In this episode, Jeremy Thake and Richard DiZerega talk about TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2015.
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In this episode, Jeremy Thake and Richard DiZerega talk about TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2015.
OS X running the Server app has a lot of scripts used for enabling services, setting states, changing hostnames and the like. Once upon a time there was a script for OS X Server called server setup. It was a beautiful but too simplistic kind of script. Today, much of that logic has been moved out into more granular scripts, kept in /Applications/Server.app/Contents/ServerRoot/System/Library/ServerSetup, used by the server to perform all kinds of tasks. These scripts are, like a lot of other things in OS X Server. Some of these include the configuration of amavisd, docecot and alerts. These scripts can also be used for migrating services and data. Sometimes the scripts are in bash, sometimes ruby, sometimes perl and other times even python. And the scripts tend to change year over year/release over release. The easiest way to view logs is to use the Server app, clicking on Logs in the sidebar. The dropdown at the bottom of the screen provides quick access to service-based logs.... | Read more »
Today’s post was written by Sandi Adams, technology project specialist for Cherokee County District.
Fall is my favorite time of year to get outdoors and spend some time hiking and backpacking. No matter if it is a day trip or overnight, I always pack my little Swiss Army Knife—my one tool with so many uses.
This time of year also involves my favorite education tool—OneNote. Like my Swiss Army Knife, OneNote is the one tool with many uses. A virtual notebook reminiscent of my old Trapper Keeper, OneNote organizes by sections or group sections with unlimited pages packed with documents, photos, emails, spreadsheets, recordings, inking and so much more. It gives me the ability to collaborate with colleagues and students, and best of all, I can access the most current version of my notebooks from my phone, iPad, Microsoft Surface, desktop or laptop.
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Just a couple of weeks ago, Microsoft released Office 2016 worldwide. The new Office delivers new value for Office 365 subscribers with a focus on collaboration, apps that work for you, and a perfect pairing with Windows 10. Sway was built from the ground up for seamless co-authoring and it provides powerful design assistance hosted in the cloud. The powerful Sway app for Windows 10 combines the full richness of Sway on the web with additional capabilities on your PC or tablet.
Sway became generally available in August, and we’re continuing to release updates and address customer feedback just like we did during Sway Preview. We’re excited to announce that OneDrive for Business integration is available for customers signing in to Sway with Office 365 work and school accounts, as well as updates to Sway for... | Read more »
Being a project manager is a tough job. There are constant demands on your time, people to keep on track, pressure to do a certain amount of work in what often seems like an impossibly short amount of time and much more.
But it’s also a necessary role that can bring extraordinary value to your company. In fact, according to a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers, more than 60 percent of project failures are linked to internal issues such as insufficient resources or missed deadlines—i.e., situations a project manager can help avoid. In addition, it’s a growing industry, as more and more companies realize the importance of solid project management.
Being a project manager is like being a juggler who spins several plates in the air at once—not easy... | Read more »
We covered using Time Machine Server previously. Here, we’re going to look at backing up the settings of an OS X Server. To do so, we’re going to install a little app called Bender from the great folks at Robot Cloud. You can download that from http://robotcloud.screenstepslive.com/s/2459/m/5322/l/94467-bender-automated-backup-of-os-x-server-settings.
Once downloaded, run the package installer.
At the Welcome to Bender screen, click Continue.
Agree to the... | Read more »
Smallbizdaily posted an article I did for Bushel about the top 8 new features in iOS 9 that help small businesses. Find it here, if you so choose:
The NetBoot service allows administrators of OS X computers to leverage images hosted on a server to boot computers to a central location and put a new image on them, upgrade them and perform automations based on upgrades and images. Since the very first versions of OS X, the service has been called NetBoot. In the Server app, Apple provides a number of options surrounding the NetInstall service, based on Automator-style actions, now calling the service NetInstall.
The first step to configuring the NetInstall service is to decide what you want the service to do. There are three options available in System Image Utility (available under the Tools menu of the Server app in OS X Server):
Over the last year, we’ve helped thousands of customers with varying degrees of IT complexity onboard to Office 365 while reducing their implementation costs, accelerating their time to value and delivering a great customer experience.
With our commitment to delivering the best customer experience, and based on feedback from our customers, we’re excited to announce the evolution of FastTrack from an onboarding service to our customer success service designed to help you realize business value faster with the Microsoft Cloud.
First, we’re changing FastTrack from a one-time benefit to an ongoing benefit. This enables you to request support in onboarding new users and capabilities at any time, and as many times as needed, for the life of your subscription.
In addition, we are expanding FastTrack to now offer customized support and resources across envisioning, onboarding and driving business value. This builds on our announcement... | Read more »
Today’s post was written by Ali Rohani, principal program manager lead and Jamie Stark, senior product manager on the Skype for Business team.
