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Wednesday August 26

10:51
Sessions For JNUC Getting Posted

As the largest Apple IT gathering in the world rapidly approaches, we want to give you an early glimpse into the great presentations at the JAMF Nation User Conference (JNUC).
We are excited to announce that we’ve added the first ten JNUC sessions to our site. With sessions for education and commercial organizations, you’re sure to find presentations to meet your needs. Highlights include best practices for preparing Macs for online testing, ways to bring Apple’s Volume Purchase Program (VPP) and Device Enrollment Program (DEP) to life in your environment, and methods for mitigating and addressing Mac security threats.
Haven’t registered yet? There’s still time, but hurry. We’re nearing our capacity. 
Secure your spot and start making your travel plansand ... | Read more »

08:00
Helping business analysts take full advantage of E...

Excel is the world’s most widely used and familiar data analysis tool and for good reason! It provides flexibility at each stage of your analytic journey, with tools that support both quick ad hoc calculations and exploration across large data sets. Last month, Microsoft expanded its BI offerings by releasing the latest version of Power BI, a groundbreaking cloud-based business analytics service, which has gained over 500,000 unique users, from 45,000 companies and across 185 countries during the public preview. One question we are asked a lot is, “How does Excel work with Power BI?” Here is an overview of how these tools work together to solve your analytics needs.
Excel 2016 and Power BI are a portfolio of tools that is unique in the industry. Together, they provide a broad set of... | Read more »

Monday August 24

09:00
Xcode 7 beta 6 Now Available

Xcode 7 beta 6 Now Available

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09:00
Xcode 7 beta 6 Now Available

Xcode 7 beta 6 Now Available

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07:55
Announcing availability of SharePoint Server 2016...

Today’s post was written by Bill Baer, senior technical product manager for the SharePoint team.
“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” —Walt Disney
In April, we broadly announced our vision, strategy, timeline and investment in three major areas: familiar and intuitive user experiences, cloud-inspired infrastructure with hybrid at the core and robust security and compliance for SharePoint Server 2016.
Today we’re excited to announce availability of both SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview and the new cloud hybrid search preview for SharePoint Server 2013 and 2016. As we continue to develop SharePoint Server 2016, we’re paying close attention to trends in content management, team collaboration, user experiences across devices, and how the cloud can be blended into... | Read more »

Saturday August 22

06:00
Copy OS Updates Between Apple Configurator Machine...

One of the things that is awesome and sometimes frustrating about Apple Configurator is that when you do certain tasks, you end up updating the OS on devices. The reason this is awesome is that it allows you to centralize operations. The reason this can be frustrating is that if you’re on a limited bandwidth connection, you may find that you can’t do very basic tasks before downloading a large OS update. And if you’ve got a bunch of Apple Configurator workstations, and you are running a training session, this can get infinitely more annoying.
In these types of lab environments, you’re in luck. If you have an ipsw (the iOS OS update file), you can copy the file from ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.configurator/Data/Library/Caches/com.apple.configurator/Firmware/ onto another machine. To copy them onto a USB drive called bananarama for example, use the following command:
cp -R ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.configurator/Data/Library/Caches/com.apple.configurator/Firmware... | Read more »

Friday August 21

13:30
Office 365 news roundup

“There is nothing so stable as change.” —Bob Dylan
One thing is certain: the advent of the Office 365 service has brought an unprecedented amount of innovation and change to our productivity and collaboration products. We’re constantly improving it, too—responding to customer demand and feedback and maintaining a tireless pursuit to reinvent productivity and provide the best set of services to help people work together. Over the past year, we released more than 450 updates to Office 365, both large and small. So many updates can be hard to keep track of, so we’re making improvements to the tools and processes you can use to keep up to speed on all... | Read more »

09:45
Office 365—monthly Dev Digest for August

This month’s Office 365 Dev Digest was written by Jeremy Thake, technical product manager for the Office 365 Dev team.
Welcome to the sixth edition of Dev Digest, designed to help you—the Office 365 developer—keep up-to-date with what’s new in Office 365 development.
It has been another busy month for the team, with some great strides to get new developers started with our APIs and add-ins. You can check this out yourself by navigating to dev.office.com/getting-started. From this page, you can follow the page flow, sign in with your Office 365 credentials, create an Azure application, and then download a code sample pre-filled with the client ID and secret, so you can immediately run your sample in your environment. We’ve targeted Android, ASP.NET MVC, iOS, Node.js, PHP, Python and Ruby with this first release for the API flow. The team will continue to iterate on this to make it even easier... | Read more »

Thursday August 20

10:20
Deeper integration between Office documents and Ou...

