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Published: Wed, 17 Nov 2010 11:20:08 GMT

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Ezine 202 - Permissions Analyzer

Wed, 17 Nov 2010 11:20:08 GMT

If you install this gismo it will remind you that a user's effective permissions are the most restrictive of the network share and NTFS permissions.

Ezine 201 - AutoHotKey

Wed, 27 Oct 2010 11:20:08 GMT

Here is a utility that creates hotkeys, or runs keyboard macros.

Ezine 217 - Learning PowerShell (3) Services

Sun, 24 Oct 2010 11:20:00 GMT

Get-Service: I want to start with a simple PowerShell script to check whether Service Names match their Display Names.

Ezine 216 - Learning PowerShell (2)

Sun, 17 Oct 2010 11:20:00 GMT

All you need to progress from PowerShell beginner to PowerShell intermediate is mastery of these three straightforward techniques. Get-Help, Get-Member and Get-Command

Ezine 215 - Learning PowerShell (1)

Sun, 10 Oct 2010 11:20:00 GMT

If you take up my challenge to learn PowerShell it will make your Windows administrative tasks easier and more fun, furthermore, at the end of the course I will provide a PDF of this mini-series of ezines.

Ezine 200 - Scary Stuxnet Hacking Story

Wed, 29 Sep 2010 11:20:08 GMT

This Stuxnet attack targets Siemens Simatic PLC boards which are used in Nuclear Power Plant and that's what is so scary.

Ezine 199 - Readers Recommendations

Wed, 22 Sep 2010 11:20:08 GMT

Here are ten little programs sent in by readers. As usual there is something for everyone. I hope you enjoy researching the utilities as much as I did.

Ezine 214 - Scripting COM Shell Objects - Launch Office Programs

Sun, 12 Sep 2010 11:20:00 GMT

These scripts use the PowerShell Compare-Object cmdlet to investigate which process corresponds to which application. The benefit is that you can employ 'Diff' to identify potential rogue applications.

Ezine 198 - Office 2010 Upgrade

Wed, 08 Sep 2010 11:20:08 GMT

The purpose of this ezine is to reassure you that an upgrade from Office 2007 to Office 2010 is idiot proof.

Ezine 213 - Research Processes with PowerShell's 'Diff'

Sun, 22 Aug 2010 11:20:00 GMT

These scripts use the PowerShell Compare-Object cmdlet to investigate which process corresponds to which application. The benefit is that you can employ 'Diff' to identify potential rogue applications.

Ezine 197 - Free iPad Ripper

Wed, 18 Aug 2010 12:20:08 GMT

If you would like a free copy then send a recommendation to me for a computer gadget, utility or handy tool.

Ezine 212 WMI System Restore

Sun, 08 Aug 2010 12:20:00 GMT

The practical task for this PowerShell script is to disable, or enable the operating system's restore points. From a learning point of view you can see how to build a PowerShell function and also discover another way of accessing the WMI classes.

Ezine 196 - Free Ebook Networking and Security Basics

Wed, 04 Aug 2010 12:20:08 GMT

I just hope that this free offer is still active by the time you get this feed.

Ezine 211 Write-Eventlog $10 Bounty

Sun, 25 Jul 2010 12:20:00 GMT

The offer of a $10 bounty in my last ezine produced a wonderful script. However, to fully appreciate what it achieves you need a grounding in Write-Eventlog. 

Ezine 195 - Simple Router Security

Wed, 21 Jul 2010 12:20:08 GMT

This is what I did to make my HOME router a little more secure: using my browser, I logged on to my router and changed the default password.

Ezine 210 Get-WinEvent $10 Bounty

Sun, 11 Jul 2010 12:20:00 GMT

I have a new mission. I want to collect a bank of simple PowerShell scripts that 'do stuff'. Perhaps you can help? I am offering a bounty of $10 for the best script based on Get-WinEvent.

Ezine 194 - How to Delete Your Account on Popular Websites

Wed, 30 Jun 2010 12:20:08 GMT

Even if you don't have an account with the organizations listed, skimming down the list may change your opinion of one or more of these websites..