In July, we announced a preview of new Skype for Business voice and meetings capabilities in Office 365, including PSTN Conferencing and Calling, Cloud PBX and Skype Meeting Broadcast. More than 4,000 companies are currently previewing the new services, with usage growing at an average of 20 percent every week.
Today we’re excited to announce that we are expanding the preview to provide support for additional countries, as well as adding several new features.
PSTN Conferencing preview now available in 14 additional countries
Initially available only in the U.S., the PSTN Conferencing preview will now be available to customers in Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom starting... | Read more »
OS X and iOS developers need a continuous integration system. This automates the build, analysis, and testing solution for software development using Xcode. OS X Server has an Xcode service, capable of integrating your developer account with git, providing many of the options required to build a continuous integration system.
Before you configure the Xcode service that can take committed code and then test and build your software, you’ll need an Apple developer account. The Xcode service then links git to a developer account and runs automations, referred to as bots, in Xcode. Therefore, you’ll also need to have Xcode installed on the computer running the Xcode service. Bots are then managed and reported on using a web app that the Server app runs.
Once the pre-requisites are met, open the Server app and click on the Xcode service.
... | Read more »
“It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future,” said Danish physicist, Niels Bohr. Well, it just got a lot easier with Excel’s one-click forecasting.
Often we use Excel to analyze time-based series data—like sales, server utilization or inventory data—to find recurring seasonality patterns and trends. In Excel 2016, new forecasting sheet functions and one-click forecasting helps you to explain the data and understand future trends.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the capabilities that come with these new features, including how to detect seasonality, understand the level of confidence in the prediction, and create the forecast in one-click.
Using Exponential Smoothing for forecasting
There are many ways to generate a forecast for your historical data.... | Read more »
You might be happy to note that other than the ability to interpret new payloads, the profiles command mostly stays the same in El Capitan, from Yosemite. You can still export profiles from Apple Configurator or Profile Manager (or some of the 3rd party MDM tools). You can then install profiles by just opening them and installing. Once profiles are installed on a Mac, mdmclient, a binary located in /usr/libexec will process changes such as wiping a system that has been FileVaulted (note you need to FileVault if you want to wipe an OS X Lion client computer). /System/Library/LaunchDaemons and /System/Library/LaunchAgents has a mdmclient daemon and agent respectively that start it up automatically. This, along with all of the operators remains static from 10.10.
To script profile deployment, administrators can add and remove configuration profiles using the new /usr/bin/profiles command. To see all profiles, aggregated, use the profiles command with just the -P option:
/... | Read more »
Today’s post was written by Brent Thrasher, 8th grade Math teacher at Rickman Elementary School.
This past spring our school district started tossing around the idea of moving to open educational resources (OER). I was actually glad to hear this idea because I knew what opportunities it could offer our students. At the same time, I knew the challenges it would pose to us teachers. If you don’t know much about OER, this article is a good place to start learning.
Basically, the idea of OER is a community of educators creating “free-to-use” content. This content is open to anyone who wants to consume it or modify it to make it their own. It can distributed to students and updated as many times as the teacher wants, without any fee.
Of course, we tend to focus on the free aspect of OER, but I think that is only a small benefit of OER. I think the biggest and most powerful aspect... | Read more »
If you already know what you want to say to an audience, PowerPoint makes it easy to say it in a visually stunning presentation. With Office Mix, you can even make that presentation interactive, host it on the web and share it with the world. But what if you don’t know what to say—or how to say it?
James Whittaker to the rescue! Or @docjamesw if you’re a fan of Twitter. In “The Art of Stage Presence,” the man who left Microsoft to join Google and came back to Microsoft teaches the world five basic laws of delivering a great presentation. In fact, rather than just tell you the laws, he demonstrates them. In a talk-within-a-talk, Whittaker gives a sample presentation on “The Magic of Software” and then deconstructs what... | Read more »
By default, screenshots are pretty big on a retina display on an El Capitan machine. Like about 4 times the size they should be. I haven’t found a defaults key I can use yet to reduce them, so I’ve been using this little screenshotting app called RetinaCapture, available at https://gumroad.com/l/retinacapture.
Basically, when you’re running it, you just open it up and click on the Window button. There, you can select a window to screenshot.
Once you’ve selected the window, you’ll be prompted to save it somewhere with a name.
I don’t love having to use any 3rd party apps for my screenshotting workflow. Screens get resized for books and so I’m really only using this for my site. But, hopefully it helps someone else along the way. Happy screenshotting!
Now it's easier to discover and share information presented in WWDC videos with our recent search update. You can search a keyword and find all the instances of it mentioned in the videos. Go straight to the time the keyword was mentioned in the video or easily share a link to it. Try it out.| Read more »