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233: If I Could Turn Back Time

November 7, 2017

TOPICS:

- Sometimes sharing music in Apple Music using Messages doesn't work. Workaround: use "Copy" or maybe AirDrop works

- Discussion surrounding Apple Music, iTunes Match and streaming music.

- SpaceX lands rocket at sea, makes history - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEr9cPpuAx8

- followup on Joe's migration to G Suite: I've stopped seeing progress bars and large numbers counting up and down in my sleep, and I've stopped having nightmares about drag and drop targets
SHARED CONTACTS FOR GMAIL - https://www.gmailsharedcontacts.com

 when cleaning up old mail using your IMAP client with Gmail:

1) "When I mark a message in IMAP as deleted": change to "Auto-Expunge off - Wait for the client to update the server."

2) When a message is marked as deleted and expunged from the last visible IMAP folder: change to "Move the message to the Trash"

3) Under the Labels section, remove the check mark next to All Mail and Important so that those labels will not show in IMAP

- Sam tells about a client sending out bulk emails and wishing to set up their own email server.

- Joe Share his thoughts on his new iPhone X

- Sam shares a story about declining service to a potential problem client.

- Joe shares a story about helping a client hide selfie photos
ImageOptim makes images load faster - https://imageoptim.com/mac

- We'd like to thank all of our Patreon sponsors for their tremendous support of Command Control Power. You really help make the show possible. We've talked about burnout recently... This show has been a labor of love, and your support sends a signal that you appreciate what we're doing so it really helps encourage us to keep doing it and putting out a show every single week. We've released over 232 episodes over the course of the last four years! We really appreciate all 40 of our patrons. For this monthly live episode, we'd like to specifically thank those patrons that pledge at a certain level. You truly make the show possible and we really appreciate it.

-A big thank you to all of our Patreon sponsors!

-A big thank you to all of our Patreon sponsors!

232: CalDav Migration Madness & A Lost Package Perfect Storm

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TOPICS:

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- Joe's switch to Google G Suite: BusyCal list view, 9999 days, sort by repeating events, calendar, etc.; Google Calendar: how are the interface arrows still not Retina?!

BusyCal took about 5 hours to delete all calendar events on Google G Suite, to reset calendar database (to resolve duplication without having to delete recreate all calendars and reconfigure all sharing settings)

Empty Trash in each of Google Calendars

Two Options in BusyCal: Option 1) File: Import (imports to a new local calendar), can be adjusted, reviewed, split, etc. locally and then events dragged and dropped into calendars on server; or Option 2) Drag and drop .ics file onto BusyCal icon in Dock, choose existing server calendar to import into

Google Calendar adds gross text to the end of the Notes field on every calendar event by default, unless you turn off this feature first:

-::~:~::~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~:~::~:~::-

Please do not edit this section of the description.

This event has a Google Hangouts video call.

Join: https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/psimac.com/joe...

Gmail can only delegate the entire email account, rather than specific mailboxes (maybe because there's no concept of "Mailboxes", only "Labels"?). Does it even show in IMAP?

231: Grant BigLanik Easy Access

October 24, 2017

TOPICS:

• shout out to longtime supporter Kevin Ginger of kGinger Consulting

• Thanks to longtime listener Dave Provine for some followup: "The solution to /private/var/folders is to be sure not to delete the *zz* folder inside. You can vaporize everything else, and the *contents* of zz, but leave the zz folder in there (or recreate it)." See also the show notes from Episode 182: "Tell Me About The Cloud" and Episode 191: "Cause & Effect"

• Sam shouts out from the JNUC Conference in Minneapolis, MN.

• Jerry and Joe share parallel stories dealing with MacBook Pro failures while under our care

• Jerry recounts three recent calls where clients claimed they were “hacked”, including installing a profile on an IOS device via this weather site

http://myaccurateforecast.com

https://www.dropbox.com/s/wjwt7c48guzg97g/MyAccurateForecast_com.pdf?dl=0

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• Jerry shares a TeamViewer vulnerability regarding previous installation of the Team Viewer app on a PC

• Jerry has a recent incident where a residential clean 2012 MacBook Pro Retina massively fails during updates.



