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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.
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Friday August 14

09:40
4 updates in Power Query for Excel

This month’s Power Query update includes four new or improved features, including:

  • Option to specify Join Type in the Merge Queries dialog.
  • Extract first, last or range of characters from a Text column.
  • Customize the Quote Style in Split Column by Delimiter dialog.
  • Support for UPN credentials in the Exchange connector.


You can continue reading below for more details about each feature.
Option to specify Join Type in the Merge Queries dialog
It is now possible to specify the type of Join that you would like to apply when merging two queries using the Merge Queries dialog. These options were previously available only by manually modifying the generated formula. Now they are much more easily accessible in the Merge Queries dialog.
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06:00
Bash History Fun

We tend to use a lot of commands in the Terminal app. That is, after all, what it’s there fore. And there’s a nice history of what we do. There are also a number of ways to view and manage the bash history. The simplest of which is the history command, which will show the previous commands run. Here, we’ll simply run it:
history
Keep in mind that this shows the history based on context, so if you sudo bash, you’ll potentially see a different history. You can also use the bash built-in fc command, which has the additional awesomeness of being able to edit and re-run commands from the history. To start, we’ll simply look at showing the last 16 commands using the -l option:
fc -l
You can also constraint entries in the output by specific line numbers. For example, to see lines 12 through 18, simply use them as the first two positions of the command after fc:
fc 12 18
You can load the history into an editor and remove or add entries using fc without... | Read more »

Thursday August 13

12:00
Preview real-time co-authoring on OneDrive

Earlier this year we announced real-time co-authoring support for Word 2016 as part of the Office 2016 Preview. For the last several months, this feature has been available to preview users co-authoring Word documents stored on SharePoint Online. Today, we are pleased to announce that real-time co-authoring is also available as a first-look for Word documents stored on OneDrive as part of the latest Office 2016 Preview release.
Now when two or more users running the latest preview open the same Word document from OneDrive, they can co-author with others in real-time, which allows them to see the cursor location and text edits made by the other users automatically appear as they happen.

You are encouraged to try real-time co-authoring on OneDrive today. If you are receiving regular updates throughout the preview, you should have received... | Read more »

10:50
What’s new: July 2015

Office 2016 for Mac arrived this month, along with Office Mobile apps for Windows 10, a new universal iOS OneNote app, and more. For business, new compliance capabilities and IT management controls were added, along with enhancements to Yammer and Power Query. On the mobile front, Azure Rights Management is now available for Office for iPad and iPhone, there’s a new app designed for in-and-out email, and the Skype for Business Windows Phone app is here. Enterprise customers can preview the new Skype for Business capabilities, and teachers and students can now move back and forth between Office 365 and Moodle or Open edX without logging in each time. For developers, the new edition of the monthly Office 365 Dev Digest is out, Office 365 channels are live, and The Office Dev Show has begun. Leave us a comment to let us know what your favorite new feature is. If you missed last month’s updates, see What... | Read more »

10:04
About OS X Server 4.1.5

OS X Server v4.1.5 improves compatibility of OS X Server with OS X Yosemite v10.10.5. 

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08:00
Optimizing Yammer for teams

Today’s post was written by Juliet Wei, senior product marketing manager for the Yammer team.
When we first set out to create Yammer, we started with the simple idea that information is more valuable when it’s shared. As an enterprise social network, Yammer revolutionized information sharing in the workplace by giving millions of people a platform to make their voices heard and discover what others across the company are working on.
Recently we announced Yammer’s on a mission to bring the benefits of open collaboration to teamwork. Since then, we’ve introduced Office Online integration for better document collaboration in Yammer; external messaging, which lets teams easily connect with people outside their company; and Yammer for Apple Watch to enable a whole new way of staying connected with your team. Today we’re unveiling another set of exciting... | Read more »

08:00
10 little-known keyboard shortcuts for editing in...

If you use PowerPoint at work or at home, keyboard shortcuts can be a great time saver. Here are some little-known keyboard shortcuts I’ve discovered over the last few years while working on the PowerPoint team. These keyboard shortcuts are designed for PowerPoint for Windows. If you are using PowerPoint for Mac, you can still use them if you replace Ctrl with CMD (⌘) unless stated otherwise. I hope you find these keyboard shortcuts as useful as I have!
Draw horizontal or vertical lines
Press and hold the Shift key while inserting lines to make sure they are perfectly horizontal, vertical or at a 45-degree angle.
Keep objects in proportion
Press and hold the Shift key while resizing shapes and other objects to keep their proportions consistent. This is handy if you want to resize a circle without accidentally turning it into an oval.
Duplicate an object
Adding a bunch of... | Read more »

08:00
Episode 058 with Paul Katz on building Office add-...

In this episode, Jeremy Thake and Richard DiZerega talk to Andrew Salamatov about the Outlook announcements at Build and Ignite along with a two hackathons that were run in New York and Chicago.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP58_PaulKatz.mp3
Download the podcast.
Weekly updates

06:00
Online Guide To Apple Configurator

You may have noticed a few new articles on Apple Configurator 1 recently (which isn’t assuming anyone actually notices what I’m writing about). While preparing for the massive change that is Apple Configurator 2, I’ve taken the liberty to put a page up compiling many of my articles that align into a guide on Apple Configurator 1, to offer up an outline for what I’ll be working on for Apple Configurator 2. This guide is now available at http://krypted.com/guides/apple-configurator/.

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05:56
Bushel Affiliate Program

On the Bushel side of my job, we released an Affiliate program a few months ago. It’s cool. And it got some press that I did interviews for, such as this one.

Check that article out, or check out the Bushel Affiliate Program at bushel.com/affiliates.

