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Friendly Fair Isle Hat from Purl Soho



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Have a great weekend! I think I'm going to just knit all weekend and never leave my apartment. It'll be wonderful. I love post-grad life!

Creating an email link in a Self Service description

Let's say you're working on a Self Service policy and it makes sense to give people a way to email you or your team about the installer or service. For example, you are getting ready to migrate to Google for Work and want to let people know they can request an account on your evaluation domain or have them opt-in to your pilot user group (this just got real). The supported markdown language for Self Service descriptions does make this possible.




Here's how it works:

- Set up a new policy in your JSS with the installer for the app you want to deploy and make it available in Self Service. Add a description.



- In the description, enter your mailto: link as follows:

[helpdesk@company.com](mailto:helpdesk@company.com).

You'll then get the link you see above! When someone clicks on the link in Self Service, it'll open up a new email in their default mail client.



If you want to get really fancy, and/or make it easier on folks to submit a request that makes sense, you can put a subject into the mailto: like so:

[helpdesk@company.com](mailto:helpdesk@company.com?subject=Google for Work Account Request).

When the link is clicked with that subject line added as per above, the email that it creates will include the subject line you specified.




(As always, be careful with your copy-pasta!)

Pretty easy. And hey, if your colleagues read the descriptions they'll have a handy way to get in touch with you if needed. Nice!

Linking to Self Service

Many thanks to Andrew Barrett/gatoraidab on the MacAdmins Slack for pointing this out. You can now link directly to the Self Service app on managed computers. It even opens the Self Service app if you've modified it to brand it or use a different name! Neato.



To get an idea of how this works, just type in selfservice:// into your browser of choice. If you're on a managed machine it should open up the Self Service application on that device, assuming it's installed.

Now you can link directly to Self Service in your Help Desk portal, emails, even Slack or your internal messaging system! If you'd like to use HTML to link, you can use something like this:


<a href="selfservice://">Open Self Service</a>


(Be careful with your copy-pasta!)

This will work in any reasonable web environment (though not Sharepoint from my testing, what a surprise).

I hope you find this useful! It's a great way to get people using Self Service that need some extra hand-holding.


ETA: It was pointed out to me that you can use a webpart in Sharepoint to make it work, as it bypasses the security checks of the system. This is dumb. Sharepoint is dumb.

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Hand-pour coffee carafe set on Fab




Bottle Xmas tree crochet pattern



Planets cross stitch patterns by SpaceNavid on Etsy




Toast ears crochet ear warmer pattern



This whole ensemble, but especially the great Holly, Jolly Whovians sweatshirt from ModCloth!

Happy Christmas folks! And for those of you that don't celebrate, enjoy the (hopefully) day off and long weekend!

Vegan Christmas Side Dishes



Happy Christmas! I posted some pictures of the holiday cooking I did this year and got some questions about where I got the recipes, so I thought I'd share that all here.


From top to bottom:

Chocolate Chip Cookies - From Isa Chandra Moskowitz's Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar

Biscuits - From Julie Hasson's Vegan Diner

Stuffing - From It Doesn't Taste Like Chicken

Mashed Potatoes - From It Doesn't Taste Like Chicken

Gravy - From Julie Hasson's Vegan Diner

Green Bean Casserole - From It Doesn't Taste Like Chicken

Cranberry Sauce - From It Doesn't Taste Like Chicken


Our main dishes, not pictured, were a Field Roast Hazelnut Cranberry Roast En Croute and a ham (the only thing on the menu not vegan, obvs). So basically the in-laws ate a 95% vegan Christmas meal. That's pretty damn good considering. And no, they had no idea, nor did they ask. So if you can make it, why not make it vegan?


Happy holidays, y'all!


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