Clay, Pepjin, Marcus, Tom, and I talk Macs at Google. Those guys are all great. I’m there for comedic relief. Not intentionally mind you…
krypted December 20th, 2016
Posted In: public speaking
Google, MacAdmins, MacTech, Munki, podcast, simian
MacTech Conference 2015 has come and gone. And as in previous years, the 2016 edition will also be located in Southern California, in November. November 16-18, 2016 to be exact, with Pre-Conference Workshops on November 15th. Aaaaand, they’re giving away a full registration (value: $1599) for MacTech Conference 2016 in a drawing! Simply sign up at http://conference.mactech.com/2016-tellmemore
— to enter the raffle.
If you sign up now, you can get the absolute lowest price possible — $899 (saving $700) at http://conference.mactech.com/2016/special-early-discount
krypted November 19th, 2015
Posted In: public speaking
2016, conference, dates, MacTech
MacTech is a conference for the Mac engineer and developer. And at JAMF Software, whether you prefer the Casper Suite or Bushel, we love to hang out with engineers and developers. So we’ll be at MacTech this week, in Southern California, hanging out to meet you, answer any questions you might have, and maybe have people from product management ask you lots of questions. If you’ll be there, come find us. For more on MacTech, check it out at:
For More, Read About Visiting Bushel At MacTech on the Bushel Blog
krypted November 7th, 2015
Posted In: Bushel, iPhone, JAMF
Apple, Bushel Blog, ios, MAC, MacTech
MacTech just announced MacTech Pro
: a new series of one day, regional events that are specifically designed for professional Apple techs, consultants, and support staff. MacTech Pro Events are single-track, hotel-based seminars that are specifically geared to serve the needs of professional consultants, IT Pros and techs who support others on OS X and iOS. The first MacTech Pro will take place on March 4th, 2015 in Seattle.
MacTech Pro will take place in nine U.S. cities in 2015 including:
• March 4, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Seattle
• March 25, 2015 : MacTech Pro, San Francisco
• April 15, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Boston
• May 6, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Atlanta
• June 24, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Washington DC
• July 22, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Chicago
• August 12, 2015 : MacTech Pro, New York
• September 2, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Dallas
• September 30, 2015 : MacTech Pro, Denver
Using MacTech’s proven “running order” approach, MacTech Pro will pack in the maximum amount of sessions possible into the time available combined with the opportunity to talk to sponsors, network with peers and meet new contacts. Event topics in 2015 include:
• Deconstructing iCloud Drive: What a Tech Must Know
• Time Machine Deep Dive, and Fitting it Into a Backup Strategy
• The Professional Apple Tech’s Toolbox
• Using OS Resources to Diagnose Troubles
• Caching servers, DNS Tricks, and More
• VPP, DEP, and Under 13: How New Apple ID Requirements Impact You and Your Clients
• Productivity Tools: Best Practices and Uses of Microsoft Office
• Security, Viruses and Malware. It’s real. It’s now. You need to take it seriously.
• Managing Your Clients To Increase Productivity and to Optimize Revenue
MacTech Pro Events are economically priced, include the full day of sessions, lunch, breaks and access to sponsor tables. Those who register early can take advantage of the Early Registration and save $200.00 and pay only $299 to register for any of the nine regional MacTech Pro Events in 2015.
To honor the announcement, those that register this week can save an additional $50 savings for any MacTech Pro Event in 2015 — $249 until January 26th. EDU pricing for students, educators and staff is $199.
Additional information on topics, sessions, sessions chairs, speaker and sponsorship opportunities are available at http://pro.mactech.com/
krypted January 22nd, 2015
Posted In: iPhone, Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server, Mac Security, MobileMe
chairs, MacTech, mactech pro, sessions
MacTech 2015 is coming in November 2015. Sign up now for the early discount and get a pretty sweet deal!
Thank you for joining us for MacTech Conference 2014. The planning is underway for MacTech Conference 2015 and it is already shaping up to be the best conference yet. Because you have joined us before, you know the value that MacTech Conference brings to you, and the community.
We’ve announced the 2015 dates — and now is your opportunity to sign up at the lowest price possible. The “Special Early Discount” will be available only until November 30th. Don’t wait: register now.
November 4-6, 2015 in Los Angeles.
Like 2014, it will be a full three days.
Pre-Conference workshops: November 3rd
For 2015, the multi-track conference is being specifically designed for IT Pros, Enterprise, techs and consultants through sessions, labs, and a variety of ways to interact with experts and your fellow techs.
