Work: June 2008 Archives

Our regional Apple representatives held a small seminar at The Foundation, a local VAR of Apple products. The topic was about Mac administration and Active Directory integration.

Eric, the speaker for the morning, referred to a project that I’d heard about called InstaDMG, which is being developed by the fine folks at the AFP548.com website. I’ve been hearing about InstaDMG for several months but my initial research found it to be of little benefit in our environment at work. I had dismissed it as another package maker.

I’ve been looking for some AppleScripts or something that will try to take advantage of the ARD vulnerability I mentioned yesterday. Symantec has so far patched against two:

This is why I endorse having antivirus software installed before a threat. I have definitions set to download daily on my Macs but I can push them if I need. By now, all my Macs at work should be patched.

My company is splitting into two smaller companies and for the past few weeks I’ve been training folks on the other side how to support Macs using Casper. They’ll have less than 20 Macs to support altogether but when your support world has been all Windows the extra attention to learning a new platform helps.

I love the folks I’m training because they all love Macs or they’re enthusiastic about learning about them. Training is a real pleasure when you can show them something as simple as clicking the computer name in the login window to show more details and they whisper, “Oh, neat!”

For the past few months I’ve been avoiding my ACMT certifications but now I’m going to focus on the two tests so that we can finally start fixing hardware in-house again.

We're only allowed to accrue 150% vacation time at work and I, having only been there 3-1/2 years, get two weeks every year. My three co-workers have all been with our company more than five years and two have more than 10 years invested time. We all find taking vacation time very difficult. We just don't think about it or just find that we don't need it right now.

MVC-013S.JPGThis week I'm burning 40 hours but I have a plan. Apart from taking my cat Mitch to the vet to get a tooth pulled, I'm doing geek things that I've been wanting to do for months. They include installing MoveableType for this blog, installing MediaWiki for my website and learning better ways to use Twitter. Of course, I kicked off the week with the WWDC keynote on Monday.