The Mentor/Mentee Relationship

Folks talk all the time about the “Mentor/Mentee” relationship. Let me say up front that I absolutely recognize how language shifts and evolves over time, and that there’s no point railing against some linguistic nitpick. But Imma do it anyway.

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Catching up on Books

I’ve had a lot going on with book-writing recently, so figured I’d offer you a quick roundup.

As a note for the Leanpub titles: Log into your Leanpub account and make sure you’re allowing notifications for books you’ve bought. In an effort to comply with GDPR, Leanpub changed how they do notifications, and out of an abundance of caution, shut off notifications for anyone who hasn’t opted into the new more-clear policy (the opt-in before was implicit in some ways, and so your’e required to explicitly opt-in).

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AMA: What’s Coming Next?

Brandon writes:

I read the “Which path should I take” post and it got me to wondering – what do you recommend for those of us who have already reached a level our younger selves would have considered success, but now want to plan for the next 20 years? With the changes to administration (Azure/Office 365 replacing local for example) what knowledge investments do you think are worth making to ensure the 30 & 40 year old crowd doesn’t become unemployable by the time they’re in their 50s?

I hope you’ll submit a question, too!

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Wordplay: The “R” Word

As someone who writes a lot, I have a personal fascination with words, where they come from, and what they evolve into. One word in particular that came up during a recent conversation with friends was retard. Very obviously a socially unacceptable word, but it’s one I first encountered in aviation, where manuals advise on when to advance or retard the throttle during engine testing. Until the conversation, I don’t think I’d ever mentally connected the aviation use of the word with the insulting use as applied to human beings, and so I got curious about where it came from. How could one word have such disparate applications?

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AMA: Conference Speaking

Svilen writes:

First of all thanks for all the work you do in the PS world. I love your books. However, I do have a question, which is not that technical. You are a speaker on a lot of conferences and in front of many people? How did that start for you? Did you ever have a scene fright? Or fear that you’ll deliver a so bad presentation, that you will not have a desire to do it anymore?

I hope you’ll submit a question, too!

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Since I’ve not Ranted About the DJIA in a Month or so…

I read a fascinating set of articles around the time GE was being dropped from the Dow. You know, the Dow Jones Industrial “Average.” The thing that Every News Outlet Ever uses to tell if the economy is tanking, although oddly they never rely on it to tell you the economy isn’t tanking. The “Average” that can drop 300 points and cause massive panic, yet gain 400 points without comment.

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AMA: Why Ditch the GUI?

JC writes:

One item that hasn’t been quite clear to me: Why after all of the time spent focusing on mouse-based navigation and visual controls did Microsoft choose to go back to a text-based interface?

Don’t get me wrong, I love PowerShell but I already loved scripting so for me it was just the new language. However, I recall several horror stories where some poor tech typed in the wrong switch, chose the wrong name or did something in the wrong order and ended up in the middle of a J.E.E. or C.E.E. as a result. In fact, I just finished walking someone through importing a new module who couldn’t get it loaded (spending 10 minutes before coming to me) because of a typo.

What’s the real benefit in going back to typing (other than the benefits of scripting in general)?

I hope you’ll submit a question, too!

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