Passwords, 2FA, and Your “Digital Legacy”

I’ve been using 1Password for some time to track passwords in our family, and it’s been helpful at getting us all to use long, random-character passwords, which is a Good Thing. And for many of our “mission critical” sites – banks, that kind of thing – we’ve enabled two-factor authentication, or 2FA.

But this creates a problem.

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Free Book: “Conversational PowerShell”

Wanted to quickly point out Conversational PowerShella very short, free eBook I wrote for the folk at Conversational Geek. It’s designed to quickly explain what PowerShell is, what it looks like, and what you can do with it. Obviously, if you’ve been using PowerShell at all, it’s redundant – but I hope you’ll send it off to your colleagues, friends, and bosses, to help them understand what the technology is all about.

And I should point out that Conversational Geek itself is run by two very good friends of mine, J. Peter Bruzzese and Nick Cavalancia. The “conversational” concept is something Peter came up with some time ago, and they’ve created a growing library of concise books that explain technology basics in fun, easy-to-read style. They’re both upstanding individuals and it was really great to work with them on this project – they even did me the honor of coming up with a custom “me” version of their “geek” character, all the way down to sending a very cool mug featuring the new cartoon version of me.

Anyway, I hope you’ll check the book out, share the link with everyone you know (hey, it might even explain to your spouse or kids what the heck it’s all about), and let me know what you think!

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My morning Wikipedia article seemed relevant for today: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highclere_Castle

This is the Windows Server Education You are Looking For

Trick headline. Sorry. This isn’t the education you were looking for, because nobody knows what education you need. 

See, most tech education tends to be feature-driven. That’s especially true for first-party education, like Microsoft Official Curriculum (MOC), and aftermarket courses tend to more or less mimic those first-party outlines. But first parties have an agenda – they want to push specific features, not necessarily just support you in what your organization needs. 

And your organization is different from everyone else’s.

That’s why it’s so important for you to spend 7 minutes taking this survey, right now, and then getting your colleagues, Tweeple, Faceplace Friends, and everyone else to take it to. Forward it around your entire IT Ops team, if you can. You see, in my job at Pluralsight, I have tremendous influence over the courses we create for IT Ops and what those courses contain. I want to use my powers for good – but I’m not going to guess what you need. I want you to tell me. Hence, the survey.

If you’ve ever taken a class – ILT, video, or even read a book – and bemoaned that it spent too much time on stuff you don’t need, and too little on stuff you do, then you owe it to yourself to take the damn survey already. And make sure your teammates and colleagues take it as well, so we can hear your voices and respond to your needs.

Don’t want to take the survey? Fine. Be doomed to generic, less-applicable courses. Fine by me. Just don’t complain about it.

Or, you know. Take the survey.