The Life of Josh

Computer Engineer, Security Consultant, and Tech Nerd.



NewsBlur Subscriptions to share

To help my IT friends at my job I’m leaving, I’m trying to share things that will help them. Below is a link to my NewsBlur subscriptions. I have A LOT of Mac stuff in here. The NewsBlur system costs $2/month ($3 if you are feeling it is worth it and have spare $). It is extremely worthwhile especially since the demise of Google Reader. There’s also an iPhone and iPad app you can use on the go. The stuff in the Engineering – Mac feeds will help someone do most of what I do.

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Common Problem Repair system (CPRs) for Mac/Windows

Where I work I’m in charge of Desktop Engineering. We have a responsibility for every laptop, desktop, iPad, iPhone, Android, etc… device in the environment at a very high level. We create the base images that go on the computer systems, we package the software that goes out to them. There is a staff of Desktop Support folks who will implement thing my group creates, and they also provide the direct support to the users at the company. Those Desktop Support folks see a wide range of issues. When they don’t know how to fix something they¬†escalate¬†the issue to my group.

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Mac OS X 10.5.6 stuck on Java 1.5.0_13

So I use InstaDMG to build my Mac OS X images for work. I got reports of Java being broken in my latest image. On looking at the problem the machines were at Java 1.5.0_13 when they should have been at 1.5.0_16. Reinstalling Java Update 2 and Java Update 3 didn’t bring the machines to 1.5.0_16 like it should have. Also the Java apps in /Applications/Utilities/ are broken.

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Apple reportedly posts G5 specs on Web site

As usual Apple has leaked specs “by accident.” It’s so funny how we all can’t wait even a couple of days to hear this stuff, and at the same time I always wonder why Apple has to keep secrets. I mean like who are they competing with anyway? Even as an engineer at a large corporation I am never able to get my Apple reps to leak info to me. Apple is about the only company unwilling to give a roadmap to corporate customers. This really sucks about Apple, but what can I do? Even though the Apple stuff is way overpriced I still love my Mac, and I hate Microsoft more than I dislike the prices and attitude Apple gives to corporate customers.

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