I recently went on a motorcycle ride and went past Pine Mountain Inn. I did some research, as it had
Ventura County CA
been closed from a while by looks. Here is what it looks like today (photo right). It’s a sad story of a decades old business getting flooded by regulations, paperwork and bureaucracy to the point that they cannot operate. If you dig into it, nearly all businesses along this stretch of road have been run OUT of business by the county of Ventura County, CA. @CountyOfVentura is apparently unable to use logic and common sense, which unfortunately is common in government. They take your property WITHOUT taking possession by regulating the property to the point where the owner can’t use it. Listen to the verbiage in the video.
First, credits to Makezine where I originally saw this concept. James Floyd Kelly and Chris Jones are the article authors and the artwork / logo is from Brandon Steen
Initially I’m going to put most of my photos and videos here, and then I may add parts lists and details. If you want to build one, start with the article on Makezine. I wanted to add some visual and tactile steampunk type features, as the kid I was building for is pretty interested in mechanical detail and I thought she would appreciate it. When initially explaining it to my 3.5 year old granddaughter, she is also the one who asked what does it do if it finds a monster? Can it kill it? That prompted me to want to add a “kill” switch as well as sound when it’s scanning. Then, I felt it deserved a good case, so the matching Pelican 1200 was modded.
I am pretty mechanical and a solid DIY homeowner and DIY vehicle mechanic. I knew how to solder, but had zero experience with Adafruit, Arduino or anything like that although I am an IT person by day.
Here are the published video links of the project, followed by the photos. Jump to the bottom for the list of sources and products I used, which is still incomplete.
With 6.0 VCP you now have to take TWO tests. This Blueprint is for the FIRST of these called Foundations. It is an online, non-proctored test of the fundamentals. Here is the exam blueprint with links, all expanded. First, here are the two exams; 2V0-620 (Foundations) and 2V0-621 (DCV)
+ Objective 1.1: Identify vSphere Architecture and Solutions for a given use case
Explain available vSphere editions and features
Explain the various data center solutions that interact with vSphere
Explain ESXi and vCenter Server architectures
Explain new solutions offered in the current version
Determine appropriate vSphere edition based on customer requirements
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Recently I had the opportunity to participate in interviewing IT candidates in my current role as a System Administrator. In my prior position as an IT Director at ACCENT Marketing, I performed a lot of IT interviews. I had standard questions, weighted skills rankings, technical tests, and over time I had created a process that worked well. However, I had not been involved with interviewing for several years so a few things kind of jumped out as recurring concerns on several interviews. Keep in mind, these are technical IT interviews for sysadmin positions, and here are a few tips related to my recent observations. These are tips I haven’t seen offered and you should also be aware of broader interview success strategies.
To me, the goal of a first interview (from the candidate’s perspective) is simply to get to a second interview. During this first interview, the employer is simply trying to weed out the candidates that don’t fit and stack rank those who do fit. The ones at the top of the stack ranking get follow up interviews. That’s the cold truth; deal with it.
Have a clock in front of you, where you can watch it.
You will see why below.
Don’t talk too much. This isn’t performance art.
Your interviewer (if they are prepared, and good) likely has a list of things they want to ask, and are trying to learn about your background, skills and experience. Pause when you are talking, so you can breathe, and so your interviewer can jump in and move on if they want. If your reply is longer than a minute (watch your clock), take a pause and see if the interviewer has additional questions ready.
Example; you get a question like “what is your function in the Active Directory you manage?”. The question could be simply answered by saying “I’m a Enterprise Admin” or “I’m a Domain Admin” or “I manage specifically delegated OUs”. If the interviewer wants more information, he/she will ask. If your answer is 4 minutes about everything you do in AD, that’s probably too much.
Real World Example; I recently conducted an interview where the candidate literally talked for 10 minutes after a simple question (16.6% of the interview). With a 60 minute time allotment, there is no way an interviewer can cover all they want to in this scenario.
Don’t focus on your personal wants that don’t align with the Job Description (JD)
If the JD describes the business needs as X, Y, and Z, and you are really interested in R, be cautious how much time you spend expanding on how much you like R. The interviewer likely has specific needs they are trying to fill, and these needs are likely reflected in the JD. They want someone who will love and excel at the core JD responsibilities.
Example; interviewing for a Windows System Admin position, but you have interests in Linux as well. It’s OK to ask if there is any Linux exposure, but if they say no, drop it. You can use that information to decide if you want to continue to pursue the opportunity, but no need to try to convert the interviewer.