• Joe recounts his MacBook Pro Repair for a business client and teh conversation centers around responsibilities and trust.

• Finally Joe and Jerry wind up discussing problem clients and how to terminate the relationship.

230: Addigy Update - Jason Dettbarn / Founder & CEO of Addigy - Cloud Based Mac Management Platform

CCP proudly welcomes back Jason Dettbarn, founder & CEO of Addigy, a Cloud Based Mac Management Platform.  Addigy simplifies and streamlines the IT management of your Macs by providing a comprehensive approach to security & management for macOS.

Jason, discuses recent updates to Addigy and exciting new feature releases. In addition, discussion about Apple's new APFS and how it will affect the Addigy MSP platform in the future.

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Jason also discusses the recent KRACK, the recent WPA2 vulnerability. Read Jason's Blog post here: https://www.addigy.com/top-3-things-about-krack-vulnerability

Sign up for a free trial with Addigy: https://www.addigy.com/ccp

229: Interview wIth Taylor Boyko of SimpleMDM

October 10, 2017

TOPICS:

INTERVIEW:

SimpleMDM is the Apple iOS and macOS device manager that you've been waiting for. With modern, intuitive functionality, SimpleMDM gives you access to a cloud-hosted platform with advanced functionality usually reserved for convoluted enterprise suites. For instance, macOS native package installation, allowing you to install management tools like Chef, Munki or Puppet without having to install a cumbersome agent first. SimpleMDM provides additional features like location tracking, filevault key escrow, and support for multiple VPP and DEP accounts for integration into your zero-touch deployment workflow.

SimpleMDM sports a robust API, multiple admin users, 2-factor authentication and SAML support to integrate seamlessly with your admin environment.

Start your 30-day free trial today at SimpleMDM and have access to their US-based engineering team without having to deal with an aggressive sales team. Priced simply, with volume discounts, SimpleMDM won't require advanced math to calculate your annual spend. You can sign up to at simplemdm.com/ccp, and be sure to join #simplemdm in the Mac Admins Slack.

https://simplemdm.com/ccp

FOLLOWUP: 

227: The Horse Has Left The Barn & Then You Burn The Barn Down!

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TOPICS:

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Joanna Stern - Day with Apple Watch 3
Apple Watch Series 3 Review: No iPhone, No Problem?
http://macs.ws/2x5y8UN

Prioritize WiFi Networks on Your iOS Device
https://pxlnv.com/blog/prioritize-wifi-ios/

Filemaker Tips
Configuring security for FileMaker Server 14 and earlier
https://help.filemaker.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/14169/

https://support.code42.com/CrashPlan/5/Troubleshooting/Stop_and_start_the_Code42_app_service

List of supported email clients for Sending Mail
http://help.filemaker.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/15667/~/list-of-supported-email-clients-for-sending-mail

226: Interview with Jelani Memory, Chief Product Officer from Circle Media, Inc.

September 19, 2017

TOPICS:

Sam, Joe & Jerry speak with Jelani Memory who is the Chief Creative & Product Officer for Circle Media Inc., known for their award winning product, Circle with Disney. Jelani is a former director and freelance commercial photographer for brands like Nike and Adidas.

Circle Media Inc. exists to develop family-centric products that redefine how we connect. Circle with Disney is the first of many products to help families bring balance to their connected life.

 

We believe family is everything. They are the amazing group we do life with, every day. They define our character and shape who we become. Everyone calls someone family and some place home.

As technology becomes more intertwined with our lives, the key is to get the most out of it, without having it completely take over. We want to make it as easy as possible to help families find that balance in their lives. Circle with Disney is available now, visit www.meetcircle.com

http://www.netgear.com/landings/circle/
NIGHTHAWK AC2300 WIFI ROUTER NOW WITH Smart Parental Controls

Jelani Memory
@Jelanimemory

@meetcircle.