Ezine 209 -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue

Sun, 27 Jun 2010 12:20:00 GMT

Ezine 209 If a PowerShell script halts, or a portion of the code does not work, what would you like to happen next? One popular solution is to tell the script to silently continue.

Ezine 193 - Guy's Litmus Tests. Dare You Run MsConfig?

Wed, 16 Jun 2010 13:20:08 GMT

This week I would like to return the idea of a Litmus test to distinguish between computer amateurs and professionals.

Ezine 208 - The Curse of PowerShell -recurse

Sun, 13 Jun 2010 12:20:00 GMT

Ezine 208 When you want a PowerShell command to search sub-directories then -recurse is a life saver.

Ezine 192 - Will Google Develop Their Own Operating System?

Wed, 02 Jun 2010 13:20:08 GMT

Is the Time for Cloud Computing Upon Us? Are we on the cusp of switching from local to internet computing?

Ezine 207 - PowerShell Export-CSV and Excel, A Marriage Made in Heaven

Sun, 30 May 2010 12:20:00 GMT

Ezine 207 PowerShell's Export-CSV and spreadsheets.

Ezine 191 - Is the Time for Cloud Computing Upon Us?

Wed, 18 May 2010 13:20:08 GMT

Is the Time for Cloud Computing Upon Us? Are we on the cusp of switching from local to internet computing?

Ezine 206 - Comparison Operators -gt -eq

Sun, 16 May 2010 12:20:00 GMT

Ezine 206 PowerShell's comparison operators -eq and -ne. Also -gt (Greater than).

Ezine 205 - PowerShell PSSnapins

Sun, 02 May 2010 12:20:00 GMT

The killer reason for adding PowerShell snapins is Active Directory. If you want to check a User's properties, then the native PowerShell commands are primitive and cumbersome.

Ezine 190 - Download Your Free Network Device Monitor

Wed, 28 Apr 2010 13:20:08 GMT

What you get with their free Network Device Monitor is a fully functional utility for checking the status of a router, firewall or even a server. I Love the undercurrent of learning while playing with these computer gadgets.

Ezine 189 - Windows SP1

Wed, 14 Apr 2010 11:20:08 GMT

Windows 7 SP1 and Service Pack Urban Myths

Ezine 204 - Execute DOS Commands in PowerShell

Sat, 11 Apr 2010 12:20:00 GMT

Invoke-Expression is a brilliant PowerShell cmdlet, which mimics us typing instructions into a 'DOS box'.

Ezine 203 - Abandon ping and try test-Connection

Sun, 28 Mar 2010 12:20:00 GMT

The benefits of test-Connection are two-fold, you can measure average response times, something that's not possible with ping, and you can employ test-Connection as a vehicle for learning about PowerShell's mathematical cmdlets such as measure-Object and [System:Math].

Ezine 188 - Can you resist ScreenToast?

Wed, 24 Mar 2010 11:20:08 GMT

You cannot help but enjoy this FREE online screen recorder. See what ScreenToast offers:-

Ezine 202 - Four Steps to Setting up PowerShell Remoting

Sun, 14 Mar 2010 12:20:00 GMT

Setting up remoting for the first time, is one of the most difficult tasks in PowerShell. But no worries, I will lead through the steps and anticipate some of the potential problems with WinRm and TrustedHosts.

Ezine 187 - Windows 7 Easy Transfer Lives-up to Its Name

Wed, 10 Mar 2010 11:20:08 GMT

My mission this week is to share with you my enjoyable experience of migrating user settings from XP (or Vista) to Windows 7.

Guy's Ezine 186 - Vista Features Removed in Windows 7

Wed, 03 Mar 2010 11:20:08 GMT

This week I have selected some of the items in Vista that you won't find in Windows 7. What I find is that deprecating features confuses us old-timers because we keep looking for them!

Guy's Ezine 185 - Joongel - A New Search Engine Also, More Readers Recommendations.

Wed, 24 Feb 2010 11:20:08 GMT

My first reaction to a new Search Engine (or browser) is that we have enough of them already. My second thought is competition is good.

Ezine 201 - PowerShell and WMI Disks with Win32_LogicalDisk

Sun, 20 Feb 2010 12:20:00 GMT

This week we are going to combine PowerShell and WMI to examine disk properties. Once we master the basics of get-Help and get-Member, then we are free to explore all the WMI disk objects.

