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Customize your Azure Portal – Your Azure, Your Way

It isn’t just Burger King that let’s you “have it your way” today as we see the launch of the fully customizable Azure Cloud dashboard option.  It’s a very cool way to set up a portal that makes your goto items easy to see and quick to access.  One of the most common complaints among systems admins as they explore …

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Social Fasting: A Mind-Focusing Productivity Cleanse

Having a very community-focused job and life means that I (and many others we know) spend a lot of time staying “connected” to our peers through social media. I’m a big fan of the power of social media as well as an opponent to it in certain ways.  My personal social habits include the use of LinkedIn for professional posting …

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On Joy, and Meaningful Work

There are many folks in the IT community and in my life who have inspired joy, and allowed me to seek out the two things that continue to enrich me which are: Meaningful work – creating and finding opportunities to affect the people and organizations in a positive way through the work that I do on a daily basis, regardless …

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Microsoft, GitHub, and the Power of Corporate Support of Open Source

Let me start by saying that I’m a massive advocate, contributor, and supporter of many open source communities, while also working in my role for a technology vendor who provides a commercial product that also supports many open source platforms.  The reason that matters is that I’m not saying this without an understanding of the inner workings of both the …