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WWDC 2021 notes

June 8, 2021 Leave a comment

This week, like last year, I’m attending Apple’s WWDC 2021 conference from the comforts of home. As part of this, I’m taking notes during the labs and session videos. Due to wanting to stay on the right side of Apple’s NDA, I’ve been posting my notes to Apple’s developer forums rather than to here.

To make it easier for Mac admins to access them, I’ve set up a post in the forums where I’ve linking the various forum posts with my notes. It’s available via the link below:

https://developer.apple.com/forums/thread/681818

Categories: Documentation, WWDC 2021

Using VLC to convert a video to play at twice normal speed

May 9, 2021 1 comment

As part of preparing for an upcoming talk, I’m working on a presentation which includes a video. As part of adding the video to my Keynote slides I thought that increasing the playback speed would help with the pacing of the talk but I didn’t see a way in Keynote to have that happen as part of the video’s playback without having to manually run the video.

After some research, I found a straightforward way to use the open-source VLC video tool to double the playback speed of a video and save the changes. For more details, please see below the jump.

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Categories: Documentation

Selectively removing the drop shadow from screenshots on macOS Big Sur

March 4, 2021 Leave a comment

One of my personal preferences with macOS is removing the drop shadow from screenshots. On macOS Catalina and earlier, I was able to to turn off drop shadows on screenshots by running the following commands:

defaults write com.apple.screencapture disable-shadow -bool true
killall SystemUIServer

This appears to not work on fresh installs of macOS Big Sur, though it appears to still work on Big Sur Macs who had the setting applied prior to upgrading to Big Sur. However, when using keyboard shortcuts to make screenshots, it looks like there’s a way to selectively add or remove the drop shadow at the time of making the screenshot. For more details, please see below the jump.

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Categories: Documentation, macOS

WWDC 2020 notes

June 23, 2020 Leave a comment

This week, I’m attending Apple’s WWDC 2020 conference from the comforts of home. As part of this, I’m taking notes during the labs and session videos. Due to wanting to stay on the right side of Apple’s NDA, I’ve been posting my notes to Apple’s developer forums rather than to here.

To make it easier for Mac admins to access them, I’ve set up a post in the forums where I’ve linking the various forum posts with my notes. It’s available via the link below:

https://developer.apple.com/forums/thread/650135

Categories: Documentation, WWDC 2020

WWDC 2019 notes

June 4, 2019 Leave a comment

This week, I’m out in San Jose, California as an attendee of Apple’s WWDC 2019 conference. As part of this, I’m taking notes during the labs and sessions. Due to wanting to stay on the right side of Apple’s NDA, I’ve been posting my notes to Apple’s developer forums rather than to here.

To make it easier for Mac admins to access them, I’ve set up a post in the forums where I’ve linking the various forum posts with my notes. It’s available via the link below:

https://forums.developer.apple.com/message/362911

Categories: Documentation, WWDC 2019

Session videos now available from Penn State MacAdmins Conference 2018

July 29, 2018 Leave a comment

The good folks at Penn State have begun posting the session videos from the Penn State MacAdmins Conference 2018. The sessions slides and currently-available videos are all accessible from the Penn State MacAdmins’ Resources page at the link below:

http://macadmins.psu.edu/conference/resources/

As all the session videos have been posted to YouTube , I’ve linked my Providing the best Mac experience possible from the Mac CoE team with ❤️ session here:

The Escaping the Tech Whisperer Trap session I co-hosted with Nikki Lewandowski is linked here:

Slides from the “Escaping the ‘Tech Whisperer’ Trap” session at Penn State MacAdmins 2018

July 11, 2018 Leave a comment

For those who want a copy of the documentation talk given by myself and my colleague Nikki Lewandowski at the Penn State MacAdmins 2018 conference, here is a link to the slides in Keynote format.

Keynote slides: https://goo.gl/nHWg3Z

Session videos from JAMF Nation User Conference 2016 now available

November 4, 2016 Leave a comment

Jamf has posted the session videos for from JAMF Nation User Conference 2016, including the video for my documentation session.

For those interested, all of the the JNUC 2016 session videos are available on YouTube. For convenience, I’ve linked my session here.

Slides from the documentation session at JAMF Nation User Conference 2016

October 20, 2016 1 comment

For those who wanted a copy of my documentation talk at at JAMF Nation User Conference 2016, here are links to the slides in PDF and Keynote format.

PDF – http://tinyurl.com/JNUC2016DocPDF

Keynote – http://tinyurl.com/JNUC2016DocKeynote

Documentation session at JAMF Nation User Conference 2016

October 11, 2016 Leave a comment

I’ll be speaking about how to various ways to document your Casper Suite and other IT needs at JAMF Nation User Conference 2016, which is being held from October 18th – 20th, 2016 in Minneapolis, MN. For those interested, my talk will be on Thursday, October 20th.

For a description of what I’ll be talking about, please see the Preparing for the Road Ahead: Documenting Your Casper Suite Setup session description. You can see the whole list of JNUC sessions here on the Sessions page.

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