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Vivek's out-ie and out-html scripts, Netcmdlets convert-data cmdlet
I found Vivek Sharma's blog through Jeffrey Snover on the MS PowerShell blog. He's got some good geeky stuff there, including some useful PowerShell posts. Vivek's out-ie is useful, so I snagged that for myself. I tried to create an out-ff but I hit a stumbling block because the Mozilla ActiveX Control requires a control container. out-html is not so useful because convertto-html already comes with powershell. NetCmdlets now includes a convert-data cmdlet which converts data to and from many different ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 29, 2006 2:59 PM

How to change your active directory password
Last year I posted the rules about how to remotely change your LDAP password. Its not very obvious because of the fact that the procedure depends on what server you're using (Active Directory, OpenLDAP, Novell, etc), and even then how your server is configured. Here is how you would change your password using the LDAPS component of IP*Works!! SSL (note, an SSL connection is required in order to change your password remotely if you are an Active Directory user. Otherwise you can do this with the LDAP ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 28, 2006 3:19 PM

PowerShell 1.0 Released
PowerShell 1.0 was released yesterday in Spain, and /n software was there! When you go to download it (for free), don't forget to pickup NetCmdlets too. Also check out Jeffrey Snover's 12 Cool Features of Windows PowerShell. You'll need to uninstall previous versions of PowerShell before you can install the new one, but PowerShell won't appear in Add/Remove Programs unless you check the "show updates" box. Technorati : cmdlets, netcmdlets, powershell ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 15, 2006 10:34 AM


Posted On Tuesday, November 14, 2006 10:34 PM

Output any newsgroup as an RSS feed in a half dozen lines of code
Update: I changed the feed to default to partial length, only the first 1000 characters of the article body. To change it to get the full body, add another querystring parameter named full with value true, ie: Output any newsgroup as an RSS feed in a half dozen lines of code. Thats pretty impressive, really. How? With RSSBus and a little script that calls RSSBus NntpOps. Here's ......

Posted On Friday, November 10, 2006 5:08 PM

PowerShell verb list
Here is a list of PowerShell cmdlet verbs on MSDN. Technorati : PowerShell, powerShell verbs ......

Posted On Friday, November 10, 2006 2:34 PM
Featured on Programmable Web a couple weeks ago was an API from the Institude On Money in State Politics that allows you to track campaign contributions for candidates. It is pretty neat, and should come in quite handily in 2008. Here is their a view of their data for North Carolina. A while back I posted about Project Vote Smart, and the news that they are planning to make an API available "well before the 2008 elections". With the massive amount of information available at Project Vote Smart, this ......

Posted On Thursday, November 9, 2006 4:23 PM

NetCmdlets Part 2: PowerShell cmdlet for SNMP (network management)
The SNMP PowerShell cmdlets that come with /n software NetCmdlets support SNMP v1, v2c, and v3, SNMPv3 auth/priv, MIB loading, etc. Here are some examples of using the Get-SNMP, Set-SNMP, Send-Trap, and Get-Trap cmdlets. Find SNMP enabled machines (agents) on your network:PS C:\> get-snmp -agent -oid sysName.0 Find processes running on a remote snmp-enabled machine:PS C:\> get-snmp -agent myagent -oid hrSWRunName -walk $true Send an SNMP trap to a remote manager:PS C:\> send-trap ......

Posted On Thursday, November 9, 2006 12:10 PM

NetCmdlets Part 1: PowerShell cmdlet for FTP (plus FTPS and SFTP)
Some examples of using NetCmdlets in PowerShell. The FTP NetCmdlet supports plain and secure (both SSL and SSH) FTP connections right from the PowerShell console. List files on a remote server: PS C:\> get-ftp -server myserver -user lancer -password mypass The same, but using SSL (auth-tls): PS C:\> get-ftp -server myserver -user lancer -password mypass -ssl explicit And again, but using SSH 2.0: PS C:\> get-ftp -server myserver -user lancer -password mypass -ssh Find the files on a remote ......