Today, we are excited to announce deeper integration between Outlook and our other key Office apps for iPhone and iPad—Word, Excel and PowerPoint—designed to make it easier than ever to collaborate on and share Office documents on the go. In many organizations, Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents capture the bulk of the knowledge and experiences that information workers produce—strategy documents, sales presentations, contracts, market analyses, etc. In our personal lives, these documents contain to-do lists, travel itineraries, monthly budgets and more. This information is then frequently shared with others in email using Outlook.
Outlook for iOS now opens Office documents sent as attachments directly in their respective apps, replacing the simple viewers we previously used. We’ve also streamlined the steps required to collaborate on files sent as attachments. These updates, combined with Outlook’s... | Read more »

08:00
Episode 059 with Jason Himmelstein on Power BI dev...
08:00
Working with external data in Excel 2016 for Mac

These days we all live and work in a multi-device, multi-platform world, and so when building Office 2016 for Mac, one of our key objectives was to make it as easy as possible to transition from using Office for Windows to using Office for Mac and back again. That’s why you’ll notice an interface that’s consistent with what you’d expect when using Office 2016 for Windows, and why we added support for virtually all of the Windows Excel Ctrl keyboard shortcuts. So when it came to working with external data, we applied that same logic: how can we make the experience great and working cross platform easier than ever?
External data in Excel 2016 for Mac
We examined how we could improve external data for Excel 2016 for Mac and made the following changes:

  • Excel 2016 for Mac comes with a pre-installed and integrated SQL Server ODBC driver, which we worked hand-in-hand with Simba Technologies to provide.
  • ... | Read more »
08:00
Make your own custom shapes in PowerPoint

Shapes can be used to add interest to a presentation, to emphasize a point, or just to make your presentation look a bit more exciting. PowerPoint’s shapes are great because you can format them with colors, 3-D effects and shadows, and they always look perfect, even when you scale them really large or very small. With just a few simple tricks you can add a little variety and a unique feel to your shapes.
All of the shapes below were created in PowerPoint and can be resized, copied and reused in any Office application. As you can see, they are all geometric shapes with added effects, such as shadowing.

Making these shapes is simple and fun. Here, for example, is how to create the Celtic knot in the example above.
Create a shape
First, add a circle to a blank page. Make it fairly big, so you can work with it easily, but leave... | Read more »

06:00
Every Mac Comes With Tetris, Pong, Snake, and A We...

Emacs (not eMacs) is an open source project, bundled with every version of OS X. And it can’t be altered. I wrote about the Cookies recipe that Richard Stallman bundled with Emacs long ago. He also has some somewhat sexist dating tips and a bunch of other weird rantings that he bundled in there. But perhaps the best contribution is the games that Emacs comes with. These include doctor, dunnet (which would have been a great MMPORG), pong, snake, solitaire, tetris and the ever-so-popular gomoku.
These games are located in the /usr/share/emacs/22.1/lisp/play directory. But you don’t access the games directly. Instead, you use the emacs command. To get started, fire up Terminal, then run the emacs command:
emacs
At the “Welcome to GNU Emacs” screen (see below), you’re going to need to be very specific about the keys you use. Hit the Escape key.
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Wednesday August 19

08:00
Introducing the Office IT Pro Deployment Script pr...

PowerShell has quickly become an indispensable skill for Office 365 administrators, and if you’re like me, you are starting to gather a toolbox of useful scripts. If you are new to PowerShell for Office 365, make sure you check out our PowerShell for Office 365 site with common scenarios and sample scripts available to download.
But perhaps you are looking for some more advanced scenarios, or you’re thinking about how to streamline your Office client deployment process. If that sounds like you, check out our new community GitHub project for Office IT Pro Deployment Scripts. Office 365 experts from around the world are contributing to a collection of PowerShell scripts that are designed to automate various procedures that would normally require manual intervention from an IT pro. All of the scripts are stored in a repository out... | Read more »

08:00
Beyond MDM—how to protect your data with BYOD and...

Cloud hosted apps and bring your own device (BYOD) trends enable corporate employees to access SaaS applications and data on their personal devices almost anywhere and at any time—but with that mobility and convenience comes the challenge of protecting business data while enabling users to be productive on the go. During Microsoft Ignite, Nasos Kladakis, an expert in private and public cloud solutions, provided the definitive overview on how IT departments can protect their corporate data and continue delivering the mobility and productivity benefits that employees expect and need.

Managing mobile devices goes beyond mechanisms to apply policy or provision software on a device. As discussed on the show, many organizations really have the goal to protect information—which is done via controlling access, ensuring that devices are managed, and then applying rules, policies and controls to the data itself. Check out our... | Read more »

06:00
Remotely and Silently Install A Windows MSI Via Po...

One of the easiest things to do in OS X is to remotely run an installation package using the installer command. You can do some similar tasks in Windows, although the commands aren’t quite as cut and dry. The Start-Process command can be used to kick off an executable. Here, we will kick off the msiexec.exe and feed it an argument, which is the msi file to install silently. We’ll then wait for it to complete:
{Start-Process -FilePath "msiexec.exe" -ArgumentList "/i TEST.msi /qb" -Wait -Passthru}

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Tuesday August 18

14:20
Visualize statistics with Histogram, Pareto and Bo...

