2021-12-09 - Erasing a Mac Disk
2021-12-06 - macOS system logs
2021-12-02 - AutoPkg Notes
2021-12-02 - Turn 1000 clicks into 1 with python-jamf and jctl
2017-02-08 - Raspbery Pi's and APC UPS'es
My Main Github repos
- jctl and python-jamf - Turn 1000 clicks into 1 by automating Jamf tasks via the API and Python.
- fcos_portainer_fw - Files to set up Fedora CoreOS, Portainer, and a host firewall.
- dockerfiles - My Jamf and FreeOrion server dockerfiles
- dotfiles - How I set up my computers.
- courses-frontend and courses-backend - An Angular app I wrote for the School of Biological Sciences.
- DigitalDisplay - Theme that turns Wordpress into a web kiosk for a digital display.
- Mak.py - Mac Army Knife. Tool for system administrators to quickly and easily hack a Mac. Watch a presentation (2018.02.21).
- plcat - Super simple crutch to print binary plist files on macOS.
- textart - Converts images to html or terminal text.
U of U Mac Managers
I regularly present at the University of Utah Mac Managers meetings. Here is a list of the latest presentations.
- Docker for Beginners (2021.02.17)
- Electron.js and the Browser Wars (2020.06.17)
- DIY HID (2020.02.19)
- SAINTCON 2019 (2019.11.20)
- Replacing NetBoot (2019.03.20)
- VMware ESXi, Mac & macOS (2018.09.18)
About this Site
This is James Reynolds' personal website. It's not really a blog, it's more like my online notes. You'll find lots of random sysadmin, dev and random stuff from my life. Unless it says something like "intro, lesson, or tutorial," it probably is not aimed at beginners and you'll likely need some previous programming, Mac or Unix experience to understand it.
Please see the menus for content.
Not really what I hoped to be famous, but "What is /var/folders" seems to be the most popular page here (althought it's a bit old now).
Who is James?
James earned a BMus degree from the University of Utah. He has been in various performing organizations, the most notable being the Utah Symphony Chorus, but otherwise doesn't do much musically except listen to and enjoy other stuff.
James began using computers back in the Atari 400 and Commodore 64 days. In 1999, he started managing Macintosh computers (Mac OS 9). He was part of the MacOSXLabs and MacEnterprise groups that helped make Mac OS X easier to mass deploy and manage. He has spoken at several conferences, including Apple's WWDC 2005, about things like scripting and deployment methods. He's written articles for various online mediums and has many messages scattered across various online forums and email lists regarding Mac or Linux Administration and sometimes programming. He regularly presents at the University of Utah Mac Admins meetings.
He currently manages about 150 Mac systems using Jamf and a few ESXi servers and Linux VM's. James also designs and maintains some websites for small clients. Hi.
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Published: sometime early 1996, last edited: 2021-12-06
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