Interview: Favorite Quotes

Question: “What is one of your favorite quotes?

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Amy Casto @AdaptivaAmi

I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.

Johan Arwidmark @jarwidmark

Failure is not an option

Mike Terrill @miketerrill

Moving on, is a simple thing, what it leaves behind is hard.” – Dave Mustaine

Arnie Tomasovsky @arnietomasovsky

I have no particular one, but I quite like this one: “Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love can make him wag his tail.

Julie Andreacola @jandreacola

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together

Rod Trent  @rodtrent

The mind, once expanded to the dimensions of bigger ideas, never returns to its original size.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

Nickolaj Andersen @nickolajA

I have some time, but I’m not really a quotes guy. The only one I can think of is when it was said that “64k of RAM is enough” (or something like that) 🙂

Jon Szewczak @VBJV

IT: “Everyonee writes terrible code. We can’t help it. The goal each year is to suck a little less.

Life: “Affirmation can change the course of someone’s life.

Nicke Kallen @znackattack

Well, odd one that sticked with me for years. About 17-18 years ago we had some workplace training (perhaps a bad translation..) (still in high school then) and the mentor that was assigned to me just gave me some pretty straight forward rules – including this: “You can wait for me, but I can’t wait for you

Obviously- this was that he wouldn’t wait 5 minutes for me, but i should value his time and if getting somewhere on time meant i had to stick around for 2 hours just waiting that was OK. Great mentor that really gave the lessons that i needed to hear at the time. Met him around the industry a few times – still share a laugh every time I meet him. Realize that as I wrote this that the quote was more valuable in the context than a general quote.

Rob Stack @londonnoise

Well, I’ve always loved “Insecure people try to make you feel smaller. Confident people like to see you walk taller.” – I’ve never known who that’s from.

The other is mildly more humorous and is “Do unto others as they would do unto you …. then run like hell before the police arrive.” 😦

Me @skatterbrainzz

Everyone has a plan, until they get punched in the mouth.” – Mike Tyson

You can’t reason anyone out of something they didn’t reason themselves into.” – The Great Henry Lapo

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Interview – 5 Places You Could Get Lost Within and Not Mind at All

This time the question was: “Name (up to) 5 places you could easily get lost within for hours, and not mind at all.

Amy Casto @AdaptivaAmi

  1. Anywhere there are horses
  2. BÃ¥stad Sweden
  3. Antelope Island near Salt Lake City, UT
  4. Iceland
  5. Gulf of Mexico

Niall Brady @ncbrady

  1. Kitwe, Zambia. Because I grew up there as a child.
  2. Victoria Falls, Zambia. Because it is the most amazing place you will ever visit or see.
  3. Kariba dam and Kariba dam lake. Amazing place to be.
  4. Diarmuid and Grainne cave in Sligo, Ireland. Wow, what a view, both outside and inside (pot-holing).
  5. Ben-Bulben Sligo. A mountain with many different faces.

Julie Andreacola @jandreacola

  1. Any big research library
  2. a County Fair
  3. Reddit
  4. Forest Service roads in the mountains in my Jeep
  5. New York City. Hmm, that’s a pretty eclectic mix.

Jon Szewczack @VBJV

  1. Any hiking trail.
  2. A beach
  3. When I was younger: a Suncoast Video store.
  4. Detroit auto show – I have never been there but I can imagine that it would be just a sublimely blissful way to spend a day.
  5. In water boat show in Miami. The sheer extravagance on display is mind-numbingly weird in a very pleasant way.

Maurice Daly @modal_it

  1. Microsoft HQ
  2. Porsche Factory
  3. Lamborghini Factory
  4. Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory
  5. Corona Bottling Plant

Nicke Kallen @znackattack

  1. Diving any place with good visibility. Being under water and breathing while there is exhilarating.
  2. A good book. Kicking off a journey to an imaginary place or time is a way to checkout from reality.
  3. A rabbits hole. Like wikipedia, or that issue that spawns new findings all the time.

Me @skatterbrainzz

  1. Fry’s
  2. Twitter
  3. Nature and Hiking Trails
  4. New York City
  5. Abandoned structures

Interviews – Will IT Be More or Less Fun in 10 Years?

Question: “Do you expect that IT work in 10 years from now, will be more fun or less fun than it is today, and why?”

