Systems Administration

ScreenSleeves 6.0.1 - Screensaver displays cover art and track information.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 10 hours 19 min ago

ScreenSleeves detects which music player is playing, and displays cover art and details for the currently-playing track.

ScreenSleeves displays the album cover for the currently-playing song with some details, even lyrics, in some neat, easy-on-the-eye ways (it has a number of themes). Perfect for down-time or parties.

Important Note Screensleeves has a long history as a screensaver. Security changes within MacOS Mojave have made it impossible to continue as a true screensaver (which is a system plugin). The solution has been to put ScreenSleeves within its own 'standalone' app. This has other advantages and is something that users have asked for throughout its history. This standalone version replaces previous versions which are now unsupported and will not run on Mojave. It has a free trial, after which requires a licence key.

Support for iTunes, iTunes internet streams, Swinsian, Spotify, Airfoil Satellite, Snowtape, Ecoute, Rdio, Radium and Hermes (Pandora client). Screensleeves detects which is playing.

Version 6.0.1:
  • Built as a standalone app. The version number indicates continuity with the earlier 'true screensaver' version
  • The same ScreenSleeves as before now runs within its own window which can be full-screen or any size / floating
  • Able to switch to full-screen with the keyboard shortcut ctrl-cmd-F
  • Able to simulate screensaver by:
    • Switch to full-screen after a configurable period of user inactivity (Preference, "never" by default)
    • Switch from full-screen to floating window after a keypress or mouse movement (excluding keys with a pre-defined use within Screensleeves) (Preference, off by default)
    • Block system screensaver, screen sleep or computer sleep while in full-screen mode and as long as music is playing
    • Able to hide mouse pointer when in full screen mode (Preference, on by default)

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Mounty 1.9 - Re-mount NTFS Volumes in read/write mode.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 10 hours 25 min ago

Mounty is a simple utility to re-mount NTFS volumes in read-write mode. Sometimes you will find yourself struggling with an USB stick from your peers which is NTFS formatted. Reformatting doesn't help since HFS+ formatted drives are not readable on common Windows PCs. Also, FAT32 will not help either when the file size is bigger than 2GB. Here comes Mounty: It uses the build-in capability of OS X and will not install any additional drivers. This makes Mounty a small and handy utility for your daily file sharing workflow.

Version 1.9
  • Bug fix for crash when Volume does not contain UUID (e.g. MBR Disk). Note: Old devices which does not contain UUID cannot be tracked for auto-mount
  • Russian Credits Page added (again, thanks to Anton)
  • Added Russian Localization (thanks to Anton)
  • Added feature to automount volumes (without the notification)
  • Fixed equal volume name bug

  • OS X 10.9 or later

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Best in-person training recommendation

Sysadmin - 10 hours 31 min ago

Tough question to answer here.

It's been a number of years now since an IT cert.

There is training budget and I want to take advantage of it as best as possible.

Using pluralsight already, have primarily windows infra running on VMware, with a couple of linux machines.

What technical training is best delivered in the 5-day 'bootcamp' style training?

Areas of interest are big data / azure or AWS, but that isn't so much relevant to the environment as yet, maybe it should be? But are they better delivered through online providers?

Or is it better to spend 40hrs running through pluralsight content and save the company some cash?

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Transmit 5.2 - Excellent FTP/SFTP client.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 10 hours 35 min ago

Transmit is an excellent FTP (file transfer protocol), SFTP, S3 ( file hosting) and iDisk/WebDAV client that allows you to upload, download, and delete files over the internet. With the most Mac-like interface available, Transmit makes FTP as simple, fun, and easy as it can possibly be.

Version 5.2: New:
  • Added support for Dark Mode in macOS 10.14 Mojave
  • Exposed OpenStack Swift protocol in Automator
  • Added a help button to the invalid serial alert
  • File browser views now use monospaced numeric font
  • File browser views now have modern drag and drop behavior
  • Improved the error message shown when connecting to SSH based Servers that do not support SFTP
  • Fixed an issue that could potentially keep multiple large transfers from starting on slow connections
  • Command dragging a file from Transmit to the Desktop no longer creates an extra copy
  • Fixed an issue where synchronize operations run from AppleScript could cause an exception
  • Preserve Modification Date setting now works for empty folders when using FTP and SFTP
  • Resolved a problem where creating a new window with Cover Flow view could cause a non-crashing exception
  • Fixed the File Sync arrow changing directions unexpected when running sync operations in multiple tabs
  • Other miscellaneous fixes and improvements

  • OS X 10.11 or later

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EditRocket 4.5.1 - Text editor for programmers with support for over 20 languages.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 10 hours 39 min ago

EditRocket is a powerful text and source code editor for programmers with support for over 20 languages including HTML, PHP, JavaScript, CSS, Objective-C, Java, Python, Ruby, Perl, XML, C, C++, Shell Script, and many more. Includes many tools to help users write code quickly and easily such as syntax highlighting, code builders and sidekicks, function and method navigators, function lookup, code and tag completion, regular expression search and replace, bracket and tag matching, HTML, CSS, and XML validators, file compare, and much more.

