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Tuesday July 15

10:28
MacAdmins 2015

I was super-bummed that I missed the MacAdmins conference at Penn State University. But, all is not lost as MacAdmins will be held July 8-10 in 2015 at the Penn Stater Conference Center and I’ll be able to see all those awesome people there next year!
In the meantime, something fun and new is the 2014 MacAdmins Playlist to maybe get exposed to some new stuff: http://spoti.fi/VTdxLX.
As an aside, here’s a fun pic of @derflounder and I (and others) doing a round table from a few years ago on the Penn State site:

 

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08:49
Announcing the Onetastic sort feature

Omer Atay is a developer on the OneNote team, and he created Onetastic in his free time.
 An update to sort your content is now available for Onetastic, an add-in to enhance OneNote functionality with a set of built-in features and an extensible macro processor that allows you to download and modify macros and add new ones yourself.
If you aren’t familiar with Onetastic, check out this video introduction below and our earlier blog post about it.

Now you can sort everything in OneNote by any property you want. This is added as a new Sort command in macros.
 
 

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08:00
10x increase in Public Folder limits

Brian Shiers is a technical product manager on the Exchange Team.
We have made investments to scale up the limits for Public Folders in Office 365. Today we are raising the folder count limit to 100,000 folders. This is a 10x increase over the prior limit as defined in the Exchange service description limits. This enables migration of larger existing public folder hierarchies and increased use of the feature in Office 365. Customers can immediately take advantage of this new scale for public folders.

As you scale the number of public folders in the service you might need to keep track of the number of folders. Exchange Online remote PowerShell provides an easy way to see the current public folder count in Office 365. Using the Get-PublicFolder and... | Read more »

Monday July 14

11:16
Join us for Tuesday’s webinar: Understanding the...

The Excel Data Model is revolutionizing how you can work with data in Excel. In this webinar, we’ll show you why. Join us on Tuesday when guest host Owen Duncan will teach us how Excel Data Models provide lightning fast data analysis and visualizations.
What you will learn at Tuesday’s webinar

  • What an Excel Data Model is
  • How to get data into a Data Model
  • How to create relationships between tables in the model
  • How to extend the model by using Power Pivot

Register and attend
https://microsoft.eventbuilder.com/event2.asp?eventID=s7c4g08y
References for this webinar

10:25
MainStage 3: Reducing latency in MainStage 3

Use the information in this article to minimize audio latency in MainStage.

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10:00
Playing to win: GameStop ups customer service with...

Today’s post was written by Jason Cochran, Vice President of Store Operations at GameStop
At GameStop, we’re all about giving players the video games and devices that they need to have fun. Walk into any GameStop store and you’ll see equally enthusiastic customers and employees comparing scores, evaluating devices, and discussing new virtual worlds. Despite that focus on fun, it’s important to remember that we run a serious business. We’re a rapidly growing Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company with more than 6,000 stores, and we need all our stores to reflect our brand and uphold our high level of service.
As VP of Store Operations, I face the challenge of maintaining consistency across all our locations, from the products on the shelves to the look of the stores. That includes customer service—I need to make sure that all our store... | Read more »

07:30
New Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider program help...

Last year at the Worldwide Partners Conference (WPC), we announced our Office 365 Open program to include a broader range of offerings. The response we received greatly exceeded our expectations, with the number of partners selling Office on Open growing 16 times year over year.
At the same time, we also heard feedback that partners want to engage at every part of the customer lifecycle – from sales to renewal, from billing and provisioning, to support of their customers.
To address this feedback, we are announcing the expansion of capabilities for cloud partners under the new Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider program, unveiled today at WPC. Partners in this program will be able to directly provision customer subscriptions and provide one monthly bill for both Partner and Microsoft services. They will also directly manage their... | Read more »

06:00
10.9: Update OS without creating a user on a new M...

This is my take/an update on las_vegas' hint I found here awhile back for running OS updates without creating a user on a Mac. It is applicable to any system 10.5 and up.

This can be helpful if you have a Time Machine backup that's on a newer OS than your install media, or if you're selling/donating your Mac as it saves the new user having to update things.

First things first, wipe your drive (and zero it if you don't trust the end user of this computer) and reinstall your desired OS.

Once your OS is installed, boot to your install media or the Recovery Partition if available. Open Terminal from the Utilities option in the menubar. In the new Terminal window, type the following:

resetpassword

This will bring up the Password Reset utility. Click Macintosh HD or whatever your HDD is called. You'll notice the only user account that's avail ...