Mark Aldridge

I think that it will be more fun as there will so much more technology to learn in 10 years time and so many amazing features in ConfigMgr 2706!

DareDevelOPs

I think it will be more fun as open source projects become more the norm. Also as Infrastructure as Code becomes all things as code (ATaC?), the challenge level is going to go up. We will be more focused on solving the problem than running the infrastructure. Also the kinds of industries will change from country to country as the Human Development Index shifts and Nation State ranking changes. The level of Virtualization in all areas life will continue down Moore’s law critical path, even as the compute hardware reaches Moore’s limit. te things we IT will get shinier. …or Skynet.

Stephen Owen

More fun! IT has only gotten more interesting and varied, with the introduction of mobile devices and tons of new form factors. I think in ten years we all will finally know what we’re doing with Windows updates, and probably have a better handle on security practices.

I think the Wild West days of IT are behind us, and I for one am happy about it. My phone definitely rings less on weekend now than it did five years ago.

Damien Van Robaeys

When I see all available technologies, I can imagine that, in 10 years, the working environment will also change.
This will be the time of mixed reality, even if Minority report won’t be for now.
I hope we will work with Holographic computers, like the Hololens.

Maybe computers, like laptop or desktop, if they still exist, will use an holographic screen and holographic keyboards.
Imagine your computer, in a small box that will display a screen above, and a keyboard on your desk.

Meetings would be done with holographic system, like in Star Wars , with a system that will allow you to say Hey call Mr X, and Mr X will appear in front of you in hologram, like Obi Wan Kenobi.

Rob Spitzer

Fun is such a relative thing. I’ve met DBAs that are super passionate about their jobs yet I can’t imagine how that could be any fun. Conversely I’ve been asked on multiple occasions how I deal with Exchange every day. It’s just something I found that I enjoy doing.

There’s no doubt IT is changing. We’ve seen this happen before. We rarely build hardware anymore and now we’re seeing things like software installation and configuration go away as we move more to the cloud. I’ve seen Exchange change a lot over the last 20 years but, at its heart, it’s still the same thing I’ve enjoyed all along, even in the cloud.

You just need to make sure you find a role that you’re passionate about. If you have a hard time putting down at the end of the day, odds are you found it.

Ami Casto

IT, fun? What? IT has been and will always be what you make of it. 10 years from now you’ll still be fixing some idiot policy you didn’t create but have to clean up the mess now that the poo has hit the fan. You’ll just have to keep looking for the things that make you passionate about what you do.

Arnie Tomasovsky

I expect it to be less fun, as thanks to AI, everything will be a lot more automated. BUT human being will remain as the end user, therefore fun won’t disappear 🙂

Johan Arwidmark

I expect it to be more fun, and more complex. Why? Hopefully less politics, and more ongoing maintenance/upgrades, and more automation.

Nicke Kallen

There are two directions that this can go in… either we aim for a specialized knowledge set where employees will continue tinkering as they do today. The number will not be as many as we have today, but larger corporations will still depend on this knowledge and for the people that have actively developed this skillset – it’s a lot more fun.

The other option is that we are somewhere down the journey to be completely commoditized. Perhaps a few service providers have staff, but apart from that we define business requirements and ensure the logistics part of delivering IT works. Its most likely not the cup of tea for today’s it workers…

Mike Terrill

I think IT will be even more fun 10 years from now. The reason for this is because our field is growing at a rapid pace and will continue to do so over the next 10 years. Just imagine some of the gadgets we will have in the future and how much AI will have progressed.

Rod Trent

A: <Beavis and Butthead mode on…> Hehe…you said work in IT is fun </Beavis and Butthead mode off>

Chris DeCarlo

So I’m sure everyone you asked this question will say “More fun…” So I’ll play devil’s advocate here and say less fun. AI is already making decent strides, and with the great progress of robots and VR already I envision AI being fully integrated into robotics in the next 10 years. These AI enhanced robots will take over our call centers and end user support roles with 24×7 support and no need for breaks or health care. From there AI will be integrated into the Windows OS and automatically Google( or I mean Bing) and fix any errors that appear on your server/sccm software leaving us “organ sacks” or “blood bags” with basic tasks such as lubricating the robots joints, and polishing the robots shiny metal ….

