I’ve been experimenting with using FaceTime as an always-on video conferencing system. However things like network interruptions happen. Therefore, it’s never a bad idea to plan for that and allow either end of a call to initiate a new call without someone on the other end hitting accept. To do so, we can just send a boolean AutoAcceptInvites key to com.apple.FaceTime:
defaults write com.apple.FaceTime AutoAcceptInvites -bool true
After restarting FaceTime, incoming calls will automatically answer. Since we might take a machine and do something differently, we might need to disable this again. To disable this feature:
defaults write com.apple.FaceTime AutoAcceptInvites -bool false
krypted September 29th, 2013
Posted In: Mac OS X, Mass Deployment
always on, automatically accept calls, FaceTime, video conferencing
Apple now has a new system status page for their services, available at http://www.apple.com/support/systemstatus
. This site goes through many of Apple’s services and shows an indicator light for when they are up. Additionally, you can scroll down to the detailed timeline and see a historical account of what services are online.
This is yet another step in Apple’s continued progress at providing more and more information to the community on, well, everything. This includes seeing Apple popping up at conferences here and there, most notably at Black Hat this year, publishing more kbase articles that detail problems and allowing more community involvement from some employees. A more open Apple is a more enterprise, education and consumer friendly Apple.
krypted December 14th, 2012
Posted In: Articles and Books, Business, cloud, iPhone, Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server, Mac Security, Mass Deployment
Apple Online Store, FaceTime, iCloud, icloud.com, itunes match, maps, Photo Print Products, storage upgrades
I will go through long stretches without playing with new technology until I either get unbusy or get talked into figuring out how to do something remotely interesting with it. Like linking FaceTime up to a help desk database. It turns out that Apple made it a very straight forward process. Simply use a facetime handler as the prefix to a URL with the phone number of the other person (iPhone 4) or their FaceTime email address (usually with the desktop app).
For example, if my email were email@example.com then you could use the following from terminal:
Or if my phone number were 310-555-1212 (it is you know;):
krypted November 9th, 2010
Posted In: Mac OS X
bash, FaceTime, script, Shell, URL