The videos from the MacADUK sessions are now available on the Internets! Including such great sessions as “What’s New With Managing macOS and iOS” from Marko Jung, “Something something commercial, something something open source” from Graham Gilbert, “Desired State Management Through Automation with Jamf Pro” from John Kitzmiller, “Advanced Mac Software Deployment and Configuration – Just Make it Work” from Tim Sutton, “Securing the Managed Environment – you, me, and everybody” from Pepijn Bruienne, “Munki and Patch. A Comparison” from Ben Toms & James Ridsdale, “Locking down macOS without Locking Up Users (The Sequel)” from Samuel Keeley. Totes fun! Watch them at https://online-training.amsys.co.uk/courses/macaduk-2017
12 years ago today I posted my first article on this site. My publisher at the time thought I should have a website, so I made one. And after over 3,500 posts, I’ve watched the industry change so much! I have always written about what I do. Because of that, the past couple of years have seen a slight shift from Apple device management (I mean, I still write about that when I feel like it) to more technical management and leadership articles. These days I also have contributions scattered all over the place, from publishing code on GitHub, to writing about technology and leadership for Huffington Post, to Entrepreneurism for Inc.com, to writing about scrum for devops magazines, to books on mostly servers and security for O’Reilly/Apress/TakeControl, and finally to activism (and hacktivism I suppose). I’ve taken some criticism for veering away from my core. And I’m OK with that. But I always come back here and post links to the other writings and podcasts and public speaking engagements even if they do go in a slightly different direction. And I still do an annual guide on OS X Server. This year I didn’t write a full-on book, as there was only one new checkbox, but I will when there’s more to write about – and I did update and expand the annual free guide. I also still write on mass management of Apple devices and whatever else I feel like writing about, but I don’t just do that any more, so I write about other things as well. Mostly though, I am honored so many people come to the site. I am always so grateful when people mention the site, say thank you in passing, ask me if I’m krypted in the bathroom (that happens), punch me for screwing up their server, or post comments asking follow-ups. It helps to know I’m not just writing for web crawlers and bots (although my preference is definitely to not get punched). So thank you for sticking with me however long you’ve been coming here! And please, feel free to recommend articles or if you’d like to do some guest posts (or become a long-term contributor) let me know and I’ll get you an account!
I’m obviously experimenting with other venues to contribute content to. Just posted an article called: The Changing World Of Technical Writing And Publishing on Buzzed. Enjoy!
My 14th book, The second edition of the Mac Administrator’s Guide is now shipping. This was a big, big rewrite, given the fact that the first edition was before the App Store, Gatekeeper, and many, many other technologies. You can buy this book here! Also, huge congrats to Bill Smith, for publishing his first book, and most notably for doing so much amazing work on this book! Finally, we’re editing the second and third books I did this past summer right now, so look out for those announcements shortly!
Charles is the Product Manager for Bushel. He’s ultimately responsible for pretty much everything Bushel, including customer acquisition, budget, the tech, etc. Charles came to Bushel after several years at the Chief Technology Officer at 318, a reseller and integrator for JAMF Software and Apple, where he provided (and managed the providing of) consulting services to organizations of all sizes who were integrating Apple technology. While Casper and other tools were great for larger customers, Charles wishes Bushel had been available for him to sell to his smaller customers. To Read The Rest Of My We Are Bushel Profile, Click Here
I count myself very lucky that I got to interview Pepijn Bruienne, who interviewed me some time ago. Both, on the AFP548 podcast. Here’s the first part of me interviewing Pepijn!
Awhile back I did an interview with Amsys for their blog. If you’d like to see Part two of that interview (which outlines what weed does to computers amongst other things), check it out at http://www.amsys.co.uk/2013/blog/charles-edge-interview-part-2/#.UVw1Hb_JBlI.
In December of 2004, in response to a request from my publisher at the time, I started this site in its current form. I kept the domain from my personal tinkeration site, which was a glorified file service, some static html pages for me to remember things (I can be a bit forgetful at times) and some .htaccess files to keep parts of the site private. I’d been using the domain for awhile, but started tinkering around with a few blogging engines and eventually settled on the one I’m using now. The total number of posts now sits a little over 2020, with a few being drafts on upcoming products currently in beta and a few written by other authors. This puts me at a little over 2,000 posts that I’ve written personally. Some have been very short and just little tidbits for me to remember. But over the years there have been many that were around the depth and size of chapters of books as well (in fact some have been chapters I cut out of books and others have ended up becoming rough parts of chapters for books later). I started out writing about whatever it was I was thinking about. During the fall that meant a little football here and there (the University of Georgia Bulldogs seem to always disappoint me). During the spring it occasionally turned to surfing or cooking. And sometimes I even meandered into business stuff. But overall, it’s mostly been technical writing. There have been sprinklings of humor (which I should clearly stay away from), pictures (again, something I should stay away from), I even dabbled with trying to branch into making it a bit more of a social type of thing. It almost feels like 2,000 posts flew by. During that span I have remained at 318 (where i’ve written around 500 posts on the company site), cobbled together 8 or so books for a few different publishers, written articles for magazines and other sites and authored tons of technical documentation for various vendors in the IT industry (most of which you wouldn’t know I wrote unless a screenshot accidentally has a SSID or something in the sidebar, etc). There has been a lot of writing. The site is steady at around 150,000 uniques per month, with a solid distribution of visitors from all over the world, comments from all over the world and the site is starting to get article submissions from around the United States. Hopefully the submissions will continue to increase, as nothing makes me happier than editing the content of others and seeing more than what I work with on a daily basis, which invariably ends up teaching me more – and connecting others to the community. A lot of people ask me how I can write so much. The answer is pretty simple: I am surrounded by amazing people who are life long learners, whether it’s in the communities (or circles) I am in, at home or in a very concentrated sense, at the office. Much of writing is figuring out how to do things. Occasionally you find a better way later or someone comments on an article and tells me a better/more efficient way to do something. In fact, hopefully you are always looking for a way to make things better. Writing is no different than making a script, the more you do it the more efficient you get at it. And when friends (or strangers) comment on the site for corrections, hopefully the more information becomes available to the community. With repetition, the pace of writing quickens. But the number one reason I write so much is because it obviously makes me happy. As I’ve mentioned, I’d like to make krypted.com into more of an outlet for others as well. Given the amount of traffic that the site gets, I feel it’s not a bad outlet for others. I’d also like to re-skin the site and move it to a better host at some point in the future. I can say that I’d like to make the site more charitable (which I honestly would like), to make it more “social”/community (I have mixed feelings on that, but whatever) or to make it more useful for non-technical tasks. But over the years, I’ve learned that the site is what it is: technical content. No one wants to read me yammer on and on about football, my various travels, the great food I eat (mostly because I tend to eat at Subway more than I should, which means notsomuch on the great food thing) or even news about this site (although you’re reading some now, so maybe…). People want to see the titles in a news feed or a Google search and decide if they want to read an article. That’s it. So that’s what I’ll keep doing, perhaps making it more of a ‘we’ than an ‘I’ moving forward! So 2,000 posts. Hopefully the next 2,000 will be better. Thanks for reading and visiting and keeping me goin’!
The Enterprise iPhone and iPad Administrator’s Guide is now shipping (and rapidly moving up in Amazon’s rankings)! There have also been a couple of sightings in Border’s. Apress also sent out a press release and an email blast regarding the book in the past week. So, feel free to buy it using the link below! 🙂