Mavericks Update:
Setting A Default Paper Size

The Mac Admin reader David noted that the preference file and key referenced in Setting A Default Paper Size no longer manages the default paper size setting in OS X v10.9 Mavericks. The new file is ~/Library/Preferences/org.cups.PrintingPrefs.plist This makes the new preference domain: org.cups.PrintingPrefs The Key that governs the preference remains the same: DefaultPaperID The values remain […]

Continue reading →

Everpix Closes Its Doors

The promising photo management service, Everpix announced today that they will be shutting down the service. As of November 5th, 2013, existing accounts are read-only and no new accounts are being created.  Existing customers may browse and download their existing collections until until December 15th, 2013. See the Everpix Shutdown FAQ for full details. I’m sad to […]

Continue reading →

FAA Rules Electronics OK

Personal Electronic Devices OK

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta today announced that the FAA has determined that airlines can safely expand passenger use of Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) during all phases of flight, and is immediately providing the airlines with implementation guidance.

This is a cross-post from my travel blog at

The FAA has lifted it’s requirement that airlines ban personal electronic use in certain phases of flight (full press release). Both Delta and JetBlue have committed to implementing a change in policy as soon as possible. This is great news for the traveling public. Until policy changes are implemented and communicated throughout each airline’s inflight workforce, please be kind and obedient to your inflight crews over the next several days or weeks. It is an FAA requirement that passengers comply with all crew instructions.  Note that cellular phones and any device with communication capabilities must still be put into flight/airplane mode for the duration of the flight.

In an official statement, the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority notes that “CASA currently has no specific regulations governing the use of electronic devices in aircraft.” and “Currently in Australia all airlines restrict the use of electronic devices during critical phases of flight – such as take-off and landing”. CASA does acknowledge that they are “examining the US Federal Aviation Administration’s announcement on the use of electronic devices on aircraft.”

At the time of this writing (2:30 a.m. GMT) the UK Civil Aviation Authority had not responded to a request for a statement. This article will be updated when a response is received.

Resetting AirPlay

I have been having occasions lately where I’ll lose audio whilst using AirPlay mirroring from my Mac running OS X version 10.8.4 to my Apple TV running the latest Apple TV Software, version 5.3.  When this issue occurs, audio from iTunes, Hulu, Netflix, etc. on the Apple TV plays audio normally, as does AirPlay content […]

Continue reading →

Email to SMS Gateways

System administrators may find themselves wanting to send SMS messages to mobile devices for a variety of reasons, such as sending over the air enrollment invitations to devices to be enrolled with the Casper Suite. Many carriers, though certainly not all, employ an SMS gateway that allows email messages to be received by the carrier’s […]

Continue reading →

IPSW File Primer

Because I have been asked a few times, here’s some basic information about IPSW files used by iOS devices for a short Friday post. IPSW files (iPod Software) are the files used by iTunes, Apple Configurator and Xcode to restore or update an iOS device’s firmware.  This includes the iOS operating system and the built-in apps. […]

Continue reading →