PowerShell for Windows Admins:

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December 31, 2013  6:15 AM

The PowerShell year – 2013



Posted by: Richard Siddaway
Opinion, PowerShell

This year has been a pretty good year for the PowerShell community. The highlights include:

  • PowerShell 4.0 becomes available
  • A very successful PowerShell Summit in April
  • A community hosted and judged Scripting Games – though as PowerShell is the only accepted...

December 6, 2013  9:45 AM

Future thoughts



Posted by: Richard Siddaway
Opinion

I spent last night configuring a new Windows 8.1 device – finally retired my venerable HP laptop. One thing that struck me as I was working through the various installs was where my data was.  The last time I’d configured a new machine all of the data was held locally and I’d needed to copy...


September 20, 2013  1:41 AM

iOS7–1 giant step–backwards



Posted by: Richard Siddaway
Opinion

Just upgraded my ipad to iOS7 overnight. It looks awful. Like a child’s toy. Apple may have been a triumph of style over substance in the past but they’ve lost any claim to style with this one.


August 31, 2013  8:21 AM

Third Age of PowerShell



Posted by: Richard Siddaway
Opinion

We’re now firmly in the Third Age of PowerShell. The First Age covered the betas and PowerShell 1.0 PowerShell was adopted by developers and admins (with a scripting background) that saw the need for better automation tools and went looking for them. Information was sketchy, and every new...


June 30, 2013  3:57 PM

Need for speed?



Posted by: Richard Siddaway
Opinion

How fast does an admin script have to be? My opinion has always been that if its significantly faster than me doing the same task by hand then that’s more than fast enough. Is my time better spent developing new functionality compared to shaving a few % off the execution time of my scripts?...


June 23, 2013  5:57 AM

Opinion–automate or suffer



Posted by: Richard Siddaway
Opinion

I was on a course last week and one attendee uttered words to this affect “I won’t automate – it takes to long to write the code. I’ll keep doing it manually” You may be able to do it faster the first time by performing the task manually. I can guarantee that the second time my...


November 15, 2011  2:43 PM

Infrastructure Architecture–from the Middle Ages to Now



Posted by: Richard Siddaway
Architecture, Opinion

i often wonder about how we go about performing Infrastructure Architecture in particular and Architecture in general. We spend a lot of time and effort creating frameworks such as Zachman and TOGAF; we create large bodies of data in the form of Enterprise Architecture bodies; we have patterns...


October 25, 2011  3:19 PM

Minor rant



Posted by: Richard Siddaway
Opinion

Why do software suppliers – Adobe with Acrobat Reader & Oracle with Java are the worst culprits – insist on trying to install their browser toolbar & change my default search engine??

What’s worse is that they make the default action to install it & I have to remember...


July 28, 2011  9:56 AM

The New IT?



Posted by: Richard Siddaway
Opinion

A recent headline asked "How will you fit into the New IT?"

My answer is what new IT?

I have been working in IT for well over 20 years and in that time I can't remember a period when there wasn't a significant change coming:

  • introduction of PCs
  • growth of...


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