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Tiny Deathstars of Foulness

I noticed a page go up on JAMF Nation inviting people to setup their own birds of a feather/mini-events. As with many cities, one of the things that’s great about Minneapolis is the vibrant craft brew movement here. So, I decided to build a list, with contact information and the distance to the Guthrie. Happy times setting up events. Or if you visit in the future, hope you find it useful! The list is available here.

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Eventually I’ll try and write up a description of each. I omitted any place that isn’t actually a brewery, but there are some really great tap rooms as well!

August 31st, 2015

Posted In: Minneapolis

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Yup, more social media weird lists. If you’ve ever wondered what you have to do to get that one sticker on Foursq… er, Swarm, here goes: http://krypted.com/utilities/list-of-all-swarm-sticker/.

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A few things I’ve learned about these things:

  • You get stickers if you check-in through third party apps that have API plug-ins to Swarm (such as Untappd).
  • You get stickers if you check-in through the Foursquare app instead of Swarm.
  • The distance limitation for stickers seems to be removed (so if your GPS picks you up a mile from a spot and you are checking in there, you’ll still get a sticker if appropriate).
  • There are no more levels of stickers/badges like there were in Foursquare.
  • You can be mayor again, if you’re into that sort of thing.
  • There’s a sticker for editing places, likely to get people into crowdsourcing the upkeep of the data, which can otherwise get stale.

August 27th, 2015

Posted In: Social Networking

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JAMF Nation User Conference

As the largest Apple IT gathering in the world rapidly approaches, we want to give you an early glimpse into the great presentations at the JAMF Nation User Conference (JNUC).

We are excited to announce that we’ve added the first ten JNUC sessions to our site. With sessions for education and commercial organizations, you’re sure to find presentations to meet your needs. Highlights include best practices for preparing Macs for online testing, ways to bring Apple’s Volume Purchase Program (VPP) and Device Enrollment Program (DEP) to life in your environment, and methods for mitigating and addressing Mac security threats.

Haven’t registered yet? There’s still time, but hurry. We’re nearing our capacity. 

Secure your spot and start making your travel plansand accommodations before it’s too late. We hope you can make it!

RSVP Today

August 26th, 2015

Posted In: Mac OS X

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One of the things that is awesome and sometimes frustrating about Apple Configurator is that when you do certain tasks, you end up updating the OS on devices. The reason this is awesome is that it allows you to centralize operations. The reason this can be frustrating is that if you’re on a limited bandwidth connection, you may find that you can’t do very basic tasks before downloading a large OS update. And if you’ve got a bunch of Apple Configurator workstations, and you are running a training session, this can get infinitely more annoying.

In these types of lab environments, you’re in luck. If you have an ipsw (the iOS OS update file), you can copy the file from ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.configurator/Data/Library/Caches/com.apple.configurator/Firmware/ onto another machine. To copy them onto a USB drive called bananarama for example, use the following command:

cp -R ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.configurator/Data/Library/Caches/com.apple.configurator/Firmware/ /Volumes/bananarama/ipsws/

And once you’ve moved that drive, to then copy them back:

cp -R /Volumes/bananarama/ipsws/ ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.configurator/Data/Library/Caches/com.apple.configurator/Firmware/

August 22nd, 2015

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Emacs (not eMacs) is an open source project, bundled with every version of OS X. And it can’t be altered. I wrote about the Cookies recipe that Richard Stallman bundled with Emacs long ago. He also has some somewhat sexist dating tips and a bunch of other weird rantings that he bundled in there. But perhaps the best contribution is the games that Emacs comes with. These include doctor, dunnet (which would have been a great MMPORG), pong, snake, solitaire, tetris and the ever-so-popular gomoku.

These games are located in the /usr/share/emacs/22.1/lisp/play directory. But you don’t access the games directly. Instead, you use the emacs command. To get started, fire up Terminal, then run the emacs command:

emacs

At the “Welcome to GNU Emacs” screen (see below), you’re going to need to be very specific about the keys you use. Hit the Escape key.
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At the screen with the red text (see below), hit the x key.

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At the M-x prompt, type the name of the game I listed above that you’d like to play.

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Here, we’ll type snake.

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Press the Enter key and then you will be in the game.

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When it’s over, hit escape, then x and then type the name of the next game if you’d like to, such as tetris.

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August 20th, 2015

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One of the easiest things to do in OS X is to remotely run an installation package using the installer command. You can do some similar tasks in Windows, although the commands aren’t quite as cut and dry. The Start-Process command can be used to kick off an executable. Here, we will kick off the msiexec.exe and feed it an argument, which is the msi file to install silently. We’ll then wait for it to complete:

{Start-Process -FilePath "msiexec.exe" -ArgumentList "/i TEST.msi /qb" -Wait -Passthru}

August 19th, 2015

Posted In: Windows Server, Windows XP

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By default, the Chromium OS rootfs is read-only. If you boot the system in developer mode, you will be able to disable rootfs verification and modify existing files or write new files into the file system. Before you do this, note that your file system will no longer be verifiable (won’t checksum properly) and you’ll end up needing to restore a recovery image in order to get back to normal mode. So this might be a bit dangerous if you’re not using the device for something like regression analysis (why I needed to do this).

To make the file system writeable, first fire up a command prompt via crosh, by using Control-Alt-T and then running the shell command at the shell prompt:

shell

Then run the following shell script to remote rootfs verification and make the file system writeable:

sudo /usr/share/vboot/bin/make_dev_ssd.sh --remove_rootfs_verification

 

Then you can reboot and do whatever it is you need to do. For example, install a vine server and run automation scripts to do regression testing. Enjoy.

August 18th, 2015

Posted In: ChromeOS, Ubuntu, Unix

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August 18th, 2015

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I’ve been underwhelmed (if that’s a word) by the list of common ports used on the Apple platform recently, so I started my own. It’s available at http://krypted.com/guides/common-apple-ports/ if you’re interested. It’s also under the Tools menu of the site. And yes, I’m aware that I can cat /etc/services; this includes some rudimentary notes.

August 17th, 2015

Posted In: Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server, Mac Security

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Recently, I had a bit of a problem with some code I was sending back and forth through Messages. This was caused by smart quotes, which replace single and double quotation marks with directional quotation marks. This can cause a lot of problems. To disable smart quotes:

defaults write com.apple.messageshelper.MessageController SOInputLineSettings -dict-add "automaticQuoteSubstitutionEnabled" -bool false

August 16th, 2015

Posted In: Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server, Mac Security, Mass Deployment

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