Showing results 1 - 10 of 15 for the month of October, 2008.

Keeping Applications Up To Date

I found a nifty utility today called AppSnap that helps you keep your downloadable software up to date.  I love the Windows Update service that is integrated into Windows.  It has its flaws, but the version in Vista is much better than in previous versions of Windows.  Something I’ve always wanted, however, is for it […]

Desktop Icon Management

Every once in a while I do something that causes the icons on my desktop to be rearranged.  Sometimes it’s a video card driver upgrade.  Sometimes the OS decides that it must change the resolution for me.  Whatever the reason, I finally had enough of it after installing the latest ATI driver on my machine. […]

Wikipedia Autolink WordPress Plugin

I found a truly wonderful plugin for helping readers learn the terminology used on a web site – Wikipedia Autolink by Cristiano Fino.  This plugin uses a shortcode-like mechanism for creating a link to a topic for a term on WikipediaW, like so: [W:{term}] This will create a link in one of several ways, depending […]

Ugly Stepsister

I heard my wife call my name the other day as she was standing in our home office.  “Hon, can I get you to do something for me?” she asked.  With a look of determination in my eyes, I bounded up the stairs headed for the “Command Center”, a place where I would be surrounded […]

Duplicating a WordPress Site

I just duplicated this site so that I can test out new versions of WordPress and test plugins and themes that either I have written or that have been written by others with real content.  It took longer than I had hoped, but it still turned out to be a straightforward procedure. I started by […]

Rewrite Rules for IIS

It seems that much of the open source community (including WordPress) works hard to avoid Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) available on Microsoft operating systems in favor of Apache – even if they are running on a Microsoft operating system.  I’ve been using Windows for a very long time and am comfortable with it and […]

PowerShell Prompt Using PSCX

Since I’m using the PowerShell Community Extensions, it makes sense for me to also use the prompt mechanism defined there.  In this article I will describe what PSCX provides over and above what PowerShell provides and how I have chosen to integrate it into my environment. PSCX implements its prompt mechanism as a layer over […]

Prompts in PowerShell

PowerShell provides a very flexible mechanism for specifying what to display for the prompt, particularly since you have the entirety of the .NET Framework at your disposal.  PowerShell displays the prompt using the Prompt function.  By default it is defined like this: ‘PS ‘ + $(Get-Location) + $(if ($nestedpromptlevel -ge 1) { ‘>>’ }) + […]


Since my boss decided to switch from cmd.exe to PowerShell (yay!), I’ve been working on setting up a set of standardized profile scripts for everyone.  One of his first questions was how to change the prompt.  Since we’re using the PowerShell Community Extensions, we’ve been not only learning PowerShell but also the community extensions.  One […]

Fixes to PowerShell Community Extension 1.1.1

I’ve been using the Community Extensions for PowerShell for some time now but for various reasons haven’t had the time to really dive in and learn it (or PowerShell) the way I’d like.  My company (well, the IT department at my company) is now standardizing on using PowerShell in place of cmd.exe and using the community […]

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