Job Hunt Tip: Watch for depression

Thursday, May 14th, 2020

It’s easy to get discouraged especially with Covid killing opportunities. Personally; I am up to five jobs being closed due to Covid.

Get outside! Finish the “honeydo” list (if you have one). Learn something new.

I am currently working towards Azure certification, Python, Linux certification and re-acquainting myself with Powershell and leaning gethub.

Do re-read areas you know. It’s easy to forget things when you are not using them. I have even had instances were I would get a textbook question and I could see the console screen in my head and I could not remember the options.

Also, pick something new! Variety helps keep the mind fresh. It’s easy to get lazy on reading and training especially when you are job hunting.

I am cooking more. Going to do each recipe in one of Jet Tila’s books. He is a cool guy. Even answered a question I sent him!

I am also taking up Nordic Runes. Did the binge on the Vikings series and became a interested. We shall see how that goes. Wonder if their is a rune layout 😀

Do stay engaged and watch for depression sneaking in. Keep at it and eventually something will appear.

iWatch 6.2 “An error occurred…”

Friday, March 27th, 2020

I wanted to upgrade my iWatch to 6.2. It did the download and the verify and yet when it came time to install; it would error off with the nondescript “An error occurred while…..”

I checked the space and the network connections and everything was fine. While checking the settings on the watch; I happened on the System Update and decided to click “install” It did a quick verify and the installation began. Of course it needed to have power. Strange…..

Job Hunt Tip: Make sure your camera is covered

Wednesday, February 26th, 2020

There are interviews which are simply just not meant to be.

Such was the case for me and a certain storage company. I have an old Dell laptop and needed to do an interview. No problem! Just install webex.

Righhhhht. When the webex started; I forgot the defaults were in play so up popped my camera. Luckily I had cleaned up.

However, I decided to use my “man cave” and that’s were things went bad. I wondered why the manager (a female) said I was echoing and needed to kill my camera.

Later, on I did a simple check and found the issues. I am a fan of anime; on the back wall was a couple cloth posters of anime girls. Add in my weapons (a couple swords, axe and a Highland targe and rounded off with a large stack of books.

After that I figured the interview was toast. Didn’t even get a thank you but no thank you rejection.

The dumb things we do.

Job hunt tip: Don’t forget to keep practicing your skills.

Saturday, January 18th, 2020

There is all this talk of an exploding economy and yet it’s no simple matter finding a job especially if you are a system administrator. That classification seems to be getting devalued.

One thing I have noticed is more “text book” quiz questions and if you aren’t frequently using commands and you draw a blank for the answer, it registers as you really don’t know what you said you have done. Case and point. Applied for a Citrix job and failed the interview. Quizzed over a config issue with the console. I get see the screen but could not remember the option. This has been from being out of work for five months.

I am learning AWS and I will have to set up a small Citrix setup to refresh.

At least I have found one recruiter who isn’t just a resume forwarder. He told me I answered the hard questions fast and even answered ones people tended to miss. I missed the textbook questions. “What is the name of this process” He explained that is the mark of experience as people tend to forget the textbook and remember what parts do what in a system.

I am hopeful on that front.

List users with passwordlastset as null

Sunday, December 22nd, 2019

Another test from the month of lunches book was to list out user account with passwordlastset as null.

get-aduser -filter * -properties passwordlastset | where {$_.passwordlastset -eq $null} | ft Name,PasswordLastSet

get-service show startup automatic and stopped

Sunday, December 22nd, 2019

Going through the learn powershell in 30 days. One test question was to display services with automattic startup and are stopped:

Get-Service | Select-Object -Property Name,Status,StartType | where-object {$_.Status -eq “Stopped” -and $_.StartType -eq “Automatic”}

Get-EventLog does not display retention dates

Monday, December 16th, 2019

A simple issue of trying to print the retention days for the logfiles.

The problem is the date does not print with the standard output column name.

You have to use the property MinimumRetentionDays

Lesson of the day? Always use the GM option.

get-eventlog does not display time on out-file

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

Powershell is fun and yet there are times it can be annoying.

I am doing a refresh as I am looking for a new job. My last one was not script minded.

A simply test was to get use get-eventlog sort by index and time. It did this. Next was to output index, time and source.

get-eventlog -logname Security -newest 50 |select-object -property index,time,source | sort time,index | out-file c:\last.txt

The other two worked. Time did not.

You would think it would be obvious to simply use “time” and well; it isn’t.

You need to use timegenerated or timewritten.

get-eventlog -logname Application -newest 50 |select-object -property index,timegenerated,source | sort index,time

More reading to do.

Disney+ fails to protect accounts

Sunday, November 17th, 2019

It seems Disney failed to protect peoples accounts.

When it rains…….

Disney Plus failed on it’s opening.

Saturday, November 16th, 2019

I have a thing about streaming services. I really don’t like everybody having their own. People like shows from different producers and now we have to have “Yet Another Streaming Service (YASS)” to see a show which we find interesting.

Such was the case for Disney. Marvel and Star Wars. I was not happy but was willing to give it a try.

For a company with the amount of income; they really gave a bad opening for the new service.

We kept seeing timeout resets and screen pauses while audio continued. Disney reps stated they underestimated! Really; with what you have you underestimated? There is no reason they can’t overestimate on the venue.

I stream through my Sony Playstation. I read many other complaints and issues. Disney response was it’s the Playstation. How is this possible if Netflix and Amazon do not have these issues?

After a couple days, two updates and the assumption of resources added; it’s gotten a little better. The pause resets aren’t as frequent.

Oh! One thing? The Mandalorian seems like it will be good.