Do It for the Children

§ April 10, 2014 12:01 by beefarino |

hicks_cover150So last year a bunch of us PowerShell smarty-pants donated a crap-ton of our own time and energy into putting together the PowerShell Deep Dive book.  The book is full of amazing content, and you should buy a copy for that reason alone.  I mean, just the chapter on automating software builds is worth the entire price of the book and I’m sure the author is also ruggedly handsome.

Look, in all seriousness, the proceeds from this book go to Save the Children, an organization dedicated to helping children around the world have the basic necessities for healthy and productive lives.  So, please consider purchasing a copy of this book, for any of the following reasons:

  • to read it
  • to gift it to someone else
  • you need a giveaway for a user group or event
  • you have or are considering a secret crush on one of the book authors or editors
  • you have OCD and your bookshelf is unevenly stacked on one side
  • your desk tends to defy gravity and you need to weigh it down
  • you need to appear smarter or more attractive than you actually are
  • you have about $35 of filthy germ-ridden cash of which you really need to rid yourself
  • you use PowerShell, you suck at it, and you’re not ok with that

Once you purchase a copy, you can continue to help this book raise money for Save the Children in several ways.  First, tell others to buy their own copy.  Second, whenever you’re in your favorite brick & mortar bookstore, just ask them if they have it.  Most larger book stores keep track of these inquiries, so the more you ask, the more copies they’ll stock, and the more money will go to charity.

Unless of course, you want the children of the world to starve, which … you know ……

… by not buying a copy ……..

… it seems like you do…………….



A Great Start to April

§ April 8, 2014 16:30 by beefarino |

WP_000468I’m pleased to report that I’ve been renewed as a PowerShell MVP for another year!

I spent the bulk of 2013 focused on making open-source software – much of it orbiting PowerShell and integration with various technologies like transactional file systems and scriptcs.  I was nervous about losing the award by focusing less on teaching and speaking, but thankfully the team saw value in what I’ve been up to.

Looking ahead, I don’t plan on changing my focus much.  I have plenty of projects in the pipeline (pun intended) that I want to get to a release point in the coming months, and yes most of them still orbit PowerShell.  No reveals here, but perhaps a few hints – do you work with large SSIS package deployments?  Do you like the idea of SeeShell but not so much the cost?  Oh, or maybe you find yourself wishing PowerShell could just learn things by looking at data?

Sound interesting?  Then perhaps you should keep a close eye on my little blog this year.