Category Archives: Apple

Apple Configurator 1.2 Released

Adds support for iOS6, Active Directory & Apple TV

Apple Configurator is gaining prominence as Apple's preferred iOS management utility. The latest version adds a wide array of improvements. From the release notes:

Apple Configurator 1.2 is a recommended update for all Apple Configurator users. This update is available from the Mac App Store, via the Updates tab.

What's new in version 1.2?

This update improves overall stability and performance, and includes the following:

  • Support for new iOS 6 features (Lock to App and Global HTTP Proxy) on supervised iOS devices
  • Support for these new iOS 6 restrictions on a supervised device:
  • Allow the removal of apps from the device
  • Allow use of iMessage
  • Allow access to iBookstore or the purchase of books classified as "Erotica" from iBookstore
  • Allow filtering of profanity for Siri
  • Allow use of Game Center
  • Allow the installation of new configuration profiles
  • Improved reliability when activating a new iPhone or iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular
  • The last settings used on the Prepare pane are retained when Apple Configurator is quit and relaunched
  • Improved ability to update or restore devices that are currently in recovery mode
  • Members of Active Directory groups are now shown in the Assign pane
  • Paid apps from the App Store can now be installed in the Prepare pane only when a device is being supervised
  • Support for configuring advanced network options on Apple TV

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iPad Mini Released


Preorders start Oct 26th so mark your calendar!


iPad Mini Specs

  • 7.9″ display
  • 1024×768 resolution at 162PPI
  • A5 dual core CPU
  • 5MP iSight camera
  • Black and white models available, much like iPhone 5
  • 0.68lbs, light as a pad of paper
  • 7.2mm thin, as thin as as pencil
  • 10 hour battery

Pre-orders start October 26, and will be shipping on November 2nd. The base model starts at $329 and goes up from there, here is the pricing matrix:

iPad Mini Pricing

  • 16GB – $329
  • 32GB – $429
  • 64GB – $529

LTE models cost an additional $130 each.

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Mountain Lion Connect to Cisco Routers/Switches USB to Serial Adapter

I have been using my Mac more for daily task and went and found a Manhattan USB to Serial adapter so I could terminal into some routers/switches to check configurations, etc.  Well out of the box it just doesn't work. First thing to do is to download the file from the link below and extract it.  Then double click and install it

Now plug in your usb to serial adapter and run the following command from terminal:

$ kextstat -b nl.bjaelectronics.driver.PL2303


with an output like this:
Now to connect to your router/switch with the console cable run the following command in terminal:
screen /dev/tty.PL2303-000012FD
If that doesn't work then while in a terminal session type the following:
ls /dev/tty.*
now run the following screen /dev/tty.PL2303-000013FA
and you should get a login screen and good to go :)
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Run Windows 7 Virtually on your Apple Macbook for free

I recently aquired a macbook pro for my work and the first thing that came up is how do we still run windows on it? Yes, I said Microsoft Windows 7 because we have certain applications that still require that OS (for now).  I researched and remembered using the built in boot camp option but didn't want to have to restart to switch between mountain lion and windows 7 so I downloaded virtual box (download here). Go ahead and install VirtualBox….  Now i have the software to run my PC virtually but I don't want to have to reload my entire system on a virtual, I would rather just capture a image of my existing system and just transfer it into a virtual.  I then came across a piece of software called Disk2Vhd (Provided my Microsoft for free).  I started out by downloading the Disk2Vhd software on my computer and connected a external hard drive (not required if you have enough space on your existing hard drive) and launched Disk2Vhd.  You will have to read and agree to the license agreement for the software.  The VHD file name is where you are going to save your virtual image of your computer.  Make sure you check both check boxes (System Reserved & C:\) and then click create.

After you have saved the image you can now transfer it to your macbook (I saved mine in /Users/Macbook/ and created a folder called Virtualbox VM's.  I then opened that folder and created another folder called Laptop (incase you ever create more than one virtual it will give a nice place to store)

Launch Virtual Box by going to Go, Applications, Virtualbox.

1. Cick New and then click Continue
2. Name the virtual how you like, I called mine Laptop and select the Operating System and Version (Microsoft Windows, Windows 7 32bit.
3. Adjust the memory to what you had in your previous machine (if you have the extra double it, this will vary on macbook configuration.) Then click Continue.
4. For the startup disk you want to choose your existing disk, so select Use Existing Hard Disk and point it to where you added your virtual and click Continue and then Create.
5. Your not done quite yet, so do not launch the virtual.  Instead click on the settings button.
6. Click on storage and if your hard disk is under SATA click on the minus sign and add it to the IDE controller. (See Picture Below)

7. After you do this click on the Host Drive (CD ROM picture) and then click on the picture of the cdrom beside the drop down box and choose your physical drive (see picture)

8. Once done click Ok and start your virtualbox.  If you get a Blue Screen of Death, turn off the virtual and then go back to settings.  Under storage, IDE Controller change it to PIIX3 (See Picture Below)

9. That should be it.  If you still have errors you can leave comments below.

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