Smart Home Part 4: Logitech Harmony Hub Install & Set Up

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In this screencast tutorial I cover another smart home tech product called the Logitech Harmony Hub. With all of the smart assistants out there for other household needs one of the things that can be forgotten about is our home entertainment centers. These usually include multiple remotes and can be a pain to manage. Logitech tries to fix the with a hub for your entertainment center that works as a universal remote and also controls other things like some of your smart home tech. It can also be integrated with other smart assistants like Amazon’s Echo to bring voice control to your home theater.

In this screencast I cover the installation and set up of the Harmony Hub to get you up and running with the device. In a future screencast I will cover how to integrate the harmony hub into your smart home set up.

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OwnCloud Server for Mac Part 1

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to set up an OwnCloud Server on your Mac to replace some of the services that will no longer be available in macOS Server as of June 2018.

I cover how to install and use an application called Docker (
https://www.docker.com) to set up a virtual machine to run your OwnCloud Server inside. I also cover how to set up OwnCloud and get it launched and ready to configure.

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Smart Home Part 3: Apple HomePod Review

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In this screencast tutorial I so a review and walk through of Apple’s new HomePod. I’m doing something different to try to introduce some of these devices with a combination of review and walk through to help you get an overall view of the product first to decide is you want it add it to your smart home and second if you do choose to pick one up, have a walk through of the set up and features. So let me know what you think!

The HomePod is Apple’s foray into the smart speaker market which has been dominated by Amazon’s Alexa and the Google Home. Where Apple is different is their attempt to selling the music side of the speaker first with voice assistant technology added in. This comes at a premium as the speaker comes at a $349 price tag and which is their only option while Echo and Google Home have a cheaper entry point. But once you listen to it you can hear that Apple has put a lot of tech into the HomePod. The other advantage is being able to use Siri with Homekit out of the box is a huge plus and is of particular interest to our topic of looking at smart home technology to help us control our smart home devices.

In this screencast we will walk through he unboxing, set up and testing of the HomePod to see if it fits in your own Smart Home set up.

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macOS Server WebDAV Replacement

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In this screencast tutorial I start a series I will be doing from time to time on how to replace components of macOS Server since Apple’s announcement of the change of focus to being more of a Mobile Device Management Solution instead of a full server. If you missed that previous screencast you can see it at the link below along with a link to Apple’s announcement.

In this screencast I cover an application that takes care of an issue users of the current version of macOS Server have been having and that is connecting to their WebDAV Shares. Apple deprecated the service in the most recent release and it has caused some issues for many people. I found a great application that takes care of all the headaches of configuring the server and that is
WebDAVNav Server by Schimera Pty Ltd.

In this screencast I cover how to set the server up, how to connect to it on your local network and remotely using Safari and Documents by Readdle Software. They also have a WebDAV Nav+ App which let’s you browse your shares as well on iOS devices.

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macOS Server: The Future of Apple's Server Product

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Well Apple made a big announcement this week for it’s Server Product (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208312). It is changing direction to move the current product towards Mobile Device Management and storage management and away from traditional server services. This means Apple is deprecating most of the server product including:






-Calendar
-Contacts
-Mail
-Messages
-VPN
-Websites
-Wiki
-DHCP
-DNS
-NetInstall

They did provide potential replacements for each service in their support article which means that more and more of our server builds seem to be moving towards SaaS or software as a service types of solutions instead of one nicely bundled software package.

In this screencast I walk through those changes with some thoughts on timing and some things you can do now to protect yourself from having your server go obsolete before you want it to in spring of this year. I also talk about the fact that I will be doing screencasts on the options you have going forward to help you make the transition.

It is a sad day for those of us who have loved the server interface and all that it had to offer but it is also an opportunity to learn new things and new ways of running server services on our Macs.

As always I will be here to help as best I can and will continue bringing your screencasts to help you learn to do more things with your Mac including server replacements, more on smart home set ups, and Apple software and hardware tutorials and reviews.

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High Sierra Server Part 11: Network Configuration: Non Apple Routers

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In this screencast tutorial I cover the basics of setting up some of your network settings to work with macOS Server using a Non Apple Router. I cover router considerations, how to set up a static DHCP reservation for your server, & how to check to make sure that reservations shows up in the right DNS fields to allow your server to function properly on your network.







