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The Day That Macworld Died

If you go to the official Macworld Expo site, you’ll notice that the conference has, like the Blues Brothers before the movie, been disbanded. MacIT lives on, but Macworld Expo does not, for now. Shouldn’t be a surprise at this point, given the fact that the Macworld magazine has gone through some substantial changes as well, recently. But it is a surprise nonetheless.

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I have many great memories from Macworld, including striking up friendships with young gurus named Bartosh, Dreyer, Regan, Wisenbaker, Rennich, Welch and many, many others back when Apple was an afterthought. Special thanks to Paul, Kathy and many others for their massive contributions towards making the Apple community what it is today. Much respect. Dedication:

And Macworld, hopefully I’ll be dedicating this one to you in 2016 when you get the band back together!

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MacTech Conference 2014

Some info about MacTech Conference 2014, from the organizers. I hope to see ya’ there, so go get a ticket already!
MacTech Conference 2014 is our 5th MacTech Conference!
Awesome Venue. We’re really excited about our venue: The Manhattan Beach Marriott. It’s a beautiful venue, close to LAX, overlooks a golf course, and is a great deal on guest rooms. As it did the last few years, the discounted guest room block is expected to sell out — so we want to encourage people to jump on getting registered now. See http://www.mactech.com/conference/hotel

Expanded Schedule. The main conference event is three full days of awesome sessions, incredible speakers, useful labs, fun activities, and food! See http://www.mactech.com/conference/schedule
Pre-Conference Workshops. As extension of last year’s newly added workshops, there’s an expanded array of pre-conference workshops. You have a choice of both half day, and full day, on a wide array of IT and developer topics. There are EIGHT pre-conference workshop options that attendees can choose from, including TWO certifications/accreditations — see below. The six workshop topics include:
  • Rapid Start: Objective-C & Cocoa for iOS & Mac
  • Security
  • Automation Mindset: Scripting, Command Line, and More
  • OS X Server
  • Mastering Auto Layout
  • Using Amazon Web Services
Updated Certifications. Attendees can get both Apple certified and Microsoft Office for Mac accredited on the same day. The Apple certification includes an instructor led study group, as well as the exam on site by an Apple Authorized Training Center (See http://www.mactech.com/conference/certification). And, attendees can also take a Microsoft Office for Mac Accreditation Course/Exam (no extra charge) given by a Microsoft trainer. There’s actually enough time that they can take both of these, and walk away with two new credentials. See http://www.mactech.com/conference/microsoft-office-accreditation
Awesome Speakers. MacTech Conference’s speaker line up showcases some of the true gems of our industry. People that not only are expert at what they do, but want to share that knowledge. The incredible line up we’re announcing now is already beyond impressive, but we’re not done yet — with more speakers to come. http://www.mactech.com/conference/speakers
More SessionsWith the new expanded schedule, we’re adding in more sessions than ever before. More information, including some very cool surprises, are to come.
More LabsOur labs have always been well regarded, but people wanted more of them, and more topics. Again, the expanded main event schedule is going to allow for just that.
Vendor ForumsMacTech Conference has always been a great place to get face-to-face with vendors, and form those relationships that help get things done. QuickTalks and Vendor Tables will continue to be a part of the event this year, but we’re now extending new Vendor Forums where attendees can select the vendors they want to hear more from with a deeper dive. And, as always, since the vendors are integrated into the event, meals, and more, the chance for those expanded relationships continue throughout the event.
Activities. MacTech Conference is not only about learning, it’s also forming relationships and building networks. MacTech is known for conference activities that not only give you an opportunity to spend time with your peers, they also you get to meet new people expanding your network. As an immersive conference, we’ll have you busy from morning until night … literally. The big question is always “What are we doing this year?” We’re not quite ready to tell you yet. Let’s just say that you should make sure to keep your Wednesday and Thursday evenings open. :)
Excited yet? We hope so. We certainly are. We’re just getting started and this is already shaping up to be the best MacTech Conference EVER!
Some nitty gritty details.
Pricing. You register now with “Super Early Bird” pricing at $899 which saves $600 until June 15. See the pricing plan and dates at http://www.mactech.com/conference/about#Pricing — but again, take note, the hotel guest rooms WILL sell out, and you cannot reserve a room until you’re registered. As always, price includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, breaks and activities. No one ever leaves a MacTech event hungry. Period. And if they are hungry, in the words of one attendee “it’s their own fault!”
Dates: The Pre-Conference day is November 4th, 2014. The Conference is November 5-7, 2014 (Wed-Fri). Many people are already planning on coming in early for the weekend, or staying the weekend after. And, we’ve brought together some awesome hotel rates so they can do that inexpensively without having to check out.
Who Attends?  Ever wonder who attends MacTech events?  See for yourself the type of company you’ll keep at this event at http://www.mactech.com/conference/whos-attending or the types of comments they tweet at http://www.mactech.com/conference/tweets

 

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MacAdmins 2015

I was super-bummed that I missed the MacAdmins conference at Penn State University. But, all is not lost as MacAdmins will be held July 8-10 in 2015 at the Penn Stater Conference Center and I’ll be able to see all those awesome people there next year!

