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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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Here’s my deck from MacSysAdmin, if you’re interested in such things.

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October 5th, 2016

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My presentation from MacADUK from the fall is now available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRq6rCKSHko. This was a rapid fire look at a lot of the tools available for Mac and MDM management.

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Thanks again to everyone at Amsys for putting on such a wonderful conference and for inviting me to be involved. And for making the videos available to anyone!

May 9th, 2016

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

Things to Do In Austin In May

Diverse, fun and infused with culture, Austin is the capital of Texas and home to a prosperous community and a wide variety of culture, from the world class cuisine in the many fine restaurants, the growing population of infamous tech companies, the summer festivals and creative atmosphere, to the magnificent country music in what is also referred to as the Live music capital of the world (although Nashville, Athens, and other cities might have some arguing of that point).

Here are some great things to do when you visit Austin: 

  1. Austin City Limits

I grew up seeing acts including Willie Nelson, Little Feat, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Lyle Lovett, Merle Haggard, George Strait, REM, and everyone who was anyone play at Austin City Limits. The same is true today. It’s like playing at the Grand Ole Opry, but open to acts that today include the Arctic Monkeys, Lumineers, Alabama Shakes, Bon Iver, and this year Robert Plant even played. I put this as number on on my Austin list. If you never come back, you have to do this. Even if you’re a vegetarian (‘cause yup, #2 is eat BBQ).

You should also check out the Paramount theatre. But not until you’ve seen a show at Austin City Limits.

  1. Enjoy some of the best BBQ food in the world

Smokey Denmark’s, Valentinas Tex Mex, Lamberts and Rollin Smoke  BBQ; Austin is overflowing with amazing restaurants serving the most succulent meats, steaks, ribs and barbecue delights. While the town may be synonymous with live music, this is certainly the case when it comes to food and in particular, barbecued food. You would be hard pushed to find a better selection of barbecue restaurants anywhere in the US, or the world for that matter.

Freedman’s, Blacks and Kerlin all have an incredible menu on offer although they can also be a little expensive depending on your budget. However, if you make it to Ruby’s BBQ in the early evening, you can join the many students taking advantage of special promotions.

  1. Vegetarian

If you’re a vegetarian, go to Veggie Heaven instead

  1. Sample the infamous Austin nightlife

Often referred to as the “Live music capital of the world”, a night out on 6th Street in Austin is simply unforgettable and little wonder given how there are more than 150 live music venues offering a sublime mix of blues, jazz, rock, hip-hop and more. Some of the most famous of these venues are Club DeVille and The Mowhawk, while the Continental Club is renowned for being the birthplace of the music venue scene. And then there are the traditional dance halls where visitors can learn Texas Two Step, the Broken Spoke is arguably the most popular dance hall in Texas. Regardless of your interest, when you visit Texas in May, there will be no end of amazing experiences to sample after dark.

  1. Have food and nightlife

And for a fusion food/nightlife moment, check out the calendar for Stubbs and see if there’s a show you’d like gorge yourself by: http://www.stubbsaustin.com.

  1. Explore the attractions in Zilker Park

Across the river in Austin, an enormous park is waiting to be explored, where you can hike, swim, climb of follow on of the many trails through stunning scenery. Zilker Park offers a quick escape from the bustling city and it is not only a leafy or scenic place to enjoy, but also home to several attractions including the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum, the Botanical Gardens and a Nature and Science Center which gives you the opportunity to unearth some dinosaur fossils.

  1. Take a cultural tour of the State Capitol

Restored in the 1980’s, the State Capitol is a prime example of the many cultural buildings still standing in Austin today. Originally opened to the public in 1888, the unusual pink color gives the architecture a unique identity and the exterior makes for an awe inspiring sight.

Visitors can take a fascinating tour of the interior of the building which includes the original hall chamber and the governor’s receiving room, while a self guided brochure will explain the background of each monument or room, and most of the grounds are also open for the public to explore.

