Systems Administration

Timing 2.2.6 - Discover how you spend time on your Mac.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 10:38

Timing is the best way to keep track of the time you spend with your Mac. Find out where your time goes -- without ever having to start a timer again! Timing automatically tracks which documents you are editing, which applications you use, and the domains of the websites you visit. You'll never have to worry about forgetting to start or stop a timer again -- there are none! It's all done in the background! After tracking, just drag and drop activities into projects. Some general categories like "Web Browsing", "Office", and "Games" have already been prepared for you, but you can customize them any way you like!

Review this week's activities with just one click! Sophisticated graphs show you how you spent your time each day and which projects consumed most of your time.

Some of the applications supported by Timing:

  • Safari
  • Chrome and Chromium
  • Opera
  • Mail
  • Preview
  • Photoshop (and probably the rest of the Adobe Creative Suite)
  • Acorn
  • iWork
  • MS Office
  • LibreOffice
  • Evernote
  • TeXShop
  • Finder
  • Terminal
  • GitX
  • Xcode (3 and 4)
  • Coda
  • TextWrangler and BBEdit
  • Smultron and Fraise
  • Kod
  • MacVim and AquaMacs
  • TextEdit
  • Dashcode
  • QuickTime Player
  • VLC Player

Version 2.2.6:

Note: Currently available for $21.75.

  • This update fixes a rare crash on startup in Timing 2.2.5, as well as an issue where right-clicking to delete activities or tasks would not work.

  • OS X 10.11 or later

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Autocast morning news?

Tasker: Total Automation for Android - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 10:38

As part of my wakeup routine I'd like to have autocast play some form of the morning news. I did find an http line for a live stream from a local station however it shows up as format not supported. Any ideas on implementation?

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Anyone using Allied Telecom? Would love to hear about your experience (we are thinking of signing up)

Sysadmin - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 10:38

We are looking at adding a second ISP for a backup and found Allied Telecom is in the building already (among a few others). Their pricing seems pretty reasonable for the speed, if we sign up with them we may use them as our primary. Does anyone hear use them and have the ability to provide some feedback?

Also Merry Christmas, and may your servers be merry and bright (at least, the blinkin lights)

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jAlbum Pro 15.1 - Organize your digital images and make website albums.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 10:30

jAlbum Pro has all the features you love in jAlbum, but comes with a commercial license. You can create gorgeous custom photo galleries for the Web without writing a line of code!

  • Beginner-friendly, with Pro Results - Simply drag and drop photos into groups, choose a design from hundreds of beautiful album skins, and you're done!
  • Share the memories - Effortlessly upload your album to your website. If you don't have one, select one of jAlbum's affordable storage plans.
  • Photo galleries for everyone - jAlbum is the perfect photo-sharing tool for bloggers, small business, social groups, and families.
  • White labeled albums
  • No ads in your albums
  • Priority e-mail support

For a more detailed comparison, see this page.

Version 15.1:

Note: Version 14 is a free upgrade for all who have an active support & update plan (lasts 12 months from purchase).
Note: The standard jAlbum installation requires OS X 10.8.3 or later. To use jAlbum on OS X 10.6 and 10.7, select "jAlbum for Mac OS X (not bundled with Java)" from the developer's "More download options" page (

Note: Currently available for $79.

News And Updates:
  • Support for MPEG-4 audio file added (.m4a extension).
  • Internal music player updated to play both m4a, wav and mp3 files.
  • Defaults can now be stored and applied on a per-skin basis. See "File->Save as Skin Default"
  • Cut+Paste support added. This mimics the Cut+Paste behavior in Windows Explorer and facilitates moving album objects around. Just select some album objects to move, hit CMD/CTRL+X, go to the destination folder and location and hit CMD/CTRL+V to paste the objects. The objects will be pasted close to the mouse pointer location. This feature will probably be appreciated by those who organize huge albums and feel uneasy with dragging and dropping and the scrolling it usually involves.
  • Updated bundled Minimal and Tiger skins
Bug Fixes:
  • Fix to "directory already exists" error during ftp upload
  • IPTC keywords weren't imported properly if they were semicolon separated

  • OS X 10.8.3 or later

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Taptile Invoices 3.9 - Create and manage invoices.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 10:27

With Taptile Invoices, you can easily create and manage invoices, offers, letters, and reminders that are clear and elegant. You don't have to trust your data with any cloud provider; all data remains locally on your computer. No monthly subscription, pay only once to use the app.