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Saturday July 12

19:18
PSU MacAdmins 2014 Slides

Thanks to all the great presenters at PSU MacAdmins this year and @frogor (Michael Lynn) on twitter, here is a partial list of presenter slides that were posted to Twitter under the #psumac hashtag: Modular Image CreationBeyond the Thunderdome: Managing OS X without OS XAutomate yourself out of a job and Multi tenanted Munki with Puppet and SalThe Proper Care & Feeding of Your IT ProfessionalGetting Your Issue on Apple’s RadarManage Third Party Applications with ProfilesThe... | Read more »

Friday July 11

09:00
Xcode 6 Beta with Swift Available to All Registere...

All Registered Apple Developers can now download Xcode 6 beta to create great apps using Swift and Objective-C. And with the new Swift blog, you can get the latest news and helpful tips on the Swift programming language from the engineers who created it.If you're not already a Registered Apple Developer, you'll be prompted to sign up for free when downloading Xcode.

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09:00
Safari 7.1 beta for OS X Mavericks and Safari 6.2...

Safari 7.1 beta for OS X Mavericks and Safari 6.2 beta for OS X Mountain Lion Now Available

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09:00
Xcode 6 Beta with Swift Available to All Registere...

All Registered Apple Developers can now download Xcode 6 beta to create great apps using Swift and Objective-C. And with the new Swift blog, you can get the latest news and helpful tips on the Swift programming language from the engineers who created it.If you're not already a Registered Apple Developer, you'll be prompted to sign up for free when downloading Xcode.

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09:00
Safari 7.1 beta for OS X Mavericks and Safari 6.2...

Safari 7.1 beta for OS X Mavericks and Safari 6.2 beta for OS X Mountain Lion Now Available

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06:43
iPhoto ’09: Unexpectedly quits when you export

iPhoto ’09 might unexpectedly quit when you export photos in OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 or later. This can happen if you're exporting photos that you imported from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 7.

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Thursday July 10

15:10
Adobe Flash Player updates available for OS X on J...

Adobe Flash Player updates are available that address a recently-identified Adobe Flash Player web plug-in vulnerability.

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10:15
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 006 with Tho...

At TechEd North America 2014 in June 2014 located in Austin, Texas, Jeremy Thake managed to get some time to sit down with Thorsten Hans to talk about the Office 365 APIs and JavaScript development with ShareCoffee. ShareCoffee is an open source JavaScript framework written using CoffeeScript that accelerates the development process when using SharePoint CSOM APIs. Thorsten has been blogging about these topics for a while now and has been prolific in sharing frameworks and open source libraries via github.com like ShareCoffee.
 

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP06_ThorstenHans.mp3
 
Weekly Updates

08:00
Tell us what you think about OneNote!

Omeed Chandra is a Program Manager on the OneNote team. In this post, he announces a new website where users can share feedback and suggestions for improving OneNote.
On the OneNote team, we love hearing from our customers, and we use your feedback to help us decide what features to build next. The Microsoft Answers forums have long been a great resource for troubleshooting problems, but many of you have wondered how to send us suggestions and requests. Today, we’re excited to announce a new and easier way to send us suggestions on how we can improve OneNote—the OneNote Feedback & Suggestions website.
Our new site consists of two forums, one for OneNote users and one for software developers. In either forum, you can... | Read more »

06:00
Name Faces in iPhoto efficiently

I've become somewhat obsessed with the faces feature in iPhoto. Currently, I have about 7000 unidentified faces in my library. I knock out a few hundred here and there. It's oddly satisfying, but I go to a lot of large events - events where a lot of people look familiar because they are regulars, but I don't know them. This makes finding faces rather cumbersome, especially since the method of ignoring faces requires the mouse. Everything else can be done with the keyboard. Plus, doesn't track repeatedly ignored faces, so the same faces keep showing up. Well, I've discovered a way to work around these cumbersome limitations.

Doing everything with the keyboard makes things go a lot faster. If you're using the Find Faces feature and skip faces you don't know (because you don't want to pause to use the mouse), the next time you click on Find Faces, you'll be presented with those same unknown faces over and over again. They build up and always get presented in the same order, s... | Read more »

Wednesday July 9

11:49
Calling all Office devs: What’s new, different and...

Curious about the new app model for Office? This week, Jeremy Chapman is joined by Jeremy Thake to talk about the new app model. They explore the developer options for Office with the building blocks, the object model and application compatibility. Beyond what’s the same, they also explain what is different and demonstrate how new apps are built in Visual Studio.

