Notes from day 4 (the last day) of the European Macintosh System Administrator conference in Gothenburg Sweden. Additional talks were presented that we were not allowed to comment on publicly, and this was a short day compared to days 1 through 3 … and yes, I posted this nearly two months AFTER the conference. (Did I not listen to Charles Edge when he suggested timeliness is important?)
"Planning for iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks" by Arek Dreyer of Dreyer Network Consultants
EVERYONE DO THIS
- Backup iOS device.
- Activation Lock – Enable Find my iPhone (iCloud account and iOS 7 required)
- Configurator 1.3.1 requires a Wipe to put in Supervision mode. If Find My iPhone is on, then device cannot activate without knowing the appropriate Apple ID.
- What if an Organization owned device is reclaimed from an employee or student and Find My iPhone is enabled? Then the employee’s or student’s Apple ID is REQUIRED to activate the phone.
A Few New MDM Options:
- AppleTV supported.
- Enterprise Single Sign On. a
- Automatic (Silent) installs (Supervised devices only).
- Caching Server 2, adds iOS.
- Open in management. Restrict “Open in…” to and from managed applications
- Per app VPN. Manage per app VPN for any mobile application on iOS devices.
Very brief. Could not go into too much detail due to Apple NDA and because Mavericks was not yet available at the time of the talk.
- Compressed Memory.
- Power Efficiency.
- App Nap.
- Timer Coalescing.
- Gate Keeper and SandBoxing (Opinion that it’s now OK to run as Admin user. Debated.)
- Ability to enable what type of apps your users can run.
- AirPlay and Multiple Monitors (even use an Apple TV).
- SMB 2 (Apple says it will work much better than the previous versions :)
"Demystifying Technical Writing" by Charles Edge of 318 and krypted.com
Things we write… Books and eBooks, Magazines, Website and Blogs, Work Documentation (2 pages per day), Code, Presentations..
The Charles Edge Patented Process for Producing Pages of Composed Particulars
- Agile Documentation. Sprint style. Learn a lot, then write fast.
- De-clutter. Free your mind. The rest will follow. Reset and switch from the multi-tasking of the day to the focus of writing. No interruptions.
- Pick your actors.
- Who? Define who you’re talking to. (Write for Home Users, way more of them than us!)
- What? Define what you want to say. Say it in one sentence or less. Focus. If it’s multiple sentences then it probably needs multiple books (writings).
- Where? (where will it be published?)
- Get Started … brainstorming session. what do I want to say? result is a list of topics. Tag Cloud. Rough list (not too organized).
- Get Organized (Outline). Things need to flow. Use notecards for visuals.
- Expand on the outline. (More Depth). Move your organized outline into the software you’re going to use to build your book.
- Write the introduction. It’s a contract. Tell the reader what you’re going to tell them. It all starts with a paragraph (the mission statement).
- Restate who the book is for (picture them as you write). Tell the reader who they are.
- State how it’s laid out (Chapters)
- Add Section Intros (contract fulfillment) every section should have a purpose … or delete it.
- Convert the outline to pseudo-text. (Did you fulfill your contractual obligation?) Keep the flow.
- Add segues between sections (ease a reader into moving to the next chapter/heading. Should section be rearranged?
- Figure out what you don’t know (Gap Analysis)
- Figure out what you need (Lab time). hardware software, gear.
- Learn Stuff. learn the process(es) end-to-end before writing.
- Fill in Some Blanks. Continue to work on the flow.
- Pet Peeve of editors. Never have a Header then another header without saying something in between.
- Write the conclusion. Still structure only. Not writing the text yet. Recap contract and add parting thoughts.
- -he Junk Drawer. Do you need to take things out to clean things up?
- Finish the text. The easy part. (No walk through yet). The writing will flow from you after establishing the flow
- Add walkthroughs (visual how to)
- Review the Intro and the conclusion. Make edits if necessary. Does it still make sense?
- Editing. Ask others.
- Measure Twice. Cut once. Be deliberate and structured for a faster flow in your own writing.
Additional Comments from Mr Edge…
- Blogging … I will frequently draft 10 titles at one sitting. Then later go back and write the 10 articles.
- “Punching in the face and stabbing” were recommended methods when dealing with publishers.
- O’Reilly Rough Cuts, pre-release books released in-process online.
- Moving to XML is very beneficial.
- Discussion of iBooks Author vs. DocBook (used by O’Reilly).
- Timeliness (rate of change) is important in technical writing.