  • Cover letters, offers, invoices, royalty notes and reminders
  • Any number of invoice items
  • Automatic amount accumulation
  • Percentage discounts or surcharges
  • Special payment date discount calculation and expulsion on the invoice
  • Net and gross amounts, different VAT percentages
  • Invoices in different currencies
  • Recipient Address Management
  • Sender Address Management (with sender logo and signature)
  • Sender tax number and / or sales tax ID
  • Bank details
  • Free subject, salutation and text
  • Free offer, invoice and dunning text above and below the individual items
  • Document, Delivery, Due date and Incoming Payment date
  • Document Status Management (draft, sent, due, completed / paid)
  • Notifications of due offers, invoices and reminders
  • Invoice duplicates to simplify the creation of similar invoices and reminders
  • Different layouts (header, footer, sidebar)
  • Support your own business background
  • PDF export
  • Direct printing on printers with macOS support

Version 3.9:
  • Enhanced the VAT, surcharge and deduction percentages to support decimal numbers.
  • A bug with the reminder document date has been fixed.

  • OS X 10.10 or later

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Alpus 7.0 - Dictionary viewer and Wikipedia browser.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 10:22

Alpus is a dictionary viewer and Wikipedia browser.

Alpus Features:
  • Fast and fully offline operation
  • Comfortable user interface
  • Typing friendly search with case, diacritics, and punctuation tolerance and phonetic matching
  • Wildcard, fuzzy, full-text search
  • In-page popup translator and many other browsing facilities
  • History, bookmarks, and save to file
  • Text Viewer applet for rapid lookups during readings
  • Vocabulary Exerciser applet for language practice
  • MP3 Player applet (desktop version only)
  • Portable configuration and storage (desktop version only)
  • Support for StarDict, XDXF, DSL, DICTD, and TSV/Plain kinds of offline dictionaries
  • Support for ZIM files and MediaWiki database dumps for offline Wikipedia
  • Works seamlessly on all your devices: Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS devices

Version 7.0:

Note: while Finder indicates this as version 1.0, the developer refers to this as version 7.0.

Note: Some of the improvements on full-text search in this version require re-importing DSL format dictionaries from scratch to take full advantage of.

  • Added basic Hunspell dictionaries support
  • Improved DSL dictionaries rendering performance
  • Fixed matching bug causing irrelevant results
  • Fixed miscellaneous bugs
  • Removed speech synthesis shortcut for compatibility

  • OS X 10.7.4 or later

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Komodo IDE 11.0.2 - Development environment for PHP, Python, Web, more.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 10:17

Cross-Platform IDE for all your major languages, including Python, PHP, Ruby, Perl, Tcl, NodeJS, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Award-winning tools for debugging, code intelligence, visual code navigation and the regular expression toolkit help developers write cleaner code faster, while source code control integration, a project manager and multi-user support assist in team development.

With improved performance for all supported languages including Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby & Tcl, HTML, CSS, JavaScript and XML), simple Firefox-style extensibility, and flexible multi-platform licensing for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, Komodo IDE has developed smart tools with developer freedom and choice in mind.

The quoted price is that of a single license. Additional pricing info can be found here.

Version 11.0.2:

Note: version 11 is a paid upgrade. To upgrade, go here.

  • CodeIntel: Attempt to handle Python encoding (not decoding) errors.
  • CodeIntel: Fix completion queries not detected properly.
  • CodeIntel: Fix completions not inserting properly when in the middle of a word - fixes #3395.
  • CodeIntel: Fix completions not iterable under GoLang - fixes #3375.
  • CodeIntel: Fix completions outright failing on some PHP files - fixes #3357.
  • Codeintel: Fix completions sometimes not triggering.
  • CodeIntel: Fix rescan button not working - fixes #3391.
  • CodeIntel: Fix stale completions being triggered - fixes #3341.
  • Codeintel: Updated references - see decription for release notes.
  • SDK: Fix textbox value not properly being set if it’s already in the DOM - fixes #3390.
  • Tutorials: Fix badly formatted URLs
  • Unit testing: Fix pytest tests not parsing properly under pytest 3.3 - fixes #3392.