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225: Discussions By The Water Cooler

This episode is sponsored by Kalos Consulting, specialty recruiter and business partner of the Apple Consultants Network.

The Kalos team has over 20 years of combined experience in recruiting, and they made in a big splash in the IT space 18 months ago by becoming the only recruiter specializing in Apple’s FileMaker software. Kalos has since placed 17 developers in full-time roles, mostly with companies in the FileMaker Business Alliance. Good news travels fast, and Kalos was asked to extend its services to members of the Apple Consultants Network.

Their goal is to assist you in growing your business by finding the people you need to make that a reality. If your company specializes in Apple IT and you need help growing your team, or you’re an Apple consultant who wants to learn about new opportunities, give Kalos a call at 630.746.5626 for a free consultation. Find out more at KalosConsultingInc.com.

TOPICS:

- iPhone 6 Plus Replacement - Touch Disease 
http://www.businessinsider.com/iphone-6-plus-touch-disease-what-is-it-and-what-can-i-do-2016-10

- Max Headroom
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Headroom
https://youtu.be/cYdpOjletnc

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- Apple Magnetic Adapter Patent - USB-C To Magsafe
http://macs.ws/2h6oMAF

Important changes to the Dropbox public folder
Effective September 1, 2017, Dropbox Plus and Business users can no longer render HTML content, and the Public folder and its sharing functionality have been disabled
https://www.dropbox.com/help/files-folders/public-folder

- Amazon Web Services - S3
https://aws.amazon.com

AWS Free Usage Tier*
As part of the AWS Free Usage Tier, you can get started with Amazon S3 for free. Upon sign-up, new AWS customers receive 5 GB of Amazon S3 storage in the Standard Storage class, 20,000 Get Requests, 2,000 Put Requests, and 15 GB of data transfer out each month for one year.

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- Connected Data Transporter Private Cloud File Sync and Share Appliance, Named Computer Technology Review Most Valuable Product (MVP) 2015 Award Winner
http://macs.ws/2h8Gjov

Support for all of the consumer-class Transporters ended on September 01, 2017.
https://helper.nexsansupport.com/tfc_support


Thanks again to Kalos Consulting for sponsoring Command Control Power! 

If your company specializes in Apple IT and you need help growing your team, or you’re an Apple consultant who wants to learn about new opportunities, give Kalos a call at 630.746.5626 for a free consultation. Find out more at KalosConsultingInc.com.

224: Interview With Christopher Holmes of Rooted Consulting & HCS Technology Group

TOPICS:

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Christopher Holmes of Rooted Consulting and HCS Technology Group
https://www.rootedconsulting.org/
Twitter: @josemocha
Instagram: @josemocha

Chris and Sam talk up Slack and using it internally

Sam going to set up a tent at a local festival as a new avenue to reach out to potential customers
http://www.seaport.org/

A discussion brews about keeping smaller clientele vs large entities that represent a large portion of your income

To sign or not to sign?  Sam contemplates whether signing a new client was the right fit

An opportunity arises where a PC consultancy wants to partner up

Chris talks about his company, Rooted Consulting and their help desk offering called Flex Desk

Hiring is forever on Sam’s mind…

Why is searching network volumes so difficult?

Easy Find vs Finder
http://www.devontechnologies.com/products/freeware.html

Chris brings up AFP going away in High Sierra https://developer.apple.com/library/content/documentation/FileManagement/Conceptual/APFS_Guide/FAQ/FAQ.html

Preventing updates by clients.  The ongoing battle

iOS screen sharing?  TeamViewer says it’s coming in iOS 11!

https://www.teamviewer.com/en/features/ios-screen-sharing/

223: It's not you, it's me!

TOPICS:

Sam gets back from his European tour and gives us all the details

A potential crisis is averted at a large client while Sam is away

Sam puts out a call for an HP managed switch expert

HP Enterprise support is not a joyous experience for Sam

“Don’t we have people that can do this?” - Becoming a manager and keeping the tech

iCloud Photo Sharing goes “belly up” and Sam finds an interesting way to resolve it

Joe has his own iCloud Photo Library sync issue

An interesting situation for Sam when an AirPort Extreme will not allow outbound VPN connections

Sharing the detailed Unifi app with a client backfires on Sam

Joe has the age old problem of clients pinging him for freebies

Sam has trouble multitasking.  Joe has some answers.

