rudolph’s christmas town train set for sale

Hello, Christmas fans! I’ve always been a huge fan of the nostalgic Rankin-Bass “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and for many years our Christmas traditions included this collector-quality train set. Sadly, we no longer have room for it, so it’s looking for a new home.

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BOOK SALE (including hardcovers)

I need to clear out some space in my cabinets, and so I’m offering a blowout sale on many of my business, PowerShell, and fiction titles. All prices include US Domestic shipping; due to the paperwork involved, I’m not able to offer international shipping. Sorry, customs paperwork sucks. I’m happy to autograph ’em for you as well.

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LISTEN: Contemplating a Career Switch? Here’s What to Consider

Christopher and I speak with @MrThomasRayner about career switches. Not a wholesale switch to lumber or something, but rather a tweak: maybe becoming a software dev, or something like that. We discuss the things you’ve got to keep in mind, and the important fact that absolutely no tech careers are immune to “constant change and reskilling” these days. Submit YOUR topic ideas at https://donjones.com/podcast; this November we’ll be switching the show format slightly to make it easier for YOUR topics to make it on the show.

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LISTEN: Which is Better, Being a Specialist or a Generalist? And How do you Point Your Career in One Direction or the Other?

I’m joined by Michael Bender (@MichaelBender) as we take a question from the audience: Is it better to be an IT generalist or a specialist? What if you’ve started specializing to your specific job? If you want to be more general, how do you do it? Don’t forget to submit your own topics so we can keep the show going: DonJones.com/podcast.

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Please stop asking for “advanced” learning content

I’ve been teaching technologists various topics since… oh, 1997 or so, when I taught my first Windows NT 4.0 MCSE courses. God, I’m old. Anyway… the very best way to frustrate an experienced tech teacher is to bemoan the world’s lack of “advanced” content. So please stop doing it, and here’s why:

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