Mac Enterprise Managed Preferences Book Released

My book on Managed Preferences for Mac OS X has been released (Amazon Link).

Reading Safari's LastSession.plist

Is it just me, or does everyone see this message when quitting Safari:

"Do you really want to Quit Safari? You have a 400 Windows open that contain a bajillion tabs!"

Yeah, I can keep going down the rabbit-hole of links as good as the next person. But that doesn't mean I don't ever restart my machine (on purpose, or, thanks to unstable code). When Safari gained the ability to "Reopen all Windows from Last Session," I was extremely pleased. Let's face it: Safari can sometimes die unexpectedly.

10.6 iDisk Local Sync Location

I can't seem to find this documented plainly anywhere, so, now it will be: when you set your MobileMe iDisk to sync locally, it now creates a sparsebundle disk image in:


You may want this information so you can exclude this path from backups or know how to mount the image manually.

C4[3] Finished Up

Presentation: Dev Tools for Sys Admins, Wed, 2 Sept 2009

I'll be giving a presentation at the Tri-State meeting of the Apple Consultants Network titled, "Dev Tools for Sys Admins." I'll be recording this talk and have attached some resources here for those attending. Bring a laptop as portions will be hands-on.


The devil (angel?) is in the details. However, so many don't see this. If you're reading this blog, you're likely a tech-type. It's the techies that need to heed this creed as much if not more so than most. Well, I hope health care professionals follow this a bit more, but I digress. Technology only follows the rules we tell it, and has no way of doing as we simply expect.

I was reminded of this after seeing the following sign:

Mac Chrome: For You

Google is now placing snapshots of Chromium at:

So, I don't need to do this any longer. (And will now stop - please fetch LATEST from the aforementioned URL).

Google's Chrome web browser has gotten some press, certainly, but that makes it all the more frustrating for Mac OS X users as there currently is no official build. You can certainly go grab the source and build it yourself:

Choose Your Clients Carefully

When I was consulting, I think I had a pretty keen sense of who to work with and who to avoid. I know far too many people, though, that get trapped in a less-than-ideal work scenario. For those that need it spelled out, Derek Powazek explains it a little more clearly than I ever could: don't work for, um...jerks. Excellent post:

Frankly, the advice works well for choosing a work partner or work environment in general.

Macworld 2010: Thoughts

Macworld 2009 has now come and gone. The biggest news, of course, is that Apple themselves have pulled up stakes and made this show their last. The question on attendee's minds: does this finish Macworld, too? I'm sure it does not.

Sample Chapter - Utilization

Never realized that Peachpit put an entire sample chapter from Advanced System Administration on-line:

It's actually a packed, practical chapter!

Courtesy of Peachpit, enjoy!

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