Joe’s client emailed the wrong email address for PsiMac with surprising results

Taking it personal when your contact at a client leaves unexpectedly

uBlockorigin is a fascinating ad blocker - https://www.ublock.org

Joe forces Sam to reveal some recently unpleasant experiences with Windows

Sam goes through a tough negotiation pitching MSP to a legacy client

When your potential replacement seeks details about the client

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222: Flashback Followup, Tagging & More

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TOPICS:

-Joe details some followup on Flashback from Episode 220

  • same issue happened again, but this time the user would log in, apps wouldn't open, but we could log out
  • appeared to be user level; our admin user logged in fine
  • removed Gruntwork, no change
  • removed main user account, preserving home folder; recreated main user account; had been configured to auto login
  • Could it be solved but deleting the Finder cache?  https://discussions.apple.com/thread/5386679?start=0&tstart=0

-Jerry details his struggles replacing a Comcast EMTA ( embedded multimedia terminal adapter ) modem with an Xfinity branded modem/router to achieve faster speeds.

- Dan Monge - MacITPros.com
Workflow App - Create a List Of The Predefined Commands To Text To Smith.ai
https://smith.ai/blog/2016/03/sms-simpler-more-efficient-way-provide-real-time-s/

-Jerry discusses some of the consumer tech podcasts he listens to like:

  • Mac Power Users - https://www.relay.fm/mpu
  • Mac Geek Gab - https://www.macobserver.com/show/mac-geek-gab/
  • Jason Snell & David Sparks - Free Agent - https://www.relay.fm/freeagents
  • Tagging With Terptra - MacPower Users  -  https://www.relay.fm/mpu/390

Automatic filing with Hazel and Mavericks tags
http://brettterpstra.com/2013/12/20/automatic-filing-with-hazel-and-mavericks-tags/

Hazel - https://www.noodlesoft.com
GUI for Apple Scripting, Watch Folders, Filing, Actions, Renaming Tagging

Jason Snell & David Sparks - Free Agent - #26: A Batphone to My Heart
https://www.relay.fm/freeagents/26

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221: DMARC, Eero's & Toupee's

Topics:

- Joe discusses the problem with automatically forwarding mail in the era of DMARC and walks through an explanation from Kerio:

- You have a hosted Kerio email account, with a domain of clientname.com

- You have a forwarding rule configured to forward all email addressed to name@clientname.com to clientaddress@gmail.com

- Gmail enforces a DMARC policy

- Gmail sees the forwarded email as if they were coming from the original sender, e.g.: Facebook, PayPal, etc. etc.

- But the emails are NOT coming from the mailservers of those senders (e.g. mail.facebook.com, mail.paypal.com – fake examples), they are actually coming from the Kerio mail server (mail.itekmail.com)

- This triggers a failure of compliance with DMARC, since the sending mail server doesn't match the sending address.

- Unfortunately there isn't much we can do about this, other than use the main account (name@clientname.com), setting it up on a mail client of your choice, to avoid this problem.

- Joe and Jerry discuss Eero, and Joe explains the challenge of configuring an alternate subnet:

- Eero ad automatically assigned 192.168.7.1 subnet

- AV guy had static IPs manually assigned to two IR controllers

- had to use Advanced settings to hangs subnet to 10.0.0.0 (10.0.1.0 not an option; annoying because that's a common Apple one so this must be a common issue)

- tried to adjust starting IP to 10.0.0.1, subnet to 255.255.0.0, and ending IP to 10.0.1.254; didn't work

- after updating, allowed me to select 10.0.0.0 range and change it to 10.0.1.0 range, which worked

220: Joe's Hard Days Night

Topics:

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Managing Client Time: Jerry talks about assisting client looking to run FedEx Shipping Manger.  Parallels installation, Windows 10 and finally a failing FedEx Shipping Manager install.