Skatterbrainz

More fun for some.  Less fun for others.  More work for software folks, less work for hardware folks.  In all, I think there will be some serious reduction in IT staffing for many data center roles, as those things morph into “Software-Defined <x>” while evaporating into the cloud.  Then again, it’s not inconceivable that some unforeseen events could trigger a massive reversion from cloud back to on-prem.  Government intrusion, for one, might have that sort of impact.

Interviews – Undervalued Internet

Q. What aspect of the Internet do you feel is undervalued and under-used by most people?

Jon Szewczak

The ability to stream video and audio over thousands of miles so that personal communication can be made easier. So many people avoid face to face, and so the ability to video call is hardly ever taken advantage of by the mainstream population.

Stephen Owen

Interactivity with authors and developers. People who write or those who produce code for a living share their work for free on GitHub or elsewhere, and they more often than not have contact forms. Use them! I’ve gotten so much help over my career by asking people politely, and being appreciative of their hard work.

Julie Andreacola

Undervalued – YouTube how to videos, we have saved thousands of dollars by watching how to do something (like remodel a kitchen, wire a switch, etc) How did we survive before YouTube?

Johan Arwidmark

Twitter 🙂

DaredevelOps

Common Sense

Rob Spitzer

This is probably not so much “under-used” as it lost “lost” but I really miss the openness of the original Internet. While many modern things like social networks, IM, etc. are great, I hate the fact that they are walled gardens.

Chris DeCarlo

IPv6. That’s hands down the most undervalued and under-used by near everyone in relation to the internet.

Rod Trent

I think the most undervalued and under-used aspect of the Internet is the second and third mouse click. There’s an enormous amount of information on the Internet and the majority of it is bunk. If people would just click a few more times instead of believing (and sharing) the first piece of information they are presented, our society would be so much better off. I mean how lazy have we become when reading just one more piece of contrasting information to get the full picture is too much work?

Ami Casto

Trying to think of a good way to say fact checking or brain using section. As opposed to the easy access and often paid to be placed content.  Yeah I think that’s my final answer. Stop using the internet to find the answer you want and use it to find the actual answer.

Nicke Kallen

I used to think blogs, but twitter is the exchange. For some reason – its the way to have a genuine conversation. Unfortunately, its also a method to have negative conversations and therefore people sometimes miss the valuable talks.

Arnie Tomasosvky

Interesting question. The more I think about it the more I come to the conclusion that the answer in my case would be “(proper) searching for information”. I am older than the modern Internet and I was lucky to experience it since its infancy (dial up modems :D). I can say, almost everyone was using it for either communication or hunting for information.

Due to becoming mainstream and available, young generation uses it only for shallow things or few lines info that come and go. If you ask a younger generation a question, you might get an answer like “I dunno, Google it”. As I grew up with Google search operators, finding a proper info can be fairly easy. I do know a few things in general and remember them, so I do not need to google every single thing. But can it be said the same about other/younger generation on the internet? Hardly. Internet offers many options and possibilities, yet it is generally reduced to cats, meal pics, selfies and trash talk… So sad.

Skatterbrainz

LMGTFY

Interviews – Common Misperceptions

Q: What is something that you think people assume about you, or your profession, which might surprise them as not being true?

Rob Spitzer

That we know everything about every OS, device, or app that someone is using. Its true that as IT folks we can typically flub our way through and figure out the answer but, just like everyone else, we really only know what we need to know to get our job done. I’m constantly learning new tricks from others.

Johan Arwidmark

That I don’t do mistakes :)”

DareDevelOPS

People assume I served in the Marine Corps.  People assume all IT people are brilliant geniuses.  Wrong on both assumptions.”

Rod Trent

People think I never sleep as it seems I’m online 24 hours a day. While, I *am* online a LOT, and do actually work quite a bit, my work/life balance is actually excellent. I’ve worked from home since around 1999 and have learned to become a high-efficiency person, i.e., everything I do, I’ve taken the time to maximize efforts through efficiency. So, essentially, I’ve found a way to script daily, physical tasks much like I used to do with VBScript/PowerShell in my IT Pro days.

Marc Graham

That because I surf and skate I’m also an extremely avid stoner!

Julie Andreacola

I think sysadmins are assuming that if their systems are patched and they have a good Anti Virus, they are protected from today’s malware attacks. My eyes have been opened to the devastation of today’s malware, and just patching and AV is not enough

Stephen Owen

That I’m always completely certain of the solution to a problem. There is always the opportunity cost of troubleshooting, and sometimes the client cannot afford to find the root cause of their issue. We have to move on, and that’s a shame when it happens.

