The Rules of Business

I feel fortunate to have been pretty successful – by my family’s measure, if nobody else’s – in my career. I’m often asked if there was a secret to it all – and the answer is “yes.” My former business partner, Greg Shields, and I had three simple rules. These apply whether you’re independent, working for a company, or thinking about your customers.

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A Primer for Americans on HSAs

As our government ratchets through the process of doing “something” about healthcare, one term you’re going to see tossed around a lot is “Health Savings Account.” These HSAs are not new, but seem potentially poised to make a major comeback. It’s worth understanding – from a non-political perspective – what these are, so that you can have an informed opinion to take to your Congresspeople. You may be in favor of these, or you may not – but you should have some facts.

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A US Health Care System Primer for Non-US People

With the Affordable Healthcare Act (“Obamacare”) again featured in the news (this being a day ending in “y,” I think we’re required to have Obamacare in the news), a bunch of my foreign friends have been trying to figure out what the heck it all means. Here’s a primer, along with some comparative information for US folks. I’ll keep this as apolitical, and as base-factual, as possible.

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Stop Looking Forward

I talk, and write, a lot about how important it is to think about your career. To feed your career. To keep your career foremost in your vision.

However.

There comes a time when your career is doing pretty well, and you’re comfortable resting for a moment and enjoying what it’s brought you. There may also come a time when you’ve gotten pretty far along in your career, and you start to think, “what’s next?”

Let me propose something.

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The PowerShell Scripting and Toolmaking Book: A New Collab w/@JeffHicks

Jeff Hicks and I are pleased to announce the first release of The PowerShell Scripting & Toolmaking Book, a new Agile-published book available now on LeanPub.com. We’ve released Part 1 of the book’s eventual 5 Parts, and set the pricing to $29.99 as an introductory rate. That price will rise as we publish additional Parts in the future. Because you’re essentially paying a one-time fee for a lifetime subscription, the final price will be around $60-$65. The first Part alone is 175 pages long, so we’re anticipating a pretty deep, involved book by the time we reach the end.

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Why the New Windows Phone Excites Me, Conceptually

So, last month it was in the news that Microsoft is bringing the full Windows desktop experience to ARM chips through an x86 emulation layer. Well, there’s some vagueness around “full” as yet, but here’s why I find this hugely exciting.

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What’s Your Suck Level?

In a recent Pluralsight “IT Ops News & Talk” podcast, I talked a bit about quantifying your level of suck.

That sounds horrible.

Here’s what I said, and why:

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