Azure Open AI Weekly Community Copilot - Issue #29
Happy Friday everyone!
I have a couple super important things to submit to you this issue.
First off, before I get started, next week is my last work trip for the year. I will be in Houston, TX talking about Shadow AI. If you happen to be in the area, I believe there may be some tickets left. You can check out the event, along with registering to attend here:
HASMUG 2023 | December 13 - Microsoft Security, Compliance, and Identity https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hasmug-2023-december-13-microsoft-security-compliance-and-identity-registration-722821026147
Early 2024 is already turning into a very busy time for myself, my team, and my org here at Microsoft. So, with this being my last trip of 2023, I’m really looking forward to the holiday season, spending uninterrupted time with the family and essentially being technologically brain-dead for the last couple weeks of the year. So, with that said, this NEWSLETTER WILL GO ON HIATUS FOR THE HOLIDAYS. It will pick back up again the second week of January with the first issue of 2024 delivering on Friday, January 12th.
As the holiday season is well upon us, it becomes the responsibility of each of us to look out - not for ourselves - but for those around us. This time of year should be about giving and showing support for the ones we love but more importantly for those that are less fortunate than we are.
For those struggling to identify the less fortunate people in their lives, if I may, I’d like to submit one of my own. A good friend, and long-time community colleague has fallen on hard times. Many of you may know Sean Kearney. Sean has been a driving force for the PowerShell community for years, but he has been out of action due to medical issues and is now faced with losing his home because of it.
If you are so led, please consider supporting Sean. The GoFundMe page is here: https://gofund.me/f40ca18d
That’s it from me for this week - and this year. Be good to each other.
Happy holidays. Merry Christmas. And Happy New Year.
From My AI
This week I asked my AI for additional ideas for giving to those less fortunate during the holiday season. Here’s the response…
Certainly! Here are some ways people can give to those in need during the holidays:
Donate to a local food bank or soup kitchen. Many people struggle to put food on the table during the holidays, and a donation of non-perishable food items or money can go a long way to helping those in need.
Volunteer at a homeless shelter or other charitable organization. There are many organizations that need volunteers during the holidays to help serve meals, wrap gifts, and provide other assistance to those in need.
Adopt a family in need. Many organizations and churches have programs where you can "adopt" a family in need and provide them with gifts and other necessities during the holidays.
Donate to a toy drive. Many organizations collect toys and gifts for children in need during the holidays, and a donation of toys or money can help make a child's holiday brighter.
Make a charitable donation in someone's name. If you're looking for a meaningful gift for someone, consider making a donation to a charity in their name.
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