More than just a “save the date” note — you can sign up now at the best rate we will have available — saving you $700+ on your registration. And, you’ll be the first to be notified on hotel rooms, which will sell out as they have the past few years.
But this rate will ONLY be available until November 30th.
Seriously, November 30th, and that’s it for this pricing — it’s that special.
Register now at:
krypted November 20th, 2014
Posted In: Mac OS X
Conferences, mac conference, MacTech, sysadmin
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
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
- 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
. 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 Sessions. With the new expanded schedule, we’re adding in more sessions than ever before. More information, including some very cool surprises, are to come.
More Labs. Our 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 Forums. MacTech 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.
krypted October 12th, 2014
Posted In: public speaking
Apple, aws, conference, los angeles, MAC, MacTech, OS X Server, workshops
We’re one month out.
Are you missing out?
MacTech Conference is our 3-day, immersive, technical conference specifically designed for Apple IT Pros, Enterprise, developers, and programmers.
MacTech Conference has been working hard to give you the best event in the most cost effective ways we can. Part of the way we do that is through Pre-Registration Pricing, which expires in three weeks, and saves you $200!
MacTech Conference is not only about learning, but about forming relationships and building networks. MacTech is known for world-class speakers and content, but it’s also known for the entire experience, food, and activities. All together, you have the opportunity to spend time with your peers, and we’ll help you get to know new people and expand your network.
As an immersive conference, we’ll have you busy from morning until night … having a whole lot of fun in the process. And, we’ve already let you know about some of our plans including:
- General Event Information
- Speakers from around the globe
- Activities including a very special visit to Disney Animation Studios
- Workshops for your hands on, deep-dive
- Accreditations from Microsoft and Apple
MacTech Conference is an amazing 3 day event: one you should not miss. Now is the time to register and save $200. Meals and activities are included along with the sessions and awesome content.
, and save.
Main Conference: November 5-7, 2014
Pre-Conference Workshops: Nov 4th, 2014
Manhattan Beach Marriott • Los Angeles
krypted October 3rd, 2014
Posted In: Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server, Mac Security, Mass Deployment
apple conferences, Conferences, ios, los angeles, MAC, MacTech, os x
MacTech Conference is over, but if you’d like to get your MacTech on a little more, there are still the Boot Camps at each city. The first day of each of these includes the Microsoft Office accreditation which I was luckily to sit in on at the MacTech Conference in Los Angeles. The second day is the full day MacTech BootCamp.
- Austin: January 22, 2014 – Sessions Chair: Nathan Toups
- Seattle: February 12, 2014 – Sessions Chair: Shelley Watson
- Atlanta: March 12, 2014 – Sessions Chair: LeRoy Dennison
- Denver: April 30, 2014 – Sessions Chair: Mary Norbury
- Boston: May 21, 2014 – Sessions Chair: Leon Lincoln, Andy Espo
- Washington DC: June 25, 2014 – Sessions Chair: Will O’Neal, Paul Suh
- Chicago: July 23, 2014 – Sessions Chair: Pam Lefkowitz, Ben Greiner
- San Francisco: August 27, 2014 – Sessions Chair: Kevin Lockey
- Toronto: September 17, 2014 – Sessions Chair: Sean Costello
Note: I get no commission or anything from you using these links. They’re just tagged for tracking purposes. I have no financial relationship with MacTech in any way. 🙂
krypted November 13th, 2013
Posted In: Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server, Mac Security, Mass Deployment
Boot Camp, IT, MAC, MacTech
I love going to conferences. MacTech Conference this year is a great example of why. The conference organizers and staff did a superb job, the attendees were top notch and the weather was just right. But it was the same last year in all three regards. What I felt really made MacTech special this year was the Disney pixie dust magic coming together with all of that. And I was only there for a day, regrettably…
The talent level at these events continues to be top notch. As Jeff, Nigel, Peter, Gary, now Zack and others have moved on to other platforms and other roles I have continually wondered whether the Mac community would stay as vibrant and talented. But what I forget is that there are more and more people joining us every year as well as tons that have been there all along and just not been as attention-deprived as those of us who tend to write a lot.