In the meantime, something fun and new is the 2014 MacAdmins Playlist to maybe get exposed to some new stuff: http://spoti.fi/VTdxLX.

As an aside, here’s a fun pic of @derflounder and I (and others) doing a round table from a few years ago on the Penn State site:

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MacSysAdmin 2014!

Well, it’s that time of the year when one of my favorite conferences opens up registration! Come one, come all to MacSysAdmin for good times, good people and lots of fun Macinnerdiness! I hope to see you there! The official page is up at http://www.macsysadmin.se.
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MacAdmins Conference at Penn State

Straight from our good friends at PSU:

Register Now for the 2014 MacAdmins Conference!

We’re proud to announce that early-bird registration for the 2014 MacAdmins Conference is now open!

This year’s conference will be bigger and better than ever, with over 50 sessions on Mac and iOS administration topics, 5 brand new pre-conference workshops, and 3 amazing evening events.

Early-bird registration price is the same as last year:
* $400 conference only (July 9-11) <http://macadmins.psu.edu/conference/registration/>
* $550 conference plus pre-conf workshop (July 8-11) <http://macadmins.psu.edu/conference/registration/>

Early-bird pricing ends April 30, and we expect to sell out quickly, so register now:

<http://macadmins.psu.edu/conference/registration/>

** Pre-Conference Workshops
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This year we’re introducing pre-conference workshops – 5 full-day sessions on the most important topics facing today’s Mac and iOS System Administrator:
* D&D – Deployment and Delivery
* iOS and Mobile Device Management
* More Shell Scripting than Necessary
* Python and Git for System Admins
* Mac Admin Fundamentals

Visit our Workshops <http://macadmins.psu.edu/workshops/> page for detailed descriptions. Space on these workshops is limited and they will fill up fast!  Secure your spot today. <http://macadmins.psu.edu/conference/registration/>

** Thanks for the Session Submissions!
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We had a tremendous response to our conference session call for proposals.  If you submitted a session, you’ll be hearing from us in the next few days.

** New Hashtag:  #psumac
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The MacAdmins Conference at Penn State is @psumacconf <https://twitter.com/psumacconf> on Twitter and our official hashtag is #psumac <https://twitter.com/search?&q=%23psumac> .

Update your Twitter clients and saved searches accordingly!

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MacIT Early Bird Registration

If you haven’t signed up for one of my favorite conferences ever, MacIT (alongside Macworld) then you should give it a go. If you’ve never been, it’s great and if you’ve been then it’s great to catch up with old friends. I hope to see you there!

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MacIT®, taking place March 26-29, 2014, in San Francisco, CA at Moscone Center North (alongside Macworld/iWorld), is the definitive event for understanding Apple technology implementation and management in enterprise environments. Our esteemed faculty of industry experts provide detailed, impartial analysis of the technology and solution chains you face when putting iOS, OS X and Apple hardware products to work in large enterprise.

MacIT 2014 features sessions on: MDM, BYOD, IPv6, VMs, SNMP, Mavericks, iOS7 and more!

MacIT 2014 opens with a thought-provoking keynote: What the Enterprise Needs from Apple – IT Execs Speak Out.

In this special panel discussion led by IDG Communications’ Chief Content Officer John Gallant, leading IT executives and a top Apple analyst share their views on what the enterprise needs from Apple. What gaps exist in current Apple offerings? How does IT want to deal with – or not deal with – Apple? How can enterprise IT and Apple build a more fruitful partnership that makes life easier for the business and helps Apple build even better products for a future in which the line is increasingly blurred between work and the rest of our lives? The session will highlight opportunities for Apple and other companies to improve the Apple ecosystem at work.

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MacIT is uniquely positioned to help today’s IT/IS and Network managers face and conquer the mobile implementation challenges they face daily.

Register today to join your IT colleagues, technology leaders and industry experts, at the definitive event for deploying and managing Apple in the enterprise.

Register by February 28th to Save!

For the full conference program and list of speakers, visit www.macitconf.com
We look forward to seeing you next March!

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MacIT Is Coming! #MacIT2014

Last year was my first year in many not being able to make it to MacIT. This year, I made it a priority to get out to the area and I’m glad to report the good people that select speakers elected to have me join in the revelry. If you haven’t yet made plans to get to San Francisco from March 26th to the 29th you should. While the speakers and sessions haven’t been officially announced, the page that they should appear on soon is http://www.macitconf.com/sessions.

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For more information on the logistics around the conference, check out http://www.macitconf.com. Look forward to seeing you there!

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