ADHD: What It’s Like Having it and What to Do About It

The term ADHD refers to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. ADHD is “a chronic condition that includes attention difficulty, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness”. Most people have heard of ADHD and many are diagnosed every year. For those who may not understand what ADHD is, it’s common to not know what it is like having it. I was diagnosed with ADHD about ten to fifteen years ago as an adult. Before I was diagnosed, I always struggled with being able to simply pay attention and focus on things. I’d be in the cloud all the time and not too motivated either to do a whole lot. ADHD is considered controversial as a diagnosis because many people don’t believe it. They say that ADHD isn’t a disease or condition but an attitude. I don’t want to go into the controversy, but I do feel it is a medical diagnosis and it is something that […]

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Export-Csv: The PowerShell Way to Treat CSV Files as First Class Citizens

The PowerShell cmdlet Export-Csv is one of the many reasons that this language has saved everyone so much time. This cmdlet has transformed what was once a troublesome task of trying to wrangle loose text into some structured format with VBScript. Instead of messing around with Excel, we can instead use PowerShell to create CSV files. Using both the Export-Csv and Import-Csv commands to export and import any CSV table data like contacts, lists of companies, server listings and so on, we can script just about any action we need around CSV files. The CSV format or what some unfamiliar with a CSV call an “Excel file” is merely a comma-separated list of rows. Since it is just a text file, we could technically just use a generic text file command like Set-Content to do the job. To use a generic command though would require us building out the necessary […]

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A Quote to Live By

The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he’s always doing both. James A. Michener

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Make it Happen No Matter What: A DevOps Story

Around a month ago, I had an idea. I was going to uproot my team’s way of work entirely. Grand plans for improving test environment creation, build pipelines, automated tests and software deployments were the objects of my DevOps dreams for months. Literally. I would come up with ideas for substantially improving the way we work in my sleep, see if it was possible to get them started to find out I would be trumped by fires. Talk about frustrating! I could see a substantially better way of doing things in my head while being forced by the whim of the culture and management to fix bugs, add common features and keep the developers at bay. The continuous delivery gods were shining the CD light; I could see it but was being held in the mud. Until this month. I’ve beaten the “beg for forgiveness than ask for permission” drum […]

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How to Find Fulfillment in an Job You Think You Hate

It’s difficult to find a job where you feel truly fulfilled. Most people don’t get up each morning ready to face the work day with a smile on their face. The daily work grind can be exhausting and not something you look forward to. As time progresses, some people begin to feel that sense of fulfillment dwindling. You no longer care about the work you are doing and just try to get through the day. It is important for IT employees to understand that you can find fulfillment in your job, even if you think that you hate it. Think about a typical day at work. Are you feeling fulfilled or do you not even care anymore? Do you just go to work and do the minimum amount possible? Do you find that every day you are waiting for five o’clock? When you get home, you are instantly happy and […]

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Shadow IT—The Result of a Failure of the IT Department

The term Shadow IT is used when individuals within a department of a company, not IT, take tech matters into their own hands. Within a company, technology services are needed. This is why an IT team exists. However, in many cases, IT can be less than easy to work with and can be known as not being able to complete tech projects on time. Instead of waiting for the IT team to assist, individuals might take tech matters into their own hands and complete what they need, hence Shadow IT, working in the shadows of the IT department. Why Does Shadow IT Exist? The HR department or sales might need a server or an application. Instead of waiting for the IT department to gain the necessary approvals and complete paperwork, an individual of the department might go ahead and provide the needed tech components. The project is completed without the […]

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Hate Your Job? Do Something About It!

I have recently returned from a vacation from my full-time job. Unfortunately, my vacation did not last as long as it was scheduled. You know how full-time jobs go, situations occur that you must deal with. So, I did not get much of a vacation but I’m not too down about it because I like my job. Yes, this does suck; I wish I was able to spend more time with my family and I had been able to enjoy the “vacation” that I was supposed to have. But, I had to do what I had to do and I don’t have too many hard feelings about it. When someone else hears about this situation, and they did not really enjoy their job, to begin with, then their response would be, “Ugh, oh God this is terrible. I requested a vacation that was approved, and I was going to have […]

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Goverlan Reach: Systems Management Simplified

Full Disclosure: This is a sponsored post from a valued partner, Goverlan. All content is my own and the only input Goverlan has had to this article is to clarify technical inaccuracies and a minor comment on the user interface. As a PowerShell developer, I’ve been in the business of creating PowerShell scripts to manage systems for years. I’ve built remote systems management scripts and modules to do just about everything you can think of. It’s what I make my living doing. Although the payoff feels great when I’m done with a script, the time required to write up some level of automation for a task can be intense. Writing PowerShell scripts to query WMI across hundreds of machines, running reports or to making enterprise-wide changes can be hectic. Most IT professionals are on the boat I was just a few years ago – wearing lots of hats, extinguishing fires, […]

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PowerShell as a Gateway Drug to Programming

Today, I would like to talk about drugs with those of you who have a desire to begin a career as a successful software developer or who has an interest in learning PowerShell. At this time, you may be questioning how drugs relate to an IT career and PowerShell advice. We all have heard that marijuana is said to be a gateway drug to more potent drugs, such as cocaine or heroin. It is said that marijuana is the drug people utilize that forms the habit of doing drugs, providing them with the desired effect. Eventually, however, marijuana is no longer potent enough to provide this wanted effect, which is when users move on to a stronger, more potent drug. I consider PowerShell to be a gateway drug. PowerShell is a gateway drug to individuals who want to learn software development. However, that is not to say that PowerShell itself […]

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What is an Infrastructure Developer?

We all probably know what a software developer is as the title has been around for decades. In the past, the position was known as a computer programmer. It’s basically a position where the code is written to develop software and applications that will be used by users. However, an infrastructure developer is not a commonly known term and is a more recent position found in the IT world. Before virtualization, everything was hardware within the infrastructure, with physical everything, from the server to the network. There was no way you could be an infrastructure developer since the infrastructure was a physical component. Today, with virtualization, things have changed. One can now actually write code to develop a software infrastructure. What you will now see is a job channel for infrastructure developers. This position is one that treats code that is written for the orchestration of infrastructure. Instead of writing […]

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