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Wednesday August 12

12:38
About the security content of OS X Yosemite v10.10...

This document describes the security content of OS X Yosemite v10.10.5 and Security Update 2015-006.

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08:00
Managing Office 365 updates

Today’s post was written by Arpan Shah, senior director for the Office 365 team.
Over the past year, we released over 450 updates to Office 365, as noted by Julia White in this recent Office Mechanics show. As customers move from on-premises software to the cloud, they need new tools and processes to manage and administer change. We are committed to not only deliver the best productivity experience to end users but also provide an optimum experience to admins and developers who run and build on the service.
On today’s Office Mechanics show, I’m excited to tell you about some of the improvements we’ve made to Office 365 change management and tools—all based on your feedback.

Rolling out updates
I want to assure you that we recognize how Office 365 updates can potentially impact your organization. To ensure we deliver high... | Read more »

08:00
New Outlook partner add-ins and expanded rollout o...

Earlier this year, we announced a preview of the new Outlook.com that lets you make the most of the moments that matter to you, featuring a refined inbox, new ways to collaborate, an upgraded calendar and support for partner add-ins. Today, we are pleased to announce new partnerships with Evernote, Yelp, IFTTT and Wunderlist to deliver solutions for both consumer and commercial Outlook users. Additionally, the Uber, PayPal, Evernote and Boomerang add-ins are beginning to roll out today. We’re excited about how partners are enhancing the Outlook experience through this integration.
In addition to new partners, we are also expanding the preview of the new Outlook.com to a broader audience. We enhanced the service based on feedback... | Read more »

06:00
Install Apple Configurator

Apple Configurator is a great tool to manage iOS devices. It’s also a pretty decent tool when you need to create profiles for use on Macs. Apple Configurator is easily installed using the Mac App Store. This involves 3 workflows:

  1. Prepare: Setup a device initially.
  2. Supervise: Manage a device using Apple Configurator long-term.
  3. Assign: Manage content on devices using Apple Configurator.

However you plan on using Apple Configurator, the first step to use the product is to download it for free and install it on an OS X computer. To install Apple Configurator, first open the App Store and search for Apple Configurator.

When listed, click on Apple Configurator.

Then click on Get, then click on Install App. If prompted for... | Read more »

Tuesday August 11

08:30
Announcing the preview of Skype for Business apps...

Today’s post was written by Jared Goralnick, principal group program manager for the Skype for Business team.
We’ve seen great momentum in the first few months since the arrival of Skype for Business, and today, I’m excited to announce the preview of the new Skype for Business apps for iOS and Android. Here’s a look at what’s new and how you can participate in the preview.
What’s new?
We’ve infused Skype simplicity throughout the new iOS and Android apps, created a new dashboard for easy navigation of your contacts, calls and meetings, and updated the In-Call and In-Meeting experience.
The updated dashboard brings the contact search bar, your upcoming meetings and most recent conversations to one place.

  • Contact search bar—Search your Global Address List by... | Read more »
08:17
Bushel Launch Coverage

I missed posting this one back in November. I’m slow… It’s from an interview I did a little while back. http://tech.mn/news/2014/11/04/jamf-software-bushel-apple-device-management/

Mostly, these are placeholders so I can find interviews I’ve done easily… #bushel

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08:00
Breaking down hierarchical data with Treemap and S...

So far, we introduced you to our new cast of modern chart types and placed the spotlight on Waterfall charts—the classic financial powerhouse chart. Today, we dive deeper into the Treemap and Sunburst charts to help you visualize hierarchical data beyond the classic bars and circles. Bold and modern, the Treemap and Sunburst charts complement and strengthen the existing proportional chart types, like pie, doughnut and stacked column.
You can download the sample data we used for this blog post and try these new charts with the... | Read more »

Monday August 10

14:20
View More Detailed Ratios in App Analytics

Now you can use App Analytics to view your Ratios by territory, platform, campaign, app version, iOS version, and more. For example, find out which of your marketing campaigns generate the highest spend per new user by choosing Sales as the measure, comparing it to App Units, and viewing by campaign in the Metrics tab. You can also see which territory has the highest App Store product page conversion rate, which device customers use most to engage with your app, and much more. View your app analytics now.

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14:20
View More Detailed Ratios in App Analytics

Now you can use App Analytics to view your Ratios by territory, platform, campaign, app version, iOS version, and more. For example, find out which of your marketing campaigns generate the highest spend per new user by choosing Sales as the measure, comparing it to App Units, and viewing by campaign in the Metrics tab. You can also see which territory has the highest App Store product page conversion rate, which device customers use most to engage with your app, and much more. View your app analytics now.

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13:30
Congratulations to JAMF Software!

We at AFP548 would like to congratulate JAMF Software and IBM for their announced collaboration to provide management services to Apple customers all around the world. In one fell swoop, one of the oldest technology companies showed it was serious about supporting Apple’s products, and here’s to the notion that a rising tide lifts all boats.
In commemoration, we’d like to call attention to the great work of Shea Craig for his efforts making the high-traffic areas of Mac management with the Casper Suite easier, from python-jss to jss_helper and of course his engine under the hood of the Linde Group’s AutoPkgr(along with, of course, autopkg itself). Speaking for myself, I can say that personally Shea has helped me with custom Extension Attributes, to... | Read more »

11:58
5 Mobile Apps You Really Need for SMB Success

There’s a quick and easy IT Business Edge slideshow at http://www.itbusinessedge.com/slideshows/the-5-mobile-apps-you-really-need-for-smb-success.html that I helped with about 5 Mobile Apps You Really Need for SMB Success.

Hope you enjoy!

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