So far, we introduced you to our new chart types across Office 2016 and then dove deeper into a few of them. We showed the effectiveness of the Waterfall chart in visualizing financial statements and how hierarchical chart types, like Treemap and Sunburst, can help you explore complex data with multiple levels and categories. Now, we will take a closer look at the last group of new chart types—statistical charts.
Statistical charts, which include Histogram, Pareto and Box and Whisker, help summarize and add visual meaning to key characteristics of data, including range, distribution, mean and median. There are many different approaches and opinions on how to summarize statistical data. In this blog article, we will explain how these new charts can help represent your statistical data in a way that works best for your needs. Download the Office 2016 Public Preview and try out the new charts for... | Read more »

12:00
If you see the message, "An error occurred wh...

When you update your server to OS X Yosemite v10.10.5, you should also update to OS X Server v4.1.5.

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07:40
About the security content of QuickTime 7.7.8

This document describes the security content of QuickTime 7.7.8.

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07:02
Make Changes to the Chromium rootfs

By default, the Chromium OS rootfs is read-only. If you boot the system in developer mode, you will be able to disable rootfs verification and modify existing files or write new files into the file system. Before you do this, note that your file system will no longer be verifiable (won’t checksum properly) and you’ll end up needing to restore a recovery image in order to get back to normal mode. So this might be a bit dangerous if you’re not using the device for something like regression analysis (why I needed to do this).
To make the file system writeable, first fire up a command prompt via crosh, by using Control-Alt-T and then running the shell command at the shell prompt:
shell
Then run the following shell script to remote rootfs verification and make the file system writeable:
sudo /usr/share/vboot/bin/make_dev_ssd.sh --remove_rootfs_verification
 
Then you can reboot and do whatever it is you need to do. For example, install a vine server... | Read more »

06:00
The Take Control Back To School Sale Is On!

Take Control is here to support you! So through August 24th, you can add any number of our books to your Take Control library for 50% off the cover price. All our books are DRM-free and available in PDF, EPUB, and Mobipocket (Kindle) formats, so you can read wherever, whenever, and on whatever device you like. Use this link to pick the titles you need to stay up to date:
http://tid.bl.it/50-percent-off-back-to-school-sale-2015
(We expect everything to work properly, but if our newly redesigned site is overloaded by sale traffic, try again later in the day when things have settled down.)
Remember, there’s no need to read a Take Control title from front to back; instead, each book has a Quick Start that helps you jump instantly to the information you need.
We have books that will help with numerous Apple-related technology tasks and projects, including:... | Read more »

Monday August 17

06:00
My Own List of Common Apple Ports

I’ve been underwhelmed (if that’s a word) by the list of common ports used on the Apple platform recently, so I started my own. It’s available at http://krypted.com/guides/common-apple-ports/ if you’re interested. It’s also under the Tools menu of the site. And yes, I’m aware that I can cat /etc/services; this includes some rudimentary notes.

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03:05
(Design of, and) How to Generate ‘Memorable’ Passw...

As part of a security initiative to make distinct firmware passwords per machine and escrow them to Crypt’s newly distinct ‘secrets’ database table, I came up with the idea to make an analogue to the Password Assistant you see in Keychain Access or the Accounts pane of System Preferences. And now a somewhat opaque riddle: why did the duck keep losing their ducklings? Because ducks can only count to three. Horse battery correct stapler is indeed memorable, but one word too long. When using the ‘Memorable’ type in Apple’s Password Assistant, their guidance and design is pretty instructive: they use two words of different-seeming length at the beginning and end, with numbers and/or non-alphanumeric characters in the middle. Agile Bits 1Password includes a ‘veni-vidi-vici’ format in their ‘recipe’ choices, also based around real or ‘pronounceable’ words (which I would love to know their heuristics for) broken up in sections.
Weak password = anything that is 15 characters or... | Read more »

Sunday August 16

06:00
Challenges Sending Code Through Messages

Recently, I had a bit of a problem with some code I was sending back and forth through Messages. This was caused by smart quotes, which replace single and double quotation marks with directional quotation marks. This can cause a lot of problems. To disable smart quotes:
defaults write com.apple.messageshelper.MessageController SOInputLineSettings -dict-add "automaticQuoteSubstitutionEnabled" -bool false

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Saturday August 15

06:00
Create a Backup of an iOS Device Using Apple Confi...

You can easily create a backup of an iOS device using Apple Configurator. Once you’ve created a backup, it can be restored onto a number of devices. This contains iOS data and data outside of the secure enclave. These backups allow you to restore an iOS device, add apps (not using the backup), set backgrounds, set app locations on the home screen, etc.
To do so, open Apple Configurator and then click on the Prepare icon.

At the Prepare screen, click into the Restore field and then click on the Create Backup button.

At the pop-up menu, select the device you’re backing up (usually there’s only one) and then click on the Create Backup button.
... | Read more »

 
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Have you been playing BADLAND so much that you've run out content? Well that won't be a problem for much longer because Frogmind is giving us a level editor in an upcoming (and free) update. [Read more] | Read more »
Magic: The Gathering - Puzzle Quest is a...
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