• Get SendEmail working with Yosemite and Mavericks

    Get SendEmail working with Yosemite

    A while back, we found a nice little command line tool to send emails with authentication settings, custom subjects, etc., without using any of the built in email sending tools. This was handy for situations where a client might have various restrictions in place such as a relay server that requires authentication and / or […]


  • Amsys’ Yosemite Advanced Deployment course is here!

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    Over the last few years, my fellow trainers and I have been teaching our advanced Apple IT courses to a wide range of IT professionals who need to extend their OS X knowledge beyond Apple’s ACTC certification. Last week, I delivered our very first OS X Yosemite training course, an updated beta version of our […]


    Yosemite: JavaScript for Automation

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    The Open Scripting Architecture for OS X has been around for a long time and has provided a standard and extensible mechanism for scripting applications and services on OS X. AppleScript has been the staple OSA language for years but with Yosemite, Apple have added JavaScript. JavaScript can be used in the Script Editor; there […]


    Yosemite upgrade and network locations

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    Day to day I’m often at various sites most of which have some form of proxy configuration. To save myself having to change and remember the specific details for each site / customer, I normally create a new location for each site and switch using the Apple menu (there’s your pro tip for this post!) […]


    New “Reachability” feature in OS X YoYo server

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    Being the type of guy I am and in the role I am, I updated my home server to OS X Yosemite (10.10) over the first weekend of release. After fighting some I/O errors on the boot drive (another story for another time), I eventually got it running. As usual I had a poke around […]


    10 OS X Finder tips that still work with Yosemite

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    Greetings again Mac enthusiasts! With the recent release of OS X Yosemite, I thought I would keep the excitement going with some useful tips that have been around on the Mac for a while and still work with Yosemite! Over the last couple of months, I have noticed that whilst delivering a collection of Amsys […]


    Mac Meetup – Yosemite – 6th November – London


    Following Apple’s announcements last night, we have decided to hold a Mac Meetup for everyone in London on 6th November. We hope that you can join us, which will also feature a 30 min talk and demo on the new features and benefits of Yosemite and iOS 8. As always, this will be a very […]


    When 16GB is no longer enough!


    So a strange thing is happening with iOS 8 adoptions among iOS users. Apple released iOS 8 on the 17th September and within a week the adoption rate was 46% of active App Store users. Three weeks on and the adoption rate is only 47%, an increase of 1%. If you compare this to where […]


    Firefox CCK2 lockdown Casper Extension Attributes


    Hey everyone. On another recent project, I had a secondary education client running Firefox, and they wanted to have the customisations installed. Typically I’d fire up CCK2, build them, package the finished product and push this out, as per my blog. This time, partially because they were using Casper, I wanted a method that would […]


    Add a SharePoint bookmark in Microsoft Office 2011 to 100 Macs using Bash


    Making changes on one Mac can easily be made using the GUI interface, but managing a large number of workstations (especially when performing the same operation) can unnecessarily consume too much of your time. I recently had to add a bookmark for a SharePoint location for Microsoft Office 2011 applications. Doing so on one Mac […]