Real World Example; I recently conducted an interview where the candidate expressed interest in the cool headline technologies; fill in the blank with cloud/openstack/docker/tintri/violin/big data/unicorns/spark/hadoop/openshift/containers/ Mesos/Swarm and was concerned if we offered any opportunity in those areas. The real answer was NO; we were looking for the core skills we put in the JD. This is OK as a simple question but when it took up 5 minutes (8.3%) of the interview time, it’s not useful. In this case, the questioning by the candidate when on long enough that I finally asked if he was still interested in the position.
Don’t get hung up on single details that might impact your decision but shouldn’t hang up the interview.
This is related to the above point; if you have specific things that impact your desire for the position, it’s fair to ask questions to gather information. Then, you can use this information to determine if you want to pursue the opportunity. However, there is no need to belabor the point if you are not hearing what you want to hear.
Example; you really like HP laptops and don’t want to work on anything else. You can ask what type of laptops are used, and when they tell you Lenovo, then you have information you can use later to determine if you want to pursue the opportunity. There is no need to try to convert the interviewer by explaining all of the great reasons you have for preferring HP.
Real World Example; A recent candidate wanted to know if the position came with a certain large enterprise company “subscription” or “account”. The real answer was NO, but the candidate continued to explain all of the benefits that could be expected if they had access to this enterprise vendor account. For reasons I can’t go into, the account mentioned was simply not available for the position mentioned, so the 10 minutes (16.6% of the interview) spent on this discussion was a waste of time.
Pay attention to the verbal flow
If your interviewer is consistently trying to interrupt, it means your answers are too long (or he/she is a jerk). If your interviewer has several followup questions after each of your replies, it means your answers are too short. Adjust accordingly.
Bonus tip; that’s right 6 for the price of 5. Be prepared for the “three in one“. How this works; the interviewer asks three questions in one breath. They don’t use “tell me three things” that would be too obvious. It’s more like this, if they’re good; “Tell me how you use group policy to control user behavior, configure program settings, and support security requirements”. They care about your answers, of course. When I ask the “three in one” what I’m watching for is to see if you can remember the three items, and coherently walk down the three and offer responses without getting lost or forgetting something. Now, if you’re the type of person who takes 10 minutes per answer, you’re going to forget what the questions were, and end up in the ditch, metaphorically speaking. At that point, you’ll see the interviewer taking some notes.
I have given you five tips that should be relatively simple to incorporate into your interview strategy, and should greatly increase your chances of success. Success in this case is a second interview. Good luck, and please send me feedback if you find these tips useful, or if you have example where they helped you out.
*disclaimer; these are, of course, my personal opinions, based on nearly two decades of experience. They come with no guarantee or warranty. Free advice, freely given, worth whatever is does for you.
I’ve got it up and running in the lab. Now I see this article;
A few years ago, Microsoft switched from per-processor to per-core licensing in SQL Server, and it’s about to do the same with Windows Server 2016. You may not be thrilled with the results.
“Microsoft’s auditors likely will have a field day with these new requirements for Windows Server, in the same way that they have used the ever-more-complex licensing rules for SQL Server to increase the company’s audit-based revenue in recent years,” warned Christopher Barnett, an associate attorney with Scott & Scott LLP.
I had to figure this out for a client I’m working with, and in case any of you are Instagram addicts, here is what I found. Couple of updates on some of the comments here; Gramblr can get you banned because of misuse of the API, as mentioned online. Well, push.photo and deskgram use the SAME API; it says so right on their sites. It seems there are a bunch of apps that are essentially Gramblr knockoffs. So, if you’re using any of the tools that use the API, you can get banned. I haven’t used the Instapic app on windows, but I think it would be safe as it’s not using the API. The other non-API method is to use Bluestacks emulator, which is free. I don’t use Instagram myself a lot, but I had a client with some needs that forced me to figure this out and I posted a video here;
This is simply a quick video showing how to open the case on this HP Envy M6 AE 151 D laptop since there didn’t seem to be anything online. These were a pretty popular Black Friday sales item this year (2015) so there are probably a few people working on replacing the default mechanical 1 Tb drive with a SSD, adding memory, etc.
These came without a optical drive. The battery is NOT removable. But you can upgrade the battery also by opening the case. I’ve had a couple open replacing the drive with a SSD.