Don Jones

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Stuart reader asks:

Cyber security, Artificial intelligence and hacking are all [trending] in the media recently.

Microsoft has prevented access to political groups sites, Banks are wanting to have a more streamlined user experience. And people are warning that AI will be more disruptive and could be the end for us all.

Should we all learn about the above to be part of the solution or should we not worry and carry on reading about the fear media outlets are feeding us?

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Stuart asks:

What is your take on qualifications [certifications] over experience? I’ve talked with some hiring managers and about 50% say experience is better when it comes to applying for new jobs.  I know my 15+ years experience can take me so far, but I’m looking to improve my standing and employable.

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Ryan asks:

How would you recommend one “makes time” to learn powershell? I own your 2 “lunch” books but I’ve never really made any progress. By the time I get home from work and deal with “life” I’m not really ‘excited’ to sit down and study. I’ve slowly started forcing myself to use PoSH but I’m doing “one-liners” but I know I could become much more versatile. I guess my question would be, how do I get motivated!

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Ifiok writes:

Don, I have read your comments on some political issues and I would say I understood a lot after reading your posts.

My question is on one of the most sensitive issues in US – the appointment of supreme court judges. I have always believed that these judges are expected to be neutral in all cases and should base their decisions only on the law and its technicalities.

How come we hear the parties scrambling to get a judge that’s on their side – I hear things like “a judge with conservative views …”. Why does it matter if a judge believes in a particular parties ideologies and not the other?

This certainly speaks to me of a very partial supreme court system whose decisions are extremely political. In that case where lies the checks and balances the judiciary (and other arms of government) were supposed to uphold.

I hope this is not too long

Thanks for what you do the PowerShell community and your general followers.

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Luis asks:

Long time fan here, first time writer :). Over the last 10 years I’ve learned a lot of Powershell and have increasingly used it more and more at my place of employment. It’s more or less now 80% of my job (which I love!). However, I know that simply working on automation and scripting alone is not necessarily a “DevOps Lifestyle”. I know it’s more about treating the infrastructure like “cows” instead of pets. I think we’re moving in that direction, but there’s still a terrifying amount of “state” in my infrastructure servers that I really can’t do a whole lot about.

I assume this is probably true for most IT professionals in the Enterprise vs those who are lucky enough to work for the unicorn companies. I assume there’s always going to be some “pets” here and there. I’m working hard to apply DevOps principles in my day to day work, but I can’t tell if I’m just getting better at scripting now or if I could fit into a “DevOps” organization.

When do I know that I’m functioning in a DevOps fashion? Or is that just a thing that happens when your job title includes the word “DevOps” in it?

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