Scripting OS X — Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2021-01-08

Happy New Year!

Even though the events of the last few days might make this sound cynical, I mean it honestly. Let’s make the best of it!

I really hope you got to spend the holidays safely with family and get some peace and relaxation. I used some of the extra time to (finally) finish the first draft of my next book: “macOS Terminal and Shell” It should be ready for publishing in a few weeks.

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News and Opinion

macOS 11 Big Sur and Apple silicon Macs

macOS and iOS Updates

MacAdmins on Twitter

  • Joachim Fornallaz: “Keyboard shortcut of the day: In Messages, hit ⌘T to bring up the Tapback chooser for the last message (or the selected one on macOS), then press 1 through 6 to select the Tapback you want.”
  • Eric Holtam: “M1 hardware cannot use a PRK to unlock and boot a FilveVaulted disk. Only user passwords. If you don’t like this regression, file feedback.”
  • Benedict Evans: “TIL: Google’s Pixel 2, released in 2017, is now unsupported and gets no new software updates. Given today’s security environment, I guess that means I should recycle it. Apple just released iOS 12.5 for devices shipped in 2013.”
  • Nathaniel Strauss: “Activation lock on AS Macs is the only way to prevent setting up a machine as new while bypassing MDM/management entirely. JamfPro doesn’t support it yet. Upvote and comment on this feature request if that matters to you.”
  • Peter Steinberger: “Homebrew deprecated and removed a parameter within 20 days, shortly before Christmas, breaking automation around the world. Our CI also broke, but I’m sympathetic to the team. The thread is so typical. Only complaining, nobody offering to help or sponsor.” (via Erik Gomez)

Bugs and Security

Support and HowTos

Scripting and Automation

Apple Support

Updates and Releases

To Listen


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