Joe takes on his long days journey into night, performing Apple Security Updates on Late 2014 Retina 5K iMac and a 2013 Mac Pro, both running El Capitan 10.11.6. Security Update makes the Macs non-bootable.

Update: Stay tuned for a follow up about this issue!

Flashback to Episode 181: Solutions For The Apple Consultant / LSD- What A Long Strange Trip Its Been

- similar symptoms as before: custom app icons failing to show in the dock, generic app icons being shown in their place, same thing happening in Finder windows, folder listing taking minutes before even the contents of the Applications folder would display and even then only generic app icons, Spotlight having weird text overlay, general GUI rendering issues, and generic icon representing the result of a search for Terminal

- solution from the first "trip" didn't work (removing the contents of /private/var/folders/* and restarting), nor did Safe Boot, PRAM reset, SMC reset, reinstall of 10.11.6

- solution on the Mac Pro was boot to clone, use CCC to restore clone to internal SSD

- tried same solution on iMac, booted to clone just fine and used CCC to restore clone to internal SSD, but then it got into a "boot loop" where it would show Apple logo and brief progress bar, then back screen, then reboot and show Apple logo, and repeat

- reinstalled 10.11.6 on iMac internal SSD after restoring the clone, and it worked

- "Just Say No" to updates? Bonus: Are Acid Flashbacks A Myth?

Plus:

Sam takes us through his on site installation of Ubiquiti UniFi hardware and we compare vs. Eero Pro and AirPort Extreme.

Joe discusses setup of Cannon Printer using buggy built in software.

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219: Nobody Beats The Wiz

TOPICS:

  • Jerry & Joe revisit Circle by Disney - https://meetcircle.com . An issue issue with a test device still sending messages even after it was reset.

Circle Go https://meetcircle.com/circle-go/ - "works anywhere" has lowerd its subscription price to $4.99 per month for up to 10 devices

  •  Joe discusses offering to upload and merge client photos as a service.Her references an original  Macworld article about using iCloud Photo Library to merge photo libraries; and a newer article .
    Jerry talks about using iPhoto Library Manager and PowerPhotos from
     
  • Joe wheels and deals with his cable provider, Optimum for faster broadband rates.

    Joe contacts Verizon to add a second static IP to cellular SIM for free. PEP Wave device automatically acquired the static IP and reconnected, amazingly; doubled cellular data from 8GB to 16GB+2GB free for $5 more per month; can switch to business plan when using more than 5 lines, with discounts starting around 8%; 

    Joe contacts AT&T to drop an old iPad line that was costing $10 per month; spoke with retention department and was offered 20GB data for same price as previous 10GB price; they offered to send free Samsung Galaxy Classic Watch (retail: $350) for free to use the with iPad line in the interest of keeping the line active; no commitment or contract; I can set up the watch and then if I don't like it I can keep it, give it away, or sell it and still cancel the line with no penalty; wonder what they'll offer me when I call back to cancel it a second time!
     
  • Jerry talks about his first failure with a Samsung EVO 850 SSD. The drive tested fine with an open source tool https://www.smartmontools.org along with other more familiar utilities. 
     
  • - Joe chats about a recent upgrade To SoftRAID 5.6 that will support running a SMART test on both USB and FireWire disks.

OS 10 SAT Smart Driver -https://github.com/kasbert/OS-X-SAT-SMART-Driver

-A big thank you to all of our Patreon sponsors!  

-A big thank you to all of our Patreon sponsors!  

218: Apple TV & Smith.ai - Virtual Receptionists

TOPICS:

  • Jerry discusses his experience running IOS 11 Beta
     
  • Joe chats about his frustration with Apple TV screen saver and its inability to use iCloud Photo Library albums, e.g. Favorites etc. They show in the interface to select My Photos as the source, but there is no Set as Screensaver button as there is within Shared Albums. The only way to do this is to use a Shared Album? This seems to be a longstanding bug/limitation in tvOS.
     