  • OS X 10.9 or later

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Best way to secure DHCP so that not just anyone can plug their PC in and get an IP? (Windows DC with DHCP)

Sysadmin - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 10:15

When I came into my job as IT admin, all our servers and workstations and thin clients were statically mapped, like manually, the hard way (no DHCP reservation). It's taken me a while but I rolled out DHCP for all our thin clients and desktops and everything is a lot easier to manage.

One of the security concerns that was brought up to me now was that anyone can plug their laptop into an open network jack and get an IP address and my boss is trying to get me to assign everything static again.

BEFORE YOU SAY IT: Yes, I know that either way is not actually secure and I've tried explaining that someone with Wireshark could still sniff our traffic or use other tools, etc.

I have mentioned that I specifically don't patch in network jacks unless they are needed by someone and that there are no open jacks just hanging out on random walls where customers have easy access.

So now, I am trying to find out the best way to set up DHCP and have it so that only the people I want on our network can get on.

First and foremost, we run a 2008 R2 domain controller and that is also our DHCP server. I noticed in the DHCP settings that there is a "Network Access Protection" tab, which would work with Network Policy Server. I would assume this is the go-to method for this in a Windows domain, but I have never heard about it until now.

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Possible to automate this in Sharepoint?

Sysadmin - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 10:12

I'm not real versed with Sharepoint but I'm wondering if I could automate a process relatively easy, and if someone could point me in the right direction. I'm wanting to have Sharepoint automatically export a list of documents from a library to an excel file and place that excel file back into the library. I want this task to kick off every year. We are wanting to be able to go to this excel list to quickly see what SOPs we had in effect at that time and what version (without having to look at each documents' version history individually). I know how to do this manually, but wondering if I could automate it so I don't have to create a reminder for myself to do it every year. Thanks!

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SILKYPIX Developer Studio SE - Create high-res images from RAW data on Panasonic cameras.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 10:12

SILKYPIX Developer Studio SE is a RAW development software that allows you to create high-quality, high-resolution, low-noise images from RAW data using Panasonic digital cameras. Our unique technology contains the following:

  • Accurate color representation
  • Easy-to-use interface
  • Performance

In addition, this software has various professional features, making it easier to have accurate color reproduction and to correct lens aberration. These features can be used during RAW development, allowing you to create high-quality pictures.

  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

  • OS X 10.6.8 or later
  • Digital cameras manufactured by Panasonic that are capable of making RAW records (excluding DMC-LC1, DMC-FZ30 and DMC-LX1)

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Nethserver: An Ideal Server Platform for Your Small Business - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 10:10
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Storage startup WekaIO punts latency-slashing parallel file system tech

The Register - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 10:10
What's with the sudden boom in latency serial killers?

Analysis Storage startup WekaIO has joined a growing crowd of techies making large performance gains and latency lowering file system tech moves.…

Google Interview Tips?

Sysadmin - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 10:02

I've got my first interview with the GooGs in about 4 hours. I guess this one is just the recruiter asking 4 Windows Admin tech questions. If i do well i guess i get the full tech interview with the team. Anyone have experience with them on what to expect? Honestly I've moved away from Windows Admin stuff this past year have been much more heavy on the linux side taking care of CI/CD stuff and automation. However i figure if I can get into Google even in the role i kind of want to move away from it'll be easier to move around after if i'm already in there.

I doubt i'll get it, i hear their interviews are pretty crazy even if i get past this quick one today. But I haven't really heard how their sysAdmin interviews are just developer interviews. Anyone know?

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What The Rise of Hybrid Cloud Means for Business Critical Applications - Virtualization Information - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 10:01
Cloud computing is the norm for enterprises when it comes to conducting business. What was once seen as a tool for larger and more technologically advanced enterprises like Amazon or Microsoft, cloud environments are now the standard for organizations of all sizes, regardless of industry. ...(read more)

Chroma for Hue 3.0 - Control Philips Hue bulbs.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 09:59

Chroma for Hue lets you control your Philips Hue Bulbs in style.

  • Groups
  • Handpicked presets for your Philips Hue Bulbs
  • Live syncing across multiple platforms.

Note: This app contains in-app or external-module purchases.

Version 3.0:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.13 or later.

  • High Sierra Support
  • Zigbee Support
  • Scene Support
  • Animation Fixes
  • Bug fixes

  • OS X 10.13 or later

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How can I block a massive botnet spam attack?