Posted On Thursday, November 9, 2006 11:37 AM

CNN Breaking News: I don't care about Britney's marital status
-- CNN believes that the marital status of formerly attractive pop-princess Britney Spears is vital to my day. Watch CNN or log on to and watch FREE video, plus live, commercial-free video with CNN Pipeline. CNN - The most trusted name in news. Seriously though...this is the "CNN Breaking News" that I just got in my inbox. I got a similar email when Mel Gibson got busted for his DUI. Why either of these is ever displayed prominently on or is ever considered "breaking news" ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 7, 2006 4:15 PM

AmzWish updated for,, .fr, .de.
I added support for users outside the US to use the Amazon Wishlist widget. Now all my Canadian friends can use it too (not to mention UK, Fr, etc). :) Current parameter list: wishlistid - An Amazon assigned Id for a particular wishlist to use (required). maxitems - The number of items to display in the widget (optional, defaults to 4). associatesid - An Amazon Associates Id to use, so that you can get paid when people buy things from the widget (optional). sorttype - For now there are only two accepted ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 7, 2006 4:05 PM

Powershell scripting contest
Windows PowerShell Scripting Sweepstakes. I think its kinda funny, though, that the first prize teaser in the description of the contest is two "all-expenses paid trips to Redmond, WA to meet the Windows PowerShell team". You know I'm sure I would enjoy meeting you all and everything...but I'd rather just have the Xbox. Unless I can get the xbox AND the trip to Redmond. :) Submit your entry scripts in one (or all) of 12 categories: Active Directory SQL Databases IIS 6.0/7.0 Networking Partner Category: ......

Posted On Monday, November 6, 2006 1:41 PM

RSSBus SLE feed example: stock quotes
As it turns out, a lot of the operations provided by RSSBus work great as lists using Microsoft's Simple List Extensions (see previous post if you aren't familiar with SLE). As an example, consider the yahooStockQuotes operation. If you only wanted to be able to track the latest quote of your favorite stock(s), a list would work perfectly. No need to store historical items about previous quotes in your feed reader. If your reader is smart enough to analyze historical data and give you charts and ......

Posted On Thursday, November 2, 2006 2:40 PM

RSSBus and Simple List Extensions
One of the changes in beta 3 of RSSBus is that by default all feeds produced use Microsoft's Simple List Extensions. For anyone who's not familiar with SLE, the cool thing about it is that it can tell the feed reader to treat an RSS feed as a LIST rather than a regular feed. One effect of this in your feed reader is that when you subscribe to a LIST, the reader knows that it shouldn't accumulate all of the items in the RSS feed forever. Instead, it will only maintain whatever is provided in the current ......

Posted On Thursday, November 2, 2006 2:22 PM

RSSBus Beta 3 Available
The new beta 3 of RSSBus was announced last week: "We have spent the past couple of months hardening the RSSBus Engine and preparing it for production. You will notice significant performance improvements, better error handling, better integration with ASP.NET, and a better security infrastructure." Read the full announcement. Technorati : feeds, rss, rssbus ......

Posted On Thursday, November 2, 2006 12:09 PM

Amazon wishlist widget
AmzWish was posted on programmableweb last week as one of the best new mashups. Technorati : amazon, amzwish, ecs, rssbus, widget ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 1, 2006 10:43 AM

Windows Power Shell Quick Start

Here's the Windows Power Shell Quick Start at Channel 9. This is a nice little quick resource for anyone interested in playing with the PowerShell scripting language.

Posted On Wednesday, November 1, 2006 9:18 AM

Beck - "Clap Hands" performance on the most recent episode of SNL
Beck - "Clap Hands" performance on the most recent episode of SNL. Simply an amazing performance, maybe the most enjoyable performance I've ever seen on Saturday Night Live (except maybe the one where Ashley Simpson got busted lip synching which was just hilarious). In this show, the band is playing a set dinner table instead of their regular instruments. Technorati : beck, clap hands, snl ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 1, 2006 9:17 AM

Need an RSS feed? Don't want to have to write code?
Bob Walsh over at My Micro-ISV invited me to make a guest post about RSSBus and how you can use it to generate RSS feeds without having to write any code. Check it out! Technorati : feeds, rss, rssbus ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 1, 2006 9:17 AM

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