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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 twitter account, I’ve got it up and running. Using it is as simple as posting a message mentioning the @askbing account.  The Usage is as follows: @askbing [sourcetype [options]] question_or_search_terms If you omit the sourcetype it will default to “web”.  The following sourcetypes and opt... (more)

Shrink-Url – Use PowerShell To Shrink Your Urls

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... (more)

Shrink-Url – Use PowerShell To Shrink Your Urls

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... (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)

Use PowerShell To Auto-Update Your Sysinternals

If you’ve ever had to diagnose something with your Windows system, odds are you’ve come across the Sysinternals product suite by Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell.  Their PsTools suite has saved my behind many times and since they regularly make updates to the tools, it’s kind of a pain to make sure that the tools you are using are always up to date.  I’ve been using these so long I still have my tools directory named after the their original “NTInternals” name.  Anyone else been using them this long? As part of the transition into Microsoft, they have made available the Sysin... (more)