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Own a Piece of the Community: Buy Shares in PowerShell.org, Inc.!


When Kirk Munro and I set this site up, and started redirecting traffic from the old PowerShellCommunity.org, one of our main goals was to make this a truly community-owned resource. We wanted it hosted independently (my company, Concentrated Tech, is being paid to host the site, so we get pretty good service and total control). We didn’t want to be beholden to anyone’s commercial interests or whims (companies do get distracted by their real jobs from time to time, after all).

When we started talking to Microsoft about holding a PowerShell Summit, we wanted that to be community-owned too, and not tied to a commercial interest – in part so that we could keep the price low, but also so that Microsoft would be able to support us without getting into any possible conflicts of interest with any of its ISV partners.

Today, our intention becomes legally realized. PowerShell.org., Inc., a Nevada corporation, is born – and we’re offering ownership shares to help raise capital. This capital will be used to pay for necessities like bookkeeping, and also to help bootstrap the Summit event. Shareholders are legal owners of the corporation, and will vote for its Board of Directors – who in turn appoint the Officers that make things happen. Our first Board will consist of myself, Kirk, Jeffery Hicks, Richard Siddaway, and Jason Helmick.

Want to become a community owner? You’ll want to start with our “Shareholder Brochure,” which is available in the new “PowerShell.org, Inc.” forum on this site. That forum will also get you our Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation; the Brochure will outline the purpose of the corporation, and explain what it means to be a shareholder. The forum also contains the Share Purchase Order form, which you can use to purchase shares, and contains documents that outline our initial Board of Directors and Officer lineup and other important details.

Cool tip: Shareholders get access to a special forum on PowerShell.org to discuss company business, are eligible for an @powershell.org e-mail address, and may receive a discount to the PowerShell Summit North America 2013. In fact, if you’re planning to attend, you can add $100 worth of stock to your event registration for just $75 (plus card fees), instantly giving you your $25 discount!

We hope you’ll give serious consideration to supporting this community effort, and to finally – about six years after PowerShell’s introduction – help us realize our dream of creating a truly community-owned online resource, educational event, and more. We have created a set of forums on PowerShell.org for discussion and Q&A about this corporation, so if you have any questions, we encourage you to turn there for your answers.

Although the corporation will not be publicly-traded in the sense of appearing on a stock market, we do intend to make as much of its business as possible completely open and transparent. To that end, we’ll use this blog to periodically announce the availability of public documents (as we create them), along with shareholder meetings and other important events. Just look for items in the “Inc.” category of the blog. We’ll also use the Forums as a repository for various documents, so that you can always find them easily.

What do you get by being an owner? Well, a vote (one per share owned) for the Board of Directors makeup. The aforementioned $25 discount to the PowerShell Summit. An @powershell.org e-mail address or forwarding alias, if you want one. And a chance to help us create a truly independent, group-driven entity that’s owned not by any one person, but by all of us together.

Thanks for joining.

Kirk Munro, Product Manager, Architect, and PowerShell MVP for hire


While I have loved working at Devfarm Software for the past 11 months, circumstances have unfortunately forced us to part ways and as a result I am a free agent now and looking for a new place to hang my hat.  Working with Ben Vierck and Brian Butler at Devfarm has been a fantastic experience, and if it wasn’t for the small yet annoying detail that there isn’t enough money in the company to continue to pay my salary and keep the business going full steam ahead, I’d still be working with them today.

I officially stopped working for Devfarm on July 6, but I had a few items for PowerWF 3.0 that I wasn’t quite finished with yet so I spent a good part of last week wrapping up development of those items.  When I wasn’t doing that, I was hard at work on getting the public beta of wmix out the door (something that I’ll talk more about later).  With wmix published and my tasks at Devfarm now complete, it’s time to focus on finding what’s next.

If you or someone you know are looking for a talented Product Manager with:

  • a very strong technical background with 15 years of experience in software development and infrastructure management;
  • recognized deep technical expertise as a 5-time recipient of the Microsoft MVP award for Windows PowerShell, including almost 6 years of dedicated Windows PowerShell experience;
  • experience establishing a brand, building awareness, and leveraging social media in marketing;
  • strong presentation skills and experience presenting at large conferences such as TechEd; and
  • an entrepreneurial spirit
    Thanks,

Kirk out.

Kirk Munro, Product Manager, Architect, and PowerShell MVP for hire


While I have loved working at Devfarm Software for the past 11 months, circumstances have unfortunately forced us to part ways and as a result I am a free agent now and looking for a new place to hang my hat.  Working with Ben Vierck and Brian Butler at Devfarm has been a fantastic experience, and if it wasn’t for the small yet annoying detail that there isn’t enough money in the company to continue to pay my salary and keep the business going full steam ahead, I’d still be working with them today.

