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Shrinking your Url’s is all the rage nowadays.  If you are on Twitter, then odds are you have used one.  Despite CodingHorror’s distaste for them in his recent blog post on Url Shorteners: Destroying the Web since 2002, they are a fact of life when we live in a world of 140 character status updates. So what’s a URL shrinking service anyway?  Well, to put it simply, you supply them with a URL, they then supply you with a shorter URL containing a lookup “key”.  When future requests are made to this shorter URL, connections are routed to that services website where they convert the short URL to the original URL and issue a HTTP Redirect back to your browser to send you off to the original long url website. So, what’s a guy, or gal, to do if they want to set their status programmatically on Twitter, Facebook, FriendFeed, or the other gazillion social networking sites ... (more)

Node.js ABCs - L Is for Loading | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

One of the great benefits of utilizing a language like Node.js is the wide assortment of 3rd party modules that are at your disposal.  From calculating the validity of credit card numbers, to managing network connections, the Node Package Manager (npm) repository has hundreds of thousands of packages available to you.  This article will explain how you can load modules into your project. Loading and Referencing a Module In Node.js, modules are accessed either by their name or the file path on the system.  Non-system modules referenced by name will eventually be mapped into a fil... (more)

Introducing PoshBing – The PowerShell library for Microsoft’s Bing Search Engine

Microsoft released their new search engine called “Bing” at, aptly named, http://www.bing.com.  Microsoft is getting positive reviews from the likes of CNET, The Wall Street Journal, and TechCrunch.  Instead of posting my review of the site, I’ll let you browse the above links to find out what the services is all about. What interested me about Bing is that Microsoft has released a full API to allow you to use their services in your applications.  The Bing API is documented at Microsoft’s developer site and I thought to myself how I could test it out.  The obvious answer was Pow... (more)

BIG-IP CPU Visualization with the Google Visualization API

In previous articles, we have explored using the Google Chart APIs to integrate static charts and graphs with iControl and iRules to build monitoring applications. Creating An iControl PowerShell Monitoring Dashboard with Google Charts Scatter Plotting Response Times With iRules and Google Charts Fun with Hash Performance and Google Charts Monitor Your iRules Performance with iControl and Google-O-Meter Comparing iRule Control Statements Referral Tracking with iRules Heatmaps, iRules Style Part 1, 2, 3, & 4. In this article, I’m going to move beyond the static charting APIs and ta... (more)

Monitoring Your Network with PRTG - Custom Sensors Part 1

Articles in this series: Monitoring Your Network with PRTG - Overview, Installation, and Configuration In my first article in this series, I talked about the PRTG Network Monitor from Paessler and how we decided to use it for our DevCentral migration from our IT datacenter into a cloud provider.  In this article, I’m going to talk about the core of PRTG’s monitoring: it’s sensors. What is a Sensor? As the PRTG folks state: A sensor is the “heart” of the PRTG installation.  In it’s essence, a sensor is the term PRTG uses for a monitor.  When you t... (more)