The talent has shifted, for sure. Once upon a time the OS X community offered an upgrade. Get good at the client and then the server. Now, it’s become more about get good at the client and then get really good at the client. This ends up involving getting good at automating things, scripting, 3rd party management tools such as JAMF and even going beyond scripting and writing things that we feel the OS should have. Ed Eigerman, from Google, with the first talk of the IT track really drove this home with an excellently thought out jab at the lack of Apple Remote Desktop development.
While the talent has shifted, the community has continued to get stronger. This is no more evident than when you get to see Rich Trouton, Derick Okihara, Armin Briegel, Aaron Freimark, Nathan Toups and others in one day. I’m sure I’d throw a lot of other names in that list, but either a) I have more to say about them later or b) I didn’t actually see them the day I was there.
I hope that I can continue to in some way help to grow and shape the community. Allister Banks, who practiced his talk the night before delivering it, has been a great addition to my team at 318. While his contributions to the community are his own, I’m glad that I’m able to give him the freedom to work on community projects and speak at conferences with company time (as well as what seems like plenty of his own time). I have also brought in a few more people recently that I hope will continue to contribute plenty to this community that has given me so much (and I will likely be hiring more soon if you’re interested!). But Allister deserves praise for a great presentation, assuming it went as well in front of the MacTech audience as it did for me.
Now, there is already a ton of hero-worship for Greg Neagle in the OS X sysadmin community. But I’ve never really jumped on that bandwagon. So let me just tell you how I feel about that… It is obviously completely deserved. I could go on and on about his code and his website and his public speaking and even that book he did. But you probably know about all of that already. What impresses me the most is how much he loves where he works: Disney. The way he puts Disney movies into his presentations, the way he talks about the creatives he enables, he’s a Disney man through and through. And from others I know within Disney he’s as highly regarded as they come both at work and in the community. The ability to take that love for your employer and fuse it with the love for the community has a lot to do with the night he was able to help put together for the MacTech community. He is responsible for a lot of the good things that happen inside the Mac community and it is great to see the appreciation that community has for him!
Speaking of Greg’s book, Ed Marczak (who wrote it with him) was wearing a tie. He ran dozens of miles around the valley while managing to do a little of his day job and a lot of cat herding of the speakers delivering the presentations he pretty much selected and coached. He called me while I was still developing the idea for mine, checked in before the conference and then while we were there carved out a little time to talk to me. After doing that with everyone, I’m not sure how he managed to have any fun at all. But his hard work has a lot to do with the quality of the presentations and the direction of the IT portion of the MacTech conference. Ed is in every way a class act and someone I hold in the highest regard. AND he was able to pull off a tie with as busy as he was!
And then there’s Neil Ticktin. Neil is a speaker, but not on the speaker list. Namely due to the fact that he puts on the conference. When WWDC didn’t have an IT track any more, a lot of people were complainy complainersons. Neil responded not with cluttering my inbox with countless gripes to message lists. Instead he took his position as the publisher of MacTech Magazine. And now it’s a national traveling show for consultants and in depth as well as a national conference showing off the best and the brightest. Neil (and his team) worked hard to put MacTech Conference together and their contributions to the Apple community are something to be proud of.
With MacTech, MacWorld/MacIT, MacSysAdmin, Penn State MacAdmins and others one could spend all of their time just preparing for and attending conferences. With JAMF Nation User Conference this week, the conference season is basically coming to a close. I wish I could have spent more time with everyone and hope that I am able take part again soon. You all give me such hope for the future of the community and the platform, and I thank you for that and for the friendship you’ve provided me over the years.
I really wish I could have stayed up there all 3 days. Thanks to everyone I spoke with for the time you took to hang out. And for those I didn’t get a chance to see, I look forward to hearing about how you’re doing next time our paths cross! Now, let’s go ahead and book our flights early for MacTech 2013: Nov 6-8, 2013.
krypted October 21st, 2012
Posted In: public speaking
Apple, Community, Conferences, Mac OS X, MacIT, MacSysAdmin, MacTech, MacTech Conference, MacWorld, Penn State MacAdmins, public speaking
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As many will know, I’m taking a break from speaking at conferences for awhile. But before I made that decision, I’d already planned to do a talk on Regression Testing for MacTech, in beautiful Los Angeles. If you haven’t signed up for the conference yet, it’s bound to be excellent, as all of the MacTech events have been. In fact, for more on MacTech from MacTech:
MacTech Conference for Apple Developers and IT Pros, October 17-19, 2012 in Los Angeles, has announced its post-event sessions and activities. The event: a three-day, information-packed event that will have sessions and activities throughout the day and evening. This immersive conference is hotel-based, giving attendees the opportunity to not only learn from the best, but also to meet new people and spend time with their peers as well. Information about the conference is at http://www.mactech.com/conference .
