• PSCustomObject – Concept

    I have struggled with basic programming concepts in my journey towards understanding Powershell, and the term “Object Oriented Programming” has only recently begun to coalesce a reasonable definition in my head. I’ve largely used PoSH for reporting and functionality in my life, and being able to use PSCustomObject has been a roadblock that I have […]

  • Code Challenge – FizzBuzz

    I recently interviewed for a position with a company that was very much an “individual contributor” role. I have used powershell for loads of things throughout my life but was never testing in real time, so it was interesting and fun to have it be part of my interview. A lot of “classically training” coders […]

  • Tanium’s REST / Powershell Documentation is bad

    I banged my head on my desk for a several days to work out how to ask Tanium a question via REST / Powershell. Their examples were terrible, and the whole thing was riddled with spelling mistakes. I got it working, and carved up the results into different Excel documents. I documented the whole thing […]

  • Have you ever lifted a car?

    The Charm City Strongwoman competition is scheduled to take place on June 12, 2022, sponsored by Five X3, the best little gym in Baltimore. I’ve been lifting there for about 6 years, and while its been a blast, the best part has been helping run (and coach, in a weird, informal way) the Strongwoman competition. […]

  • Working from home – Pros and Cons

    Lots of people are working from home now, pandemic-induced and otherwise. I did it from 2015-2018, and I can say that its a mixed bag. I don’t like the encroachment on my personal space, I don’t like the lack of social interaction. But I really like fostering rescue dogs.

  • Frustration fuels growth, but also more frustration

    After all my years in the “biz”, I struggled intensely to add a Windows CA to an ubuntu box today. Just goes to show you, no matter how long you’ve been doing this, or how good you are, you know nothing and its frustration all the way down! I’ve said, repeatedly, in fact, so repeatedly […]

  • Powershell– If/else for checking if a user is logged in

    Sometimes, you’d like to check if a particular user (like a local admin) is logged in, before you run your script. Here is that code: $CurrentlyLoggedInUserName = [Environment]::UserName if( $CurrentlyLoggedInUserName -eq “jwolcott”) { write-host “true” }else { write-host “false” }

  • Productivity and Loathing in Las Vegas (but really its Baltimore)

    Probably as long as I’ve been aware of it, I’ve struggled with productivity. It is my natural workflow to be spread-too-thin-across-too-many-projects, and while I can certainly identity that there is a problem (and they tell me the first step is admitting it), I’ve engaged in a life-long battle to defeat it. Of course, if you […]

  • WordPress.com Integration

    Sometime between the last time I regularly updated this blog and now, Red Sweater upgraded MarsEdit to a new version, and WordPress.com got their act together with JetPack and made their desktop client work. The worst sentence on the internet, but here it goes: “I hope to blog more”. This site was super updated for […]

  • Fostering Quincy

    6-30-2019 Update: I originally wrote this post with the idea that Quincy would be adopted quickly. He was not. This post might read weird, I’m trying to clean it up, but, basically, this post has been 3 years in the making. I am brain dumping here, to have a historical record of everything I can […]