Guy's Ezine 184 - Microsoft's New Windows Phone 7 Series. Also, More Readers Recommendations.

Wed, 17 Feb 2010 11:20:08 GMT

Any-Video-Converter. This freeware is useful for not only converting files between formats, but also for trimming videos then merging clips into one file. Any-Video-Converter supports most common formats including AVI, FLV, MOV, MP4, MPG, M2TS, MTS, RM, RMVB, QT, and WMV.

Guy's Ezine 183 - Readers Recommendations

Wed, 10 Feb 2010 11:20:08 GMT

Sooner or later most people need an FTP program like FileZilla.

Ezine 200 - PowerShell and WMI. Free Monitor

Sun, 07 Feb 2010 12:20:00 GMT

Ezine 200 - PowerShell's GWMI get-WmiObject. The benefits of WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation). For those familiar with VBScript that WMI is the killer reason to make the switch to PowerShell.

Guy's Ezine 182 - It's a Ripper!

Wed, 03 Feb 2010 11:20:08 GMT

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum can rip the content of DVDs to all popular video formats such as AVI, MOV, FLV, WMV, MPEG, MP4 and 3GP.

Ezine 199 - PowerShell Manages Windows Services

Sun, 31 Jan 2010 12:20:00 GMT

My main aim is to persuade people to follow my lead - abandon VBScript and take-up PowerShell. My secondary objective is to remind you that PowerShell has more verbs than just 'Get'; in this ezine we will employ, Set, Start, Stop and Restart.

Guy's Ezine 181 - Free Tool: Network Config Generator

Wed, 27 Jan 2010 11:20:08 GMT

Config Generator (CG) is a free tool, which puts you in charge of controlling changes to network routers and other SNMP devices.

Ezine 198 - Check Out PowerShell's Aliases

Sun, 17 Jan 2010 12:20:00 GMT

Understanding PowerShell's aliases is a wonderful way of getting started with PowerShell. Also, a refresher on aliases will help you add shortcuts such as gm, where, sort and ft to your scripting vocabulary.

Guy's Ezine 180 - GodMode Magic Folder

Wed, 13 Jan 2010 11:20:08 GMT

The idea is that you create a folder called 'GodMode', and lo and behold, it displays all sorts of useful information, such as links that you normally see in the Control Panel or Device Manager.

Ezine 197 - Use PowerShell to Do Stuff You Cannot Do in a GUI

Sun, 10 Jan 2010 12:20:00 GMT

The more reasons that you find to use PowerShell, the more likely you are to cope with the frustrations of learning something new, and come out the other side proficient at interrogating computers from the command-line.

Guy's Ezine 179 - How to Hide Users!

Wed, 06 Jan 2010 11:20:08 GMT

The main idea of this tip is to prevent a user account appearing on XP, Vista or Window 7's Welcome screen, thus making the computer a little more secure and private.

Ezine 196 - Learn PowerShell - New Year's Resolution. [Twitter ComputerPerfGuy]

Sun, 03 Jan 2010 12:20:00 GMT

If one of your New Year resolutions is to learn something new, then PowerShell v 2.0 is a great choice. Of all the scripting programs, no package enables you do more as quickly and with so few instructions, as PowerShell.

Guy's Ezine 178 - Lo Jack and Other Handy Utilities

Wed, 02 Dec 2009 11:20:08 GMT

Fed up of getting socks for Christmas? Here are handy utilities to ask your relatives to get for you instead. For example, with Lo Jack you can savour the anti-theft technology while protecting your laptop.

Guy's Ezine 177 - Break the Last Techie Taboo - Go for an Upgrade from Vista

Wed, 18 Nov 2009 11:20:08 GMT

We have now reached the point where I recommend breaking the last techie's taboo, put aside the clean install and go for an upgrade from Vista to Windows 7. If this sounds like heresy, my riposte is to say 'examine the evidence'.

Ezine 195 - PowerShell Script to Display Installed Programs [Twitter ComputerPerfGuy]

Sun, 15 Nov 2009 12:20:00 GMT

We ask PowerShell the question, which programs are installed on this machine? I'll bet you will find at least one program that has muscled its way into your computer without your approval.

