Published a bit of a different article with SellingPower than my usual stuff. This one is on Sales Methodologies, published with SellingPower.com at http://blog.sellingpower.com/gg/2016/07/the-top-10-sales-methodologies-you-should-consider-for-your-business.html.
Hope you enjoy, if you’re into the salesy types of things!
krypted July 28th, 2016
Posted In: Business
Early fall is a great time to visit Gothenburg, Sweden. The students are back at the local universities, which gives any city a certain energy. You’ll also find fewer crowds than other times of the year, agreeable weather, some of the best people in the world, and plenty of serious awesomeness to see and do.
Sweden’s second largest city is an important port city, quickly growing in popularity due to a variety of attractions including of course, MacSysAdmin. In addition to popular tourist destinations, there are special events held in September, charming canals that stretch through the city and beautiful neo-classical architecture everywhere you look. Great food at every corner, a vibrant shopping scene, and all the nature you can ask for right at your doorstep are just a handful of reasons that make Gothenburg so unique.
Much of Gothenburg can be explored by walking. I usually register at least 10 kilometers a day when I’m there, but longer distances can be covered via the simple public transportation provided by the city. I recommend the Gothenburg Card that allows you to use all public transportation, and gets you free admissions to museums, parks, and a number of entertainment venues. The card is 40 Euro for 24 hours, 56 Euro for 48 hours, or 72 Euro for 72 hours.
Just arrived in Gothenburg? A trip through the seemingly endless canals and moats is the best way to get a good overview of the city. Ride in a Paddan boat underneath dozens of bridges, along famous sights, and through scenic waterways while learning all about the city’s exciting history. Boats depart 2-3 times per hour from Kungsportsplatsen right in the center of Gothenburg. Walking along the Canals is also a wonderful way to see the city, especially so you can catch a sunset during your travels!
Just outside of Gothenburg lies a breathtaking chain of islands that are home to fantastic beaches, seals, and romantic villages. Several boats drive along the car-free islands, where you can hop off and go for walks. This unique little trip is definitely worth including in any Gothenburg itinerary. You can also easily get there on tram 11 from Gothenburg to the Saltholmen boat terminal.
Gothenburg provides a veritable cornucopia of shopping outlets. You’ll find everything from large modern shopping malls like the Nordstan to designer boutiques to vintage shops. Candy, crafts, fashion, electronics, and even toothpaste. Stroll around trendy neighborhoods like Haga and Magasinsgatan that are packed with cool cafés and bistros or, if you’re looking for a broader selection of shopping and nightlife options, walk around the Avenyn Boulevard that stretches from Kungsportsplatsen to Gotaplatsen and along several side streets.
With direct access to the North Sea, it’s no wonder that fresh seafood can be found at every corner – nothing beats fresh fish, oysters, lobsters, shrimp, and of course brilliant salmon. If waking up early isn’t an issue for you, head down to the fishing port where Sweden’s largest fish auction kicks off at 06:30. And while you’re out, try the Tunnsbrödsruller, the Swedish answer to hot dog – sausage, mashed potatoes and lettuce rolled in soft flat bread. If you find yourself in a café make sure to try the Swedish cinnamon rolls, but do yourself a favor and stay away from the salted licorice!
You can pet some animals, visit with woodland creatures like deer and owls, and try and get a donkey to clear out of the road while you’re walking by at Slottsskogen. Stunning woodlands that have been protected as a park since 1874, with plenty of trails, spaces, animals, and Pokéstops, it’s a must!
Although Gothenburg offers so many things to do outdoors (and by September I want to spend most of my time outdoors – Winter Is Coming after all), the weather sometimes turns and we retreat indoors. One lovely way to spend some time in Gothenburg is in their wonderful museums. If you love you some science then Universum (https://www.universeum.se/en/) is your answer. Want to know more about the city’s history and its culture? Head off to the Gothenburg City Museum (http://goteborgsstadsmuseum.se/en) for interesting facts and insights – by the way, the museum is home to a real Viking ship, Sweden’s only surviving one. Love cars & machines? Whether you’re young or old, you will love the Volvo Museum (http://www.volvomuseum.com/) that will show you everything you ever wanted to know about Volvo and more. Want to check out some fine art? Visit the Museum of Fine art. It’s cool. But check out the others first, as they’re some of the more unique museums you’ll visit.
Sports fans won’t want to miss the Gothenburg Basketball Festival, where young players from 20 different nations come together for the largest basketball tournament in the world. Every competitor is under the age of 20, and games are played at more than 30 courts throughout the city. Who knows, maybe you’ll get to see the next Jonas Jerebko before they end up at the Celtics!
Bibliophiles will enjoy the Goteborg Book Fair, which features many celebrated authors. Here you can attend seminars, exhibitions, and enjoy a variety of activities geared towards book lovers. The fair is held in the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre.
If you’re coming through Gothenburg, you’re in Sweden. Stockholm is the largest city in Sweden and easily accessible by trains that take you through stunning countryside while you swipe away at those elusive Charmanders. Oslo, Norway is close, as is Copenhagen. But as with many places, more important than the big cities in the region are the plethora of adorable small cities and towns that dot the landscape.
Opened in 1923, Liseberg Amusement Park is home to roller coasters (41 rides!), a beautiful garden, and all the craptastic fair food you can stomach (and a vegetarian menu btw). There’s also The best wooden rollercoaster in the world, which is the name of the coaster, not an award it’s been given. And if you’ve got any energy left, you can catch a show at the Stora Scenen, an attached concert venue. If you get there in later October, you can also catch the Halloweeeeeeen festivities there!
