Microsoft resources for non-profits

Did you know the resources Microsoft has for non-profits? Let me know if you find this helpful!

YouthSpark Game Camp at Microsoft Store in Topanga, CA

Starting November 12th we will host our in-store YouthSpark Fall Camps!  We have two age groups:  8 – 10 years old, and 11 – 13 years old.

Event Details – Microsoft Store

  • Westfield Topanga
  • 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd
  • Canoga Park, CA 91303
  • Phone: 818-577-4620

The two topics are:

  • Smart Game Coding (1 hour)
  • Smart Game Designing (1 hour)


8-10 Yr Camps:

Nov. 12 & Nov. 13 – 3 pm to 4 pm

Nov. 19 & Nov. 20 – 3 pm to 4 pm

Dec. 1 & Dec. 2 – 3 pm to 4 pm

Dec. 8 & Dec. 9 – 3 pm to 4 pm

Dec. 15 & Dec. 16 – 3 pm to 4 pm


11-13 Yr Camps:

Nov. 17 & Nov. 18 – 3 pm to 4 pm

Nov. 24 & Nov. 25 – 3 pm to 4 pm

Dec. 3 & Dec. 4 – 3 pm to 4 pm

Dec. 10 & Dec. 11 – 3 pm to 4 pm

Dec. 17 & Dec. 18 – 3 pm to 4 pm


Space is limited, so RSVP using the links today!

RSA Animate – Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us – YouTube

Pretty entertaining explanation of systems thinking.

RSA Animate – Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us – YouTube.

Speaking at LeanUX15!

DevOps for the IT Pro, TechEd New Zealand

I had an amazing time at TechEd New Zealand, and wanted to share a few photos and a link to my session on devops. Thanks to all of the amazing DX team in New Zealand for the invitation!











Provisioning Azure Files

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Get a big cup of coffee, we’re going to do some PowerShell. So what is Azure Files? Currently in preview is a new service in Azure that gives you access to shared storage across all your VM’s. This could come in handy for a group of files you access most often as a sysadmin. I wrote a post on getting started with Azure Files last month, you can read it here. This is an update to that post. If you need a free trial for Azure you can sign up here

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CyberGirlz Summit at Cal Poly Pomona

I just returned from a great event at Cal Poly Pomona for over 100 middle school and high school girls. The Cybergirlz Summit was a collaborative project between Cal Poly Pomona and LAUSD. The event was organized by Dr. Daniel Manson, Chair of Computer Science at Cal Poly Pomona and Yenny Yi, the Site Director of UCLA AfterSchool @ Franklin High School. Christine Matheney presented a workshop on building a “flappy bird” like application using Touch Develop. The last activity of the day was Capture The Flag, where the teams could work together to solve security questions. It was a great team building exercise.

The panelists included:
Lee Ann Kline-President/Founder of STEM Advantage
Shyama Rose-VP of Information Security for Live Nation Entertainment 
Priscilla Rodriguez-Winner of the 2011 NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award 
M. Simonne Hinkle-IT Security Professional
Jessica DeVita - Microsoft Technical Evangelist
Christine Matheney- Microsoft Technical Evangelist 
Tobi West-Adjunct Faculty in Computer Information Systems at Cal Poly Pomona
Lily Ablon-Researcher at the RAND Corporation
Luz Rivas-Founder of DIY Girls 
Tess Cacciatore-COO of Global Women’s Empowerment Network
Shirin Salemnia-Founder/CEO of PlayWerks 
Karen Stanton-Coordinator for the CISCO WASTC and is Curriculum Lead at CREATE CATC 
Jennifer Terrill-Vice President, Information Technology at True Religion Brand Jeans

For the Sysadmin who rage quits cli tools

I was thinking about how to improve DevOps adoption in the enterprise, and even with all the recent announcements around Microsoft’s integration with other platforms like Chef, Puppet, etc, in Azure, there’s still a ton of room for innovation. You shouldn’t automate what you don’t understand. Steven Murawski said

“there’s this rush to automate everything, the first thing we really need is visibility into what we have in our environments. Trying to automate everything can hide potential problems, magnify configuration errors, and cause us to lose visibility into our system configurations.” @StephenMurawski

Tooling should be more accessible, audit-able with a goal of having executable, version controlled documentation of not just server configs, but hardware and cloud services as well. Thanks to @ehorley and @StevenMurawski for the introduction to Scriptrock. I saw a demo of Scriptrock Guardrail, the UX is elegant, and wants to be the solution for the systems administrator who “rage quits cli tools”.

I don’t love the disco music in their demo video, but you can just mute it. It looks beneficial to enterprise and SMB, possibly displacing several tools at once.

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Why Rails Rocks

On Processes

You don’t need a certified project manager to install some whiteboards on your office walls, or open up a Trello board. Transparency and low taxonomy on processes allow you to find the constraints in the business quickly.