Version 4.5.1:
  • File System Browser and FTP / SFTP Browser: Added ability to sort by file type
  • Mac: Editor: Decreased mouse drag sensitivity to allow double and triple clicks to highlight words and lines appropriately
  • FTP / SFTP Browser: Long file names getting cut off

  • OS X 10.7 or later
  • Only Intel64 supported (see RelLinks for Intel32 and earlier OS)

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How powerful to make a transparent proxy server

Sysadmin - 12 hours 5 min ago

I'm planning on setting up a transparent proxy server to cache common requests going through a network. How powerful do I need to make this? The ingress is upwards of 20Gbit, and will support upwards of 5000 users at a time.

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Help desk / ticketing solution that has the best end-user experience? Fighting low tech skills and cultural/language issues

Sysadmin - 12 hours 33 min ago

Our on-profit organization has grown quickly, and we are making a lot of improvements in the tech realm. Moving to Salesforce, replacing all workstations and site networks, etc... But as such we really have need for a help desk solution. I really need a better way to filter emails and phone calls.

But we have a lot of different languages that we are working with, with minimal English language skills. And many of our users have super basic computer skills.

We’re using Kaseya to help manage the machines, but their ticketing and user portal solution is pretty weak.

So I’m hunting for something that can be super simple for the user. I’m currently a one man show for support, but we’re working on hiring low level staff at each larger location.

Ideally I’d love something that’s system tray based (we’re 95% windows), that could notify when their ticket is responded too. Many of our staff don’t use email as part of their normal work. We could have the managers handle the tickets, but ideally I’d like something on each machine.

I’m just starting to research solutions, but there are a LOT out there so was hoping for some guiding advice.

Edit: Bonus if it’s open source, as our budget in developing nations is slim after all the updates!

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Time to say goodbye

Sysadmin - 13 hours 33 min ago

I'm shutting a VM. 1169 days uptime, Windows Server 2008R2. 1vCPU, 2GB RAM.

Thanks for your service, VM.

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New to the industry, been wrestling with something that I just need to ask...

Sysadmin - 14 hours 31 min ago

I've been working for a small/medium sized organization. Our IT team is small so a lot of us are very "jack of all trades, master of none" and I'm wondering how prevalent the sentiment of "its not the best, but it works, so go with" is. This can cover a wide range of things from hardware implementations to even powershell scripts to even policy. I know this stuff is pretty janky and MAY fail down the line and I just have to put my mind at ease that this is a "norm" in small organizations.. that or be terrified at everyones responses.

Any input is super appreciated.

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Profile to check for a file type every second and move it

Tasker: Total Automation for Android - 14 hours 48 min ago

Could someone please provide me with a profile that when activated can check internal memory, storage/emulated/0/ every 1 second for a file of type .btd (its my app specific file type) and when such a file is found, then move it to another folder say ‘folder A’ in the internal memory itself. if a file of same name already exists in the destination folder then the file moved to be auto renamed with suffix (1), if the next file moved also has same name suffix (2) and so on for consecutive files. Please help. I am new to tasker and tried many times to make one on my own by taking ideas online but failed miscerably. ☹️

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Notability 3.0.2 - Note-taking and annotation made easy.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 23:59

Notability is a powerful note-taker to annotate documents, sketch ideas, record lectures, take notes and more. It combines, typing, handwriting, audio recording, and photos so you can create notes that fit your needs. With iCloud support, your notes are always available on iPad, iPhone and Mac. Anytime, anywhere.

Notability is optimized for Mac:

  • Quickly create notes by dragging documents, photos, or audio recordings from the desktop and dropping onto the library.
  • Enhance notes by dragging photos, audio recordings, and PDFs from the desktop and dropping onto a note.
  • Get more done with smart keyboard shortcuts.
  • Handwriting and sketches can be scaled, transformed, free and constrained rotated, nudged (with arrow keys), and restyled.
  • Notes look the same on Mac, iPad, and iPhone.

Capture memorable notes with these essential features:

  • Type reports and outlines in a variety of fonts, sizes, colors and styles.
  • Text automatically reflows around images.
  • Handwriting has been fine-tuned to be smooth and expressive using a trackpad or mouse.
  • Sketch and write using a variety of colors, line widths, and styles.
  • Record audio during lectures and meetings to capture more detail.
  • Import audio recordings from other sources.

