We're looking for a few good PowerShellers to help us keep the community on track!
Richard Siddaway has decided to step away from PowerShell.org and The DevOps Collective. Most recently, Richard has been known for his management of content at PowerShell Summit North America, PowerShell Summit Europe, and later, PowerShell + DevOps Global Summit. Before that, however, Richard was one of the founders of PowerShell.org way back in 2011-2012, along with myself, Jason Helmick, Kirk Munro, and Jeffrey Hicks. It's quite fair to say that we all needed one another's support and expertise very much in those early days, and Richard was particularly key in helping us put together the two European Summit events. Richard's very much entitled to one of our Community Hero Challenge Coins, which have been awarded to only a small handful of people who have made sustained, long-term community contributions: Jeffrey Snover, Jason Helmick, Angel Calvo, and Kenneth Hansen. Richard's definitely in rarified company, and it's well-earned.
I want to introduce you to the new PowerShell.org!
While we're still doing a little test-and-adjust work, I'm pretty confident that everything in the new theme is working. I'd also like to point out some hopefully useful new things we've done with the site.
First, we've still got pretty much everything you've been used to - our friendly and helpful Q&A forums, our community-authored articles, and more. Incidentally, if you'd like to be a writer here at PowerShell.org, we welcome you. Let us help you get some eyes on whatever it is you're creating, whether it's a short tutorial, an article about an open source project you contribute to, or whatever. Drop a line to our webmaster@ email alias and we'll hook you up with authoring rights.
I'll note that our Events Calendar is currently offline; the old plugin was antiquated, and we need to find something more suitable. That's ongoing.
We do have some new stuff, though. You'll find Groups right at the top of every page, and that takes you into our new discussion groups. These are designed to foster open-ended, freeform discussion threads, unlike our more problem/solution, issue-oriented Q&A forums.
Click on your avatar at the top of the page, and you'll switch into your new profile (incidentally, if you don't like your avatar, you'll need to register your email address with Gravatar.com - that's who we pull images from). You can leave a quick Twitter- or Facebook-style status update, letting everyone know what you've been up to in the PowerShell world. We hope it'll be a great way for you to update the community on your activities. Along those lines, you can specifically follow whomever you like in the community, so that their updates will bubble up to your feed. Again, your profile page is the key to accessing all that new functionality.
Once you've friended someone, we also now have private direct messages. From your profile, click Messages and then Compose to start creating a new message.
It's worth spending some time poking around and see what else is available - there's quite a bit of functionality. For example, from your profile page, choose Settings and then Email - there are quite a few email notification options that you can opt into, if you want to keep up without having to visit the site continually.
I'll note that photo uploading from your profile page is a little touch-and-go - that's one of the things we're still figuring out.
Let me give you a reason to really populate your profile: We're working to make this a central location for you to showcase everything you've accomplished in the community. Kind of like a very specialized LinkedIn profile, your PowerShell.org profile will eventually include recognitions for contributions, achievements, and more. It'll be something you can show to colleagues, hiring managers, and peers to help show the positive impact you're making and the milestones you're reaching. Now's the time to start!
We're working hard to bring more functionality to PowerShell.org that can help you keep up with our fast-moving world, and we hope you'll find it all useful. There's still more to come, and we always welcome your suggestions in the Web Site Feedback forum!
We're looking for someone who can publish a regular "What You Missed This Week" blog post on PowerShell.org each Friday (excepting the odd week off for vacations, of course).
This is meant just as a roundup of interesting posts from around the web; we know tons of people are blogging in their own spaces, and we'd like to call attention to some of the more noteworthy ones.
This isn't any more complex than a brief blurb for each:
Don Jones shares the beginnings of PowerShell Summit: How PowerShell + DevOps Global Summit Began
PowerShell.org's OnRamp Scholarship needs your help spreading the word: We Need Your Help.
There's no minimum or maximum each week, although I personally suspect more than a couple of dozen posts will overwhelm people. The idea is to curate what's out there, introduce folks who are getting their blogs going (and encourage them to keep going), and give the community some variety in its PowerShell diet.
If you're interested, drop a line to email@example.com to get hooked up with blogging rights here. As you do so, indicate if you're up for every week (preferred) or every-other (in which case we'll try and find two of you and get you to split even- and odd-numbered weeks). You can also volunteer to be an "aggregator," feeding noteworthy articles to our main round-up-person each week to help them out.
If you've been longing to contribute but haven't thought of a way, this could be a high-impact, low-workload way to jump in and help out!
We need your help.
As you may have heard, we’re launching a new “OnRamp” track at PowerShell + DevOps Global Summit 2019. Limited to 40 students, this will be a hands-on class designed to bootstrap someone into the technology and our community. There's a whole brochure about it!
We’re also offering a number of free-ride scholarships designed to cover admission, air, and hotel, to help increase the diversity of our field and community right at the top of the funnel. Half of our scholarships will be awarded to individuals from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in IT, and that’s where we need your help.
We need to get the word out to potential applicants so that they know to apply!
We've been conducting a survey of Summit 2018, now that it's in the past, and wanted to share some of our immediate take-aways. The survey is still open for Summiteers until end of April 2018; you should have the URL in a follow-up email and can inquire in the Slack team if you need it.
This week at PowerShell + DevOps Global Summit 2018, we announced a change in leadership for The DevOps Collective, the nonprofit organization that runs Summit, PowerShell.org, and other programs.
Stepping in as CEO will be former Director of Online Services Will Anderson (@gamerlivingwill on Twitter). As CEO, Will takes on day to day responsibility for running Summit, managing the website, and keeping our other programs on track. He will be assembling a team, including our new CFO James Petty, to help him with those tasks. Many of our current crew, including Richard Siddaway and Jeff Hicks, will continue their major contributions to Summit and other activities, and Will is already speaking with other community members who will be joining our team for the first time. Jeffrey Bernt will take on additional responsibilities for Summit logistics, backed by our long-time logistics expert Christopher Gannon. This is all part of what has always been our plan to involve more community members in the organization’s operation, and to help to ensure the long term success and survival of all our programs.
I will remain the organization’s President. This enables me to stay on the advise Will and his team, help document how we do things, and focus on the organization’s future. Will’s move to CEO will free up space for me to work on new projects that further the organization’s mission, and to grow the organization to better serve our community. I’ve some fun things in mind that you’ll hopefully get to see someday soon.
Jason Helmick, our former CFO, is stepping aside. He will still be involved with Summit and remains a close friend and advisor to me, and I thank him deeply for helping not only bring James into the family, but creating such a smooth transition for his role.
Please join me in congratulating Will and James!
This is the commentary on the last Iron Scripter prequel puzzle: Iron Scripter Prequel Puzzle 10 - A commentary
Next weekend will mark the start of summit and you can work on the Iron Scripter preludes - 4 daily puzzles as a lead in to the main event on Thursday 12 April 2018. If you haven't chosen your faction yet you need to hurry
Here's my commentary for puzzle 9: Iron Scripter Prequel Puzzle 9 - A commentary
In this puzzle you were cleaning up the TEMP folder and the recycle bin plus working with scheduled tasks and/or scheduled jobs.
One more commentary to come - probably early next week rather than Sunday and then we're into the Summit and the main event.
Participants attending Summit should begin choosing their faction and getting to know their teammates in the faction-specific channels of the DevOps-Summit Slack team (open only to attendees and alumni).
Participants hoping to participate remotely may wish to start choosing a faction and finding a way to get in touch with them. The Faction Discussion may be a good way to do that.