Gothenburg also has a vibrant night life. If you happen to be in Gothenburg for MacSysAdmin, which is when I make my annual pilgrimage there, chances are you can easily find me at the Bishop’s Arms, the Dubliner, or the bar in whatever hotel you’re in. And there are plenty of night clubs if you want to go dancing (Glow and Parken), cafes for lounging, and of course, McDonald’s for getting a few calories back in your system after hours of cavorting with friends.
I have a lot of friends that visit Gothenburg frequently, or live there. What did I miss, what are some of your favorite spots, or stories of Gothenburg?
krypted July 27th, 2016
Posted In: Travel
There’s a new JSS companion tool, called JSS MUT, which allows you to perform mass actions based on a CSV. Basically, set fields and enforce mobile device names (becoming a very common need out there). If you’re a JSS admin, it’s a nice tool, and a big should out to Michael Levenick for making it free!
Official website is at http://jssmut.weebly.com.
Hat tip to Trey Howell for clueing us in! 🙂
krypted July 18th, 2016
Posted In: JAMF
Looks like Sal et al posted a suite of Automator Actions to link the Casper Suite to Apple Configurator at https://configautomation.com/jamf-actions.html. In my limited tests so far they work pretty darn well!
Some pretty cool things here, like having the JSS rename a mobile device when managed through Apple Configurator, having Apple Configurator instruct the JSS to remove a device from a group, clear passcodes, update inventory, and other common tasks involved in workflows when leveraging Apple Configurator for en masse device management. Good stuff!
krypted July 14th, 2016
While I’ve only gotten to Level 16 in Pokémon Go so far, I have taken a decent amount of notes and thrown them at http://krypted.com/pokemon-go-tutorial/. Thanks to the others at JAMF Software for getting me started on documenting this stuff, and if anyone sees anything I missed please feel free to comment!
krypted July 9th, 2016
Posted In: Gaming
I don’t like hunting through multiple apps to turn off a light in my house. Therefore, I’ve been trying to get everything centralized in the Wink app. When it comes to managing Philips Hue lights, the Wink can turn them on and off, as well as change the percentage that a bulb is lit, acting as a dimmer.
Philips Hue lights run through a bridge, known as the Hue Bridge. This device bridges the Wi-fi network and allows the Philips Hue app to control your lights. Once your Hue lights are configured, open the Wink app and tap on Add a Product.
At the Add a Product screen, tap on Lights.
At the Lights screen, tap on Hue Lights.
At the Philips Lights screen, tap on Next.
At the next screen, tap on Sign In.
At the Link Account screen, enter the email address and password and then tap on Log in.
At the Welcome screen, tap on Yes.
At the next screen, tap on Connect Now
Tap on the only button on the Hue Bridge.
Once the Wink app can communicate with the Hue bridge, tap on the Done button.
The lights that are running through your Hue Bridge will then be displayed in the Lights screen.
You can organize your lights into Groups. For example, if you have multiple bulbs in a single room, you might choose to group them together. To do so, tap on New Group.
Provide a name for your new group and check the box for each light to add to the group.
The app has then been setup and you can control your lights.
krypted July 8th, 2016
One of my favorite options in the latest round of home automationry is the ability to voice control all the things. The Wink has a pretty substantial list of supported home automation devices. The Alexa can control the Wink. Therefore, the Alexa can do all the things, even though integrations with Alexa were not built for most of those devices by Amazon.
The beauty here lies in the ubiquity of APIs these days. Alexa has a recipe-style option called a Skill (further humanizing her). Basically, you add the Wink skill, then scan for devices that are connected through the Wink, then viola, tell Alexa to do something to them. To get started, open the Alexa app and tap on Skills. Search for Wink and then tap on Enable.
At the Wink screen, enter the username and password for your Wink account and then tap on Sign In.
Provided all goes well, you’ll then be told that Alexa linked with Wink (there’s a joke there… anyone?).
Alexa doesn’t know about your devices that are connected through Wink yet. So now tap on Discover Devices.
The app then shows all the devices connected. Mine will have about 20, but I’ve only got two setup for now.
From the Wink app, let’s add another device.
Then let’s tap Discover Devices again from the Alexa app.
Any new devices are then displayed.
Different devices have different voice commands. For example, a thermostat can change the temperature whereas a light switch can turn on and off, a dimmer can be set to a certain percentage of power, or a garage door opener can open a garage door. Now, if I can only find the dip-switch controlled coffee pot and hook it up to an automated receptacle so Alexa can make me a cup of coffee…
krypted July 7th, 2016
The Ring is a great little device. I love it when I see an alert on my Apple Watch, tap a button on my phone, and then see the UPS deliverer walking away from my front door. When you’re home though, it’s nice to have a door chime. The first thing you do when you’re setting up one of these is to join a wireless network called Chime-****something****. This is pretty common in the home automation world. Devices ship running as a WAP so you can wirelessly control and set them up.
Once the device joins the wireless network, open the Ring app and then verify that you’re joined to the right wireless network. If you need to leave the app and join the right network, do so.
Provided that you’re joined to the Chime network, the Chime will then scan for Wi-Fi networks.
Once the networks have been listed, choose the one yours will live on (or use the Add Hidden Network option if you have a suppressed SSID).
When prompted, provide a password for the network.
The chime then completes setup and should be audible when the button on the Ring is pressed.
krypted July 6th, 2016
Posted In: Home Automation
The practical uses of Wearables and Home Automation never cease to amaze me. I recently added a Kinsa thermometer to my collection of useful toys. This little device uses the 1/8th inch jack like the original Jawbone did. It works like a regular thermometer, but displays temperature on an app that runs on the iPhone. It’s simple to setup and once setup, works the same as any other thermometer.
Due to the power of the Internets, you can then select symptoms and check for common ailments that match.
You can also look at your history, tracking the rise and fall of your temperature.
Overall, a cool little device and a cool little app.
krypted July 4th, 2016