Sysadmin - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 09:56


I have a server with some websites in it. One of these websites, a Joomla based, has a contact form with the "send copy to sender" option enabled. Someone (I suppose a simple bot) found this site, and it's flooding the form with spam. They put any address as sender, so two emails are sent: one to the website owner, and another to the sender.

I've tried to stop this attack blocking IPs with the firewall, but there are hundreds of IPs, and it's impossible. Currently I've just shutted down the website, but the damn spammers are still sending lots of requests to my server (~5-6 requests per second, all from different IPs). Can I do anything to stop this people?

Thank you for your help!

P.S.: The server it's an Ubuntu 16.04, and it's a VPS hosted on Linode, so I have full access to it.

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MediaInfo 17.12 - Supplies technical and tag information about a video or audio file.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 09:54

Note: According to developer, the GUI for the commercial Mac App Store version is best suited for OS X.

MediaInfo provides easy access to technical and tag information about video and audio files.

  • Read many video and audio file formats
  • View information in different formats (text, tree)
  • Export information as text
  • Graphical user interface, command line interface, or library (.dll/.so/.dylib) versions available
  • Integrate with the shell (drag-and-drop, and Context menu)

Note: While the software is classified as free, it is actually donationware. Please consider making a donation to help support development.

Version 17.12:
  • MediaInfoOnline:
  • JavaScript build and example
  • Dolby Vision: detection of Dolby Vision and display of profile for MPEG-TS and MP4 files
  • MPEG-4: Support of external time code tracks (.qtc)
  • JPEG 2000: Support of IMF profiles
  • F523, BDMV: Support of UHD Blu-ray playlist
  • Endianness and Sign report for PCM Matroska tracks
  • MPEG-4: Resolume DXV display
  • MPEG-4: support of file names >64 chars long or non ASCII for referenced files
  • Slight binary size optimizations
  • colour_description: some changes in order to have more readable names (DCI P3, Display P3, sRGB)
  • MP4: crash with some HEVC streams with Dolby Vision
  • VC-3: frame rate should not be detected as wrong when there are several frames per block
  • Matroska: wrong color range info
  • Matroska: ficrash with some corrupted files
  • MXF: better support of height when there is an incoherence between header and footer
  • transfer_characteristics: fiBT.2020 difference between values 14 and 15
  • Trace: fifreeze with some files
  • Trace: invalid character encoding with some MOV files
  • Some memory leak fixes

  • OS X 10.6 or later

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Cactus Music 2.9.9 - Stream your own music library to your iPhone.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 09:51

Cactus Music allows you to stream your own music library to your iPhone. Let your close circle discover the music you love by granting them access to your library and sending them your favorite songs as a mixtape.

Version 2.9.9:
  • Bug fixes

  • OS X 10.7 or later

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Ulysses 12.2 - Your one-stop writing environment.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 09:50

Ulysses lets you focus when you need to concentrate. It keeps all your texts neatly stuffed in its intuitive library. With a few clicks, Ulysses can create beautiful documents from your manuscripts: PDFs, web pages, even iBooks-ready ePubs. With its simple, clutter-free interface, it will turn work hours into fun time. And mere thoughts into powerful stories. If you love to write, and write a lot, Ulysses is made for you.

Note: This application contains in-app and/or external module purchases.

Version 12.2:
  • Added D12 as default editor theme
  • Added smart copy and paste to editor context menu
  • Fixed crashes when editing export styles
  • Fixed crash when printing on macOS 10.13
  • Fixed crash when replacing newlines and tabs in editor
  • Fixed crash when exporting content to the Marked app
  • Fixed various issues with the editor search field
  • Fixed Touch Bar button behavior when sheet list is active
  • Improved scrolling when using Typewriter Mode
  • Fixed large paragraph spacing below image previews
  • Fixed oversized group headers in sheet list
  • Improved pasting content from specialized clipboard apps (e.g.
  • Moving paragraphs via shortcuts now always scrolls the editor

  • OS X 10.11 or later

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Simplenote 1.2 - Note-keeping app that syncs with all your devices.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 09:47

Simplenote is a streamlined note-keeping app that syncs with all your devices for free.

As your collection of notes grows, you can search them instantly and keep them organized with tags and pins. You can also share notes and publish them for other people.

Version 1.2:
  • User Interface has been revamped!
  • Using System's default font
  • Closing the last window won't terminate app execution anymore
  • Bug fixes

  • OS X 10.10 or later

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