macOS Wifi Scanning

Have you ever just wanted to see all the wireless networks around you? Apple provides quite a few tools to help do this out of the box including a really nice command line tool called airport. But what if there was more…

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macOS Beta Images

Apple releases new macOS betas pretty frequently and you test all of those betas, right? Well what if I told you there are some features you can’t test. Not because you don’t want to but because Apple doesn’t give you the tools.

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Github Changelog

I recently ran into a really awesome ruby project for creating Github Changelog files automatically. These files make it very easy for community members to quickly get up to speed and follow the development process of a project.

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Disable FMM in Enterprise

Find My Mac (FMM) is a service from Apple that allows individual iCloud users to locate their devices as long as they are signed in and the device has a valid internet connection. The problem, in enterprise, is we often do not want these services up and running due to security. You can disable the ability to sign into iCloud all together but what if you want to just stop FMM?

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Introduction If you have ever worked with the PyObjC bridge on the macOS platform you might have noticed that data is often returned as a Objective-C class object (NSArray, NSDictionary, etc.) Thanks to the effort put into PyObjC, python can seamlessly use python type methods with their Objective-C class equivalents. But, what do you do when you are required to use a pure python object? Use case I ran into this issue when using the Boto3 python library for my s3Repo plugin for munki.

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Office 2016 has had a few updates since my last post on the topic however most of these simply don’t apply to me as an admin of the mac platform. Many of these updates have been bug and feature related which is great…I just do not see them as I am not a user. Honestly, since I finished college in December I have not used a Microsoft product on my mac except for Microsoft Remote Desktop.

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10.12.4 locationd

Update: I made an incorrect assumption regarding SIP and the change with 10.12.4. This post has been corrected. Thanks Patrick Gallagher and Pepijn Bruienne for pointing out the mistake. New with 10.12.4, Apple has decided to protect the locationd LaunchDaemon with System Integrity Protection (SIP). If you are not aware the locationd daemon is used for Location Services. This is the process that drives: FindMyMac, “Set time zone automatically using current location”, it allows applications to locate your computer, and more.

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Clayton Burlison

Just another nerd writing and documenting things he finds interesting.

Mac System Engineer

Texas, USA