Tiny Deathstars of Foulness

Are you using Parallels?  Need access to a com port through one of those handy little Keyspan’s?  Check this out:

June 30th, 2008

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

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OK, so you’ve got that shinny new Artbox, er, Final Cut Server installed and now you want to start using it.  You’ve configured proxy settings, metadata sets, etc.  So you insert your CD into the client and go to run the installer.  But wait a minute, the client isn’t there…  You feverishly search the box that the Unlimited Client came in but find nothing.  Uh oh.  Now we have a problem…  Well, never fear.  Apple loves you.  The client is on the server available to all.  Simply point your browser at the IP of the server followed by /finalcutserver and viola, you’ll love it in an instant.  Now click on download and follow the extremely easy-to-use instructions in the installer!

June 29th, 2008

Posted In: Final Cut Server

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I was talking to this client one day and without thinking much of it, we got into the topic of a Mac OS X-based version of Citrix/Terminal Services.  I lamented how I wish that there was a thin client for the Mac that worked like Citrix or Terminal Server but that there wasn’t and that it was the kind of thing that the server admin community for Mac products had been hoping for.  Well, little did I know that the guy was really, really smart and would basically write one within two weeks.  As with many things, the devil is in the details and over the past year or two they have been refining it through various versions to be the very nice product it is today, AquaConnect.  For more, check them out at:

June 28th, 2008

Posted In: Mac OS X Server

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You cannot increase scope without increasing budget or removing other scope items…

June 26th, 2008

Posted In: Consulting


Many a late night I’ve despised that with which this shirt displays…

June 25th, 2008

Posted In: Articles and Books


Be mindful of your appearance.  Clip those nails, comb that hair and don’t wear the jeans with the rips that you cut off at the bottom.  Look clean; sure, there are a variety of jobs where appearance doesn’t matter, but you know what?  It can’t hurt to look your best, but it could hurt not to.

June 24th, 2008

Posted In: Interviewing


Ours is an industry rife with buzz words.  They seem to come and go with every passing financial quarter with regularity.  Each one gets over used and then forgotten, but they all have a reason and they all start somewhere.  I don’t really have much more to say about it…

June 23rd, 2008

Posted In: Business, Consulting

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Recently I had a scenario where I wanted to disable all of the menu items using an MCX for some NetBoot clients.  To do so, I ended up building a custom MCX.  To do so, first open Workgroup Manager and click on the group in question.  Then click on Preferences and then the Details tab.  Next, click on the + sign and browse to /System/Library/CoreServices.  Next click on Menu Extras and click on the pencil.  Here drop down the Always disclosure triangle and click on the New Key button.  From here, name the key with menu item in question (or create multiple keys) and set the Type to Boolean and the Value to False.  Keys that you can do this with include:

June 22nd, 2008

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

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OK, I know this doesn’t really sound like something you’ll need in the field.  Well, it isn’t.  Unless of course you’re in the field in between looking at houses, which I am these days.  So what does this little bugger do?  Well, it can figure up payment, interest, amortization, track progress of mortgages, car loans, credit cards, etc.

June 21st, 2008

Posted In: iPhone


So what do you get a geek like me to welcome the birth of his firstborn?

June 20th, 2008

Posted In: personal

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