From the Department of Nothing Better To Do Department…
While visiting with fellow Microsoft MVPs and developers a few weeks ago, I managed to snag a GoPro Hero3 camera. These are tiny little cameras bicyclists wear on their helmets to record their rides (or accidents with cars) or drivers mount on their dashboards to record their commutes (and maybe their accidents too).
It’s a neat little gadget. It has its own built-in Wi-Fi to enable remote control and viewing using a phone. It has a micro-SD slot for storage and a USB port for charging or connecting directly to a computer. And it has several modes for very wide screen recording, normal 1080 resolution or even 60 FPS for slow-motion captures.
Like all the good gadgets, it has (some optional) accessories too! The package included simple adhesive surface mounts with quick-release connectors and a water-proof (to 10 feet) enclosure. Along with the camera I received a chest-mount harness. Not sure what I’ll do with that yet but I can envision some creative uses.
So what does someone like me do with a GoPro? I record myself preparing for Thanksgiving dinner.
Maybe I’ll get a little more creative but all I wanted was to see what it could do. With a $10 tripod mount kit I attached my little camera to a Joby GorillaPod, which I’ve had forever, and hung the rig upside down from my kitchen chandelier. The GoPro has an “upside down” mode, which came in handy.
I started the camera using the iPhone app and just let it record everything as I worked. After a couple hours I had a few 2 GB files of raw video. Nothing exciting unless you’re a voyeur. The following clip is about 18 minutes. I annotated it using Camtasia 2 for Mac.
Music is a critical for situations where emotion is peaking—action movies, a night on the town, romantic encounters and even conversations with co-workers or friends who may be a little overly dramatic sometimes.
Yesterday morning I started replying to a co-worker’s message. In it I found myself being a little overly dramatic myself. (Not unjustly.) “Well, OK,” I said. “Just making sure you haven’t forgotten me. I’m out here all alone, you know. All alone. You could probably use this by now:”
Just after that colon was where I wanted to insert a link to Apple’s App Store for a
Mac Admins, if you’re currently using any version of my Outlook for Mac Exchange Setup Script, I need your responses. The script I’m referencing is available at these two locations:
Version 4.0.1 – http://www.officeformachelp.com/outlook/exchange/setup-script/ Version 4.5.2 – https://github.com/talkingmoose/Outlook-Exchange-Setup
Some planned changes in Outlook for Mac will break the automatic setup portion of the script and I will not be able to create a workaround for it. If you rely on this feature of the script, I need your help to inform Microsoft how many users will be affected by the changes. My goal is to show there is a need
Today, all those folks who couldn’t attend this year’s PSU MacAdmins Conference get to attend virtually! And all those folks who did get to attend now get to attend every session. The fine folks at Penn State University have posted links to most videos from the conference with a few yet to come in their Resources area.
The 40+ videos are posted to YouTube and are free to everyone. They total more than 50 hours of training, education and insight from folks who like to share knowledge. That’s a work week’s worth of content plus some overtime!
Below is the
Threw this together based on a conversation with a former boss…
Update (July 13): Forgot to include a link to download the plists for Microsoft Office for Mac 2011. These are the same files I used in my demonstration.
From the home office in Saint Paul, Minnesota, I’m posting my PSU MacAdmins Conference slides here for folks reviewing after my presentation in State College, PA, and for folks who weren’t able to attend this year.
Below are links to both a PDF version as well as the original PowerPoint version, which includes my notes and talking points. Even if you don’t use PowerPoint, Keynote or an Office 2011 trial should
Super excited to be flying out to Penn State tomorrow and attending my first PSU MacAdmins Conference! It’s only five years old but has become one of the five major conferences for Mac administrators in the world as well as the only major east coast conference for those who support OS X and iOS.
I get to present this year and expand on a session I did for the JAMF Nation User Conference back in 2012. That session was about the humble plist. What I didn’t get to cover then was how to use Managed Preferences (MCX) and Configuration Profiles
Strange, happy coincidence—I met the person responsible for the rubber chickens in the purple Wam!Net boxes!