Should You Use Windows Services or PowerShell for Infrastructure Automation?

Microsoft includes PowerShell in its desktop and server operating systems. It’s a popular command language for IT departments that need to automate tasks. PowerShell is the old Windows DOS command line on steroids. PowerShell programs are called commandlets, because they are small programs written in a scripting language similar to .NET and DOS. It uses a customized version of the .NET language, and it has some advantages over Windows services. Windows services are still useful, but here are some tips when choosing the right automation tool for your projects.

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5 Phenomenal Chrome Extensions Every Blogger Needs to Discover

Being an efficient blogger means not only growing your network via your content but managing your time wisely at the same time. Luckily for today’s savvy wordsmith, there are more tools than ever before to help you maximize your writing time. Chrome users are especially fortunate as developers are launching a myriad of awesome apps and extensions for Google’s browser. Check out the following collection of phenomenal Chrome extensions for bloggers; these add-ons just might be enough to make you switch to Chrome if you haven’t already.

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7 Steps to Support CIO Efforts to Manage Shadow IT

The origin of rogue information technology – technology selected and paid for by employees for business use – may be the assumption on the part of business people – the money making arm of a company — ¬†that the cost of acting as a supplicant to bureaucratic IT — a service arm of a business — is too high. That or the fact that it’s sometimes difficult to convince business people that IT has their best interest at heart. But regardless of the rational for the adoption of a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy, employee use of third-party apps and services, and personal mobile devices in a corporate facility places a company and its assets and operations at risk.

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5 Ways a Small Business Benefits from Its Leader’s Listening Skill

Business schools dot the country’s landscape for one reason:¬† to create effective leaders. These schools teach leaders to exhibit confidence, omniscience and competence, but what about listening? This trait is perhaps the most difficult of all leader attributes to acquire in part because as a leader listens, he admits that he may know less about building a sustainable business system than his title suggests. Consequently, listening is an expression of moral humility that can move a company’s center of gravity away from financial and operational theories to alternative sources of wisdom … namely a company’s stakeholders. Here are five practical benefits of doing so.

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