A Career Crossroads: On Training And Education

I think it’s time I make some decisions to specialize in my career. However, there’s something I need to do for my career first. The Why – What’s the Problem? I’ve been a public sector IT Technician for about eight years now. Roughly six...

Moved to a New Web Host!

My intro year of web hosting was up this month, so I decided to move away from Bluehost and try out a Windows host. There wasn’t much to migrate over, and the database import process didn’t exactly go smoothly, so I’m just cleaning things up. Pardon...

Creating a Test Environment With Hyper-V for PowerShell Testing

If you’re in IT, you’re probably testing new stuff out pretty often, and maybe you don’t want to be stuck with TechNet’s Virtual Labs, which only simulate pre-made environments. Maybe you want to make and break your own environments — and...

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PowerShell Study #2: Parameters and Syntax

Some notes I’ve taken while learning about the parameters and syntax of a PowerShell cmdlet as I read its help module.   Find the Syntax and Parameter Sets for a Cmdlet Use Get-Help for a command. In the resulting output window, the “Syntax”...

PowerShell Study #1: Using the Help System

I’ve been running through the book Learn Windows PowerShell 3 in a Month of Lunches, by Don Jones and Jeffrey Hicks, widely considered one of the best books for PowerShell beginners. My “curriculum” largely follows the chapters in the book, each...

Retooling My Blog: New Job, New Focus

This is now, more or less, a PowerShell-focused blog. About two months ago, I landed myself a new IT job. I’m still in the public sector, now working for a state agency instead of for a county. It’s a lateral move so far as the level is concerned;...

What I’m Working On: April 12-18, 2015

Some small updates on what’s keeping me busy this week: EdX and Microsoft’s C# course, and learning GitHub. EdX.Org Programming With C# I’m taking the free Programming With C# course on EdX.org provided by Microsoft. It’s starting off slowly,...

Two MS Courses on EdX Start Today

Microsoft has partnered with EdX.org to offer two free courses, taught by Microsoft employees, which start today. One course teaches Bootstrap, the other programming in C#. New Courses DEV203x: Introduction to Bootstrap (Chris Harrison) DEV204x: Programming in C#...

Twitter Exchange: Using Medium vs Your Own Blog

I caught wind of an interesting Twitter exchange featuring Scott Hanselman and Rick Strahl, among others, discussing the merits of using a blogging platform like Medium over blogging on your own domain. Ya, Medium is pretty and makes it easy to get writing online. But...