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Monday, May 15, 2017

IDG Contributor Network: If it is worth doing, it is worth automating

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Pete and Repeat were walking across a bridge. Pete fell in. Who was left? Repeat. Pete and Repeat were walking across a bridge. Pete fell in. Who was left? Repeat. Pete and Repeat…

Traditional joke from third grade

Endless repetition gets boring. If you find you are doing the same thing every day, you might consider automating it. I ran across an iPhone/iPad app called IFTTT, which stands for “If this, then that.” In a nutshell, it allows you to automate activities based on certain events. For example:

  • Email me if it is going to rain today.
  • Mail me the closing price of a stock.
  • Send me a neat picture from NASA every morning.
  • Email me yesterday’s airport delays.
  • Send me my position on a leaderboard.

None of these items alone are earth-shattering, but the ability to reduce the effort to get access to information is worthwhile. The examples above were all individually-focused items and, although they may make life a little more interesting, they were not game-changers for me. If the effort to automate a task is sufficiently low, however, then then value of the task does not have to be phenomenal.

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May 15, 2017 at 04:09PM

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from Paul T. Cottey

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