  • A long discussion about virtual receptionist services and Jerry's first hand experience using Smith.ai for the last sixty days.

    "Smith is a superior call answering service for small businesses and individuals. Our virtual receptionists help you build better relationships with new and existing customers."

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    Mention MacWorks when you signup for your trial or Command-Control-Power
     
  • Finally! No more annoying robocalls and telemarketers.-  Nomorobo

217: On the Road: Not The Original Scroll

TOPICS:

  • Followup: Listener Jimmy Obomsawin • jimmymacsupport.com wrote in to provide additional information regrading changing the email address associated with your Apple I.D.
     
  • Jerry Talks about his recent European travels
     
  • Using USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports and adapters on your Mac notebook https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204360
    MacBook supports Target Disk Mode over USB-C, but you need a special "full-featured" (data/sync) USB 3.0 or USB 3.1 USB-C Cable cable. (Remember the days when all Apple products were “full featured"?)
     
  • Discussion and Rave Review Of The Tom Bihn "Synaspe 19" Backpack
    https://www.tombihn.com/collections/laptop-bags/products/synapse-19?variant=17391738631

    "The Synapse 19 is a carefully calculated, supremely organized backpack, designed for day hiking, everyday carry, and ultralight travel. Its graceful, curvilinear exterior may on first blush look like something akin to sculpture, but in truth it is simply the judicious realization of ultimate utility. No mesh pockets clutter the exterior of this bag, nor extraneous straps festoon it; in it, you'll be able to carry more than you would imagine, and no one will be the wiser."

    https://www.tombihn.com/collections/laptop-bags/products/synapse-19?variant=17391738631

216: The Hokey Pokey

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Topics:

  • Joe talks about slow systems that have not been upgraded.

  • Joe offers a PSA: it's not possible to create an iCloud.com email address beginning with a number, but the Mac doesn't specify the error when it fails for this reason. Thankfully, the error message was specified on the iPhone. Also, there's a limit of three iCloud accounts created per device from a Mac, iPhone, or iPad.

  • Joe talks about building a Frankenstein MacBook Pro that needed the firmware password reset. Mac EFI Reset Tool to the rescue!

  • Jerry mentions delaminating screens and Staingate.

  • Joe mentions yet another PSA about it being impossible to turn off two-factor on some Apple IDs created in iOS 10.3 or macOS 10.12.4.

  • Sam talks about a VMWare Fusion issue, resolved by turning off the floppy drive... in 2017?!

  • We compare the movie Inception to connecting remotely into a Mac running a virtual machine.

  • Sam follows up about logging into any standard user from the login window by using the admin account.

  • We discuss client confusion when setting up Touch ID. Locating the Touch ID sensor behind the screen (a possibility recently discussed on Accidental Tech Podcast) might make this much more clear for clients.

  • Sam discusses feeling like one of his clients – sitting with his Mac in front of the TV, his Mac became haunted... tune in to find out how he exorcised the daemons.

  • Joe wonders what listeners are recommending for antivirus.

  • Joe discusses issues he's seen with malware such as Linky Search changing the homepage in Safari and making it difficult to change or reset.

  • Jerry and Joe discuss the remote power switch capabilities of WattBox and the OvrC app. Thanks to listener Ryan Grimes for the great recommendation!

  • Joe outlines his network failover configuration: main router fails over to WAN2 if WAN1 is down for a few minutes. WattBox power cycles both WAN 1 and WAN 2 modems if WAN still down a couple more minutes. The Cable Modem and Cellular Modem reboot if search engines are unreachable. The Router reboots if search engines and the router are unreachable. (Time Capsule reboots weekly.)

215: Adam Engst of TidBITS Content Network for Apple Consultants & Will O'Neal

Topics:

This week Command Control Power is joined by not one, but two guests.  Adam Engst of TidBITS and Will O'Neal of Mid-Atlantic Computer Solutions.  Both guests share their perspectives on the TidBITS Content Network.  Adam is the publisher of TidBITS, a free email and web publication for the Macintosh community.  He has recently introduced the TidBITS Content Network, which provides professionally written, edited, and illustrated tips and articles that its members can use to update their blogs, create a vibrant social media presence, and power email newsletters that people will actually read. Will O'Neal was one of the first subscribers and both gentlemen offer information on not only the creation of TCN but how it can impact your business.  Enjoy!

