Don Jones

Tech | Career | Musings

Although I guess technically it’s Amazon vs HomeKit or something. Anyway, I’ve recently been “dual-homing” most of my condo’s smart devices so I could control them in either Alexa or Siri. If you’ve not taken the plunge on one or the other, I thought I’d share the main difference between them.

My latest book, Instructional Design for Mortals, is now available on Amazon. Previously available on Leanpub, it’s now exclusive to Amazon in order to make it available to the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library and Kindle Unlimited. There are paperback and Kindle versions available. If you previously purchased it on Leanpub, you can still download the final version in …

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This past Monday, I asked you to collect the news headlines – just the headlines – that you spent time reading/listening to/watching this week. On Wednesday, I asked you to continue, but to also add some kind of mark indicating whether each headline made you happy or sad, or whether you agreed or disagreed, or …

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This past Monday, I asked you to make a note of the news headlines you “consumed” so far this week. If you’ve not done so, there’s still time – continue collecting the news headlines that you read until Friday this week. If you’re viewing or listening to news instead of reading, that’s fine – just …

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This 9to5Mac.com article is a fascinating illustration of a powerful business maxim. Businesses should build for themselves whatever makes them special and competitive, and buy or rent everything else. This isn’t meant as an Apple dig, and if you’re an Apple hater, please just settle down. I can give you examples from nearly any company.

Back in… jeez, 2015, which seems like forever ago, I started DSC Camp. At the time, Desired State Configuration was brand-new, and there were very few people actually working with it int he ran world. I wanted to get as many of those folks in a room as possible (it was about 15) for a weekend, …

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