< expLog


I spend a lot of time working with timestamps in my professional life: mostly while digging through error logs across various languages or digging into raw data.

Opening a terminal, copying a timestamp in and running some variant of a date command (that I always look up with ^R is annoying.

After spending a bit of time digging into various ways to get my hooks into OS X`s contextual menu, a simple python script in Automator seemed the best solution: you can grab it here.

Highlighting a timestamp and running the service shows a notification with a pretty printed date.


This requires pync installed to trigger notification center alerts for timestamps (just make sure you can import pync in the python interpreter).

Install the workflow and assign a nice shortcut: I use Ctrl + Shift + ;, but then I use dvorak; YMMV.