Tiny Deathstars of Foulness

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, 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!

December 30th, 2016

Posted In: Articles and Books

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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. Read more:,1#ixzz3zGet80fK
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

February 5th, 2016

Posted In: Articles and Books, Bushel

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This is my 3,000th post on 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. Unknown 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!

November 16th, 2015

Posted In: 318, Apps, Articles and Books, Bushel, Business, certifications, Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server, Mac Security, Mass Deployment, Microsoft Exchange Server, Minneapolis

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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 Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 8.14.13 PM 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!

September 17th, 2015

Posted In: Bushel, JAMF, Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server, Mac Security, Mass Deployment

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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!

March 18th, 2015

Posted In: Bushel, Interviewing, Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server, Mac Security

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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. FTP1 To setup FTP, first open the Server app and then click on the FTP service. FTP2 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: ftp robin@mavserver.krypted.lan 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: get myfile.txt 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:
  • Back To the Future is Released
  • Coke introduces one of the largest marketing fails of all time, New Coke. It is so bad it opens a hole in the Ozone, also discovered in this year by Al Gore
  • Rambo Part II and Rocky Part IV come out, Sly doesn’t come out
  • Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome teaches us that Tina Turner’s still got it – Bill Schroeder doesn’t have it, no relation to Ricky, he leaves the hospital part-cyborg with the first artificial heart.
  • A View To A Kill finally ends the Roger Moore era of James Bond. Computer nerds, keep in mind, he saved Silicon Valley. This movie had Christopher Walken and Duran Duran. What more could you ask for? Oh, right – Tanya Roberts! Oh, and Thomas Patrick Cavanaugh actually gets life for being a real spy.
  • Since Police Academy was a hit, the producers figured they’d screw it up by making a second movie: Police Academy 2 comes out
  • After watching Cocoon I now know I’ll never have to grow old, so I can treat my body however I want…
  • The unabomber is at the half way point of his career with 2 bombings this year, The Rainbow Warrior sinks (no known relation to the unabomber, unless he was a French antieco-terrorist), flight 847 is hijacked and Gorbachev becomes the leader of the largest pain in President Reagan’s bung hole: Russia (OMG Commies – Run!!!). In order to pay for the tail end of the cold war, Reagan lowers taxes and sends America into debt for the first time since 1914, a debt we are still in (evil Democrats, always incurring more American debt!). Meanwhile, Margaret Thatcher has shoulder pads surgically implanted because health care is free in Great Britain and all. Actually, National Health Service contributes little to England’s national debt, which was about as low in percentage of GDP as it had been since before WWI under her and due to her terms as PM. It was at its highest in the early 1800s, far before shoulder pads were in fashion… Having said that, the US, who went into debt for the first time had to sell Reagan’s autobiography rights in order to pay for his colon surgery since there’s not NHS here… He could have asked Gotti, who became the leader of the Gambinos in 1985 for a loan, but I hear he was too busy playing Tetris, which also came out in 1985…
  • British Telecom phases out red telephone boxes – almost as a result a single season of Dr. Who airs on TV.
  • In 1985, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Diana Ross, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner, Daryl Hall, Kenny Loggins, Huey Lewis and of course Al Jarreau sang We Are The World. Prince wouldn’t show and Waylon Jennings stormed out. Jane Fonda hosted a HBO special in between workout videos. Live Aid happens too, and is far cooler. But, at least Rich Ramirez (the Night Stalker) got nabbed in LA.Top singles on the charts include Madonna, Wham!, Simple Minds, Duran Duran, Phil Collins, Dire Straits, Starship, Lionel Richie, Foreigner and REO Speedwagon.
  • Top TV shows include the sweaters from the Cosby Show, Family Ties, Murder She Wrote, Dynasty, The Golden Girls, Miami Vice, Cheers, Knots Landing, Growing Pains and of course, DALLAS
  • The Ford Taurus and the Mercury Sable bring a new low point to American automobile engineering – luckily The Nintendo came out and no one cared for a decade or more…
  • The Commodore Amiga is launched.
  • The Free Software Foundation is founded by rms, author of great cookie recipes, tips on women and GNU Manifestos.
  • And most importantly, Steve Jobs starts NeXT

October 17th, 2014

Posted In: Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server, Mac Security

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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:
  • Submissions do not require authenticating to the site
  • For any accepted submissions I will create an account for you (unless you already have one) and make sure that submissions are properly attributed
  • Feel free to submit a snippet along with a read more… type of link that kicks to another site. Unless it’s a problem I’ll accept those articles, but would prefer them to be over 2 paragraphs
The submission page is here:

May 12th, 2012

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There are a bunch of new items on the store. But even better, there is a new rotating wall that is being embedded into the store page. Check it out! Hope you enjoy!

December 28th, 2009

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When it snows in Minneapolis, it snows on (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…

December 3rd, 2009

Posted In: Mac OS X

Tags: , , – Facebook, like other social networks before them now allow you to sign up to have a name, or handle, that will follow you and allow you to quickly find friends provided you know their unique name, etc. It seems to be a bit of a scramble and names are filling up fast, so I wouldn’t wait for long. It’s easy to do, log into your Facebook account and there’s a box staring right at you asking if you want to go ahead and set it up! PS – Thanks to Kevin for reminding me when I got off my flight!

June 13th, 2009

Posted In: Social Networking

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