One of my household IT projects this weekend was to build and deploy a samba4 Domain Controller. I know marginally more than zero about Active Directory, but I am not even exaggerating a little when I say I understand the behind the scenes glue a thousand times better than I did on Friday. 

I can’t tell you how to do anything in the GUI, but I can sure as shit manage a GPO with zsh and vim. 

(To be fair I have used various LDAPs, was using Heimdal when it was introduced to OpenBSD-CURRENT, but still, I’m rusty on all of it and wasn’t ever an expert. #humblebrag)

My Distinguished Name


I had to manuver about 800GB of research databases (I use DEVONthink Pro Office) from one zfs filesystem to another because at some point after OS X Server got ahold of my Research volume the permissions and filesystem ACLs went bananas and DEVONthink was completely baffled by it.

Solution was to use Apple’s ignorant-of-xattrs-and-ACLs

to move it to another filesystem where everything is fine. So sometimes it’s good to have a broken

available. Still can’t be certain it won’t happen again and I’d like a more elegant way to recover.

And no, smart-asses,

did f-all to fix anything. Oh, it ran alright. But

still listed long ACLs on everything after supposedly removing it. I suspect it’s something to do with posixacls, and ACL inheritance in OpenZFS’s options, or the mimic HFS+ code is involved somewhere.

Either way, I was sweating recovering those databases with long restore times from Google Nearline until I tested one and it was fine again. Going to alter my backup destinations for different databases anyway to rely on S3 for my Personal and Household stuff at least. Oof.

What a pain.


Filesystem ACLs on OS X are Tedious

  • Apple TV — Goddamned right I’m getting this and you should too. Finally fixes everything I didn’t like about Apple TV and then does one better. I’ve been looking at the nVidia Shield entertainment and gaming platform and I’d much rather use this instead. Plus, you know there will finally be a proper Plex app for Apple TV so that’s shut-up-and-take-my-money territory.
  • iPad Pro — Solid DO WANT rating but only in 128GB flavor. Would negate my use of a laptop entirely since RemoteApp, Citrix, and VNC let me use all the workstations remotely. It’s too cramped on the Mini. Possible compromise of new iPad Air, but the Pro is just so great it’s hard to not look hard at it. Most of my photo editing will likely still live in Lightroom because I love my presets and work with them so easily. Can still do so because I use OSCTouch to transform my iPad into a MIDI controller that can operate Lightroom sliders and then I use Astropad as a touch surface for brushing to my desktop, so the synergy is very much there anyway. And now with a display of that size I could get most of Lightroom 6 into my hands on the iPad via Astropad? Hellooooooooooh?
  • Apple Watch — I still want one, mainly for monitoring and passive health tracking because I know that’s the only way I’ll track my wellness effectively. I feel like a lot of the integrations are somewhat gimmicky but that is never a barrier to me wanting something.
  • iPhone 6something — I like my phone a lot. I bought a bigger storage iPhone 6 and so I’m not annoyed by it right now. Not yet.

9/9 Apple Event, The Need it got it need it need it want it need it got it list