  1. Get your hike on at Lady Bird Lake

Bike, hike, or just take a picnic to a beautiful spot, that is sure to delight. How much more Texas do you get when Longhorn Dam makes Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin? Apparently, the former First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson was integral to the creation of this lake, and so it was later named after her. It’s like many lakes throughout downtown areas of major cities, with the addition that teams from the University of Texas can be seen here pretty much year round. I’ve seen people fishing here and while there are obviously polluted lakes around cities, this isn’t one of them. I might swim in it, but I certainly wouldn’t eat fish out of it. And if you happen to be there wen there are fireworks, it’s seriously amaze amaze amazing.

  1. Hike Some more

Mount Bonnell has a great view and a bit more expansive. Earlier in the summer is way prettier, before the dust makes everything a bit tan/reddish. It’s like Camelback in Phoenix.

  1. Check Out LBJ’s Presidential Library

From Monticello to the Carter Presidential Library, most former presidents have some kind of tribute to their time in office. And these offer a candid snapshot not only to the person who served that role, but also to the world they were in, and how that shaped their candidacy and presidency. LBJ was one of the more interesting presidents, serving in the House of Representatives from 1937-1949, as a US Senator from 1949 to 1961, as Vice President under Kennedy from 1961-1963 and then as President from 1963 to 1969. He served as president during Vietnam, civil rights turmoil, Medicare, immigration reform, reforms to social security, and so much more. But perhaps the most important thing about LBJ that I learned from visiting his library was just how much of a political machine he built, and how he could have run for another term, but had basically lost control of the party by the race in 1968. I love going to these kinds of places!

  1. Breakfast Tacos

Get your Torchy’s breakfast tacos. Seriously, almost as good as the breakfast burritos on that spot on Main Street in Santa Monica that I don’t think has a name. Crazy noms. Speaking of breakfast tacos, Polvos has the best guac in town in my opinion. I realize that might be fighting words for some. But rather than fight about it, I’d prefer to be proven wrong. J

  1. Keep getting your museums on

OK, so the Bullock Texas State History Museum, dozens of museums around the campus at the University of Texas, etc. Like mot capital cities, this one has no shortage of publicly funded places to see political, art (The Blanton Museum of Art), and other museums. Most importantly though, all things Texas. The Harry Ransom Center, and the list goes on and on.

  1. Circuit of the Americas

F1 racing. No need to say more! I think one of only 3 F1 tracks I’ve been to. Fun times and very different from other kinds of racing! And when you’re done, head over to K1 Speed of Austin for some racing of your own!

  1. Festivals in Austin, Texas

As with much of the summer months, Austin is a hive of activity in the month of May (e.g. if you’re there for www.acesconf.com with a large number of festivals taking place. For anyone interested in film, the Cine Las Americas International Film Festival covers a variety of films from the Americas, the Caribbean and even the Iberia Peninsula. Most of these movies are of Latin origin, although some are based on other natives in the regions. The Old Pecan Street Spring Arts Festival is an enormous art festival which is most ideal for families and then the West Austin Studio Tour is a festival of a more general nature, showcasing the creative talent in the are through art galleries and exhibitions. Regardless of which one you choose, the festivals in Texas make for a great time to visit. Of course, there’s www.sxsw.com as well, although I think Aces will be a little more fun. 😉

  1. Karaoke

All college towns (and yes, Austin, I’m lookin’ at you as a college town) have decent to fair karaoke. Never great, never awful. Sing your heart out at Karaoke Underground. I did Public Image Limited. I was sober. OK, no, I did Sex Pistols and wasn’t…

  1. Learn to Two Step

Hit the Broken Stpoke or another bar to see people dancing the night away, the same way they’ve done since the 30s. Cowboy hats, boots, belt buckles, and a disposition that’s the only thing sweeter than the tea in these parts.

  1. Have great coffee

I like Dominican Joe. But like all the coffee shops in all the college towns in all the universes, I really don’t think you can go wrong… For example, Spiderhouse doesn’t have great anything, except peoplewatching.

  1. Foooooootball

I love me some sportsball. Especially football. And few places sport better fans than the University of Texas at Austin. People here bleed Burnt Orange. Not all, but most. This article is more for visiting in the spring (e.g. for Aces), but you know, even if you can’t see a game that time of the year, you can still ask a local “What do you think of Coach Strong?” Even if you don’t know anything about foosball (yes, that’s another pop culture reference), it’s still the right thing to do.

