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Miscellaneous

Doron Zanani passing

I was saddened to learn of Doron’s passing. I’m posting this for others who are concerned and might not have known. While I could not find a newspaper obituary, his synagogue posted a death announcement in November. He will be missed. Feel free to use the comment section below to share your memories of Doron.

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macOS

macOS Sonoma impressions

Sonoma 14.1

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Security

Mac unified log collection options

It’s important for any business with more than a handful of computers to centrally collect security logs. Using a SIEM, situational awareness is greatly improved via event correlation and automated alerts. Apple provides a command line tool and an API to extract event logs. For those businesses that prefer commercial software, JAMF Protect sends MacOS…

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Applications Security

Bitwarden password manager

I’ve been a fan of 1Password for years. It has served me very well, and I recommend it without reservation to most of my clients. Unfortunately, I had to stop using it because of DoD CMMC requirements. When storing CUI (controlled unclassified information), any cloud service must be either FedRAMP authorized or have FedRAMP-equivalent security.…

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Mac hardware

iMac Target Display Mode

Several MacMaven clients have inquired about whether their old iMac can be used as an external monitor with a recent Mac model. The short answer is it depends. It depends on the specific Mac models, whether DisplayPort or Thunderbolt is being used, and the operating system versions of each computer. The community consensus is that…

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Customer service

Is your Mac consultant a rip-off?

MacMaven clients know that their bills will be fair. Can you say the same thing about your consultancy? If you feel like your bills are excessive, bad news, they probably are. I’ll explain MacMaven’s billing practices. MacMaven charges a range of billing rates, depending on the complexity and experience level needed to perform a job.…

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Mac hardware

August 2022 MacBook lineup

The only MacBook that’s a well-timed purchase is the 2022 M2 MacBook Air. It’s a solid choice for those who want a general use, very portable Mac. The 256 GB configuration should be avoided, due to its single storage chip. Configurations with larger storage use dual chips, allowing for much faster parallel processing. I would…

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iOS devices

Horizontal vs. vertical photos and video

There is a strong tendency for smartphone users to take vertical photos and video. This is understandable. It’s more comfortable to hold the phone vertically for taking and viewing the shot. It’s the default orientation, but artistically, it’s often the wrong choice. Back in the olden days before cellular phones, people used a portable device…

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Security

Mac security log collection

In corporate environments, the collection and analysis of security logs isn’t just best practice. It’s often a compliance requirement. As with most business solutions, there are server and client components for log collection. The client software reads the security log generated by the operating system. The server ingests the logs sent by the clients. Additional…

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Mac hardware

March 2022 Mac lineup

If you’re considering a Mac purchase, always refer to the MacRumors Buyer’s Guide. Using historical release dates, it will tell you whether it’s a good time to buy a particular model. At this time, many Macs models are due for an update, labeled caution or don’t buy. I’ll provide my brief opinion on your purchasing…