Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-11-22

My new book, “Moving to zsh,” is now available in the Apple Books Store!

If you have been reading this newsletter for a while, you know what this book is about, otherwise you can read all the details in my blog post. This is the first of my books that is not targeted specifically at Mac Admins, but is useful to anyone who use the Terminal on the Mac.

Please, spread the word to friends, co-workers, fellow admins, developers, and power-users who you think would benefit from this book. Thank you all for your support.

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On Scripting OS X

News and Opinion

MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Timo Perfitt: “New MacBook Pro 16” in the house!… ” (Thread)
  • Tech Girl: “It’s weird jamf sells jamf protect and treats patch like their child they’re pretending doesn’t exist. How many #macadmin pay for jamf also need jamjar/autopkgr/Munki to properly patch & notify users?”
  • Victor (groob): “Is there someone at Apple who understands that security updates are not optional and that an enterprise might want to enforce a deadline? Lack of MDM options to make this possible suggests otherwise.” (Thread)
  • Carl Ashley: “Things your postinstall scripts are doing that are 100% bad 100% of the time: cp /tmp/foo.app /Applications/foo.app; chmod 777 /Applications/Foo.app; chown root:admin /Applications/Foo.app” (Thread)

Bugs and Security

Support and HowTos

Scripting and Automation

Apple Support

Updates and Releases

To Watch

To Listen


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