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
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:
krypted November 7th, 2015
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
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.
MacTech Conference 2015: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
krypted October 12th, 2014
Posted In: public speaking
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:
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.
Register now, and save.
Main Conference: November 5-7, 2014
Pre-Conference Workshops: Nov 4th, 2014
Manhattan Beach Marriott • Los Angeles
krypted October 3rd, 2014
krypted November 13th, 2013
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
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
Not sure if I mentioned awhile back that I’ll be doing a talk at MacTech Conference in Los Angeles. This session is on Regression Testing. The official description is:
We have images, packages, scripts, file drops, managed preferences, profiles and countless other means to create change on client systems. This means a practically infinite number of combinations of change on client systems. In order to qualify whether an “image”, which is in reality a combination of all of these things, passes our test of whether or not we can roll it out to users, we must first test it. Otherwise, we end up flooding our help desk, touching systems by hand, working late hours to get things fixed or the dreaded full on reimaging! Measure twice, cut once.
But measuring every combination can be daunting manually. In this session, we will look at leveraging scripts, graphical automations and 3rd party tools to verify that our images mass the muster. We’ll start with how to get started and the easy scripting that can be done and then quickly jump into both open source and automated 3rd party tools that can be leveraged to quickly and reliably give you the insight into whether your imaging framework is doing exactly what it is that you want it to be doing!
There are a lot of really good speakers at the conference. There are also a lot of really good engineers. Some are even both, although I tend to be neither. As I’m not doing a lot of public speaking any more, this will be one of the last 3 talks that I have booked. I’ll also be doing MacTech Minneapolis and MacSysAdmin out in Gothenburg, Sweden and then likely taking a break from doing any more talks for awhile.
krypted August 7th, 2012