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High Sierra Server Part 10: Network Configuration-Apple Routers

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In this screencast tutorial I cover the basics of setting up some of your network settings to work with macOS Server using an Apple Router. I cover router considerations, how to set up a static DHCP reservation for your server, & how to check to make sure that reservations shows up in the right DNS fields to allow your server to function properly on your network.






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High Sierra Server Part 9: Clean Install

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to do a clean install of your operating system and the Server application. There are times when starting over is necessary and the safest thing to do especially when things stop working! I show you how to prepare for the clean install and walk through the steps of what the clean install looks like.







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Smart Home Part 2: Homebridge Nest Device Set Up

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In this screencast tutorial I continue my look at Homebridge and add Nest Devices to Homebridge and Homekit. The beauty of Homebridge is that it allows for this type of integration. It is not perfect but it does give access to your Nest Devices to use in some of your automation set ups and allows you to use Homekit and Siri to control those devices based on what Nest makes available.







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Smart Home Part 1: Homebridge Installation & Set Up

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to set up Homebridge to connect your non Homekit compatible devices to Homekit. Being in a place where there is no one system of home automation it can be difficult to set up in integrated smart home. There is Google’s Nest, Amazon Alexa, Homekit, etc. each with its own app and ways of doing things. What if you want to buy devices that are not from the same family and want them all to work with Homekit?

Homebridge is a lightweight server that runs in the background and acts like a bridge that Homekit can connect to and then display the feature of that device so you can control them with Siri or Homekit.

In this screencast I cover the initial installation and set up of Homebridge. In future screencasts I will cover how to set up specific devices like Nest devices to run on Homekit through Homebridge. I also plan to do a series on smart home devices and how to set them up for those who want to have an integrated smart home that can be controlled with your voice, a phone or other devices.



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High Sierra & Server 5.4 Part 8: New Home Folder Set Up

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to set up network home folders that are stored on the server in macOS Server 5.4. In previous versions of server these home folders were originally set up in the file sharing service. Now that the service has been moved to the general macOS it is no longer available with file sharing itself.

Apple has moved the setting up of home folders into the server app in the Users tab. I walk through how to choose where to set up a home folder, how to set that home folder up, and how to select it to create the network home folder on your server.

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High Sierra & Server 5.4 Part 7: Access Shares Remotely on iOS with VPN

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In this screencast tutorial I cover another way to get around the issues that many have with webDAV being removed from the Server App. Many are still having issues with webDAV so I thought I would put together another work around to get access to your shares on your iOS devices.

In this screencast I show you how to set up VPN on your iOS device and use that to appear as if you are on your local network. This then will allow access to your file shares using an application like Documents by Readdle on the go.

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High Sierra & Server 5.4 Part 6: FTP Replacemet with SFTP

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to replace FTP with SFTP. FTP has been removed from macOS Server in version 5.4 which has left many users looking for other options for uploading files to web servers.

In this screencast I cover how to set up SFTP which stands for Secure File Transfer Protocol which allows for FTP transfers over the SSH protocol which is more secure as it encrypts your data instead of sending it in the open. I cover the set up and how to add and retrieve files from your web server using the Terminal and Transmit or other FTP type applications.

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High Sierra & Server 5.4 Part 5: WebDAV Set Up

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In this screencast tutorial I cover the changes made to iOS sharing and the WebDAV service in macOS Server 5.4. Apple made a number of changes that have caused a lot of confusion and the WebDAV service is one of them.

In this screencast I walk through how to use the command line wfsctl command to set up and manage WedDAV on your server. I also walk through each of the options available to manage it and show you how to connect to your shares via WebDAV on an iOS device.

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High Sierra & Serve 5.4 Part 4: File Sharing New Location

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In this screencast tutorial I cover the changes made to the file sharing service in macOS High Sierra and Server 5.4. Apple has integrated yet another server service into the main OS giving High Sierra more power in file sharing for all users regardless if they have the server app or not.

Luckily they did include the more advanced features of file sharing like ACL’s in the Server App itself. I will cover all of the changes to the file sharing service and a work flow for setting up your file shares in System Preferences and managing your permissions in the Server App.