Mike Terrill

hmm…not sure about that one, although my kids think my job is conference calls since i am on the phone a lot.

Chris DeCarlo

“I’d probably say “one thing people assume about the IT profession is that you need a college degree to get above entry level. I’d say that’s not true. You can get far with finding a section of IT you like and becoming a master in it through certification and many many hours of dedicated research/lab time at home. Showing confidence in your skillset becomes visible to others and you start to become the “go-to” person in your field.

Skatterbrainz

E. All the above.

Interview – Cris Weber

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Your Name: Cris Weber  @cweberits

Official Job Title: Development Architect

Functional role: Consulting / Internal Product Development

Home town: Grand Rapids, MI

1. Describe what you do for a living – to someone who has no idea what it means.

I lead a team of developers to make our consultants and our managed services more efficient by automating everything I can.

2. What aspect or area of technology are you most excited about?

Where to even start… Azure, Windows 10, EMS and ConfigMgr… I love the new MSFT that moves so fast.

3. What gives you the most satisfaction from your job today?

Either the moment where I’ve been working on a problem for hours and I finally solve it or when I finish a product and show it to our engineers and see how much it helps them.

4. Name the 3 most inspiring people in your life or career?

Troy Whittaker – My manager and mentor.

Jeffrey Snover – PowerShell and…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oe_utwHDc9c

CGP Grey – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CGP_Greyhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humans_Need_Not_Apply

5. What 3 books, movies, or other works, have influenced or inspired you the most?

The phoenix project. I’ve worked at companies that are exactly like that book and it helped me bring some sanity to the company.

Time management for sysadmins. – As a sysadmin I used to be overwhelmed with all the things to do. This book has a good system for helping sysadmins out.

Getting things done – I’m kind of a task management nut. So much so that I wrote my own custom task management app that brings scrum and getting things done together… (Yea… I don’t get out much. I do this in my spare time from 5 am to 6 am.)

6. You just stepped out of a time machine in 1100 AD in London or Rome. You have a smartphone in your hand and you demonstrate some of the apps and games to people around you. What happens next?

All of the apps would fail because they require an internet connection. So I would bring up the camera and take a video. Of course then I’m taken to jail for witchcraft because I have stolen their soul in the magic box. Or at least that’s what they think of the video I took of them… It wouldn’t end well. :\

7. What new or promising technology do you see that can’t get here soon enough?

I can’t wait until companies fully embrace Windows 10 and Azure AD Join. As my companies subject matter expert on Windows 10 I talk to a lot of companies about Azure AD Join and it’s implications and benefits. But most companies aren’t ready yet. 8. Do you think the continuous evolution of automation will result in there being very few full time human workers? And if so, what do think people will do?

This is actually a topic that terrifies me. Yes I believe that there will be a large section of the population that won’t be employable. Not because they aren’t smart but because the machines can do their job better/cheaper. I think that we will have to move to a universal basic income. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIL_Y9g7Tg0 I watch the youtube video humans need not apply (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pq-S557XQU) about once a quarter to remind myself that I need to keep improving so I am not unemployable.

9. There’s never enough time.

10. There’s way too much to learn. I want to know all of the things…

11. What’s something that you wish you could change in your field of work? (Good or bad)

I have encountered many people who don’t believe how windows as a service works or are stuck in their ways because that’s how they have always done things. We are IT Professionals. IT changes and it changes fast. It’s our responsibility to keep up.

12. If you could go back in time to sit down with your younger self at, say, 15 years old, what advise would give yourself?

Dear 15 year old me… Keep working towards your goals. Even if most people don’t understand IT or your passion for it that’s fine. Don’t get discouraged by not being good at school. You’re good at IT and 90% of the things that are happening now don’t matter. So don’t stress so much.

13. You just stepped out of a time machine in 2050 in a major city. What 3 technology gadgets do you see people using around you?

Self driving cars (THANK GOD)

Useful personal assistant AI’s on their phones.

Google glass on steroids and no one blinks an eye at it.

14. You’ve been given the power to bring 2 people back to life from any time in history, for one full day only. Who would they be, and why?

Steve Jobs. I’d love to hear his story and hear what other visions he had but didn’t accomplish before he passed.

