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How To Send URLs From iPhone to Home Browser

I’ve run in to many times where I’m browsing on my iPhone or iPad and want to browse a page at home, but there is no easy was to send the URL and have it just open in my desktop machine’s browser. Well today I figure it out and here’s how you do it.

You will need:

  • An AIM client on your iPhone/iPad – I’m currently using Beejive AIM, but that may change.
  • A “remote” AIM account and a home AIM account.
  • A Mac with iChat running – set it to auto launch at login.
  • My cool AppleScript to glue it all together.

The AppleScript

1. Copy this script and save it in your iChat Script folder. Generally that’s in your home folder /Library/Scripts/iChat/.

using terms from application “iChat”
on message received theMessage for theChat
if theMessage contains “http” then
tell application “Google Chrome”
set URL of active tab of window 1 to theMessage
end tell
end if
end message received
end using terms from

Couple of notes about the script.
We’re going to link this script to a specific buddy. If you linked it to everyone, then any URL in any chat would open in your browser. You don’t want that.
Because we don’t check the buddy in the script you can connect it to two or more buddies and any of them could open URLs.

Set Up AIM programs

You want to add both accounts to the buddy list of your phone AIM program and your desktop’s iChat.
Add your “remote” AIM account to your home AIM’s buddy list.
Add your home AIM to your phone’s buddy list.

In iChat select your remote account’s buddy and select Buddies->Show Info. A window will open, select the Alerts tab. Check the “Run an AppleScript script:” check box. From the popup select the script you just saved to your iChat folder.

If you save your script somewhere else and select it from this pop up using “Choose Script…”, iChat will copy it to the iChat folder, not use it where it is. So if you edit it where you saved it, iChat won’t see that change.

That’s it. Now send an text message with a URL in it.

Couple of caveats.
If you use Beejive AIM on the iPhone it has a UI weirdness where you have to start typing a message before you can paste. So type a space and then do your paste.
If you send something else besides the URL in the text message your browser will give AppleScript an error. A beginning space doesn’t count, so it’s OK.

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-03-18

  • I passed my final. It looks like Ron is finished with Paramedic School. #
  • When one barrel just isn't enough. Gives a whole new meaning to double stack. #
  • Don't sell individual parts like LEDs or resistors but lots of cool equipment. [pic]: #
  • Diet Cherry vanilla Dr Pepper (@ Fuddruckers) [pic]: #
  • [EMSNewbie] 79 Finished Paramedic School – #EMS #
  • Just finished recording episode 79 of EMSNewbie. Sorry for the false alarm on publishing it. #
  • One last trip to the place that made me stop being a vegetarian before I move away. (@ James Coney Island) [pic]: #
  • House packe and loaded. #
  • Everything is now loaded in the truck and someone was desperate to see the house today. Which could be a great thing. #
  • One more time before we go. (@ Chuy's w/ 2 others) [pic]: #
  • On the road and first full up only half a tank. May be the most expensive fillip I've ever had. #
  • Lesbian erotica is on the shelf above String Theory for Dummies…. (@ Hastings) [pic]: #
  • I got The Game game and am going through and making an Abilene pile and a non-Abilene pile of cards. #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-03-11

  • It cost $27 to change your CHL address! That's ridiculous. #
  • It's baby birthing time. Please. (@ Memorial Hermann Northeast) #
  • Well it looks like I'll get my birth but it won't be a happy ending. #
  • I've been feeling a little under the weather today. Major headache right now. #
  • Just rewatched When a Good Man Goes To War, Dr Who episode. Still the greatest twist in TV history. #
  • Nothing like a good night's sleep to make you feel better. #
  • one semesters worth of paperwork. Won't really even fit in a folder. But it is done. #
  • That's it. Think I did well on orals. Final was a brutal 180 questions and took over 2.5 hours. Not so sure about that one. #
  • Where the chicken shwarma is great and the lines in the parking lot are just a suggestion. [pic]: #
  • Let's see how bad Hollywood will screw up my childhood. Some of my favorite books as a teen. [pic]: #
  • Messing with my TVs YouTube app I found my videos look really good on the big screen. #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2012-03-04

  • Mmmm I can do taxes, study or go to the range. Range wins. Off to Gander Mtn. #
  • My forearm and hand are sore after 30 min in the virtual range. (@ Gander Mountain) #
  • Didn't try them but an interesting idea. (@ Sonic Drive In) [pic]: #
  • Even though I'm not on till 6pm for my last clinical, my brain wanted me up for the 6 AM part. #
  • Just finished my mid-term. Has to be the longest test I've had in P-school. 2 hours to do it and I finished with < 10 min. Passed though. #
  • Talking blue moons at the start of my last EMS clinical. (@ HCEC Station 93/96) [pic]: #
  • Kussmaul respirations don't look like I expected. But I know what they look like now. #
  • That's it. My last EMS clinical is over. #
  • I was craving coneys. I'll miss this when I move. (@ James Coney Island) [pic]: #
  • Is it weird the first thing I thought when I saw this was Dalek? #
  • Chai soy latte. (@ Black Hole w/ 3 others) [pic]: #
  • Class of 83/82. (@ Mojo's Sports Grille w/ 3 others) [pic]: #
  • Hungry at 1am? (@ Whataburger) [pic]: #
  • Time to go to my 29 year high school reunion. No I don't feel old…. #
  • [EMSNewbie] 78 Plug The Holes – #EMS #
  • Class of 83/82 reunion. (@ H&H Ranch) [pic]: #
  • [Reactuate] Time To Move #

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Time To Move

I’ve decided its time to really move to Abilene.

For the past seven and a half months I’ve lived in Houston and been in Abilene when I needed to be. Mostly I’ve needed to be here because I’ve had paramedic school. Classes last semester, and clinicals and class this semester.

Clinicals finished last week. My last final and oral boards are on Friday. It’s time to really move.

There are things I need to be in Houston for. PALS February 28-29. National Registry Paramedic Skills testing April 21, with practice labs the week before. But mostly I’ll be in Abilene after Spring Break.

It’s a bitter sweet thing, like finishing my clincials was. I’m ready to be where my heart – aka the Mrs – is, but there are a lot of opportunities here in Houston that I’m leaving behind. And a lot of friends.

I won’t have Houston Skyline Studio and Bob, Jerry and John to do photography with. Shawna and I will be even more challenged getting the Photographer and Model podcast done.

I won’t be working with the guys from In The Rabbit Hole, or hanging out with them at Tea on Thursday nights.

Won’t be able to volunteer and work with all my compatriots at Harris County Emergency Corp. And school will be over and I won’t have a reason to be with all my classmates and teachers at Lone Star North Harris.

When we decided to go to Abilene I said to myself, “Sometimes you need to turn your life upside down just to see how it changes.” Now it is really happening. It’s scary, exciting, weird, sad, and a whole bunch of other things I can’t put into words.