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From the Editor, January 2011

Volume Number: 27
Issue Number: 01
Column Tag: Editorial

From the Editor, January 2011

A very happy Gregorian New Year to MacTech readers! As a time that people often make resolutions, it's a good time to talk about the upcoming year for MacTech. Resolutions are really just intentions. They're not even really full-fledged plans. It turns out that most people rescind or never even get around to doing what they resolved to do (or not to do) in the first place. It's in the spirit of that framework in which I make our resolutions this year.

First, we certainly intend to not slip on the IT developer coverage we're already including in the magazine. We have some great material already lined up and are always meeting (or chasing down) authors with new and practical points of view.

Second, we're looking forward to broadening the audience through new articles and events.

Events?!? Yes! That leads me to the third resolution: we will be running, and have some great ideas for the second MacTech Conference. We'll also be attending events, like LISA in California, MacSysAdmin in Sweden, NSConference in England and more. Please say hello if you see us out and about!

Fourth, you'll be seeing us more often run concise MacTech Boot Camp events.

Finally, we're just going to be open to what takes place. Life has a funny way of changing your plans without consulting you. From that, you can crumble, or rise to (and above) the challenge. We'll be doing both.

I have to say a sincere think you to everyone that made 2010 a great success on many fronts. Here's to meeting working with everyone from 2010 again and meeting new people to add to the mix.

Speaking of people from 2010, we have everyone back for more, right here. This includes a new Swaine Manor, from returning author Michael Swaine, Developer to Developer by Boisy Pitre and another Consultant Cowboy by Ryan Wilcox.

As for new authors, we have plenty in that category as well. Ronald Gehrmann will be devoting a few articles tat focus on helping the home user. Many of us deal with the technology environment of a business, small or large. However, home users—which there are an increasing number of—have slightly different rules and requirements. Sometimes, this is as simple as helping a family member. More and more, though, consultants are focusing their entire business around this market

Another first time MacTech author, Joshua Long, takes a look at the recently released free edition of Sophos Anti-Virus Home for Mac. On home machines, it's often a question weather to run anti-virus or not. Let Joshua take you through the pros and cons.

Finally, this month we're beginning a series on working with Macs in the Enterprise from the Enterprise Desktop Alliance (EDA). The EDA is formed of several companies that help Mac admins leverage a Windows infrastructure to serve and manage Macintosh computers. What better time to start than in the month that sees the end of Apple's Xserve?

As always, we love hearing from readers, like you. Yes, you! Let us know what you like, and what you'd like to see at letters@mactech.com.

See you next month.

Ed Marczak,

Executive Editor

 

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