Paul Galow

Hi, I'm Paul Galow, and I'm an engineer based in Berlin working in DevOps, macOS administration and video engineering.

What macOS version did I just download? (Big Sur edition)

24 November, 2020

A new macOS release ≠ a new version A few days ago, Apple released an updated build of macOS 11.0.1 to address a bug that prevented some…

How to check for internet connectivity with vanilla Node.js

31 December, 2019

How often do you think about internet connectivity of your server-side applications? Most of the time I don’t. I assume “the cloud” is just…

Managing ignored system updates on macOS with Puppet

11 October, 2019

tl;dr I have published a simple Puppet module to manage softwareupdate’s list of ignored updates. This can be used to hide the banner…

macOS Quick Action to rename photos and videos by timestamp

26 January, 2019

Have you ever transferred a bunch of photos/videos from an iOS device using AirDrop? If so you will have noticed the odd file names of those…

Managing Firefox extensions via configuration profiles on macOS

26 December, 2018

In this post we are leveraging the Extensions and InstallAddonsPermission configuration profile keys to manage Firefox extensions. As an…

Download album art from Apple with albumart-dl

02 December, 2018

I remember the old days before music streaming became ubiquitous. Back then, I used to put a lot of time and care into my music collection…

Securing AWS CLI credentials on macOS with LastPass CLI

03 November, 2018

One of the sometimes overlooked but incredibly valuable features of Amazon Web Services are roles. Roles allow you to grant access to other…