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High Sierra & Server 5.4 Part 3: Caching Server New Location

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In this screencast tutorial I cover the new caching service in macOS High Sierra. The service has been moved out of the server application and into the main OS in System Preferences.

I cover how to set up the caching service and all of the features included. There is also a hidden advanced options menu that I show you how to access and cover each of the items included in that hidden menu.

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High Sierra & Server 5.4 Part 2: Time Machine New Location

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In this screencast tutorial I cover the first of many changes to High Sierra and Server 5.4. This week I take a look at a change that moves the Remote Time Machine backups out of the Server App and into system preferences on every macOS High Sierra System. I walk through how to set up the service and how to connect your Macs to the service to allow for wireless back ups.

The benefits of having Server for doing network Time Machine back ups has now moved out of the server and into the Mac itself. This solves a problem created Apple getting out of the router business which means that Time Capsules will not be developed anymore which leaves network back ups from Apple in the cold as far as Time Machine goes. By moving the service to system preferences so every Mac gets access to it, allows them to keep that part of the service and move out of the router business.



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High Sierra Server Part 1: Server Upgrade

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In this screencast tutorial I walk thru the upgrade process of moving from Sierra Server to High Sierra Server which is a point release to Server 5.4. If you haven’t upgraded to High Sierra yet, you may want to view my upgrade walk thru video first so you are up and running with High Sierra.

A word of caution! There are some significant changes to the server app with previous features being moved out of the server app to other places which means we don’t know how they function yet and how smooth a transition it will be during the upgrade. I would hold off on upgrading until I have had a chance to walk thru those features so you have a choice as to how you want to proceed with your own server.



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macOS High Sierra Part 2: Upgrad Prep & Walk Thru

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In this screencast tutorial I cover the upgrade to macOS High Sierra. I cover things to do to prepare for the upgrade and walk you through the steps so you know what to expect with your own upgrade.

This upgrade does add the Apple APFS File system which is automatically upgraded on all SSD only Macs but is not added to Fusion drive or regular Hard Drive set ups.

Also if you are running macOS Server you will want to hold off on the upgrade until you see the upgrade screencast I will do showing you the changes so you can decide if the upgrade is for you.





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iOS 11 Part 1: Upgrade & Set Up

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In this screencast tutorial I cover the upgrade and set up of iOS 11. Today is launch day and as a result I thought I would dive right in and walk you through the upgrade process. The upgrade went very smoothly and only took about 15 minutes total! This is probably the shortest and smoothest upgrade I have done on my iPad!

I walk through each of the segments of the upgrade process and show you what I see on my screen. So far I am very impressed with the results and love what Apple has done to make the iPad more like a desktop in terms of multitasking and interactions between applications like drag and drop. I use my iPad Pro far more than any of my other Apple devices on a day to day basis save my iPhone. It is the most portable option and now is slowly taking care of the things that bothered me about it in comparison to my Mac!




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macOS High Sierra Part 1: Safari, Notes, & Mail

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In this screencast tutorial I take a look at some of the changes to the upcoming macOS High Sierra. With the release just around the corner, I thought I would take a look at some of the refinements made to macOS in the upcoming version.

In this screencast I look specifically at Safari, Notes, and Mail and some of the changes you can expect in each. Each of these applications have little touches done to them that remove some of the friction experienced in previous versions. Because it is a refinement, those features are not always obvious so I hope to show you what those changes look like so you can start using them right away on launch day.




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File Manager Showdown Part 3: Pathfinder 7

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In this screencast tutorial I continue my look at file managers and this week take a look at Pathfinder 7 by Cocoatech (https://cocoatech.com). In my previous two screencasts I looked at Transmit 5 (https://youtu.be/gxTKReHdaAM) and Forklift 3 (https://youtu.be/t17qNc3BfcY) so you can check out those videos in the links provided. The previous two File Managers are pure ftp and file transfer applications that also happen to do a good job of viewing and managing your files on your Mac as a possible Finder replacement. This week we will look at an application that is built as a Finder replacement that happens to also do ftp and other file transfer protocols.

Pathfinder 7 includes so many features that I tried to give as much of an overview as I could but I know there are still features I didn’t have time to cover. The screencast gives you a great idea if Pathfinder is for you and covers the major features that make it unique in this space.



