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No Windows PowerShell Snap-ins are available for version 1
You'll get the error "No Windows PowerShell Snap-ins are available for version 1" if there are no snapins installed for PowerShell v1. But the tricky part is that more precisely you'll get this error if there are no snapins installed for v1 for the platform you're running on. So you'll get this error if you are in a 32bit powershell console and you try to call add-pssnapin on some snapin that builds or installs itself only for x64 (like the Exchange Management Snap-in). You'll get the same if the ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 30, 2007 5:06 PM

PowerShell and NNTP
Recently Marco Shaw posted a little nntp-stats script in the newsgroup that I thought was pretty neato, and right up my alley since we were in the middle of adding get-nntp and send-nntp cmdlets to the /n software NetCmdlets product. So as a tip of the hat to Marco, here is my version. Poster Stats: Get-nntp returns a collection of objects containing the subject, articleid, sender, references, etc of articles posted in a particular newsgroup. I put together a few ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 24, 2007 5:56 PM

PowerShell remote exec and secure shell
This is not a post about .Net remoting. And its not a post about accessing PowerShell through ssh. Here I'm talking about sending remote executions through rexec, rshell, and secure shell connections. Rexec and Rshell (rsh.exe) already exist as command line applications, but they do not exists in the PowerShell world (that is, they do not return objects). NetCmdlets send-rexec and send-rshell cmdlets take care of this problem. Each remote execution returns a collection of objects that contain the ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 24, 2007 1:46 PM

PowerShell console buffer to html
Adrian at soapyfrog posted a function recently for grabbing the contents of the PowerShell console buffer and pushing them out as html. I saved it and finally got around to using it today. Very useful, added to my profile. Thanks Adrian! PS C:\> (get-nntp -server -newsgroup -list 5) | sort From Number : 7804 Subject : Re: Quirk From : "/\\/\\o\\/\\/ [MVP]" Date : Tue, 23 Jan 2007 19:53:16 +0100 Size : 2610 References : <9eo6r256msnc3cvm527hm62... ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 23, 2007 2:19 PM

Religious leaders will lead Blu-ray to greatness
I saw this post over at Wired: No Sex, Please; We're Sony. To sum it up, apparently the porn industry is going with HD-DVD and not Blu-ray. Interesting. And, just for laughs: take a look at the 6th comment down: "Blu-ray still has better technology AND don't be so rash into thinking Sony made a bad choice. Once this is advertised strongly enough, religious leaders will prefer and support Sony's Blu-ray format over HD-DVD due to 'moral' reasons. I believe Sony knows what the market share really is ......

Posted On Friday, January 12, 2007 5:29 PM

iPhone developers: go to hell
Mark Pilgrim highlights "every developers's worst fears about the iPhone". In the article, Jobs chooses his words carefully to be sure. But really they're just nice ways to say "screw you", and "give us more money": "You don't want your phone to be like a PC". Oh, thanks, I didn't realize. I guess I misunderstood what you were doing with the iPhone in the first place. Oh...or were those words just a sneaky (yet brilliant) way to draw comparisons to Pocket PC phones and Smartphones? Technorati : iphone ......

Posted On Friday, January 12, 2007 5:17 PM

iPhone: get real
Several people have made comments to me about the newly announced Apple iPhone because they know how I felt about the iPod when it first came out ( see my post, "Convert Your Pocket PC to an IPod"). I must say, it looks really nice. The tech specs are impressive. But can we all please get real for a second here? Really, its about damn time the iPhone happened. Really, this is not a new idea. One thing about the iPhone announcement that annoyed me is the way Steve Jobs and Apple make it seem like ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 10, 2007 6:01 PM

Regular Expressions on XKCD

Posted On Wednesday, January 10, 2007 8:19 AM

Using AmzWish on
Visit the AmzWish home. Find your Amazon Wishlist Id, and paste it in the "My Wishlist Id" textbox on the AmzWish home page. Click the Generate HTML button and copy the selected code. Login to your GeeksWithBlogs admin page, and go to Options->Configure. Paste the html into the "Static News/Announcement" box. Secret tips for geeks with blogs and Amazon Associates accounts: In the generated HTML, you'll find a link to By default, it contains ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 9, 2007 3:00 PM

Replace notepad in Vista
notepad.exe, *cough*sucks*cough*. But what do you expect? Its obviously supposed to be very limited, but its a little too limited for the year 2007 IMO. Fortunately Matt Berther showed me how to replace notepad on Vista with Notepad2, which rocks. Now when I view source in IE I actually get something I can read. Technorati : Vista, notepad, notepad2 ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 9, 2007 2:59 PM

/n software announced IP*Works! V8 beta!
112, count 'em, three new product announcements from the land of /n software today: IP*Works! V8 Beta - The must-have internet communications toolkit for software developers. IBiz FDMS Integrator v1 - For credit card processing through the First Data Merchant Services network. IBiz Paymentech Integrator v4 - For credit card processing through the Paymentech processor. /n software news feed: subscribe. Technorati : components, credit card processing, fdms, ibiz, ipworks, nsoftware, paymentech ......

Posted On Monday, January 8, 2007 1:46 PM

AmzWish is Amazon's ECS App of the Week
For the last few weeks, AmzWish (digg it), my little widget that displays your Amazon wishlist and lets people buy things for you while letting you make money from their purchases at the same time, has been one of the featured widgets at Widgetbox. Now, AmzWish is Amazon's ECS App of the week! Thanks to Amazon ECS and RSSBus, AmzWish was created in just a few minutes by doing nothing by combining a few RSSBus calls to RSSBus' AmazonOps with simple HTML. Technorati : amazon, amazon ecs, amzwish, ecs, ......

Posted On Monday, January 8, 2007 12:31 PM

Sony: NOT a software company
Sony, let's face it, you're not a software company. We all loved your VCR's back in the day...but the software on them sucked. We all love your DVD players, but the software on them sucked for years. Then at some point presumably you hired a software usability guy and things slowly improved. Sort of, at least. I don't want to get out of control with compliments about it though, because it still sucks. I'm pretty sure that Sony knows they're not a software company. We all know where their expertise ......

Posted On Sunday, January 7, 2007 3:57 PM

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