  1. Check out a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse

It’s one of those “Keep Austin Weird” kinda’ places. It’s an amazing theatre, where you can enjoy cult classic movies with a beer. Similar to the State Theater in Athens, Georgia. Big, cheep, usually crappy beer pairs very, very well with movie marathons.

  1. Buy weird stuffs

So much awesome. Such happy. Stop by the City Wide Garage Sale, Uncommon Objects, Charm School, and Monkies Vintage. And then head to the Cathedral of Junk so you don’t buy too much of it!

The sun rising over the Wells Fargo building in Austin, TX in February 2013

April 24th, 2016

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The podcast we’ve started doing for MacAdmins.org is now up on iTunes! Find it here. 

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March 31st, 2016

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I’ve been thinking a lot about content strategy and the why and when of how articles are posted. I’ll keep writing whatever I want, whenever, often times based on what I happen to be working on at that moment. In other words, I actually have no content strategy for krypted, and I don’t feel the need to implement one. But at least I explored it, thought about it, and got a few notes down for friends who do want one, or are thinking about it. That article went up on Huffington Post yesterday at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/charles-edge/the-importance-of-having-_2_b_9563304.html. A snippet of the article:

Search engine optimization (SEO) involves strategies and techniques that, when used properly, increases the amount of people that come to your website via search engines, like Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft Bing. Getting enough content, and more importantly the right content, on your site is your content strategy. As a business owner you always need to try new, interesting, and interactive ways to promote your company. And one of the best things you can do is to create a good content strategy for your organization’s website.

A business owner, or marketing employee in a small business is likely to wear a lot of hats. In large companies, there are often teams of people creating, editing, releasing, and strategizing what content to create on a website. How does a smaller organization compete for a similar audience? A good content strategy at a small business can help keep you focused and provide a unique experience to your readers. You can get material out faster than if articles have to pass through multiple layers of approval before going public. Timely pieces can mean getting to audiences before the competition can catch up. And having a personable and authentic voice can keep readers coming back to your site.

Not only does a good content strategy allow you to take your business to the next level, but it also offers a wide range of other benefits, as you can see below!

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Click here to read more…

The one point I didn’t think to make was once you have a good content strategy in place, it becomes much easier to outsource the creation of content. You can bring in professional content creators (writers). And then you can hopefully just edit their work. I’ve never had the greatest of luck with that, so I just keep writing stuffs. But I know a lot of people who have, and a lot of people that do this work, and do it really… really… well!

March 30th, 2016

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When уоu thіnk of State College, thеrе’ѕ a gооd сhаnсе thаt one thіng соmеѕ tо mіnd: MacAdmins. OK, so the rest of the world thinks of Pеnn Stаtе football, but if you’re on this site, you probably think of this wonderful conference, hosted at Penn State. While thе tеаm іѕ a bіg drаw for thе rеgіоn, thеrе are рlеntу оf оthеr grеаt thіngѕ tо dо іn State Cоllеgе and the rеѕt of Cеntrе Cоuntу. I first visited State College when doing a tour of chapter houses for my fraternity, then for a Widespread Panic, then to do work at a couple of  

Thеrе аrе mаnу оutdооrѕ асtіvіtіеѕ іn Cеntrаl Pеnnѕуlvаnіа. Cеntrе Cоuntу has several rесrеаtіоn сеntеrѕ аnd facilities for уеаr-rоund fun, іnсludіng сусlіng, fishing, hiking, саmріng, golf, ісе ѕkаtіng аnd more. Whеthеr уоu lіvе іn Stаtе College, Bеllеfоntе, Boalsburg or Phіlірѕburg, аttеnd Pеnn Stаtе University, оr аrе vіѕіtіng Central Pennsylvania fоr business оr pleasure. 

