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Learning Node.js

Node.js has interested me for the past year, but with the program that I've been running for the past nine months I haven't had a lot of time to invest in learning anything, let alone a new language and thought pattern. I'm excited that I'm finally taking the time to...

The Cliff

Over the past seven months, I've had the opportunity to work on a security and compliance project that is truly once in a career. The project was of a scale that I have never worked on with a core program team over twelve people and an execution team that numbered in...

Chef NTPD Cookbook Released

Automation has always been a passion of mine. I have worked with Microsoft's Systems Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) in the past for Windows, but over the past few years I've wanted a cross-platform configuration tool. My search led me to Chef, and finally within...

Agile Inceptions for Projects

Agile methodology has been changing the technology industry for the past decade, and over the past few years I've been applying more and more agile structures and principles to infrastructure, security and project management.  The last several projects I've been...

My Geek Code

When I first started out in IT, I was lucky enough to find Wil Wheaton's original site that contained a BBS called "Teh Soapbox". This site lead me to a little known Geek Code standard. Yes the standard is out of date, but seriously its the Geek Code!  If you don't...

Formatting Strings in Powershell

Formatting strings in PowerShell is easy, just include the variable inside the string and it does it automatically, right? What about when you are using variable values (i.e. $ds.count)? Then you have to write an ugly line of code like: $string = "There are " +...

Creating XML Documents from Powershell

We all know I have OCD when it comes to formatting. Using the built in PowerShell cmdlets (Export-XmlCli) to export XML left me with a mess of an XML Schema that I couldn't apply a XSL Transform to. I needed something that would allow me to control the schema, and...

Service Accounts, A Necessary Evil

Service Accounts are a necessary evil in systems administration. They tend to be shared across members of a team, have access to sensitive data and critical infrastructure. Yet, most companies have minimal safeguards in place for these accounts, and even less policy...