Steve Irwin. The amount of passion that he put into his work was very inspiring.

15. What would you like to accomplish in the next 5 years, personal or professional?

I would be like to seen in the community as a thought leader, become a MSFT MVP and overcome my social anxiety to accomplish those two items. There are so many blog posts that I haven’t hit publish on or told others about because of the anxiety of my anxiety around them. But I plan on publishing them this quarter.

Where to find out more about Cris –

Interview – @DareDevelOPS

Your Name: Drew Burt / aka @DareDevelOPS

Official Job Title: Data Center Operations Engineer

Functional role: Server Windows/Linux and Storage Operations (SAN) Virtualization operations

Home town: Chattanooga, TN

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1. Describe what you do for a living – to someone who has no idea what it means.

ME: I engineer, operate and monitor the infrastructure layers that serve the enterprise information management needs.

Them: The F*ck?
ME: I Fix computers for a big company.
Them: Oh hey can you look at …
Me: Well F*ck SMH…. Sure.

2. What aspect or area of technology are you most excited about?

PowerShell and automation.

3. What gives you the most satisfaction from your job today?

Seeing point-and-click admins figure out coding really isn’t that hard.

4. Name the 3 most inspiring people in your life or career?

My Granny for my love of reading and personal Character.
My Last Supervisor in the Air Force Rod for trying to smooth My Aggressive Beast. I repeat the Mantra Flies, Honey not vinegar catch more you will.
Mr. Mike Corum for restoring my faith in God and making me realize i’m not as smart as I think I am and others are smarter than they think they are.

5. What 3 books, movies, or other works, have influenced or inspired you the most?

“Surely you must be Joking Mr. Feynman” – Richard Feynman
Mastering Windows NT – Mark Minasi
The Great Brain (series) – John D. Fitzgerald

6. You just stepped out of a time machine in 1100 AD in London or Rome. You have a smartphone in your hand and you demonstrate some of the apps and games to people around you. What happens next?

I get a massive bill for cross time data roaming? How they got e-mail through I’ll never know. Like a Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s court, I become a wizard the regular Merlyn.

7. What new or promising technology do you see that can’t get here soon enough?

Quantum Computing. Barring that memory area networks and CPU Area networks all over over infiniband to complete the triumvirate.

8. Do you think the continuous evolution of automation will result in there being very few full time human workers? And if so, what do think people will do?

I think automation will enable humans to perform more valuable work. I think the nature of work will change, hopefully it will enable people to focus on more value driven pursuits. And work life balance as you work only when you’re notified.

9. There’s never enough___

Fried bologna egg and cheese sandwiches.

10. There’s way too much___

Ego and self interest among individuals and groups.

11. What’s something that you wish you could change in your field of work? (Good or bad)

Not made here syndrome. I’d remove the silos and communication barriers between functions. Basically, try to improve the organizational dysfunction between teams. I don’t think we have tech problems I think we have meatware problems.

12. If you could go back in time to sit down with your younger self at, say, 15 years old, what advice would give yourself?

  • Be healthier
  • Focus on your interests and learn who you really are.
  • Don’t be a shithead
  • Think less do more.

13. You just stepped out of a time machine in 2050 in a major city. What 3 technology gadgets do you see people using around you?

[a] Wearable that monitors your health and all other life metrics. It guides you in work life balance. It’s cloud connected you were sent home from the hospital with it as a baby.

Opticon optix latest generation of connected lenses, allows [the] user to have an immersive VR experience at any time. Games GPS maps uses your brain as a storage device.

iDrone overwatch personal protection AI drone also delivers all online shopping goods.

14. You’ve been given the power to bring 2 people back to life from any time in history, for one full day only. Who would they be, and why?

Richard Feynman: Theoretical Quantum Mechanics Get a better understanding of the next generation of science. He was a great teacher who was not caught up in his own fame. He suffered the loss of his wife whom he truly loved, and still made great contributions, while never remembering his first duty to her.

Thomas Jefferson: As one of the founders of the country I’d like get his take on what they were really trying to accomplish. Expose him to the Nation State he helped create and see if we are on or off track with the founders vision. Also any pointers he might give to correct perceived flaws.

15. What would you like to accomplish in the next 5 years, personal or professional?

Personally Happiness and self forgiveness
Professionally Automate all the things!