I officially stopped working for Devfarm on July 6, but I had a few items for PowerWF 3.0 that I wasn’t quite finished with yet so I spent a good part of last week wrapping up development of those items.  When I wasn’t doing that, I was hard at work on getting the public beta of wmix out the door (something that I’ll talk more about later).  With wmix published and my tasks at Devfarm now complete, it’s time to focus on finding what’s next.

If you or someone you know are looking for a talented Product Manager with:

  • a very strong technical background with 15 years of experience in software development and infrastructure management;
  • recognized deep technical expertise as a 5-time recipient of the Microsoft MVP award for Windows PowerShell, including almost 6 years of dedicated Windows PowerShell experience;
  • experience establishing a brand, building awareness, and leveraging social media in marketing;
  • strong presentation skills and experience presenting at large conferences such as TechEd; and
  • an entrepreneurial spirit
    Thanks,

Kirk out.

Up Next Kirk Munro and Jim Hofer Talk about PowerWF and PowerSE


This week our guest will be Kirk Munro and Jim Hofer from DevFarm Software to talk about PowerSE and PowerWF. Please join us Thursday October 27th at 9:30 pm EDT at our new and permanent live chat location which is live.powerscripting.net!

Coming up on the Podcast


Episode 44

(recording tonight on ustream, airing 10/6)

Interview with Tobias Weltner of ScriptInternals.com, author of PowershellPlus. (this was pre-recorded 9/21)

Episode 45

(recording 10/9, airing 10/13)

Roundtable discussion with Jeffrey Snover, Kirk Munro, Don Jones, and Alex Reidel. Topics will include:

  1. A Thousand Things 1% Better
  2. What’s most important for a posh newbie to learn?
  3. Script vs. Shell
  4. Coolest use of PowerShell that you’ve seen–and what’s to come.
  5. What third-party software is missing?
  6. Is PowerShell useful for <insert concept here>?
    1. e.g. cloud computing

And of course each episode will have our usual complement of news, tips, and resources.

If you guys have topics you want to see us cover on the roundtable, please let us know via email or leaving comments on this post.  Thanks!

Episode 33 – Cage Match: PowerScripting vs. Quest


A Podcast about Windows PowerShell.

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In This Episode

We have a great show lined up for you today.  With us via Skype will be MVPs Kirk Munro and Dmitry Sotnikov both from Quest.  And no show would be complete without News, Resources, and Tips!

News

Today’s news is brought to you by iTripoli.
“Admin Script Editor provides a true integrated scripting environment for PowerShell.  Advanced features include an integrated PowerShell debugger, advanced code generating tools for Active Directory, Databases, XML files and the exclusive PowerShell forms designer.  Come see for yourself– Admin Script Editor v3.5 is availble for a 45 day trial at AdminScriptEditor.com.”

  • Preview video up of a very interesting new open-source project called PoshBoard.  It’s a solid clone of iGoogle, including the AJAX widgets, but the widgets are…PowerShell code!
  • And we have more videos.  Marco Shaw has posted the videos from PS VUG meeting #6.
  • We’re really excited about PoshCode.org.  This is a new domain but an old resource with a bit of a facelift and some new features.  This is the same script repository back end featured at PowerShellCommunity.org and PowerShellCentral.com.  Joel Bennett is adding features to make this a very useful tool.

Panel

This segment is brought to you by Quest!

Do you have what it takes to be the ultimate script warrior? Find out with Quest’s PowerPack Challenge ’08.

Quest Software is sponsoring a PowerShell Scripting contest where you can test your skills and get paid. Just create some cool PowerShell scripts using Quest’s PowerGUI and then post them to our site. You’ll get a score and our celebrity judges will weigh in as well.

Do you have the muscle to bring home the prize? Check out the details here.

We decided to do something different for the interview section.  Instead of an interview, we picked a few topics and went at it round-robin.  Hope you like it!

  1. Providers vs cmdlets (e.g. IIS7 providers)
  2. Does PowerShell belong on a web server?
  3. Aside from remoting–what is version two’s most killer feature?

Resources

This section is brought to you by SAPIEN Technologies

  • DevInfra-US – Very cool English version of a French PowerShell blog. In his words: “Microsoft Infrastructure Development solutions with PowerShell, C#, ASP.NET and silverlight… Best Effort English translation from Devinfra.blogspot.com :)”
  • Antoine from DevInfra has written three articles (one, two, three) on how to call PowerShell script from within an ASP page.  Very cool stuff!
  • get-admin – This is a new “Enterprise Administration and Automation” blog by Glenn S. He starts off with a nice screencast showing you how to run a posh script as a scheduled task.
  • HyperVoria | Hyper-V PowerShell library – now on Codeplex – Thanks to Steve Murawski for pointing this one out. The Codeplex project page is here.

Thanks for listening!  Don’t forget to follow Jon and Hal on Twitter.