PowerShell Summit 2014: Reviewing the Iron Scripter

I’ve been pretty busy, lately. It’s taken a while for me to finally get around to looking at the Iron Scripter challenge, alongside the winning code, that went on at the PowerShell Summit this past April. How did the challenge work?

Participants were awarded 1-5 points in each of the following categories:

  • Presentation (formatting)
  • Creativity
  • Use of the Theme Ingredient (being CIM)
  • Taste (functionality)

The challenge was made up of three courses:

  • Appetizer Course
  • Dessert Course
  • Main Course

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Microsoft Word / Outlook Security Vulnerability

You may want to take a look at this, if you use Microsoft Office 2007, 2010, of 2013 — not sure about you 365 people, but you may be included.

Security Advisory by Microsoft
“…The vulnerability could be exploited through Microsoft Outlook only when using Microsoft Word as the email viewer. Note that by default, Microsoft Word is the email reader in Microsoft Outlook 2007, Microsoft Outlook 2010, and Microsoft Outlook 2013.”

It allows an exploit to execute remote code on your machine — not a pretty thing. Follow this article to turn off the setting in Outlook that allows you to preview RTF (you can disable other file-types in the same fashion, such as PDF here, too).

The Security Advisory by Microsoft that I linked above also has Suggested Actions, such as a simple Fix It option that does the configuration work for you. Eventually they’ll come out with a fix, but it looks like the zero-day must have hit someone hard enough for Microsoft to recognize it and warn the community.

Guru99 and Ops School — More Learning Resources

Two new links are being added to my Online Resource Learning Resource Library today, Guru99 and Ops School:

From the site: “We at Guru99 strive to make quality education affordable to the masses. Over the years the cost of education has increased many folds to make it beyond the reach of many. You may be appalled to learn that even in most developed nations students resort to prostitution to pay up for their college tuition fees. We want to remove this  financial barrier to good education. In fact, the only barrier to education must be an individuals thirst for knowledge.” They have many topics, such as Ethical Hacking and Linux Administration!

From the site: “Ops School is a comprehensive program that will help you learn to be an operations engineer. Operations engineers are highly skilled people who manage the computer systems of businesses big and small. In addition to corporate systems, operations engineers also maintain the systems that allow websites, networks, payments systems and other Internet services to function. The field of operations engineering covers a wide variety of topics, from systems administration, to security, networking and beyond. Ops School will guide you through all of these skill sets from beginner to expert.” This isn’t just technical know-how, but also practical advice for those seeking to become engineers!

You know of a site I don’t have listed on my compiled library, or have a favorite course on one of them? Don’t hesitate to post on that page, or respond to this article.

Linux Foundation Joins edX, Free Intro Course This Summer!

Want to take a Linux course this Summer, that has been created as an introductory course by the Linux Foundation? How about instead of shelling out over $2,000 for it like similar Foundation courses, you take it at absolutely no cost other than your time? Take a look! Whether needing a refresher or first-time-ever introduction, this looks to be a good quality course.

Snippet from Page: “More than 20 years ago, Linus Torvalds sparked an open source revolution with a short email declaring he was doing a new project “just for fun.” Today, Linux powers 98% of the world’s super computers, most of the servers powering the Internet, the majority of financial trades worldwide and tens of millions of Android mobile phones and consumer devices…The Linux Foundation is pleased to partner with edX to deliver our Introduction to Linux course to anyone, anywhere in the world, at any time. We hope it provides an entry point for students into the personal and professional rewards of being part of the Linux community.”

Snippet from Page: “This course explores the various tools and techniques commonly used by Linux programmers, system administrators and end users to achieve their day-to-day work in a Linux environment. It is designed for experienced computer users who have limited or no previous exposure to Linux…Upon completion of this training you should have a good working knowledge of Linux, from both a graphical and command line perspective, allowing you to easily navigate through any of the three major Linux distributions.”

I’m definitely signing up. For other learning resources, make sure to take a look at my Online Learning Resource Listing on HalfwayToInfinite.

Compiled List of Online Learning Resources (Many Free!)

I’ve dedicated a new page on the blog that is completely dedicated toward online learning resources, most of which are free. This includes education provided by:

  • Harvard
  • MIT
  • Stanford
  • Berkeley
  • Many more!

Sound too good to be true? Stop by my new Online Learning Resource Library, a compiled list of links, and have a look. Know of more that should make the list, or see your favorites? Speak your mind on that page.