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!
krypted December 30th, 2016
Posted In: Articles and Books
The title of this one ended up a bit more FUDy than I’d prefer, but the content’s mostly what I provided.
With the rise of SMB-friendly backup solutions like CrashPlan, Carbonite, Mozy, and Backblaze, small businesses will choose to back up their systems with alternatives to expensive tape libraries, software to drive those libraries, and countless hours spent restoring files. As more cloud-based security attacks happen, businesses will realize that having a solid backup is one of the most important aspects to device security.
Oh, and in case anyone (Mosen/Dials) is bothered by the fact that I’m reblogging articles I do above and beyond what I do on Krypted, it’s my way of keeping track of all my other writings. And no, while I do write for Huff Post now, I don’t smoke weed (like ever). But thanks for your perspectives, I’ll try and up my game since you feel my contributions to the community were not enough while I was writing three books on Mac management (two are now shipping, the third will be shortly)… 😉
Oh, and I was serious about doing a long-term podcast. Now that my after-hours schedule is freeing up, I’m game to get on that! <3
krypted February 5th, 2016
This is my 3,000th post on Krypted.com. The past 3,000 posts have primarily been about OS X Server, Mac automation, Mac deployment, scripting, iOS deployments, troubleshooting, Xsan, Windows Servers, Exchange Server, Powershell, security, and other technical things that I have done in my career. I started the site in response to a request from my first publisher. But it took on a mind of its own. And I’m happy with the way it’s turned out.
My life has changed a lot over these past 11 years. I got married and then I got divorced. I now have a wonderful daughter. I became a partner and the Chief Technology Officer of 318 and helped to shape it into what was the largest provider of Apple services, I left Los Angeles and moved to Minnesota, left 318 to help start up a new MDM for small businesses at JAMF Software called Bushel, and now I have become the Consulting Engineering Manager at JAMF. In these 11 years, I have made a lot of friends along the way. Friends who helped me so much. I have written 14 more books, spoken at over a hundred conferences, watched the Apple community flourish, and watched the emergence of the Post-PC era.
In these 11 years, a lot has happened. Twitter and Facebook have emerged. Microsoft has hit hard times. Apple has risen like a phoenix from those dark ashes. Unix has proved a constant. Open Source has come into the Mac world. The Linux gurus are still waiting for Linux on the desktop to take over the world. Apps. iOS. iPad. Mobility. Android. Wearables. Less certifications. More admins. And you can see these trends in the traffic for the site. For example, the top post I’ve ever written is now a list of Fitbit badges. The second top post is a list of crosh commands. My list of my favorite hacking movies is the third top post. None of these have to do with scripting, Apple, or any of the articles that I’ve spent the most time writing.
That’s the first 3,000 posts. What’s next? 3,000 more posts? Documenting the unfolding of the Post-PC era? Documenting the rise and fall of more technologies? I will keep writing, that’s for sure. I will continue doing everything I can to help build out the Apple community. And I will enjoy it. I’ve learned a lot about writing along this path. But I have a lot more to learn.
The past 3,000 posts have mostly been technical in nature. I’ve shown few of my opinions, choosing to keep things how-to oriented and very technical. Sure, there’s the occasional movie trailer when I have a “squee” moment. But pretty technical, overall. I’ve been lucky to have been honored to speak at many conferences around the world. One thing I’ve noticed over the past few years is that when people ask me to speak at conferences, they ask me to speak about broader topics. They don’t want me doing a technical deep dive. People use the term thought leader. And while I don’t necessarily agree, maybe it’s time I step up and write more of those kinds of articles here and there.
I’ve learned so much from you these 11 years. But I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface. I look forward to learning together over the course of the next 3,000 posts! Thank you for your support. Without it, I’d have probably stopped at 10 articles!
krypted November 16th, 2015
Was interviewed by the most excellent guys from the Command Control Power podcast. Wetland everything from Bushel, to IBM, to Apple, to OS X Server, to Krypted, to Instagram nerdy and even a little reading It’s now available at http://commandcontrolpower.com/podcast/2015/9/12/117-charles-edge-of-jamf-software-and-kryptedcom-talks-about-the-response-to-bushel.
I have tons of fun with these guys and look forward to getting a good excuse to hang out with them again! Maybe next time I’ll interview them!
krypted September 17th, 2015
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!
krypted March 18th, 2015
Yosemite Sam Server (Server 3.5 running on OS X Yosemite) sees little change with the FTP Service. Instead of sharing out each directory the new incantation of the FTP service allows administrators to share a single directory out. This directory can be any share that has previously been configured in the File Sharing service or a website configured in the Websites service.
To setup FTP, first open the Server app and then click on the FTP service.
Once open, use the Share: drop-down list to select a share that already exists (output of sharing -l basically) and click on one of the shares or Custom to create a new share for FTP. Then, set the permissions as appropriate on the share and hit the ON button for the FTP service.
Now, let’s test from a client. I like to use the ftp command line interface built into OS X. To test, type ftp followed by the address of the site (and I like to put the username followed by @ before the hostname, as follows:
When prompted, provide a password. Then, assuming your get the following, you’re in:
230 User robin logged in.
Remote system type is UNIX
Using binary mode to transfer files.
Here, type ls to see a list of the directories contents. Or pwd to see what directory you are in (relative to the root of the ftp share). And of course, type get followed by the name of a file to transfer it locally:
Open a terminal window on the server and let’s look at the few options you have to configure FTP from the command line. We already discussed sharing -l to see a list of the available shares. Additionally, you can use the serveradmin command, where ftp is the name of the service. Let’s look at the status of the service, first:
sudo serveradmin fullstatus ftp
Now let’s look at status:
sudo serveradmin status ftp
Same thing, right? Let’s look at all the settings:
sudo serveradmin settings ftp
If you have spaces in the name of a share that you configure from the Server app the thing will fail. Good stuff, so use serveradmin to manually set shares with spaces or other special characters in the names:
sudo serveradmin settings ftp:DocumentRoot = “/Shared Items/Krypted”
Overall, this ftp implementation is meant for users who just need to access their web server where all the files live in a web root of some sort. Otherwise, I’d still recommend most people use a third party tool. But if you just need to log into one share and you don’t need a lot of fancy features on top of your protocols that haven’t changed much since 1985 then this implementation will still work for ya’ without any extra work.
Since we mentioned 1985, let’s look at some other things that are as old, although perhaps not as dated, as the FTP Protocol. Things from the year 1985:
krypted October 17th, 2014
I have now opened up the site to user submissions and built a page to submit content. I’ve also tweaked the layout a little more to make things load faster and cleaned up the nav bar so that the Submit button can take you to the submission page. I hope to see some pretty awesome submissions after slaving away on the forms!
A couple of notes on submissions:
The submission page is here: http://krypted.com/submissions
krypted May 12th, 2012
Posted In: sites
krypted December 28th, 2009
Posted In: sites
When it snows in Minneapolis, it snows on Krypted.com (OK, not always, but when I remember maybe it does). Hope you enjoy it. And while we’re at it, I tweaked it so it should take up less resources on your computer. Let me know if it helps…
krypted December 3rd, 2009
Posted In: Mac OS X