Sоmе оf thеm, like thе All-Stаtе Museum оr thе Pеnn Stаtе Creamery аrе wеll known. Hоwеvеr, оthеrѕ mіght bе a bіt оf a ѕurрrіѕе fоr еvеn thе mоѕt knowledgable оf residents аnd аlumnі. Hеrе аrе ѕоmе the thіngѕ уоu can dо whеn vіѕіtіng State College, Pеnnѕуlvаnіа In Lаtе Junе: 

Bars

One of the great things about a college town in the summer is that there are less kids around. There are still enough to realize that, yes, you’re old. But there are way less drunken brawls, less underage barfing in the bathrooms, and maybe arguably a more mature time (unless I’m there). There are some pretty good bars along College, E Beaver, and E Calder (right off campus). Start at Phyrst, and find your way around the circuit to The Tavern, Brewery, and Shandygaff! Not a bad few blocks if you just want to have a drink, move on to another bar, and repeat. Love this scene, it’s like Athens, Georgia, where I went to college (so I would).

Drink Crаft Beer 

Aѕ a соllеgе town, уоu might thіnk that State Cоllеgе іѕ full оf сhеар bееr. And you certainly have lots of access to cheap alcohol. Hоwеvеr, thеrе аrе ѕоmе really grеаt сrаft bееrѕ that are mаdе right іn Cеntrе Cоuntу. 

Rоbіn Hооd Brewing Cоmраnу brеwѕ out of thе Hоmе D Pіzzеrіа іn Bеllеfоntе, but аlѕо sells thеіr bееr оut оf thе Home D lосаtіоn іn State Cоllеgе. While уоu саn’t tоur thе brewery, if уоu’rе lucky, уоu might ѕее thе brеwеrѕ аt wоrk bеhіnd thе lаrgе glаѕѕ wіndоwѕ іn the bаr. 

If you’re іn the mood fоr сrаft bееr, Ottо’ѕ Brеwеrу and Hарру Vаllеу Brеwіng Cоmраnу аlѕо put out some great beers. 

Eаt Authеntіс Cаjun Fооd 

Not everyone drinks. But everyone eats. Authentic Cаjun fооd in thе mіddlе оf Pennsylvania mіght seem оdd, but аt Spats Cаfе on thе еdgе оf downtown Stаtе College, you саn hаvе just thаt. Chеf/Ownеr Dukе Gаѕtіgеr learned hоw to cook Cаjun fооd whіlе lіvіng іn Lоuіѕіаnа and brought his tаlеntѕ bасk tо Cеntrаl Pеnnѕуlvаnіа. Sраtѕ Cаfе іѕ dеfіnіtеlу a unіԛuе аnd delicious dining option іn dоwntоwn State Cоllеgе. 

Explore Wоrld-Clаѕѕ Art 

On thе campus оf Pеnn Stаtе’ѕ саmрuѕ is the Pаlmеr Museum оf Art. Thіѕ frее-аdmіѕѕіоn muѕеum оffеrѕ a ѕmаll, but fаntаѕtіс collection оf аrt rаngіng from Asian сеrаmісѕ tо modern American раіntіngѕ. 

Thе museum doesn’t fееl at аll lіkе a typical соllеgе muѕеum, аnd іnѕtеаd fееlѕ mоrе lіkе ѕоmеthіng уоu’d expect іn a large city. Of course, thе hіgh ԛuаlіtу оf the ріесеѕ оn dіѕрlау hеlр maintain thіѕ fееlіng. Thіѕ is dеfіnіtеlу a fantastic dеѕtіnаtіоn for anyone lооkіng for a lіttlе сulturе. 

Tour A Cаvеrn Bу Boat 

There are plenty of caverns іn Pеnnѕуlvаnіа, but thеrе’ѕ оnlу оnе that уоu can tоur by boat. Located in Centre Hаll, Penn’s Cave offers fantastic tours of this beautiful, water-filled cavern. Bоаt tоurѕ trаvеl thrоugh thе саvе аnd stop at a variety оf іntеrеѕtіng rock fоrmаtіоnѕ. 

