Before you quit & follow passion


Often, people on social media advise quitting jobs and following one’s passion. I was exhilarated the first time I heard it, too! As the world is recovering from the lockdowns, 2021 has become the time of great resignation.

According to the United States Department of Labor, 2.7% of the US workforce quit in April 2021, the highest ever recorded at the time. Since then, that number has actually accelerated. 41% of workers across the globe are considering leaving their jobs. My career has been quite unconventional. I have precisely shaped my career subtly or the other times quite noticeably for almost the last 20 years now. I earned multiple degrees, including the Master’s degree, while working 60-80 hours per week!

In your next move, look for an opportunity, not a job.

– author

Here are my takeaways:

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Windows Terminal: complete reference


Windows is the most popular PC Operating System in the world, and for good reason. Not only has Microsoft made the Operating system easy to use, but it has also blessed it with a gazillion of power-user-friendly features. Command Prompt, Windows Subsystem for Linux, and PowerShell were always good enough for advanced users. To make the whole command line programming system more streamlined, Microsoft released Windows Terminal. You can download and install the app from Microsoft Store.

Introduction

Windows Terminal is a terminal interface for command-line tools and shells, which allows users to put their favorite command-line applications under a single umbrella. It offers multi-tab support, personalized features — colored window, text formatting, and more — Unicode or UTF-8 character support, GPU-aided text rendering, and other noteworthy tools.

1. Productivity – Profiles

Windows Terminal lets you create multiple profiles for different shells. Essentially, you can configure these profiles in any way. I would cover some of the use cases to help you get started.

Steps to create new profile [more info]

  • Open the Windows Terminal application.
  • Click the drop-down button on the title bar.
  • Select the “Settings” option.
  • Click “Add new” option on the sidebar.
  • Type a name in the “Profile name” field.
  • Click the “Browse” button next to the Command Line field.
  • Select the CMD shell exe file and click “Open.”
  • Hit the “Save” button.
  • With that, you have added a new profile to the Windows Terminal.

Alternate, more advanced way is to click Open JSON file at the bottom left and edit the configuration file directly.

We would use the JSON file. Note that you might have to restart Windows Terminal to reflect changes on JSON. Each profile needs a unique GUID. You can either use the GUIDs exactly as follows or you can generate yours like following:

Generate GUID using PowerShell Core profile, showing my unique customization in Windows Terminal app

25+ Color Themes!

My code snippets would have references to these themes as an added bonus, if you would want to save countless hours creating and picking these color themes.

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cmd.exe and PowerShell profiles

This probably is the most obvious one. Windows Terminal would come with this profile.

{
 "commandline": "cmd.exe",
 "guid": "{0caa0dad-35be-5f56-a8ff-afceeeaa6101}",
 "hidden": false,
 "name": "Command Prompt"
},
{
 "commandline": "powershell.exe",
 "fontFace": "CaskaydiaCove NF",
 "guid": "{61c54bbd-c2c6-5271-96e7-009a87ff44bf}",
 "hidden": false,
 "name": "Windows PowerShell"
}

PowerShell Core profile

PowerShell Core is a cross-platfrom (Windows, Linux and macOS) software. It has command-line shell, an associated scripting language and a framework for processing cmdlets. If you are new, please check out their home page.

{
 "commandline": "pwsh.exe",
 "fontFace": "CaskaydiaCove NF",
 "guid": "{574e775e-4f2a-5b96-ac1e-a2962a402336}",
 "hidden": false,
 "name": "PowerShell Core",
 "source": "Windows.Terminal.PowershellCore",
 "tabTitle": "PowerShell Core",
 "colorScheme": "SMYCK"
}

Anaconda Environments

We can create a custom profile with command line arguments to start a profile with specific Anaconda virtual environment. In other words, you can very easily create different profiles or tabs, for each Anaconda environment you have.

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SSH Profile

When I was using AWS EMR or, AWS EC2 I had to use SSH prompt along with PuTTY. For authentication we would use ppk file and enable dynamic port forwarding. In principle Windows 10 has built in SSH client but for some reason, I ended up using a command line utility called Plink – from the same publisher of PuTTy.

{
 "commandline": "C:\\instals\\plink.exe -ssh -i %USERPROFILE%\\Documents\\data\\my-key.ppk -D 8088 ec2-user@xx.xx.xx.xx:xx",
 "cursorShape": "vintage",
 "guid": "{fc51cff4-926b-4287-b1a2-fa2f23dc78e5}",
 "hidden": false,
 "icon": "%USERPROFILE%\\Pictures\\icons\\rhel8.png",
 "name": "AWS EC2 Red Hat (RHEL8)"
},
{
 "commandline": "C:\\instals\\plink.exe -ssh -i %USERPROFILE%\\Documents\\data\\my-key.ppk -D 8088 hadoop@yy.yy.yyy.yy:yy",
 "cursorShape": "vintage",
 "guid": "{f8f0b31d-3ab5-49c7-b455-89dbfea31d14}",
 "hidden": false,
 "icon": "%USERPROFILE%\\Pictures\\icons\\aws.ico",
 "name": "AWS EMR SSH"
}

Git bash profile

If you have installed git bash, you can also create a profile for it.