In addition to two and half days of world-class sessions for IT Pros, and developers in the Apple community, MacTech Conference has added three options for attendees to take advantage of post-event on Friday afternoon:
• Code 42 Special Presentation: Protecting Enterprise Information in a Mobile World.
• Cryptic Apps Special Presentation: Using Hopper Dedicated Disassembler for Mac and iOS.
• Apple Certifications Exams proctored by v.2.
In a special two-hour event, Code 42 Software (a Platinum sponsor for MacTech Conference 2012) will discuss the challenges of protecting Enterprise information. Everyone recognizes the advantages gained by technological mobility in the Enterprise: increased efficiency, increased effectiveness and reduced time required to accomplish tasks. But at what cost if critical business information isn’t adequately protected and secured? Join Andrew Renz–Senior Enterprise Engineer for Code 42 Software/CrashPlan PROe–as he outlines how companies can reap the benefits of a mobile workforce while confidently securing Enterprise information. Renz will share wisdom gained from his experience selecting and/or deploying Enterprise backup solutions for Apple, Oracle, Expedia and Intuit. He’ll also explain how to effectively employ the new capabilities available in version 3 of PROe. RSVP required. http://www.mactech.com/conference/code42
In an additional post-event session, Cryptic Apps software will be making a special two hour presentation about Hopper Dedicated Disassembler. Join Vincent Bénony (aka bSr43), developer of Hopper Disassembler as he discusses the premise, and how to use, Hopper Dedicated Disassembler for both Mac, and with the new iOS support. He’ll not only outline what you can use Hopper for, but also explore some of Hopper’s advanced features. You’ll have the chance to learn, ask questions, and meet the developer of this incredibly useful developer tool for Mac and iOS. RSVP required. http://www.mactech.com/conference/hopper
Finally, attendees will have the opportunity to update their Apple Certifications. Apple Certification Exams will also be available after the close of the conference on Friday, October 19th. All current Apple exams will be available, and lunch is included. Additional fee required. Immediately following the conference our local testing partner, v.2 Consulting, Inc., will offer a moderated study hour and exam session on-site. Testing will conclude by 5pm. RSVP required. http://www.mactech.com/conference/certification
“The conference is amazing in and of itself, but these three special opportunities give people that much more reason to be a part of this great community event,” said Neil Ticktin, Editor-in-Chief/Publisher, MacTech Magazine. “We’re fortunate to have Code42 and Cryptic Apps give us these extended insights into their worlds with the people that make it happen. And, for those that have not yet updated their Apple Certifications, v.2 has enabled us to offer a convenient way to do so.”
MacTech Conference is a multi-track event with a focus on both programming/development, as well as IT/Enterprise. Sessions will focus on both desktop and mobile with appropriate levels of attention paid to the Mac and iOS. Check out the speaker and topic list (http://www.mactech.com/conference/sessions) for specific sessions and speaker list.
The event will be held Wednesday through Friday October 17-19. The conference kicks off at 10am on Wednesday and is packed with sessions using MacTech’s well-established running order format. The evenings are filled with special activities and events designed specifically to have fun and give attendees an opportunity to form bonds with their peers and meet new people.
MacTech Conference is priced economically at $999 (pre-registration pricing) including all meals, a schedule packed full of sessions, exclusive entertainment, and more. Registration is far ahead of last year. Pre-registration ends on September 30th, and attendees can still save $300 off the on-site registration price. Register at http://www.mactech.com/conference/register
“These new sessions are in addition to our already world-class speaker line up: amazing people that will present and be in attendance at MacTech Conference 2012. See all the announced sessions at http://www.mactech.com/conference/sessions ,” said Ed Marczak, Sessions Chair and Executive Editor, MacTech Magazine.
Educational discounts are available. See http://www.mactech.com/conference/student for more information.
MacTech’s hotel guest room block has already out-paced last year and sold out once, but more rooms have just been added. Available on a first-come, first-served basis, MacTech Conference attendees get a special rate of just $184 per night, which includes Internet access. The Sheraton is a quality venue with rooms that typically run $279.00 or more per night.
krypted September 25th, 2012
Posted In: public speaking
conference, Developers, la, MacTech, Regression Testing