Guy's Ezine 175 - Microsoft Windows 7 Brings Back Fun to Computing

Wed, 28 Oct 2009 11:20:08 GMT

My mission is to persuade you that whereas Vista led to an undercurrent of frustration, Windows 7 brings a pleasurable glow. I have a selection of fun new features, which illustrate why Windows 7 is a smarter operating system than Vista, and a more up-to-date alternative to XP.

Ezine 194: PowerShell's New-Object v Native Operating System Commands

Sun, 25 Oct 2009 12:20:00 GMT

My mission is to persuade you to launch PowerShell's ISE (Integrated Scripting Engine) instead of cmd.exe's DOS box.

Guy's Ezine 174 - Traps to Avoid When Buying Windows 7

Wed, 14 Oct 2009 11:20:08 GMT

If you are thinking of buying Windows 7, then I want to help you clarify Microsoft's mind boggling array of rules and options. Your best hope of success is to focus on the rules for your country and your edition of Vista or XP.

Ezine 193: PowerShell Get-Date (DateTime) How many days to Christmas?

Sun, 04 Oct 2009 12:20:00 GMT

PowerShell's get-Date cmdlet does a wonderful job of coping with the string format whatever the for day / month that are in international usage.

Guy's Ezine 173 - Six Handy Utilities

Wed, 30 Sep 2009 11:20:08 GMT

This week I am using the spread-shot approach to recommending utilities. I will be astonished if you use all these programs, yet I will be disappointed if you don't find one utility that's just what you are looking for.

Ezine 192: PowerShell Out-GridView

Sun, 20 Sep 2009 12:20:00 GMT

Out-GridView provides a better way for PowerShell to present tabulated information. It works particularly well when displaying data returned by get-Service or get-Process.

Guy's Ezine 172 - Guy's Thoughts on Microsoft's Release of Windows 7 in October

Wed, 16 Sep 2009 13:20:08 GMT

I want to give you an independent view of the new Windows 7 operating system.

Ezine 191: PowerShell Restart-Computer

Sun, 06 Sep 2009 12:20:00 GMT

PowerShell's Restart-Computer is very similar to the operating system's built-in shutdown /r command. A likely scenario is that you wish to automate the reboot of a local or remote server.

Guy's Ezine 171 - Has the Natural Equilibrium Returned to Transferring Computer Knowledge?

Wed, 02 Sep 2009 13:20:08 GMT

There is a natural state of affairs which says that adults know more than children. Well, about twenty five years ago a new phenomenon called computing turned this natural state of affairs on its head; overnight children knew more about operating systems and software programs than their parents.

Guy's Ezine 170 - Have Fun in the Registry

Wed, 19 Aug 2009 13:20:08 GMT

Learning is most effective when it's fun. I suggest that a good reason for being familiar with registry editing is so that you can troubleshoot a thorny computer problem.

Ezine 190: PowerShell -Online Parameter

Sun, 09 Aug 2009 12:20:00 GMT

One helpful new feature of PowerShell v 2.0 is the -online parameter. The purpose of this ezine is simply to explain how to get PowerShell's -online switch to work.

Guy's Ezine 169 - Cleanup Tool for .Net Framework

Wed, 29 Jul 2009 13:20:08 GMT

Uninstalling .Net Framework is one of those problems that you never really believe exists until it happens to you. Fortunately, Aaron Stebner has created the definitive tool to remove any version of .Net Framework.

Ezine 189: PowerShell Sort-Object and -GroupBy

Sun, 19 Jul 2009 12:20:00 GMT

Microsoft PowerShell's Sort-Object and -GroupBy makes it easier to make sense of the output if you add an instruction to sort or group the key column.

Guy's Ezine 168 - UAC in Windows 7

Wed, 15 Jul 2009 13:20:08 GMT

The advent of a more subtle UAC (User Account Control) in Windows 7, has rekindled my interest in these UAC dialog boxes. I offer an insight into the two sides of the argument to disable the UAC.

