It’s always thankless to write something knowing the big event is coming up. Helpfully, Apple decided to try “doing something a little different this year”. See The New App Store: Subscription Pricing, Faster Approvals, and Search Ads; App Store Subscription Uncertainty; and FAQ: How Apple’s new App Store subscriptions affect you (among, you know, the rest of the Internet). And, apparently, macOS and, cautiously hopeful, no more oh-es-ex. Right.
Then again, we can always return to the perennial favorite, security. And two-factor authentication: “I was hacked today: my Twitter account, two email addresses, & my phone. It was not due to passwords, they hacked my phone account itself.” See also How activist DeRay Mckesson’s Twitter account was hacked (via Daring Fireball).—And I’m sure all our Swiss telcos will swear that can’t possibly ever happen with them…
There was also some confusion around TeamViewer: Upset users, first accusatory, then apologetic company; see also: A Letter To TeamViewer Users On The Recent Cyber Attacks.—A lot seems to go back to these mega-dumps: Seven Hundred Million (via Michael Tsai) or Cluster of “megabreaches” compromises a whopping 642 million passwords. If you trust Troy Hunt, you can check your username or email address on ’;–have i been pwned?—yes, my LinkedIn account is listed, but I’ve changed that password, like, four times this year alone…—This should therefore not surprise: “Security and privacy risks causing so many to avoid online activities should be a wake-up call for the entire field”, which links to Lack of Trust in Internet Privacy and Security May Deter Economic and Other Online Activities—if your business relies on the Internet, do you have a plan?
Because we’re admins:
- Nice compilation by Tom Bridge: The Mac Admin Library.
- “Old vs new. Anyone with equipment in a rack needs to know about this wonderful invention. No more sliced fingers.”—For the next rack I touch, I’m gonna get a bag of those…
- If you’ve been holding out so far: AutoPkgr for Dummies.
- Download now: “If you have Office365, Office 2011 will only be available to download installer until Sept 22.”
- Google Chrome will start blocking Flash by default. But not really, sadly…
- Gala • KerbMinder + ADPassMon + ShareMounter.
- “MicroMDM is a flexible Mobile Device Management server for OS X administrators [and] integrates with DEP and can provision a device with configuration profiles, user accounts and settings. Unlike most commercial MDM products, MicroMDM allows an administrator to choose which management tools to deploy during DEP Enrollment.”
- Arek Dreyer: “Interesting (and welcome) to see Apple recommending specific MDM services at apple.com/education/it/.”
- Both ownCloud and Nextcloud advertise “a safe home for all your data”, but one might be safer than the other…
- So you wanna go on-prem do ya.—You don’t.
- A long network cable: Facebook and Microsoft are building an underwater cable across the Atlantic.
- I’m sure this will be as successful as Paymit and TWINT, until Monday, that is: eSIM von Swisscom.
- Introducing HyperDev.
- Motion Stills.
- 1Blocker for Mac.
- Just a few years ago I would have freaked out about this: SyntaxNet: The World’s Most Accurate Parser Goes Open Source.
- So many hours: Programming fonts.
- Intel, Microsoft, Apple, ARM, forecasts, models, experts, guts, culture, jobs, errors.
- Because you never have enough browsers: Brave, Vivaldi (via 1Password release notes).
- Clever: “[User requests feature already in product]
Junior dev: “lol dumb user”
Staff dev: “Closed – fixed”
Senior dev: <opens usability bug>.”
- Ladies and Gentlemen, our federal council: “J. Schneider-Ammann im Interview mit #SRF: ”Die Digitale Revolution kommt enorm, noch vor einem Jahr hätte ich das nicht gedacht." #SEF2016.—I do hope this is a prank quote and not the actual thoughts of our country’s leaders…