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DevOps Engineer | Pluralsight Author | Speaker | Blogger | PowerShell Advocate


  1. Certifications Don't Matter But They Absolutely Do Matter

    One of my favorite quotes is “Titles don’t matter, but they absolutely do matter.” Jeff Hackert said this on an Arrested DevOps episode titled Career Devops back in 2015. Titles don’t matter because they should never limit what you do, what you learn, and what you think you’re capable of. Titles do matter because titles equate to how much you’re paid. Titles are also used to recognize the experience and are the primary keywords used...…


  2. Create a Business from a Creative Outlet

    As I’ve reset my sights over the past six to eight months, I’ve come back to the habit of writing. I’ve started to blog much more, use social media more, and engage with online communities again. Since writing the You Are an Engineer Be an Engineer post, I’ve realized I wasn’t happy because I wasn’t learning. I’ve redefined what learning means to me. It doesn’t mean reading a single blog post or a chapter on...…


  3. Digital Declutter: Discovering the Power of Self-Reflection and Deep Thought

    Simply sitting here watching my children play a voice says “Aha! Yes, this is the life beyond the screen.” How much more valuable is it to be present in life than to have others “like” the life I virtually display. Even if that presence is an idle observing presence with no pressing aim. What you’ve just read is an entry I wrote in my pocket notebook while on a thirty day digital declutter. It captures...…


  4. Using ANSI Escape Sequences in PowerShell

    Introduction Text Styling Bold Underline Invert Resets Moving the Cursor Viewport Positioning “Scrolling” Cursor Positioning & Text Modification Erase Line Erase Display Basic Foreground & Background Colors 8-bit 256-Color Foreground & Background Prompt Modification with ANSI Sources PowerShell 7 Blog Week Authors Introduction When using ANSI within PowerShell there are two main parts; the escape character and the escape sequence. The escape character is used to indicate the beginning of a sequence and changes the...…


  5. Using PowerShell Markdown Cmdlets

    Introduction Converting from Markdown to HTML or AsTV100 Encoded Strings Auto Generate Links Creating a Task List Emphasis Displaying Markdown with PowerShell Show in a Web Browser Show Markdown within the Terminal Changing the Markdown Options Conclusion Acknowledgements PowerShell 7 Blog Week Authors Introduction The vast majority of the technical documentation written today is written in Markdown. From Jane’s dev blog to Microsoft’s PowerShell documentation, markdown is behind it. Markdown is a light weight markup...…