Version 3.0.2:
  • Google Drive login bug has been fixed

  • OS X 10.11 or later

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EtreCheck 5.0 - For troubleshooting your Mac; displays important system details.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 23:59

EtreCheck is an app that displays the important details of your system configuration and allow you to copy that information to the Clipboard. It is meant to be used with Apple Support Communities to help people help you with your Mac. EtreCheck automatically removes any personally identifiable information from the output.

EtreCheck will automatically alert you to serious problems like adware, insufficient RAM, or a failing hard drive.

EtreCheck 5 is free and available in the Mac App Store with in-app purchases available. EtreCheck can now automatically generate solutions for any problems that it finds.

Version 5.0:
  • Now available in the Mac App Store or direct
  • Free use with in-app purchases
  • Ability to generate solutions
  • Improved printing; and
  • Many improvements and bug fixes

  • OS X 10.8 or later

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iExplorer 4.2.3 - View and transfer files on your iOS device.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 23:59

iExplorer is an iPhone browser for Mac lets you view the files on your iOS device. By using a drag and drop interface, you can quickly copy files and folders between your Mac and your iPhone or iTouch. It works with both jailbroken and non-jailbroken iPhones and works quickly with a standard USB cable.

  • All the best technology from Phone to Mac, Phone Disk, and iExplorer 3, and then some
  • One-click recovery of music and videos straight to iTunes
  • Explore and export photos and videos (even from older iPods)
  • Mount any folder or category, including playlists and photo albums, then browse in Finder and open with other apps
  • Browse any iTunes backups (encrypted too). Export: Messages (including attachments), notes, voicemail, call history, contacts, calendars...
  • Works with all types of iPhones, iPads, iPod Touch, and regular iPod

Version 4.2.3: Improvement:
  • macOS 10.14 Mojave compatibility
Bug fixes:
  • Fixed formatting and labeling for Contacts
  • Fixed Safari history issues
  • Various other bug fixes and improvements

  • OS X 10.10 or later
  • iTunes 12 or later

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Dropbox 57.4.89 - Cloud backup and synchronization tool with Finder integration; free 2GB account.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 23:59

Dropbox is an application that creates a special Finder folder that automatically syncs online and between your computers. It allows you to both backup files and keeps them up-to-date between systems.

Note: You must first sign up to use Dropbox.

Version 57.4.89:
  • Fixed a rare bug where warnings were incorrectly shown for complex file moves.
  • Highlight Dropbox Badge error messages in red in Dropbox’s preferences.
  • Fixed Dropbox Badge to work on macOS Mojave.
  • Other minor fixes.

  • OS X 10.9 or later

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FileZilla 3.37.1 - Fast and reliable FTP client.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 23:59

FileZilla (ported from Windows) is a fast and reliable FTP client and server with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface.

Version 3.37.1: Bugfixes and minor changes:
  • Local path is no longer forgotten when leaving synchronized browsing mode

  • OS X 10.9 or later

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MarsEdit 4.2 - Quick and convenient blog editor.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 23:59

MarsEdit is a blog editor for OS X that makes editing your blog like writing email, with spell-checking, drafts, multiple windows, and even AppleScript support.

It works with with most blog services including WordPress, Blogger, Drupal, Movable Type, TypePad, and many others.

Version 4.2:
  • Supports Dark Mode in macOS Mojave
  • Avoids aggressively reloading the preview window after inserting an image into a post
  • Restores ability for MarsEdit to launched as a login item but "hidden" in background
  • Fixes a bug that could cause post content to be lost on conversion from Rich Text when a more tag is present

  • macOS 10.12 or later

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Little Snitch 4.2 - Alerts you about outgoing network connections.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 23:59

Little Snitch gives you control over your private outgoing data.

Track background activity
As soon as your computer connects to the Internet, applications often have permission to send any information wherever they need to. Little Snitch takes note of this activity and allows you to decide for yourself what happens with this data.

Control your network
Choose to allow or deny connections, or define a rule how to handle similar, future connection attempts. Little Snitch runs inconspicuously in the background and it can even detect network-related activity of viruses, trojans, and other malware.

Version 4.2:
  • Compatibility with macOS Mojave (10.14)
  • Support for Dark Mode on macOS Mojave

  • OS X 10.11 or later

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SpamSieve 2.9.33 - Robust spam filter for major email clients.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 23:59

SpamSieve is a robust spam filter for major email clients that uses powerful Bayesian spam filtering.

SpamSieve understands what your spam looks like in order to block it all, but also learns what your legitimate messages look like to avoid confusion. SpamSieve only marks spam in your email client so you never lose any mail.

Version 2.9.33:
  • Streamlined the flow of using SpamSieve with Apple Mail on macOS 10.14. SpamSieve does a better of job of guiding you through the Mojave security changes to make setup as easy as possible. For the smoothest experience, we recommend updating to SpamSieve 2.9.33 before you update your Mac to macOS 10.14.

