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AutoPkgr + IFTTT >> Slack

Just a quick follow-up post to this week's post on use Zapier to make AutoPkgr notifications for Slack. It's really easy to get something going in IFTTT also, if you prefer that service (or need more frequent notifications that would make paying for Zapier required).

If you have an IFTTT account, create an IFTTT for Email > Slack.

Then in AutoPkgr, configure the email notifications to appear as if they come from you, then  have them send to the IFTTT trigger email address.

Viola! Notifications.

You lose the fancy icon and customized bot name but those things are cosmetic. This works just as well and will suit your needs just fine if you want quick notifications and want to declutter your inbox.

Creating an Autopkgr + Slack Integration using Zapier

Between the MacAdmins Slack team and our current testing phase of Slack for our organization, I'm in Slack pretty much all day. One of the really really great things about Slack is how easy it is to integrate with other services. I have a private channel set up for myself in Slack called "emily-alerts" that is basically a repository of alerts from different systems I manage, blogs, Instagram, and a few others, so I feel like I'm always on top of what's going on. What's great about Slack is that all of those notifications can go into one place, so you don't have to spread your notification bandwidth across tabs or email folders or whathaveyou.

Admittedly I'm new to the AutoPkgr game. I remember trying AutoPkg back before the GUI from the Linde Group and found it a bit cumbersome for my tastes. Now with AutoPkgr and a built-in JSS uploader integration, it's pretty much the best tool any Mac Admin can have at their disposal.

While there isn't a specific AutoPkgr integration with Slack yet, you can use Zapier to build one. If you're not familiar with Zapier, think of it like an integration builder. Want to connect two services? Zapier can most likely help you with that. It's already incredibly robust, with API integrations with TONS of services. Since AutoPkgr has a built-in email notification feature, the logical starting point is an Email trigger that sends a notification to Slack in its action.

Here's how it works:

1. Sign up for Zapier (and I'm assuming you already have a Slack account at this point).
2. Make a Zapp with Email as the trigger and Slack as the action.

3. For Email select New Inbound Email, and for Slack select Send New Message.

4. The email option will be default, so click Continue.
5. Connect to your Slack account, and choose that as your account for the Zapp.
6. Create a filter for your messages. Basically, you're creating an email account that AutoPkgr will send an email to. You can name it pretty much anything you want, just make sure you remember the address so you can enter it into your AutoPkgr settings.

7. For the actual email settings, the default should work just fine. Make sure you select a destination for your notifications (I have mine set to DM me, but if you have a team that works on Mac updates it might be worth setting up a team channel or private group for these to go to), the Text of the message (mine is the Subject of the email and the Body Plain of the email, YMMV), set the name that displays when a message sends, set the Parse Mode to full, and an icon to use. I just found one online and grabbed the URL (hopefully it doesn't kill your bandwidth, @rtrouton).

8. From there you're ready to test. Send a test email to the address you created and then click the Test Email trigger button. When you get the notification, you're all set!

9. Now that the Zapp works, head over to your AutoPkgr setup and enter the email address.

You should now get a notification in Slack when AutoPkgr runs and sends an email. Fun!

This should work with a free account on Zapier, but you'll only want the Zapp to run 2-3 times a day so you don't exceed your monthly Zapps and then have to start paying. Such is how we suffer for freeness.

Thanks to @soxin4 on the macadmins Slack for the pointers.

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Stashbusting // Mason Jar Cozy

I've been fighting a real itch to get crafty again recently. I haven't really touched any projects—knit, crochet, cross stitch, or otherwise—since I went "head down" on the dissertation back in February. I'm finally in a position where I have a little breathing room (honestly I should still be working on it anyway) but to fend off losing my sanity I opted to crochet something. I stumbled across this cute mason jar cozy pattern on A Beautiful Mess and decided to give it a go.

I used some old Knitpicks Merino Style yarn in a bright turquoise and a 3.5mm hook. There isn't a gauge listed on the pattern but I'm guessing they either crochet incredibly loosely or those mason jars are really tiny, because this just barely squeezed onto this smaller-sized mason jar.

I modified the start of the pattern just a tad by using a magic ring rather than a ch4. I know traditional granny squares use a ch4 loop but the finish of a magic ring is just so much nicer.

I am now one step closer to covering everything I own in yarn.

Sunday Stuff // Daredevil & Cyberman Funko Pops

A friend of Charlie's texted him a picture of a Daredevil Funko Pop he picked up from Hot Topic, so he ran over to our local HT and got one for our collection. It's apparently some kind of exclusive, so you can only get it there. (Let's be honest, there are worse reasons to go to Hot Topic). From what he told me, HT is about 80% Funko Pops now, so it may be a good stop when you're looking for some for your collection.

It also turns out HT has the Doctor Who Funko Pops in stock as a "pre-release exclusive," which from what I can tell means they just have them before any other shops. So he picked up a Cyberman for me, which will most likely be the only one I get.

He's surprisingly happy! I think they did a great job of adapting the Cyberman look to the Funko Pop shape. And I'm even happier that they don't have the stupid Cybus thing on them anymore.

I still don't quite have a good home for my Doctor Who collectables yet. I'm hoping that, once we get into a bigger place, we have some good dedicated shelving to show off our stupidly big collection of nerdy stuff.

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