À la carte Adobe CS6 Master Collection using Munki

Caveats This tutorial assumes you know some Munki basics already. If you don't, check out Absolute beginner’s guide to setting up Munki (not monkey) first. I'm still in the early stages of figuring out different ways to package Adobe CS6 Master Collection (assuming a site license here) using Munki. It isn't seamless, but it generally […]

Mounting an external drive when users are logged out in Mac OS X

Problem? In older versions of Mac OS X, you could create a special .plist file that auto-mounts disks even when a user isn't logged in. You can see that (no longer working) procedure here. I don't know exactly when support for that ended, but some people have suggested around Mountain Lion. (If you try it […]

Movie projects disappear after iMovie upgrade

When you upgrade to the new iMovie, there's a quick prompt to update your old iMovie projects, but if you dismissed that and don't know how to go back and update again... Go to File > Update Projects and Events...More info at Apple: Update projects and events from previous versions of iMovie in iMovie (2014)

Resetting a Windows password with ntpasswd

Proper Use Case You may encounter situations in which you have forgotten the administrator password on a Windows computer, and you need to reset the password. This tutorial will walk you through how to reset it using an open source tool called ntpasswd. Improper Use Cases If your Windows computer is joined to a domain, […]

How many times do you have to write zeros or random data to a drive to securely delete data?

Conventional wisdom says that you need to do many passes of zeros, ones, combination of zeros/ones, and then random numbers in order to securely erase a drive so that its data cannot be recovered. But is this true? The folks at HowToGeek make a good case for one pass of zeros being enough: HTG Explains: […]