Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-07-12

Apple released an unexpected update to the entry-level MacBook Air and MacBook Pro 13“ this week. What the new release replaces is interesting, as well: the non-retina entry level MacBook Air, the no-Touchbar 13” MacBook Pro, and the 12″ MacBook are all discontinued.

The iMac and the (cylinder) Mac Pro are the only remaining Mac models without a T2 chip. All current Mac models except the iMac Pro and the Mac Pro now require macOS 10.14 Mojave as their minimum OS.

We also got an interesting vulnerability story with the popular videoconferencing software Zoom. The reaction from Zoom was slow, they did not address the issue until the researcher published the problem, but Apple reacted much faster, adding the problematic local web server, that Zoom installed to bypass some of the system’s user security to macOS’s Malware Removal Tool’s list of, well, malware within 24 hours.

Finally, I am going to give a half-day class based on the ‘Moving to zsh’ article series at our offices in Amsterdam on September 6. If you are wondering why Apple is changing the default shell, how it will affect you, and how you can increase your Terminal productivity with zsh, then sign up here!

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  • Sisyphus-J: “MacOS/iOS Entitlement database now updated for MacOS 15 and iOS 13 beta 3. with over 150 more daemons and 500 more entitlements.. including such fine gems as com.apple.rootless.kext-more-securer-management http://newosxbook.com/ent.jl”
  • Mustafa Hussain: “In macOS, when you drop a Calendar event into the Terminal, the Terminal adopts the event’s color. As it should.… ”
  • Steve Troughton-Smith: “Disasters like Zoom are why the Mac gets progressively more locked-down, and why commandline tools and daemons can’t be exempt from signing & security. By default, we should trust no software, and neither should the hardware it runs on…”
  • Alex Wild: “Apparently sailors used to use a log, tied to a measured rope & thrown overboard, to periodically measure the speed of a boat. They’d then write the data in a ”log-book“ Which is why we now use the word ”log“ to record data. Things I learned. https://www.etymonline.com/word/log”
  • Isaac T.: “Confirmed with Apple: sharing with SMB is broken in macOS Mojave 10.14.5. The problem: ”smbd“ deadlocks with multiple users connected to a share. Engineering knows and is working on it. Time to resolution: unknown. Here are the options: 1/” (thread)
  • Rich Mogull: ““Shadow IT” is merely how the fearful describe the reduction of friction and democratization of technology to better enable agile business.”

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-07-05

For my US readers: belated Happy 4th of July!

This is where you celebrate Jeff Goldblum hacking an alien mainframe with a PowerBook 5300, right?

Because of the US holiday week-end and, I presume, several MacAdmins ‘finishing’ their PSU conference presentations, news was slow this week.

Safe travels and lots of fun, networking, and learning to those going to PSU.

Everyone else, I hope you get to enjoy a wonderful summer week-end!

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  • The Macalope: “It’s going to be fun hearing the people who said design was dead at Apple bemoan the loss of the person chiefly responsible for designing all the things they said were so poorly designed.”

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Tryton News: Newsletter July 2019

@ced wrote:

After releasing some bug fix version for the 5.2 series, we have continued our work to use more the queue, to improve the user experience.

Contents:

Changes For The User

We added the same processing delay from sale to the sale complaint functionality. This allows to reset a complaint to draft after being approved or rejected which is not yet processed.
The same processing delay as on purchase is added to the requisition functionality. This allows to reset an approved requisition to draft which is not yet processed.

We added an option to deactivate a subscription service. This prevents to use these service for new subscriptions.

Now, when drag&drop is available on a view, we show a draggable icon to warn the user but also to provide a handle to drag.
Draggable handler on tryton

Like for parties, we added on product a list of identifiers. By default, Tryton supports and validates these numbers: EAN, ISAN, ISBN, ISIL, ISIN and ISMN. Non-standard identifiers are supported also. These identifiers are used for matching when searching products by name.

In the search bar of the clients, we enabled the direct search on fields of relational field types, like One2Many, Many2Many and Many2One. This is done by appending a dot to the relational field name and then the name of the field in the relation model. E.g. On products filter you can use the search clause Variants.Code: PROD, to find all products, which variants have a code named PROD.
The search-completion also helps for the related fields.
By default only one level of completion is activated but customization can activate more. This feature also works on the keys of dictionary fields like the product attributes.

Now, you can open the product quantity at a date to see the moves of the product involved at that date.

The BIC of banks are now validated and formatted.

We force now to always have a minimal quantity for the order point. This avoid confusion for the case where it was not set. Now if you do not want to trigger the purchase or production for any quantity, the user must set an explicit negative quantity.

New Modules

Purchase and Sale History

These modules activate the history on sales and purchases but also adding a revision number which is incremented each time the document is reset to draft. The revision number is appended to the document number to ensure parties are communicating about the same version.

Changes For The Developer

We added an option to store the SEPA messages on the filesystem instead of the database. This is useful if you generate a lot of message and want to reduce the size of the database (e.g. for backup).

All domain error messages are improved by adding the invalid domain to the exception. Now the client can display these error messages in a user-friendly format in addition to the generic one.

The startup time of the server has been improved by initializing the pool using a thread. So the server starts earlier to listen on the network and if there are many databases to initialize, it is done in parallel.

Now we give the possibility to define a different order (alphabetic) to the keys of a Dict field.

It is now possible to use SQL expressions as value with the create/write methods. The main purpose is to be able to use the time functions of the database server which are linked to the transaction instead of the one provided by the Tryton server.

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-06-28

As expected, the public betas of iOS 13, iPadOS 13 and macOS 10.15 Catalina were released this week, keeping MacAdmins busy with both preventing users from installing them and starting their own testing procedures.

Together with the public betas, we get a bunch of early Catalina reviews and opinions.

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Weekly News Summary for Admins — 2019-06-21

Happy Solstice, everyone!

Things are calming down after the WWDC storm. This week we got some more WWDC reactions, a major Firefox exploit with fix, and some more information on Catalina notarization.

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  • Victor (groob): “Working on the next release of MicroMDM and added an important documentation section I felt was missing for too long. MicroMDM is not a product! Link

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