“words—
lonely written words—are all you’ve got”

—Virginia Shea

“communication happens when I know you know what I know”

—Me

Introducing Twin Cities Mac Admins

cal jan 2015

Humans are social creatures and last I checked most Mac Admins are humans.

After a conference hallway conversation back in July followed by a Twitter discussion a couple weeks later, a few of us humans were meeting for beers to talk about putting together a Mac Admins group here in the Twin Cities. Some of us had never even met before then.

Our first Twin Cities Mac Admins meeting is January 22nd—it’s been a long time coming since we announced it at the JAMF Nation User Conference last October.

Who are we?

Right now, we’re just five independent Mac admins

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Watching good administrators go bad

Uncle Ben

Training is one of my favorite responsibilities as a consultant with 318. This past summer I’ve trained a few dozen new and experienced Mac administrators as part of their Casper JumpStarts but while most are very good at their jobs, practically all of them have briefly succumbed to the dark side during their training.

Movie wisdom

I use a lot of movie references in my JumpStarts because my captive audience usually gets the associations I’m making to the lessons. Practically every time I demonstrate one specific feature of Casper, I have to quote Uncle Ben from Spiderman: “With great power

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Playing with my potty while on the iPhone

Happy little turd

In the beginning was the “Have a nice day” guy. He was put on buttons, coffee mugs, bumper stickers and T-shirts.

Then one day, someone didn’t have a nice day. And he was put on even more buttons, coffee mugs, bumper stickers and T-shirts.

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Well done, Google

Google homepage

Google’s Code of Conduct starts with “Don’t be evil.” Sometimes Google seems to lose site of this simple rule—or thinks it can bend it—but other times the company uses its presence in the world to stand up for humanity.

“The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.” –Olympic Charter

For its homepage today, the technology giant takes a quote directly from the Olympic Charter to protest Russia’s

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Snort and plonk

Snort and plonk are two of my favorite words. In their own way they use to convey in plain text what we convey today in icons and pictures.

The brilliance of these words comes from their onomatopoeiac soundings that so accurately describe the intention of the person typing them in bulletin boards and newsgroups of the recent past.

snort [snawrt] interjection

the act or sound of snorting web laughter

plonk [plongk] exclamation

the act or sound of being dropped add to a kill file; ignore

Friends, past and future

Since caving into the Facebook fever and opening an account, I’ve seen the following aphorism (paraphrased) come true:

Facebook is for friends I’ve met; Twitter is for friends I’ve yet to meet.

Next week, I’m gathering together folks at work to have lunch with former co-workers, some of whom I’ve really only met once or twice. Amazingly, we’ve been very in touch on Facebook. In a couple of weeks i travel to Macworld and hope to run into some of the folks that I’ve been following and who are following me on Twitter. These are not friendships I could have

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Finally paying for Twitterific

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Visting with a fellow MVP

[Mickey Stevens](https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile/Stevens), a fellow Mac MVP and his mom came to Minneapolis this weekend to see the sights. At one time Mickey was one of the youngest MVPs awarded by Microsoft. I still remember my first MVP Summit where I not only met him but also his mom Irene, who was chaperoning. I met Mickey and Irene at the [Walker Art Center](http://www.walkerart.org) in downtown Minneapolis and we walked through most of the exhibits there. I had told Mickey to be sure they check out the [Minneapolis Sculpture Garden](http://garden.walkerart.org/visit.wac) while here too, which is home to the famous [Spoonbridge and Cherry](http://garden.walkerart.org/artwork.wac).

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Sad social commentary

Since the iPhone 2.0 update I’ve been keeping an eye on the App Store in iTunes. Today I saw [iQuaran from Guided Ways](http://www.guidedways.com/mobile/iquran/download_iquran.php) and decided to read more about the application. I’m more curious than anything about the Quaran. Who in the Western world wouldn’t be? What did *not* take me by surprise were a few of the comments left in the 30+ comments in the store. While I find the Quaran and the Muslim religion fascinating I don’t find fascinating the snide remarks left by the idiots who must take any potshot to demean another religion. Imagine what could

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