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Chuck Joiner was kind enough to have me on MacVoices again, this time an episode focused on Holiday Gift Guides. I’d tried to stay sub-$50 but then Chuck totally stole some of my selections. We laughed. We cried. Hope you enjoy!

December 7th, 2016

Posted In: Articles and Books, Home Automation, Interviewing, public speaking, Wearable Technology

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macOS has keychains. Sometimes they’re a thing. When they are you might want to delete them. Let’s say you have an admin account. You want to keep the keychains for that account, but remove all the others. For this, you could do a shell operator to extglob. Or you could do a quick while loop as follows:

ls /Users | grep -v "admin" | while read USERNAME do; rm -Rf "/Users/$USERNAME/Library/Keychains/*" done;

If you borrow this, be careful.

December 1st, 2016

Posted In: Mac OS X, Mac Security

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The logs for Outlook are… Interesting… Diagnostics are difficult without logs. They used to be at ~/Library/Containers/com.microsoft.outlook/ Data/Library/Logs/ or

To enable logs, open Outlook and then click on Window and then click Sync Errors.

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From there, click on the cogwheel and then check the box for “Turn on logging for troubleshooting”

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Now go ahead and quit Outlook and open it again. When prompted, click “Leave Logging On” and then when you get errors, open the logs.

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Once enabled, you’ll see logs at ~/Library/Group Containers/UBF8T346G9.Office/OfficeLogging/. You can edit a maximum size for the log files using defaults to send a EWSMaxLogLength key to com.microsoft.Outlook using the following command:

defaults write ~/Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.Outlook EWSMaxLogLength 64

November 30th, 2016

Posted In: Mac OS X, Microsoft Exchange Server

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November 29th, 2016

Posted In: MacAdmins Podcast

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A bit of a different type of post for me, but I did an article on keeping volunteers engaged for NotOnMyWatch.Solutions:

You meet some people who share a common idea. You decide to band together to change the world. You take action. You get started. You meet. But people become disengaged. They loose interest. And before you know it, that inertia you grabbed in the beginning starts to fade until you’re alone, a mission unfulfilled.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Let’s look at a few ways you can keep those flames burning:

You can read more at http://www.notonmywatch.solutions/10_ways_to_keep_your_volunteers_engaged.

November 23rd, 2016

Posted In: Volunteerism

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November 22nd, 2016

Posted In: JAMF, MacAdmins Podcast

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The MacAD.UK (aka macaduck) is coming up in February. The schedule and lineups are coming together nicely and I really like the sessions that have been announced thus far (turns out our friends at Amsys have their finger on the pulse!). Soooo, you should join us! And for a limited time, you can join us at a sweet, sweet discounted price! The code is 2017sp10 and is valid for a 10% discount! Sign up at http://www.macad.uk.

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November 19th, 2016

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You work for weeks, months, or years to build a business that is killing it. Then you get a huge new customer. You feel like you’ve been put on the map. But then the reality sets in. Maybe you won the business because you’re innovative, less expensive, faster, etc. But now you start getting completely destroyed by the overhead of making those sweet, sweet dollars from that new customer. Wouldn’t it have been great to have known about a few things to ask about? My response includes a few tips on how to work with them, that just might save you some serious margin!. Check it out at http://www.inc.com/charles-edge/how-to-work-with-big-companies-without-getting-caught-in-red-tape.html.

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November 18th, 2016

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OK, I don’t talk politics, about personal stuff, etc on this site usually. And I’m not gonna’ start now. But with Give To The Max Day in Minnesota today, I did write an article on the meaning of Compassion on Huffington Post. It can be found at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/charles-edge/what-does-compassion-mean_b_12999974.html if you’re interested in such things; if not, hope you have a wonderful day!

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November 17th, 2016

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One of the first things we do when we setup a new macOS Caching Server is to check the logs to see if it’s actually serving content. You can view thee logs at /Library/Server/Caching/Logs/Debug.log. In the log, when a Caching Server has registered for your network, you’ll see a line that begins with the following:

Got request for host = http://swcdn.apple.com/

This above means that the server actually got a request (as it says) and that the request is for an asset at swcdn.apple.com (followed by the actual package path). Once found, the server caches the asset, which starts with the following:

Initializing asset handler for http://swcdn.apple.com/

The path would then match the same asset along with a path=(followed by the path to the asset on your server).

You’ll then see some information and ultimately a list of the number of bytes served from the cache, as well as the number of downloads. If that sits at 0 the server isn’t really doing anything…

November 16th, 2016

Posted In: Mac OS X Server

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