IgniteNYC: How to Replace Yourself with a Very Small Shell Script

me glowing at ignite I recently gave a talk at IgniteNYC on How to Replace Yourself with a Very Small Shell Script.

The Ignite events are a fun blend of performance, technology, and speaking skill. Each presenter gives a five minute talk with twenty slides that auto-advance after 15 seconds.

The title of my talk is a classic geek reference (you can get the t-shirt). I’m very interested in developing automated techniques for handling the massive and growing amounts of information that we all have to deal with. I started with e-mail and twitter, both of which are easy to access programmatically (via IMAP and the Twitter API).

In the talk, I went through several of the simple and successful e-mail management scripts that I’ve developed.

I decided to talk about this project because I’m not sure where this should go next, but I got some great feedback and I’m looking forward to future work on the project!

The slides are below, and the full talk will be online soon.

15 Comments on “IgniteNYC: How to Replace Yourself with a Very Small Shell Script”

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Hilary Mason, jake hofman. jake hofman said: RT @hmason: IgniteNYC slides for 'how to replace yourself with a very small shell script': http://bit.ly/6IvHct (Code soon!) […]

  2. Sean O. says:

    Any way to take a peek at your scripts?

  3. Steve K. says:

    Please put the code up on bitbucket or github!

    It’s very easy to share code that way and others can easily fork and contribute fixes / enhancements.

  4. Mark says:

    I’d love to see your code if you don’t mind releasing it!

    We won’t judge, we promise :)

  5. Great talk, Hilary. The idea is very cool, but for me it was fascinating to see how much your speaking style has evolved over the last decade or so.

  6. Now, do you have a way to automate blog entries? :) Start with a Natural Language emulator, and then go from there. Thanks!!! :)

  7. Tom says:

    Your shell script talk was recently featured on reddit. Don’t know if you’re familiar with the place, but I can heartily recommend it. We’ve even got CS (http://www.reddit.com/r/compsci/) and programming (http://www.reddit.com/r/programming/) subreddits.

  8. Hi Hillary, loved the talk! A slightly left-field question but could you tell me where on statcan you found the statistic you mention on the second slide?

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  10. REX says:

    Is the Code up yet? Thanks

  11. Justin says:

    Loved your presentation! I think your site has now become a favorite… :-)

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  13. Hello Hilary, really enjoyed your presentation.
    I’ve just started a tech blog, after reading yours. If you fancy a geek out and a read I’m over at http://techphooey.com/

    Thanks for blogging!


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