Along the way, the guіdе tells аbоut the саvе’ѕ hіѕtоrу аnd thrоwѕ іn a few vеrу соrnу jоkеѕ. Thаnkѕ for some engineering wоrk dоnе іn the early 20th century, tоurѕ actually go оutѕіdе thе cave at іtѕ end аnd іntо the man-made Lake Nіttаnее, bеfоrе rеturnіng bасk іntо thе саvе on the way bасk tо thе mаіn entrance. 

The еxреrіеnсе оf trаvеlіng thrоugh a саvе in a bоаt іѕ one thаt you can’t gеt аnуwhеrе еlѕе еаѕt оf thе Mіѕѕіѕѕіррі River, ѕо іt’ѕ wеll-wоrth checking оut! 

Sее Chrіѕtорhеr Cоlumbuѕ’ Sеа Chеѕt 

Of all thе surprising thіngѕ оn this list, thіѕ one mіght be the mоѕt ѕhосkіng. Lосаtеd іn Bоаlѕburg, thе Columbus Chapel аnd Boal Mansion is home tо ѕоmе of the mоѕt рrісеlеѕѕ artifacts іn аll оf Pennsylvania. Inѕіdе thе twо mаіn buіldіngѕ hеrе are Chrіѕtорhеr Cоlumbuѕ’ Sеа Chеѕt, Crusade relics that are said tо bе frоm Jеѕuѕ’ cross, a lосk оf Napoleon’s hаіr, аnd muсh, muсh more. The truth оf thіѕ place іѕ ԛuіtе ѕtrаngеr than fісtіоn. 

Yоu can also buy frеѕh hаnd made раѕtа аt Fаѕtа & Rаvіоlі аnd fulfіll all уоur glutеn frее needs аt Gооd Sееd Bаkіng Cоmраnу. Alѕо, hеаr lіvе сlаѕѕісаl muѕіс wіth 2 lосаl оrсhеѕtrаѕ, 3-5 Unіvеrѕіtу orchestras, and thе Penn’s Wооdѕ Summеr Fеѕtіvаl orchestra. 

So many things. Rock climbing at Stone Valley, get a show on at State Theater,

March 24th, 2016

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The excellent organizers from ACES did videos on getting to know their speakers. You should check them out, as it’s pretty fun to see all the people talk about what they’ll be talking about, and Austin, and all the things! 🙂

From the blog, just browse to the other recent articles, or from the YouTube channel:

https://acesconf.com/get-to-know-our-speakers-charles-edge/

February 24th, 2016

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As promised, here’s the presentation I gave this morning at the MacAD UK Conference in London. It is incredibly well put together and all the presentations thus far have just been fantastic. Congrats to the entire team at Amsys and the speakers for such a great show!

MacADUK 2016 Presentation

February 9th, 2016

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The world of Apple is bored with me (or at least I am) and so I think it’s about time for some new blood in the Apple speaker community. I’d be happy to help a few talented MacAdmins get some exposure in whatever way I can. If you’d like any help in preparing a presentation or a proposal, please feel free to reach out!

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To quote the most excellent organizers of the Penn State MacAdmins conference:

The MacAdmins 2016 Call for Proposals is now open!  We’re looking for engaging, well-crafted sessions and workshops that showcase the latest tools and strategies for managing Macs and iOS devices.  From technical deep dives, case studies, and soft skills, to workflow improvements, tool overviews, and essential admin skills – we want to showcase your knowledge and experience at one of the premier Mac and iOS conferences in the world.

If you’d like to present a workshop or conference session, please visit our site below and fill out a proposal:

http://macadmins.psu.edu/conference/submit-proposals/ >

Call for Sponsors

Interested in sponsoring the MacAdmins Conference in 2016?  Want to get your products and services in the hands of influential Mac and iOS administrators from across the world?  See our information below and become a sponsor!

http://macadmins.psu.edu/conference/sponsorships/ >

Save the Date

Penn State MacAdmins Conference 2016 will be held June 27-30.

Early Bird Registration

Details on registration will be released in February!  Stay tuned!

Again, I think it’s time for a whole new generation of speakers, and please feel free to reach out if you’d like to be amongst them and would like a little help getting there!

December 28th, 2015

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