Ezine 188: PowerShell Regex - Regular Expression

Sun, 05 Jul 2009 12:20:00 GMT

Typical jobs for Regex are to find patterns in text, and to replace characters or even whole words. It's often when numbers mix with text that confusion occurs, and that's when you need a PowerShell script to solve the problem. For example, telephone numbers.

Guy's Ezine 167 - RunWinDiff and ObjectDock

Wed, 24 Jun 2009 13:20:08 GMT

Let me be realistic here, it's unlikely that all these utilities will be of interest to you, however, I bet that you will find one that's worth a second look.

Ezine 187: PowerShell ISE

Sun, 21 Jun 2009 12:20:00 GMT

PowerShell v 2.0 ISE (Integrated Scripting Engine). If you want to debug a block of code, or create and save .ps1 files, then the ISE will soon become your best friend.

Ezine 186: PowerShell Remoting

Sun, 07 Jun 2009 12:20:00 GMT

Remoting is PowerShell v 2.0's jewel in the crown. The ability to run the wonderful PowerShell commands against another machine transforms what you can achieve by typing away at your command-line. Now for the bad news, getting starting with remoting is hard.

Guy's Ezine 166 - IPAM IP Address Tracker

Wed, 27 May 2009 13:20:08 GMT

IPAM cracks the problem of allocating IP addresses in networks in two ways; for Mr Organized there is a nifty subnet calculator, you enter the network address and the subnet mask, then IPAM works out the usable addresses and their ranges. For Mr Lazy IPAM discovers, then displays the IP addresses of existing computers.

Ezine 185: PowerShell Windows Services

Sun, 17 May 2009 12:20:00 GMT

In this ezine I will compare the plain get-Service with the WMI version: get-WmiObject win32_service.

Guy's Ezine 165 - Five Nifty Utilities

Wed, 06 May 2009 13:20:08 GMT

Check out these five nifty utilities recommended by readers, Jumpchart, Wink, Flexense, Spiceworks and SCUP.

Guy's Ezine 164a - Internet Altruism is Alive and Kicking - But so are Those Pesky Viruses

Wed, 22 Apr 2009 13:20:08 GMT

Not only are those people who had a helpful personality in 1999, still altruistic today, but also it seems that a good proportion of the next generation has inherited this supportive trait from their parents.

Ezine 184: PowerShell v2 Introduction

Mon, 23 Mar 2009 12:20:00 GMT

The ability to 'Get-Content' is useful for itself; moreover, this cmdlet illustrates how easily PowerShell deals with reading from text files.

Guy's Ezine 164 - Is Internet Altruism Dead?

Wed, 08 Apr 2009 13:20:08 GMT

My battle with a browser redirect virus led me to ask the question, 'Is altruism on the internet a thing of the past?

Ezine 183: PowerShell -get-Content

Mon, 23 Mar 2009 12:20:00 GMT

The ability to 'Get-Content' is useful for itself; moreover, this cmdlet illustrates how easily PowerShell deals with reading from text files.

Guy's Ezine 163 - Windows 7 Update

Wed, 18 Mar 2009 13:20:08 GMT

Whereas it was easy to find fault with many aspects of Vista, there has been nothing but praise for Windows 7. Microsoft have soaked up the punishing criticism of Vista and tackled each and every shortcoming with zeal. The result is it's now a pleasure to use Windows 7 whereas grappling with Vista made many users hanker for their old XP.

Guy's Ezine 162 - Internet Explorer 8 Review

Wed, 04 Mar 2009 13:20:08 GMT

IE8 was not so much a slog of learning a new system, more the joy of playing with a new toy. These new features are non-intrusive, fun and some are even useful.

Ezine 182: PowerShell -confirm

Sun, 01 Mar 2009 12:20:00 GMT

Which ever version of PowerShell you are using, take the time to learn about -confirm and -whatIf. The benefit is that you can test new commands before you action them, this is particularly useful when contemplating changing settings or deleting objects.

Guy's Ezine 161 - ObserveIT Xpress

Wed, 18 Feb 2009 13:20:08 GMT

ObserveIT Xpress is a free utility that allows you to monitor Terminal Service sessions.

