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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)

Getting Started With iControl And Java – Setting Up Eclipse

This is the first article in a series focused on developing iControl applications with the Java language.  I’ve picked Eclipse development platform for this set of platforms.  The goal here is to give you the directions and tools you need to make the most out of iControl when you are involved with Java development.  For this article, I’m going to assume that you are starting off of a clean system.  In most cases, you will already have one or more of the prerequisites installed so you can feel free to ignore that section.  This article was developed with all the compo... (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)

Introducing AskBing The PowerShell Bing Twitter Proxy

Last week I posted a PowerShell function library for Microsoft’s newly introduced search engine at Bing.com.  The function library was appropriately named PoshBing. There was a log of interest in the script so I quickly moved it off my blog and onto a CodePlex project under PoshBing. Working on the command line is fun and all, but since I spend a good portion of my time accessing my twitter account, I figured it would be a bit of fun to integrate it with my previously released PoshTweet PowerShell twitter library. So, after an hour or so of coding it up and creating the @askbing ... (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)