New MacBook day

OMG ! New MacBook Air ( M1 Edition ) arrived this afternoon and just wow…. I am so glad I was tempted by the Amazon Black Friday £100 off and 5 months interest free credit deal now. Before I saw the Amazon deal I had been toing and froing for a few weeks since the new M1 Macs were launched. Now I am setting it up and synching photos etc and after an hour and a half on my lap its not even warm !
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New MacBooks...

I haven’t had a MacBook now for the last couple of years (after I selflessly handed my 13" MacBook Pro onto my eldest daughter…). My Mac computing needs have been handled by a 2018 Mac Mini which is a super little machine, quiet, powerful enough for my needs and very unobtrusive. I have still been hankering after a new MacBook though but the promise of new Apple Silicon based hardware has kept me from shelling out.
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Microsoft Edge history and tab sync

I converted to the new Microsoft Edge browser what seems like an age ago now and one of the things I was eager to see rolled out was the history and open tabs sync between devices (which you can of course already do with Firefox… ). As an Office 365 user and system admin the new Edge browser is clearly the way to finally get a single managed browser across all of my organisations devices, and to be honest I can’t see any good reason for other organisations like mine to still be using Chrome/Firefox other than industry inertia.
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Tour of the Bridge Towns

Earlier in the year long before lockdown (that seems such a long time ago now) one of my co-workers at The Camphill Village Trust asked if I would be interested in doing a sponsored bike ride for the charities 65th anniversary which is this year. I was of course up for it and we originally planned on an early Summer event riding from our offices in Stourbridge to one of our sites in Gloucestershire (Taurus Crafts) which was coincidentally 65 miles away (105k).
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Daily Post - 03/11/2020

Printers ! Don’t you love remote support ? Today I have spent a couple of hours on and off trying to identify why a copier at one of our sites had suddenly stopped sending scans to email. The configuration on the copier was all ok and there had been no changes to our network so I was more than a little stumped until I finally got the user who had reported the issue to admit they were trying to scan a large pile of pages and that the one page scan they had tried had worked.
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Daily Post - 02/11/2020

Probably doomed to failure before I start but I am going to try and start a daily blog post again ( I know seen it before ! ). Daily Links Link Description Intune - Uninstalling default Windows Apps This is one I am testing at the moment. Many of the staff in my organisation end up using the Windows Mail app instead of Outlook or OWA and I would like to prevent this so I am planning on using this approach to remove Mail app from all PC’s Powerapps Today I tried to go back to a Powerapp I had setup a little while ago but was politely refused by my Edge browser due to blocked third party cookies.
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Re-scheduling my sponsored ride

So last nights announcement by Boris of Thursdays national lockdown has probably scuppered our chance of re-scheduling the sponsored bike ride for next weekend. Instead I think Dean and I have agreed that we will both do a solo ride in our local area on Wednesday this week. I have planned a route on Komoot of around 112km which goes from home, out to Ellesmere Lakes (not Ellesmere Port) and back.
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Sponsored bike ride - Cancelled

This weekend I was supposed to be taking part in a 65 mile sponsored bike ride from Stourbridge to Lydney in Gloucestershire as part of the 65th anniversary celebrations for The Camphill Village Trust, the charity that I work for. Unfortunately the event was cancelled due to the arrival of Storm Aiden and the remnants of ex-Hurricane Zeta. Hopefully we will make the trip next weekend instead.

Updating Jekyll from iPad with Prose.io

So I setup this Jekyll blog a few months ago and as usual after getting it going I promptly let it languish. One of the issues I guess is that unlike Wordpress there is no quick iOS or web app out of the box to update Jekyll sites from my phone or iPad. Enter Prose.io. Prose.io is an elegant and clean web app for managing Github sites and CMS Free web sites which also works very nicely on iPads (no app required).
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