The Most Inspiring PowerShell Story Ever

I recently received a wonderful, humbling e-mail from a fellow who’s given me permission to share his story. I hope, after reading this, that you’ll do your best to pass it on – even to your non-technical friends. It has a wonderful ending, but it’s a really important cautionary tale. Share this with your co-workers, your user group, your Tweeple, and even your Facebook friends. It’s a technology story, but the moral is much more broadly applicable.

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Welcome to the Mainframe Age (We Missed You)

Back in the day… way back… computers took up entire buildings. For one computer. Everyone logged onto that same computer, and submitted work to it. The computer divvied its time up across the running jobs, and system operators (sysops) monitored that resource allocation. Nobody really knew where the computer “lived,” because they interacted with it by means of terminals.

Welcome back. Only now, we call it “cloud.”

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Why the Tech “Insiders” Don’t “Get” Apple Watch’s Pricing

I’ve been having a grand time watching the speculation around Apple Watch. While I doubt I’ll buy one (I’m simply not a regular watch wearer), the rumor mill is awesome. The high-end, real-gold “Edition” version is being rumored to cost anywhere from $5,000 to $20,000. What’s best is the assertion that Apple had better start ‘splaining itself when it comes to that price. After all, how can you possibly charge that much when the entry-level version is under $350?

I imagine that the point of the “Edition” version is that you can’t afford one. Apple doesn’t need to “justify” its difference in price from the entry-level $349 “Sport” model any more than American Express “justifies” the $4100 extra annual fee a Centurion Card commands over the Platinum Card. Sure, the Centurion has some extra perks, but not that many.

The justification is simply that most people can’t afford it, thus reserving the ultra-expensive model as a status icon for no other reason than most people can’t afford it. Celebrities will wear the “Edition” model. Maybe Woz will get one. But you won’t, and that’s why it’s “special.”

I wouldn’t be shocked if the Edition model isn’t even on display in stores for casual viewing. You’ll have to make an appointment, like in a fancy jewelry store. I mean, maybe not, but I could se them doing it.

This is pretty much how the luxury-goods market works. Why is a Rolex worth tens of thousands? It’s a Rolex. It’s not a markedly better watch than a Fossil, but it’s a Rolex. Why is a Porsche so expensive? Largely because it’s a Porsche, and people decided that’s what they’d pay for them. Plus, the panda-leather seats. It’s hardly shocking to see Apple go after that end of the market, given that they already command a top-market price based primarily on the strength of their brand.

It’s all got to be massively vexing to established luxury watch brands like Movado, Tag-Heur, and the like. I mean, the press isn’t going gaga wondering how much their next limited-edition timepiece is going to cost, and fretting that their won’t be a solid explanation for the high price.

It’s all deliciously giggly.

Now, where did I put my Mickey Mouse pocket watch…

How to Get Kids into Technology Careers

First of all, get them to consider it [technical careers] in the first place. That’s key. Even considering the thing. They need to understand that they’re in a land by themselves. Don’t look for your buddies to be helpful, because they won’t be. You’ve gotta step away from the crowd and go do your own thing. You find a ground; cover it; it’s brand-new; you’re on your own — you’re an explorer. That’s about what it’s going to be like. Explore new vistas, new avenues, new ways — not relying on everyone else’s way to tell you which way to go, and how to go, and what you should be doing.

Jerry Lawson, inventor of the first cartridge-based video game console, the “Fairchild Channel F.” via engadget Lawson’s advice was meant for young black men and women, but I think it’s quite applicable to any young person.

Help: Euro Vacation Suggestions

So, PowerShell Summit Europe 2015 is in Stockholm, in September. Either before or after, Chris and I are gonna take 3-4 days for ourselves.

Paris is on the table. We love Paris.

But I’ve never been to Ireland, and I’d like to. Problem is, lovely as I’m sure Dublin is, I don’t wanna do a big city of I’m in Ireland. So I’m looking for suggestions. I’m not interested in scenery or castles or golf; some quiet, a pub, and some local interest would be fine. A B&B near a pub would be great; better if there’s a little local shopping, or a sporting match, or a second pub.

I’m also open to some other places. Vienna. Prague. But, can I get by in English? What’s there to do? Bonus points for connectivity to the U.S. via air – Stockholm flights are just so-so from the US. Should I just do Copenhagen? It’s got great transit connections, and I’ve only been there on a cruise (and loved Tivoli Gardens), but dunno what there is to do. No castles.

I love small, local pubs. And tiki bars. Big points for having a tiki bar. I’m a foodie, so major restaurants are a huge plus. Michelin stars, baby. Theater! Although, non-English is tough. Don’t like museums, but walking tours rock. I love experiencing history and culture, not looking at it behind glass.

Hoping for Northern-ish Europe for its proximity to Stockholm. And yes, I know where Ireland is. That’s different.

OK, Europe. Help me out. And if you’ve a PowerShell user group, maybe we can do a thing.

DSC Camp: Come and Get It (Registration Open!)

Here it is, the DSC Camp Brochure: DSCCamp-Brochure – that’s got all the details, save for one caveat about the early bird pricing, which is below.

In it, you’ll find the registration URL. We’ve got fewer than 16  spaces available (some early bird folks got dibs), and the price goes up after March 1st 2015 OR after we sell through the “Early Bird” inventory. Note that the brochure only mentions the March 1st date; if you go to the payment URL and it’s the higher price, then we sold through the less-expensive slots.

Questions? Drop a comment below and I’ll answer as soon as I can.

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