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Benjamin Oakes

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Hi, I'm Ben Oakes and this is my geek blog. Currently, I'm a Ruby/JavaScript Developer at Liaison. Previously, I was a Developer at Continuity and Hedgeye, a Research Assistant in the Early Social Cognition Lab at Yale University and a student at the University of Iowa. I also organize, ICRuby, OpenHack Iowa City, and previously organized NewHaven.rb. I have an amazing wife named Danielle Oakes.

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Danielle and our books

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My girlfriend is moving in just a few days but still has quite a few books listed on Amazon that would be great to sell before packing everything up. Take a look around — you might find something worth picking up!

Snippet: Play latest NBC Nightly News fullscreen

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This is the first of a series of posts about code I have in my GitHub repositories.

I’m often annoyed that I have to wait for iTunes to download the NBC Nightly News podcast so I can watch it in the morning. I also don’t like iTunes’ video player much — it’s slow and crashes all the time. (Why Apple hasn’t ported iTunes from Carbon to Cocoa is sometimes beyond me… but I’m sure it will happen eventually.)

Recently, I found out that NBC always publishes their podcast to the same location every day, so it was easy to make an AppleScript to open it in QuickTime X. QuickTime X starts playing it right away, without making me have to wait for it to download completely (or wait for iTunes to catch up with me).

It’s actually quite a simple script. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a fullscreen verb for QuickTime X, so I had to use Jacob Rus’ menu_click method.

See more at my snippets repository on GitHub.