London Apple Admins

If you in some manner manage or administer devices with an Apple logo & work in London, or happen to be in town when a meet is happening... This is the group for you!

Apr 7, 2022

5th May 2022 - Meet Up @ Jigsaw24 - May The Fifth Be With Us

We are back with a bang, and we hope you’ll join us for our first in-person meet of 2022. We’re working with our lovely hosts, Jigsaw24 to put the pieces in place and we know you’ll just fit right in!

Here’s the schedule:

  • 18:30 - 19:00: Arrive and mingle
  • 19:10 - 19:25: “Going up…! Privilege Management with Elevate24” - Bob Bryden and Jack Hollister - Jigsaw24
  • 19:30 - 19:45: “State of the (virtual) union” - Mike Dowler
  • 19:50 - 20:05: “The secret Mac Admin…” - {REDACTED}
  • 20:10 - 20:35: “What the flip? Pivoting to 100% remote and now to hybrid workflows as we return to some kind of normality” - Panel discussion - Jigsaw24 and London Apple Admins
  • 20:35 - ?: Open discussion - To the pub!

As always, the event is free to attend but space can be limited. We’ve got 40 tickets available, grab one in advance here.

Your nearest public transport links are Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Circus tube stations.

Mar 27, 2022

We shall return, very soon...

London Apple Admins didn’t die, we just took a hiatus (at least in person) during what has been a horrific couple of years. Hot on the heels of MacADUK, we will rise again!

We’ll be back with a bang in early May for our first in-person meetup since 2020 but we can’t do it without those folks who step forward to give their amazing talks. They say fortune favours the brave, so if you’re feeling bold and fancy presenting at our first of hopefully many traditional-style events, we hope you’ll click here and reach out!

(or just hunt down one of the herders in #london on the MacAdmins Slack)

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Apr 1, 2021

Watch the video! 1st April 2021 - For fun and profit! - Remote Meetup (Zoom)

Our April (and first) meet of 2021 was our first remote traditional LAA meetup

Thanks again to all our speakers on the night.

The schedule was as follows - click the talk titles to get a copy of the slides:

Watch the video below!

Mar 17, 2021

1st April 2021 - For fun and profit! - Remote Meetup (Zoom)

Welcome to our first meetup of 2021, and our 2nd remote one. This event is sponsored by You! Food and drink, as well as viewing space, also provided by You.

The schedule is as follows:

  • 17:00 - 18:00: Arrive and mingle
  • 18:00 - 18:15: “Decoder rings! The Adobe License Decoder tool for fun and profit” - Daz Wallace - dataJAR Ltd
  • 18:20 - 18:35: “Upgrading and emulating the BBC Micro in the 21st century for fun and profit” - Dom Adobe
  • 18:40 - 18:55: “PI in iwoca (for fun and profit), what and why” - Mateusz Bijakowski - iwoca
  • 19:00 - 19:15: “Learning why Sophos is excellent and causes no problems at all… for fun and profit?” - Steve Quirke - ThoughtWorks
  • 19:20 - 19:35: “Nudging users - for fun and for profit” - Neil Martin - dataJAR Ltd
  • 19:40 - 20:00: News roundup and Q&A… for profit? - TBC
  • 20:00 - ?: Open discussion - To the #laa-pub!

As always, the event is free to attend but spots can only be obtained via Eventbrite, grab one in advance here:

1st April 2021 - For fun and profit! - Remote Meetup (Zoom)

We’ll get a Zoom link out to attendees shortly before the meetup begins. Please also join us in #laa-pub on the MacAdmins Slack for informal drinks and chat before, during and after the meetup!

Nov 11, 2020

19th November 2020 - Writing AutoPkg recipes with Anthony Reimer (Zoom workshop)

As we get used to the “new normal”, it’s more important than ever to focus on deploying the most up to date software. AutoPkg has been a mainstay of the Mac Admin toolbox since 2014 and we’re delighted to host the awesome Anthony Reimer as he joins us all the way from Canada to lead a workshop that will take you to the next level! Thank you to the lovely folks at ThoughtWorks for sponsoring the Zoom session!

About the Workshop

You’ve been using AutoPkg(r) to fetch the latest installers for software you deploy and perhaps even do some post-processing. But there are still a few apps that are not covered by the existing AutoPkg recipes publicly available that you would like to automate.

This workshop is designed to help you fill that gap. We’ll cover the basics of how to read an existing recipe and some of the common ways to start building your own recipe. Then we will start building new recipes based on your suggestions. We will conclude with a brief discussion of next steps and how you can then share your creations with the world.

This workshop is a sneak preview of Anthony’s session at the EveryWorld Conference in Australia 25 – 27 November.

Technical Requirements

Attendees who wish to participate in the hands-on portions of the workshop will need a Mac with the current version of AutoPkg (2.2) and a plain text editor installed (e.g. Atom, BBEdit, Sublime Text, or VSCode). Terminal will be used as well. Optionally, the current version of AutoPkgr (1.5.5) can also be installed.

It is assumed attendees are familiar with AutoPkg and have run some recipes. For those less experienced or those who have not used AutoPkg at the command line, we recommend watching Greg Neagle’s AutoPkg talk from MacSysAdmin 2019 prior to attending the workshop.

The schedule is as follows:

  • 18:30 - 19:00: Arrive and mingle
  • 19:00 - 20:30: “Writing AutoPkg Recipes – A Workshop” - Anthony Reimer - University of Calgary
  • 20:30 - ?: Open discussion - To the #laa-pub!

As always, the event is free to attend but space is limited. We’ve got 20 tickets available, grab one in advance here:

19th November 2020 - Writing AutoPkg recipes with Anthony Reimer (Zoom workshop)

We’ll get a Zoom link out to attendees shortly before the workshop begins. Please also join us in #laa-pub on the MacAdmins Slack for informal drinks and chat before, during and after the workshop!

Feb 20, 2020

Watch the video! 13th February 2020 - Meet Up @ Funding Circle (with Code42)

Happy New Year! Our February (and first) meet of 2020 had a Fun-ding time when we joined erm, Funding Circle (Sponsered by Code42) at their offices in the City of London!

Thanks again to Funding Circle for hosting, Code42 for sponsoring and all our speakers. Special thanks to Christian Asare-Anderson, Ewan Ross and Felix Grant who put in so much hard work to organise the event with us.

The schedule was as follows - click the talk titles to get a copy of the slides:

Watch the video below!