{
 "commandline": "%USERPROFILE%\\AppData\\Local\\Programs\\Git\\bin\\bash.exe --cd-to-home",
 "cursorShape": "vintage",
 "guid": "{848fe68a-c7ab-4123-bbbc-bd24c792ca29}",
 "hidden": false,
 "icon": "%USERPROFILE%\\AppData\\Local\\Programs\\Git\\mingw64\\share\\git\\git-for-windows.ico",
 "name": "git bash"
}

Ubuntu Linux profile

If you have not already, follow these steps for installing Linux subsystem in Windows 10 and downloading a Linux distribution like Ubuntu from Microsoft Store: https://itsfoss.com/install-bash-on-windows/

{
 "colorScheme": "Ubuntu",
 "cursorColor": "#DD4814",
 "cursorShape": "filledBox",
 "fontFace": "Cascadia Mono",
 "guid": "{07b52e3e-de2c-5db4-bd2d-ba144ed6c273}",
 "hidden": false,
 "name": "Ubuntu-20.04",
 "source": "Windows.Terminal.Wsl",
 "icon": "%USERPROFILE%\\Pictures\\icons\\Ubuntu.ico",
 "useAcrylic": true,
 "acrylicOpacity": 0.85
}

2. Personalize – Oh my posh!

There is a very good chance that you have heard about this module.

Scott Hansekman’s YouTube video on how to set up Oh my posh

After you have completed the steps in the video above, and got it to work, you could download the themes and preview them using the following command. More documentation is available at: https://ohmyposh.dev/docs/.

$ Get-PoshThemes

If you are interested, you can download my very own custom theme for free at: https://gist.github.com/aarshtalati/085b9f757acb61242bbe8bd7c5829243.

How to communicate with an audience?


I strongly think that technical professionals’ ability to speak, write and the quality of idea (in that order) would be a significant factor in their success. So why is communication important? We live in an era of distractions, work from home, online conference meetings, etc. Humans have only one language processor. We do not know if everyone on the meeting across the wire implements rules of engagement as they would during an in-person discussion. Even during an in-person conversation, it is plausible for someone to be mentally absent.

The uniform code of military justice specifies court-martial for any officer who sends a soldier into battle without a weapon. Communication skills are nothing short of weapons for professionals.

Speech

If you go to conferences, I can almost guarantee that 9 out of 10 speakers would start their speech by saying “{Greetings} my name is {name} I am from {place} and this talk is about {topic}.” By repeating what you already know, the speaker is signaling you to catch up with emails on your laptop/phone or maybe make plans for your weekend. Second, “Umm … umm … aaah .. is the mic working? How much time have I got?” Not a great way to get uninterrupted attention from your audience.

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Migrate Perforce to git(hub) repo


Assumptions

  • You have done your due diligence to compare the two (from price, speed, workflow, onboarding etc. perspectives) and have concluded that reasons to migrate Perforce to git are beneficial for you.
  • Word of caution. Do you have “large files”? Well, define “large”! Some cloud vendors set some limit for what is the maximum limit of your file could you upload to the cloud. Check out this Powershell script: Powershell.P4Sizes · GitHub

Migration

To prepare for surprises, plan ahead on how would you verify if the migration has succeeded!

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Employer Handbook 0


Often, we have an employee handbook. We never have one for employers, though. In this article, I try to share a boiler plate employer handbook.

  1. Always encourage craftsmanship, and hire people smarter than you.
  2. Employees don’t leave their companies. They leave their manager.
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UI Path Task Capture in 1 minute


What is it?

  1. Screenshot and documentation tool on Steroids.
  2. It can take a series of screenshots and generate documentation in Microsoft Word template.
  3. Just like Windows’ built-in Snip and Sketch or Snipping tool but, with Microsoft Paint & OCR capabilities.
  4. Installs locally, just like Snappy.
  5. This tool can spit out a skeleton for RPA developers.
  6. This is to RPA developer, what Gherkin/Cucumber is to a C#/Java developer.

Benefit hypothesis

  1. Target audience:

How to deal with spammers?


So it finally happened. You went to a conference for your employer or visited a webinar or a website … somehow, you willingly and consciously shared your email address and/or phone – because they require you to “check-in.” Fast forward three months, and now you are getting phone calls after phone calls from their marketing and their newsletter, for which you never signed up! You can ever so politely say that you are not interested in their product and unsubscribe from their marketing emails on the phone call. These actions should be the end of it. What do you think?

No, they were just getting warmed up!

I started getting more and more imaginary “follow up” phone calls and then emails to schedule “appointments” with me & my manager to buy their product. Despite how many times I would unsubscribe from their emails, or I would tell them that I was not interested – on the phone, it did not stop. A new marketing associate would call me and then tell me that he/she did not know the conversation I had in the past with one of their own. This company kept cold calling me for a few months. Boy, they were persistent!

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Best VS Code ext & themes


Extensions:

Themes:

I am generally High Contrast kind of guy, who prefers the same for OS theme as well (just me) … but I might be a little bit inclined towards dark themes:

After high contrast, I prefer Phœnix Dark in particular for dark theme and GitHub Plus Theme for light theme. Themes like Popping and Locking Theme, Dracula Official overwhelm me with their colors.