• iMac (27-inch) 3TB Hard Drive Replacement Program

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    Are you aware that Apple has determined that a small number of 3TB hard drives used in 27-inch iMac systems may fail under certain conditions? The devices affected were sold between December 2012 and September 2013. Apple are contacting customers who may be affected, but you can also check your eligibility for a replacement by […]


  • When is it OK to stop using the word “Digital”?


    Earlier in the year I met with a friend of mine from digital transformation experts Adapt2digital. I was greatly impressed with what they were doing, even though I was slightly baffled. I completed a Digital Engagement Map (DEM), which is a piece of software they have created to assess digital competence, readiness and identify actions […]


    El Capitan: System Integrity Protection

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    Over the years, Apple has added some great security layers to OS X to help make using a Mac more secure. These have included FileVault, App Sandboxing and Gatekeeper. In El Capitan, Apple are adding a new layer of security called System Integrity Protection. This new layer of security is designed to protect the integrity […]


    Installing, configuring & automating OS X Yosemite seminar

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    Hello, Mac World! I thought it was about time that I let everyone know about a new venture we have recently started in bringing 1-day seminars to the Mac community. This week, I delivered our second successful OS X Yosemite Deployment Seminar, a day dedicated to discussing and solving Deployment solutions for OS X Yosemite. […]


    New Management Features for iOS 9 and OS X 10.11

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    This week was a very exciting time in the Apple Community following all the announcements at WWDC, including iOS 9, OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) and watchOS. One of the interesting aspects are the new management features for iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 that will be released soon, some of which I have summarised below. Device Enrolment Program For […]


    IPV6 – What you need to know

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    Remember your server’s internal IPv4 address How about FE80::1 or even 2001:ACAD:DB8:A::1/64? Don’t panic. It’s not that bad! Let me explain. The so familiar IPv4 addresses like will be around for a very long time be we start seeing these FE80::290:2BFF:FE23:4381 along with them. This is an automatically assigned IPv6 address. It is […]


    We’re hiring!

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    We’re looking for a senior Apple technician to join the team.  The role involves designing and implementing technical solutions for our clients in London, across the UK and occasionally further afield. If you are looking for a challenge and to push your technical skills to a new level, this fast-paced, and diverse role will certainly […]


    1 year on with Swift

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    2nd June 2014, changed the world of iOS and OS X development – forever. This time last year iOS developers across the globe had no idea that in a few days Apple would launch a brand new programming language called Swift at their Worldwide Developer Conference. We were streaming the WWDC keynote live in London […]


    Active Directory & Home Folders Session at Penn State Mac Admin Conference

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    For anyone attending the Penn State Mac Admins conference this year, I’ll be speaking about integrating OS X with Active Directory and options for providing network home folders on Thursday 9th July at 3.15.  Location and specifics, along with a full session line-up is available here. More details about my session can be found here. […]


    The dreaded D word – Documentation (Part 2)


    I’m back with part 2 of my thoughts and experiences on technical Documentation. This time, I’ll be looking the types of documentation, and a few tips I’ve picked up. Types The first point you will likely find is that there are many types of documentation.  Procedural Procedural is probably the first method of documentation most […]