Archive for the ‘Personal’ Category

Apple Device Management Second Edition book coming soon

November 12, 2022 1 comment

Three years back, both Charles Edge and I wrote a book together:

We decided to put the band back together for a Second Edition, which I’m pleased to say is far enough along in the publishing process that it’s been assigned an ISBN number and a listing on Amazon.

While it’s not yet available for pre-order, hopefully you’ll be able to add a pre-order for it to your Christmas shopping list!

Charles and I were also on the Mac Admins Podcast to discuss the new book so if you’re interested in learning more, please see the link below:

Categories: Books, Personal

2021 Holiday Vacation Project

January 2, 2022 2 comments

Like a lot of folks, I took some time off around the holidays. Before then, I decided I wanted to accomplish a couple of things while I was off.

  • Goal 1: Set up a personal status board for my office, where at a glance I could find useful information.
  • Goal 2: Figure out how to be able to play the Star Wars arcade game whenever I wanted to.

I’m happy to say that I was able to accomplish my goal by December 31st, 2021. For more details, please see below the jump.

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Categories: Linux, Personal

Apple Device Management book now available for purchase from Amazon and Apress

December 23, 2019 Leave a comment

I’ve been working on a new book with my colleague Charles Edge and I’m delighted to announce it’s now available for regular sale from both Amazon and Apress, our publisher!



This quality item is suitable for any gift-giving occasion (including the ones occurring this week!) in addition to being the perfect something for yourself. For those who have asked about it being available in electronic format, it’s available in the following formats depending on the seller:

  • Amazon: Available for the Kindle
  • Apress: Available in PDF and ePub format
Categories: Books, Personal

Apple Device Management book now available for pre-order from Amazon

August 30, 2019 4 comments

Over the past year, I’ve been working with my colleague Charles Edge on a new book and I’m delighted to announce it’s now available for pre-ordering on Amazon:

Pre-order link:

This quality item is suitable for any gift-giving occasion, in addition to being the perfect something for your own use (perhaps as a doorstop.) Please order now.

Categories: Books, Personal

Building a home office

December 31, 2016 11 comments

As part of starting my new position, I’m transitioning from a job where I’m going to work at an office to a work-from-home position. This has a number of personal benefits for me, but I also knew that I was going to need an office to work out of. Working from my dining room table, or from the sofa, was going to be problematic for me for the following reasons:

  1. I need a transition between work and home – I knew that if I worked from inside my house, I was not going to be able to easily do the mental switch from “I’m at work” to “I’m at home”. “Home” and “Work” was inevitably going to blur into some mishmash that I mentally dubbed “Hork”. That did not sound pleasant, either for me or for my family.
  2. I need quiet – Like a number of homes, mine is occasionally very noisy. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, that’s just the way it is. Very likely, there were going to be numerous occasions when I needed quiet when working and what was happening in my home was not quiet at all.
  3. I need room for work-related stuff – Where I worked was also going to be where I was going to use and store my work-related gear. For my own peace of mind, I didn’t want to store my work-related equipment near where my pets and younger members of the family would have access to them.
  4. I need to set up work-related equipment on a permanent basis – For various reasons, I like working on a desktop workstation, with attached displays, keyboard and mouse. I also like not having to constantly disassemble and re-assemble my desktop and its attached peripherals, which means I need a place where I can set them up and trust that they’ll be able to stay there on a long-term basis.

With all of those needs in mind, I decided to go the route of having a purpose-built office constructed for my work needs. For more details, see below the jump.

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Categories: Personal

Moving on

December 23, 2016 6 comments

At the beginning of November, I made the following announcement via Twitter:

Time has marched on and today is my last day at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus. I wanted to take the opportunity to express my gratitude to the good folks who work there and to my management in particular.

Since 2011, I’ve spoken at a number of Mac IT conferences on a variety of topics. The ability to do so wouldn’t have been possible without the generous support that I received from HHMI. I’ve also had complete freedom when it comes to the writing I’ve done on this blog and elsewhere, which has been a huge boon to me both professionally and personally.

I look forward to continuing to both speak and write as part of my move to SAP, where I’m joining a great team doing amazing things. However, I’ll never forget that it was HHMI’s unstinting support that made it possible to begin with. Thank you.

Categories: Personal

Yahoo account hacked

February 18, 2010 1 comment

My Yahoo email account (which had what I considered a fairly strong password, with having both letters and numbers and being longer than eight characters) got hacked today by a spammer, who then scanned my contacts and started furiously sending links to NSFW merchandise and dodgy pharmaceutical sites. The account now has a new password and the contacts list has been completely cleared out. Fortunately, I avoided spamming our ALL-WORK email lists by the grace of God and LISTSERV-required confirmation before sending (said confirmation was not granted.) The embarassment factor was high, our security officer was calling, and I’ve now gotten the chance to re-connect with some old aquaintences whom I haven’t talked with in a while.

Categories: Geeky, Personal

His and Hers Pumpkins

October 31, 2008 Leave a comment

La and I carved our pumpkins last night.


Categories: Personal

Moved to a new home.

September 4, 2008 Leave a comment

I’ve been futzing on and off with my home-based WordPress blog for a while now, as I started having a number of speed issues with PHP. Since WordPress offers free space, I decided to make the move over to their digs. My new address (if you’re still using the old address) is

Categories: Personal, Technical

My good deed of the day – re-registering the family on the National Do Not Call list.

September 21, 2007 Leave a comment

With the news that it was time to re-up my phone numbers on the National Do Not Call list today, I decided to go ahead and re-register my immediate family as well:


Everyone’s home and mobile phone should now be taken care of, God willing.

Categories: Geeky, Personal
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