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File Manager Showdown Part 2: Forklift 3

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In this screencast tutorial I take a look at another File Management Application for macOS and that is Forklift 3 by Binarynights (http://www.binarynights.com/forklift/). Forklift 3 is an excellent file management application that includes tools for connecting to both local and remote services and has some great features like the menubar application that lets you upload documents on the fly, a compare, sync, rename, and synced browsing and many other features. I covered some of the core features in this screencast to give as good a comparison as I can between the different file management applications. So far our first two apps have held their own against each other and include some great file management features.

I will be looking at other file management software packages in this series to help you determine which one is right for you.

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File Manager Showdown Part 1: Transmit 5

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In this screencast tutorial I start a series on comparing various file managers to help you determine which one is right for you. This week I take a look at the newly released Transmit 5.

Transmit 5 by Panic (https://panic.com/transmit/) is a very well designed and pretty file transfer application. It has everything you could want in a file transfer application including support for all of the major protocols and web services and features like file syncing, sync browsing, droplets for quick uploading, and many more. In this overview there are some features I wasn’t able to cover but we get most of basics down in this screencast.

Transmit does have an iOS application that syncs up with the desktop app making it seamless experience between the two. In fact of the applications we will review, Transmit is the only one with an iOS counterpart.

I will be looking at other file management software packages in this series to help you determine which one is right for you.

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Plotagraph+ Photo Animator

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In this screencast tutorial I cover an app I just discovered recently that has become one of my favorite photo apps on my iPhone and iPad and that’s Plotagraph+. Plotagraph+ allows you to animate your photos to give them a video look and allows you to do things like animate clouds or water to help your photos come to life. It also includes easy export to your photo library and other social media. If you have ever wanted to animate your photos give Plotagraph+ a try.

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macOS Sierra Server Part 35: Creating Custom NetRestore Images

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to create and install your own custom NetRestore images to be deployed by macOS Server. I use an application called AutoDMG by Mager Valp (https://github.com/MagerValp/AutoDMG/releases/tag/v1.7.3) to create the images and then show you how to add those images to the NetInstall Service.

As special thanks to Jeffrey Battersby who has a great series on NetInstall over on Macworld (http://www.macworld.com/article/3073565/macs/how-to-master-the-netinstall-service.html)

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macOS Sierra Server Part 34: Creating Custom Packages for NetRestore

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to create your own custom packages to include with image restore files to be used with macOS Server NetInstall Service. To do this I take a look at two third party applications Packages by Stéphane Sudre (http://s.sudre.free.fr/Software/Packages/about.html) and CreateUserPkg by Mager Valp (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/createuserpkg/id540673598?mt=12).

I walk through how to use these applications to set up custom packages that we will use in the next screencast to create the image we want to use for our netRestore service.



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Transmit iOS: My Favorite FTP App

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In this screencast tutorial I cover one of my favorite FTP applications for iOS devices and that’s Transmit by Panic Software. Transmit is a full fledged FTP application that lets you connect to local and remote servers via a number of protocol including FTP, SFTP, and WebDAV and let’s you take action of the files and folders you have on your remote servers and locally. I walk you through the set up and how to practically use the application including how to edit html from your website right inside Transmit for iOS. This application really is a great addition to iOS and is another example of the fact that the divide between the Mac and iOS is closing.

I'm also working on a desktop application showdown for File Managers that will include the Mac version of Transmit and other great FTP Applications. You can take a look at the Transmit 5 tutorial Here.




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macOS Server Part 33: NetInstall

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to set up the NetInstall service in macOS Server. I cover how to create a disk image, how to customize the image to fit your needs, and how to set up and use the service once you have everything configured.

If you would like me to consult with you in setting up your server I can do that remotely. Just email me at todd@toddolthoff.com.

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Ulysses: My Favorite Writing App for Mac

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In this screencast tutorial I cover one of my favorite writing apps not only for the Mac but across platforms and that’s Ulysses.