Prior to joining the Office team at Microsoft, I worked on the Windows team for deployment, imaging and application compatibility. It turns out that application compatibility is one of the biggest stumbling blocks not only for Windows, but also Office and pretty much anything on the desktop and even SharePoint or in some cases Exchange. This week, I’m joined by Jeremy Thake to present the new app model along with core concepts of application compatibility with the old models for all these platforms to explain what is the same, but then we explain what is different with the new app model and what gets better... | Read more »

07:00
Evolving Office 365 plans for small and midsized b...

Two weeks ago, we announced the release of the Office 365 for business public roadmap in response to your feedback for more visibility into future Office 365 updates. Today we are continuing that effort by sharing how our Office 365 plans will be evolving over the next few months.
Making Office 365 even better for small and midsized businesses
On October 1, 2014, we will release three new Office 365 plans tailored to meet the needs of small and midsized businesses (SMBs), ranging from 1 to approximately 250 employees. The new plans are:

  • Office 365 Business – The full Office applications – Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Publisher, with 1TB of OneDrive for Business cloud storage to access, edit and share your documents across your Windows PC, Mac, iPad, Windows tablet and smartphone.
  • Office 365 Business Essentials... | Read more »
07:00
DeSantis Landscapes: Firm stays nimble, saves 30 t...

DeSantis Landscapes filmed their own Office 365 story on a Nokia Lumia 1020.
DeSantis Landscapes has come a long way from the company that Tony DeSantis founded in 1974 with a wheelbarrow and a lawnmower. Forty years later, the Oregon business has 92 employees, two offices, and customers spanning the state. On the advice of its longtime IT consultant, Compex Two, DeSantis replaced an aging server with Microsoft Office 365 and 20 new computers running the Windows 8.1 operating system. Using Lync Online, employees can meet virtually from wherever they are, using whatever device they have. They can have quick videoconferences, share screens, or pull documents from SharePoint Online to move business along in minutes—versus driving back to the office to meet or to hunt for, change, and email documents. Whether employees are in the office or the field, they’re more efficient, saving up to 30 to 50 hours a week. They’re also better able to transmit the company culture as... | Read more »

Tuesday July 8

12:40
Finding the "Five Rs" of iPod troublesho...

Having trouble with your iPod?

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10:22
New interactive training for hybrid computing now...

Bill Baer is a technical product manager on the SharePoint team.
Hybrid computing is the intersection between traditional on-premises and cloud computing models. Deploying a hybrid scenario is useful when you need to realize ROI on existing on-premises investments, when you require a bridge between on-premises and cloud to support migration, or if you’re not ready to move to the cloud all at once. We are committed to continued innovation and guidance for those of you who are deploying hybrid scenarios. To demonstrate our commitment, we recently launched new interactive hybrid computing training and introduced new changes to SharePoint that make it easier to work in hybrid environments.
New documentation and training for hybrid computing
We published new interactive courseware to help you understand hybrid topologies and the considerations that come with it. The series of three modules, comprised of 14 presentations, provides an end-to-end, high-level... | Read more »

08:00
Clip the web with me@onenote.com!

We just made it easier than ever to clip the web — now, when you send an email with a URL to me@onenote.com, we’ll clip a screenshot of the webpage along with the email’s contents into your OneNote notebook.

  • Browsing the web on your smartphone? Hit “Share”, pick Email, and send it to me@onenote.com.
  • Find an article in a news reader app? Share it via email and type me@onenote.com.
  • Friend emailed you a funny link? Forward it to me@onenote.com.

To get started, just send an email containing a single URL in the subject or body. And fear not, you can still save your list of “top 100 lasagna recipes” without getting 100 screenshots in your notebook — if you send us an email containing multiple URLs, we’ll only save the mail content and skip the web... | Read more »

07:30
Mod and OneNote sync notes on paper to the cloud

Jon Wheatley is co-founder of Mod
We are excited to announce the new partnership with Mod, a paper notebook that syncs to the cloud. Now you can sync your hand written notes that you take in Mod with OneNote. From a student taking notes in class to a composer writing notes to a song to architect sketching out floor plans, a paper notebook provides a natural place for capturing ideas. OneNote is the one place to bring together those ideas in one digital destination to be organized into a larger portfolio or shared with others. Take a look at the video to see how we are bridging the two worlds:

For some people who are not yet ready to move to an all digital world, nothing beats the tactile feedback of pen and paper, but when it comes to access and storage, digital has many advantages. With Mod and OneNote, you can have the best of both worlds. Take your notes on paper, and then save them forever in the cloud to be accessed across... | Read more »

 
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