ssh into a server behind the ASA:

smart-tunnel list applist Terminal terminal platform mac

Remote Desktop
I was able to get Remote Desktop to launch, but I could not connect to a server behind the ASA. Not sure why:

smart-tunnel list smarttunlist-jbmurphy RemoteDesktop “/Applications/Remote Desktop Desktop Connection” platform mac

I could get Safari to start, but it would crash as soon as I tried to access a site behind the ASA.

smart-tunnel list smarttunlist-jbmurphy Safari /Applications/ platform mac

The error thrown was described by @craigbox here. I also see this in the logs: sandbox: WebProcess(xxxxxx) deny file-write-data /private/tmp/narwhal.log I know that there is new “Sandboxing” with Lion, maybe that is the issue.

Anyway, not a lot of success, but maybe a discussion will follow. I will update if I have anymore luck.

VMware Fusion 4 – Did they move vmrun?

Did they move vmrun in VMware Fusion 4?

In version 4, I find it here: “/Applications/VMware”

But this documentation says that the command should be in “/Library/Application Support/VMware Fusion”, but I found it here”/Applications/VMware\”

I don’t see anything in the release notes.



OS X: Running a script when a USB drive is inserted

I rsync all my data to a USB drive that I keep at work. I wanted a way to have my rsync script automatically run when I plugged in the drive – kinda like Time Machine.

It ended up being pretty simple. All I needed to do is create and AppleScript and attach it to a “Folder Action” for the /Volumes folder. This script below is launched when a new item is added to the /Volumes folder, i.e. when you insert a new volume. This script will try to run a BASH script if it exists on that volume (.OnInsert)

on adding folder items to this_folder after receiving these_items
	repeat with current_item in these_items
			do shell script POSIX path of current_item & ".OnInsert"
		end try
	end repeat
end adding folder items to

Save this as a .scpt file and put it in ~/Library/Workflows/Applications/Folder\ Actions folder.
Next, right click the /Volumes folder and select Services -> Folder Action Setup and attach the script you just created

Running a BASH script when my Laptop is opened at home – Part 2

As I mentioned in this post I should be able to run a script to find my current gateway’s MAC address. With this info, I should be able to tell when I am home, and launch a script. In this post, I talk about sleepwatcher, which runs a script when the machine is woken up. Sleepwatcher looks for a file named .wakerc and executes it when the machine wakes. If I put the following in my .wakerc, it will execute whatever I like (for example a rsync script) when the machine is woken up and at home:


sleep 120
GATEWAY=`/usr/sbin/netstat -rn | /usr/bin/grep default | /usr/bin/grep en1 | /usr/bin/cut -c20-35`
MACADDRESS=`/usr/sbin/arp -n $GATEWAY | /usr/bin/cut -f4 -d' '`
if [ "$MACADDRESS" = "xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx" ]; then
	/bin/echo "$(date): I am at home now: $MACADDRESS" >> ~/Desktop/wake.txt
	# script I want to run at home is next line
	rsync Documents/ server:Documents/
	/bin/echo "$(date): I don't know where I am: $GATEWAY $MACADDRESS" >> ~/Desktop/wake.txt

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