Not a lot of people have heard of the MacSysAdmin conference held in Gothenburg, Sweden, every fall. My first time there three years ago, I didn’t know what to expect. Here’s a conference which is so unlike the many conferences I have attended in the past. It is held in a small city in Sweden, there is only one track (only one session at any given time), it has a limited number of attendees, and all the speakers are available for all four days to answer anybody’s questions or discuss topics of interest. It is also not held in a fancy hotel, and the venue is part of a university.
Once I arrived and started to talk to people, I realized just how different it was. Every time I spoke with someone, I was impressed with their breadth of knowledge and how many computers they were personally responsible for. When I had a question about network setup, scripting with Python, or device management, I could always find someone who knew the true details of the technology and could explain it in a way I could understand. Since my first year, these conversations are what has made me so excited to return each fall.
MacSysAdmin Goes Virtual
This year, with the pandemic, Patrik, the organizer, decided that he would take it virtual rather than cancel the conference. He would get past speakers to generate video sessions for each day, which he would post at the start of the day. Patrik asked me to create a video about OWC products and a second one about Thunderbolt cables and Thunderbolt 4.
It was a great success, and the quality of the presentations was just as high as in the past years. Whether you want to know about zsh, the new shell used in Terminal, how to move from Python 2 to Python 3, or get an update on which viruses actually exist on macOS, the talks at MacSysAdmin are a really great place to go.
All of the presentations are available for anyone to watch at https://macsysadmin.se, but below are the two sessions I presented on behalf of OWC.