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Hyrule In HTML5 Glory

The Hyrule overworld map from A Link To The Past can now be seen rendered in full HTML5.  It looks great and it’s fun to see the entire world.  Get nostalgic with modern Web design.

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Twin Cities Mac Admins » Meetup notes – April 23, 2015

Featured Presentation Jacob Salmela with Hopkins High School provided our feature presentation Under Cover Of Shell (Scripting). Take a look at Jabob’s website and his GitHub repository. You’ll find he’s solved plenty of issues with scripting. He introduced us to GeekTool, a desktop information display, which he populates with loads of geeklets. And he got a few chuckles explaining […]

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Shell Scripting Presentation at JAMF HQ [MSP Mac Admins]

I will be presenting Under Cover Of Shell (Scripting) at JAMF HQ at 5:00 on April 23rd.  There is still time to register if you are interested in attending; it’s free! You can find links to all the resources from my presentation here.   You can also download the presentation if you want to follow along.

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Octal Dump (od) Shows You Hidden Characters And ASCII Values

Octal Dump (od ), lets you see ASCII character values as well had hidden ones (an ASCII dump).  It’s pretty rare that you would ever need to do this, but it is very useful when you do, even though it sounds like something that should be relegated to a private restroom.  Throw in a few tarballs […]

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Pi-hole Improvements: More Ad Domains And A Better Script

The Pi-hole blocks ads for every device on your network by re-routing known ad-serving domains to a fake Web server.  I made a new branch of the project, which I will eventually merge back in with the master project.  This branch has additional domain sources (306,000), and a better script that uses a loop so additional […]

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OS X Yosemite (10.10.3) Has A New Hidden Spotlight Feature (Command+Control+D)

Prior to 10.10.3, you could use the keyboard shortcut Command+Control+D while hovering over a word to look up its meaning but if you try this shortcut after upgrading to 10.10.3, you will get a notification that you can now look up show suggestions from iTunes, App Store, movie showtimes, locations nearby, and more.

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“Re-imaging” A Chromebook Is Incredibly Easy

You forgot to enroll your Chromebook in the management console or the Chromebook is just acting weird.  How do you get it back to a nominal state quickly?  Chromebooks make this process incredibly easy (Google calls it wiping the device).

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Bash Script: Fix Paused Printers In OS X

You need an administrator password to un-pause a printer in OS X.  It is possible to add a user to the lpadmin group. sudo dseditgroup -n /Local/Default -o edit -a username lpadmin This will give them rights to the printer, but if your users aren’t admins of their machines, this might not be something you want […]

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Twin Cities Mac Admins Presentation: Under Cover Of Shell (Scripting)

On April 23 at JAMF headquarters in downtown Minneapolis, I will be presenting at the April MSP Mac Admins Meetup.  My presentation will cover real-life examples of how scripting can be used.  You don’t need to know a single line of code to enjoy this presentation, but it might pique your interest to learn some!

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OS X: Column View In Terminal–No Mere Ranger

Column view in OS X lets you quickly see where you are in the file structure and also lets you navigate using arrow keys.  If you are an avid Terminal user, you will be familiar with ls  and cd .