  • On macOS 10.14, it is possible for an Apple Mail plug-in to be installed but not yet enabled. When SpamSieve’s plug-in is not enabled, the SpamSieve rule(s) in Mail cannot function properly and may move new good messages to the spam mailbox without consulting SpamSieve. SpamSieve now protects you from this by automatically deactivating the rules if it notices that the plug-in is disabled. Once you’ve enabled the plug-in, it reactivates the rule(s) for you.

    For completeness, we mention that there is a chance that Mail will move some messages before SpamSieve can deactivate the rule(s), e.g. because Mail downloaded them while SpamSieve was launching or because you declined when SpamSieve requested access to control Mail. If you end up with some good messages in the spam mailbox that are uncolored (because Mail moved them without consulting SpamSieve), you can just drag them back to your inbox.

    If you want to fully prevent messages from being moved to the spam mailbox, you can manually deactivate (uncheck) the SpamSieve rule(s) in Mail’s preferences until you know that the plug-in is loaded (i.e. you see the SpamSieve menu commands in Mail’s Message menu). However, most users will find it easier to let SpamSieve manage the rule(s) for them.

  • If you have previously used SpamSieve with Apple Mail but are now using a different mail client, you can choose Uninstall Apple Mail Plug-In… from the SpamSieve menu in order to prevent SpamSieve from reminding you to enable the Mail plug-in.

  • If the Uninstall Apple Mail Plug-In… command can’t remove the Mail rules because it lacks Automation access on macOS 10.14, it will now proceed with uninstalling the other items and ask you to remove the rules manually rather than stopping with an error.

  • SpamSieve now supports the Hardened Runtime on macOS 10.14.

  • SpamSieve is now notarized by Apple.

  • The former “Advanced Outlook Setup for Large Inboxes” (which uses the InboxSpamSieve folder) is now the standard setup described in the Setting Up Outlook 365 section of the manual. This setup makes Outlook more responsive and provides for more accurate filtering when setting up SpamSieve for the first time. If you are already successfully using Outlook 365 with SpamSieve, the old setup is still supported, so you don’t have to change anything.

  • Improved the following sections of the manual:

  • Reduced the sizes of some large screenshots in the HTML manual so that the text is more easily readable.

  • Fixed a bug where some screenshots in the PDF manual were displayed at double size instead of at Retina resolution.

  • Removed support for legacy mail clients that no longer work on SpamSieve’s supported macOS versions: Claris Emailer, Eudora, Outlook Express, and Thunderbird 2.x.

  • OS X 10.7 or later
  • Works with:
    • Apple Mail
    • Airmail
    • Emailer
    • Entourage
    • Outlook 2011
    • Outlook Express
    • Eudora 5.2 or 6.x (Sponsored or Paid)
    • MailForge
    • MailMate
    • Mailsmith
    • GyazMail
    • Postbox
    • PowerMail
    • Thunderbird 2

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Tinderbox 7.5.6 - Store and organize your notes, ideas, and plans.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 23:59

Tinderbox is a personal content management assistant. It stores your notes, ideas, and plans. It can help you organize and understand them. And Tinderbox helps you share ideas through Web journals and Web logs.

Tinderbox's agents automatically scan your notes, looking for patterns and building relationships. Agents help discover relationships and help make sure important things don't get lost. Agents are easy to make and easy to modify. They're flexible and powerful. And Tinderbox can even gather and update changing information and breaking news from the Internet.

When it's time to share your notes, Tinderbox can assemble multiple notes into one page. Updates are a breeze -- even if you update several times a day. Private notes, timestamps, permanent links, archives: everything you want, just the way you want it.

Version 7.5.6:
  • Repeatedly clicking a selected note in maps increased the space between note and text.
  • Switching from map or outline to attribute browser left the map view pane visible.
  • In map view, the resize cursor was displayed for 3px outside the actual click target.

  • OS X 10.10 or later

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A Better Finder Rename 10.33 - File, photo, and MP3 batch renamer.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 23:59

A Better Finder Rename is the most complete renaming solution available on the market today. That's why, since 1996, tens of thousands of hobbyists, professionals and businesses depend on A Better Finder Rename to organize and maintain files.

The Instant Preview feature eliminates guesswork and costly errors and helps you find the right settings quickly and accurately by providing as-you-type feedback.

A Better Finder Rename offers a complete set of renaming options that are organized into 15 categories covering all the text, character, position, conversion and truncation features that you would expect from a file renamer, but it does not stop there. The multi-step renaming feature allows multiple renaming steps to be combined to deal with complex renaming jobs in a single operation. Unlike other tools, A Better Finder Rename allows any number of renaming actions to be combined, re-ordered, copied and deleted.

Version 10.33:
  • The new version now supports dark mode on macOS X 10.14 Mojave

  • OS X 10.10 or later

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