NHR, Print Admin, and Local Admin scripts

A friend asked me to take over development and support of scripts that he wrote. They are:

Network Home Redirector
Local Admin
Print Admin

You can get them at http://tools.mconserv.net


ARD 3 freezes on launch

If Apple Remote Desktop (ARD) continues to lock up when you open it, and it is looking at the Task History of the last performed task, you may need to simply delete the preference file containing the task history for "today". Here's how...

1. Close/Force Quit ARD.

2. Click on the Finder in the Dock. Then click the Go menu, and choose Home.
Navigate to and open the following path from your user home directory (keep in mind the ~/ denotes the current user's home path):

~/Library/Application Support/Remote Desktop/Task History/

3. Locate the plist that has today's (or the most recent/offending) date in it. It will follow this naming convention, YEAR-MONTH-DATE.plist.

For example: August 25, 2009 would be 2009-08-25.plist.

4. Locate and delete the file.

Now you should be able to open ARD. If you just so happen to be viewing another task upon opening ARD, other then today, then either delete the date when that task was ran. Or if your history is not required, simply delete all the plists in the path mentioned above.

Continuous lockup? Simply disable Task History in ARD
If this continues to occur, then you may want to simply disable Task History until Apple addresses this by:

1. Open Apple Remote Desktop.

2. Click on the Remote Desktop menu, and choose Preferences.

3. Click Tasks, and change Limit history shown in sidebar to the last 1 tasks. (see below). Check Limit task history to 1 days.

4. Close the window, then close and reopen Apple Remote Desktop.


Google Calendar + iPhone OS3 = Win!

Here I will cover the simple steps to enable your iPhone to sync up to third party calendar services via CalDAV. I will showcase Google Calendar.

Creating a Google account
  1. Get yourself a Google account over at google.com, if you don't already have one.
Activating the Calendaring Service to your Google Profile
  1. Sign into your account, then access the My Account link in the top right.
  2. Under My Products click More.
  3. Click Calendar, under the Communicate, show & share section. Sign in if prompted.
  4. Fill out the information fields to create your calendar, and click Continue.
  5. At this point you should now have a Google Calendar!
Add Google Calendar to iPhone
From your iPhone/iPod Touch:
  1. Click Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Add Account... > Other > Add CalDAV Account
  2. Use the information provided, for the fields below. Replace USERNAME@gmail.com with your Google user account. IE johnsmith@gmail.com or jonsmith@apple.com.
Server: https://www.google.com/calendar/dav/USERNAME@gmail.com/user

*The iPhone/iPod Touch recognizes, and renames the server to be www.google.com, but the full path is used.

Username: your full user account IE johnsmith@gmail.com or jonsmith@apple.com.


Description: A description to label the Calendar on your iPhone. *By default the iPhone/iPod Touch labels it as Google.

3. Click Next.
4. Once the account is verified, click the Home button, and open the Calendar application.
5. Click Calendars button at the top left, scroll down and note your new Google CalDAV account you've just added and enjoy!


Interactive Boards in the classroom

This news video showcases interactive boards in the classrooms of a school I supported, Ashland Park-Robbins. It was originally broadcast in January 2009, by KETV here in Omaha, but was picked up by all the major news networks.

I was responsible for the wiring of 45 Promethean Activeboards, as well as mounting, aligning, and wiring 45 LCD Projectors for use with the 78 inch ActiveBoards, Laptops, and pre-existing TV network. After I moved to TAC, Ashland Park-Robbins increased their number to 60 boards! I truly miss the staff and students of APR.