TidBITS Content Network: https://tcn.tidbits.com/apple-pros/
-Sign up for a free trial today and get TCN content from both July and August!”

 

Adam C. Engst is the publisher of TidBITS, one of the oldest and most-respected Internet-based newsletters, distributed weekly to tens of thousands of readers. He has written numerous technical books, including the best-selling Internet Starter Kit series, and many magazine articles - thanks to Contributing Editor positions at MacUser, MacWEEK, and Macworld. His innovations include the creation of the first advertising program to support an Internet publication in 1992, the first flat-rate accounts for graphical Internet access in 1993 (with Northwest Nexus for Internet Starter Kit for Macintosh), and the highly successful Take Control electronic book series. In addition, he has collaborated on several Internet educational videos and has appeared on a variety of internationally broadcast television and radio programs. His indefatigable support of the Macintosh community and commitment to helping individuals has resulted in numerous awards and recognition at the highest levels. In the annual MDJ Power 25 survey of industry insiders, he ranked as the second (2000)third (20012002), fourth (2003), fifth (2004), and third (2005/2006) most influential person in the Macintosh industry. He has also been included on the MacTech 25 list of influential people in the Macintosh technical community for both 2006 and 2007, and he was named one of MacDirectory's top ten visionaries. And how many industry figures can boast of being turned into an action figure?

 

Will O'Neal, founder and president of both Mid-Atlantic and Metro-Atlanta Computer Solutions, has been supporting Macintosh for nearly twenty years. He began his career in 1989 operating Linotronic Typesetters for Darby Graphics and worked his way into technical support after becoming an expert with early versions of page layouts, image editing applications and font management issues. He started MACS in 2002. Since then, the company has grown from just Will to twelve Apple enthusiasts, including six Apple Certified outside technicians. Will holds the title of Apple Certified Technical Coordinator, and he regularly attends classes around the world to stay on top of the latest hardware, software and solutions for business of all types and sizes. Because of Will’s vast experience and desire to stay current on ‘all things Apple’, he is also the Lead Technical Advisor for MACS. He has a passion for providing exceptional service and solutions to his customers. 

214: Hiding In The Server Room or Where The Buffalo Roam

Topics:

Jerry shares a story about working on an older MacBook Air that takes an interesting turn

Old tricks for retrieving data from dead hard drives are discussed. Do you risk it or go right to Drive Savers?

Sam makes an attempt to restore a file for a client and takes some time to hide out in the server room when he can't find it

Jerry goes through a scare with a Buffalo NAS when at a client site and comes up with a creative solution:
Buffalo LinkStation Pro Duo 2-Bay 2 TB (2 x 1 TB) Network Attached Storage LS-W2.0TGL/R1 https://www.amazon.com/Technology-LinkStation-Attached-LS-W2-0TGL-R1/dp/B001696ZXA

Paragon - ExtFS for Mac 11 - https://www.paragon-software.com/ufsdhome/extfs-mac/

ReclaiMe File Recovery Ultimate
to recover Windows and Linux PCs, Macs, and NASes - - http://www.reclaime.com

Working with multiple versions of software presents its challenges

Liquid spills and freezer tricks lead to a recent Apple development:

AppleCare+ for Mac now available:
MacBook Pro 13-inch: $269.00 (vs. $249 before?)
MacBook Pro 15-inch: $379.00
iMac: $169.00 (same as before!)
Get up to 3 years of accidental damage coverage and 24/7 expert telephone technical support from Apple, the people who know your Mac best.

The guys all have Late 2016 MacBook Pros and kick around the idea of upgrading to the latest model with Apple's hardware announcements

Use Etrecheck to search for legacy items that might be affecting your computer's performance:
https://www.etrecheck.com/