Guy's Ezine 160 - 'The Antivirus Emperor is Not Wearing Any Clothes'

Wed, 04 Feb 2009 13:20:08 GMT

Is Antivirus Software Worth the Hassle? My first objection to antivirus software is that under pressure its protection falls down. My second major objection to antivirus software is the grief it causes with false positives.

Ezine 181 - PowerShell and Win32_ComputerSystem

Mon, 02 Feb 2009 12:20:00 GMT

The WMI object that holds general machine information is called Win32_ComputerSystem. From the properties of this object we can display information about the system type, the domain, even the logged on user.

Guy's Ezine 159 - Syslog and the free Kiwi analyzer

Wed, 21 Jan 2009 13:20:08 GMT

My twin aims are to give you an introduction to syslog, and provide a good free analyzer so that you can investigate error messages that routers, switches and firewalls are already sending on your network. Such knowledge is particularly useful for troubleshooting security breaches and virus attacks.

Ezine 180 - Three Crucial Commands to Learn PowerShell

Sun, 18 Jan 2009 12:20:00 GMT

Even professionals use these commands if they get stuck: get-Help, get-Command and get-Member (alias gm)

Guy's Ezine 158 - Handy Utilities such as MBSA and CPU-Z

Wed, 07 Jan 2009 13:20:08 GMT

Paul DeBrino and Guy Thomas bring you recommendations for free utilities to try, enjoy and discover more about your computer.

Ezine 179 - Learning Microsoft PowerShell

Sun, 04 Jan 2009 12:20:00 GMT

Getting Started with PowerShell

Guy's Ezine 157 - Service Packs in General and Vista SP2 Beta in Particular

Wed, 10 Dec 2008 13:20:08 GMT

Each service pack has its own personality, some are like whiz kids and many are like a 'Mr Fixit', so far Vista SP2 has the personality of an accountant - efficient but boring. One urban myth doing the rounds is that service packs make pirate software crash.

Ezine 178 - Use PowerShell to Filter with -Match

Sun, 07 Dec 2008 12:20:00 GMT

As with life, scripts often give us too much information. In both settings the answer is a suitable filter. PowerShell provides a rich variety of tools to help us select just the data we need.

Guy's Ezine 156 - Free Utilities for Network Monitoring

Wed, 03 Dec 2008 13:20:08 GMT

This week I have two recommendations for free network monitoring utilities. As they have different approaches to analyzing network traffic I suggest you try the offerings from both Microsoft and SolarWinds.

Ezine 177 - PowerShell Tips

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 12:20:00 GMT

PowerShell Things Guy Has Forgotten to Tell You. Lunatics take over the asylum

Guy's Ezine 155 - Windows 7 or Cloud 9

Wed, 19 Nov 2008 13:20:08 GMT

A review of the contenders for desktop champion, Microsoft's Windows 7 and 'Cloud Computing'. The purpose of this article is to encourage you to think about the mid-term future for computing in general and the desktop in particular.

Ezine 176 - PowerShell's Service

Sun, 09 Nov 2008 12:20:00 GMT

If you employ PowerShell to report and configure your operating system's services, then you will be astonished by the sheer number of services, and surprised by which services are started.

Guy's Ezine 154 - Free Security Tools

Wed, 05 Nov 2008 13:20:08 GMT

One day you may be locked out of an application and need help in getting one of your forgotten passwords.

Ezine 175 - PowerShell and Out-File

Sun, 26 Oct 2008 12:20:00 GMT

Out-File PowerShell's Killer Technique to Switch from VBScript

Guy's Ezine 153 - One Good Utility Leads to Another

Wed, 15 Oct 2008 13:20:08 GMT

Have you ever noticed that if you find one good utility, you suddenly see more? Or if you complete one task successfully the next one seems easy?

Ezine 174 - PowerShell and WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation)

Sun, 12 Oct 2008 12:20:00 GMT

This week's mission is to research the capabilities of PowerShell's get-WmiObject. Firstly, we will list an inventory of all its classes, then we will concentrate on those WMI classes that deal with network objects. .

Guy's Ezine 152 - Guy comes out of the closet, the server closet

Wed, 01 Oct 2008 13:20:08 GMT

Advice on using Windows Server 2008 as your desktop