Ulysses is a markdown text editor that is a one stop shop for all of your writing needs. It includes simple to use writing tools that include clickable mark down prompts, an organizational library to keep all of your writing in one place, live preview of your markdown, various writing styles and an export feature making it easy to get your text into whatever format you need from plain text to html to epub. Check out this screencast and you will see why it is one of my favorite writing tools!

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macOS Sierra Server Part 32: DHCP

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to set up the DHCP service in macOS Server. I cover pros and cons of using macOS Server's DHCP service as compared to a router. I also cover how to set up an Airport Extreme Base Station to work with server's DHCP service, walk you through all of the settings in the DHCP service, and cover how to set up static IP reservations for the clients on your network.

If you would like me to consult with you in setting up your server I can do that remotely. Just email me at todd@toddolthoff.com.

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macOS Sierra Server Part 31: FTP

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In this screencast tutorial I cover how to set up the FTP service in macOS Server. The FTP service is not as secure as using SFTP but it can still work to transfer non critical files if you need a quick set up. I cover how to set the service up, open the appropriate ports for remote access (20, 21), and how to access those shares using the terminal and an FTP client.

As always thanks for watching! If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below and I’ll do my best to get back to you.

If you would like me to consult with you in setting up your server I can do that remotely. Just email me at todd@toddolthoff.com.

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iStat Menus: My Favorite Mac Hardware Monitoring App

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In this screencast tutorial I cover another menubar application by Bjango Software called iStat Menus (https://bjango.com/mac/istatmenus/). Keeping track of what is happening with your Mac’s hardware is an important part of maintaining your Mac. This application gives you quick visual access to all of the sensors and applications you might need to troubleshoot issues with your Mac.

This application includes the ability to Monitor your CPU & GPU, Monitor your Mac’s Memory, Monitor your Mac’s Drives, Monitor the Network access of your Mac, Monitor your Mac’s sensors, Monitor your Mac’s battery, & Other Menu customizations.

This really is a great application and one I use on a regular basis.

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macOS Sierra Server Part 30: Wiki

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In this screencast tutorial I cover the wiki service built into macOS Server. I walk through the set up of your wiki webpage. Then I walk through the various screens and options found on the wiki website and give you an idea of how you might use this in your own server set up.

As always thanks for watching! If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below and I’ll do my best to get back to you.

If you would like me to consult with you in setting up your server I can do that remotely. Just email me at todd@toddolthoff.com.

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PopClip: One of My Favorite Menubar Apps

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In this screencast tutorial I cover another one of my favorite Mac Applications and that’s PopClip from Pilotmoon. PopClip is a menubar application that adds the pop up menus that show up in iOS applications and brings them to the Mac.

PopClip has a large library of exertions that can be added to the application to help you customize your menus with the extensions that fit you and your workflow best. PopClip has naturally shown up in a number of my screencasts and I have had people ask me about it all the time so I figured I’d do a screencast to show you what I am using.

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macOS Sierra Server Part 29: Websites

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In this screencast tutorial I cover the websites service built into macOS Server. I cover somethings to consider when looking at hosting your own website. I also cover using the built in server website and how to configure macOS Server to host your own website including DNS and the proper settings for your website.

As always thanks for watching! If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below and I’ll do my best to get back to you.

If you would like me to consult with you in setting up your server I can do that remotely. Just email me at todd@toddolthoff.com.

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macOS Sierra Server Part 28: Software Update

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In this screencast tutorial I show you how to bring back Software Update as a service on your server. Apple had removed the service from the sidebar of the Server Application but kept it in the view menu so you could add it back to your server if you wanted to.

In this screencast I cover how to set up and run the Software Update Service from your Server including downloading and enabling updates for your Macs that come from your server instead of Apple’s servers.

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BusyContacts: My Favorite Contacts App

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In this screencast tutorial I cover another one of my favorite Mac Apps and that’s BusyContacts by BusyMac Software. The contacts application that comes with a Mac is ok for what it does but it misses alot of customization for things that might be needed for a more robust contact management system. BusyContacts does a great job of adding features to your contacts that allows you to track your Contacts for things like appointments, social media and email or messages. Each of these things is visible with the contact so you can see where you have had contact with this person in the past and even what is happening now on Twitter.

As always thanks for the support. We hit over 20,000 subscribers yesterday and I am super excited to help you do more things with your Mac and iOS devices.

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