Media: The Future of Newspapers is Pay For Play Journalism?

I love my news.  For whatever reason, I find catching up on the world to be one of the most relaxing and rewarding things you can do in your spare time.  Even though I like to read the news, I rarely read a physical newspaper or magazine or watch a news program .  My cell…

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Microcode: PowerShell + XNA: New-SpriteFont

As I said in a previous post, I’ve started to explore the wild world of XNA. XNA just released version 3, which allows you to make games for Windows, Xbox, and Zune. The SDK is free, and you can download it here. The last post introduced Get-Font, a quick function that lets me see what…

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Microcode: PowerShell Scripting Tricks: Get-Font

I’ve started to explore the wild world of XNA. XNA just released version 3, which allows you to make games for Windows, Xbox, and Zune. The SDK is free, and you can download it here. It comes with a nifty little platformer game (think a 3-screen Super Mario Brothers), which helps a lot with the…

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Microcode: Cool Posts: Visual Studio Tips & Tricks

Benko just posted a Visual Studio Tips & Tricks listing.  It’s missing on of my favorites, which a coworker on the PowerShell team, Ibrahim Abdul Rahim, showed me: In a couple of circumstances, you’ll see a red squiggle (like a syntax error) at the end of a line.  This squiggle occurs when you’re renaming something,…

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Media: xBox 360: 70 XNA Games in 24 Days

It’s the weekend.  I love my video games, and I really love my xBox 360.  I’ve had one since just after they first came out, and I’ve slowly but surely accumulated about 70 physical games for the 360 made by major producers.  I remember seeing the total xBox 360 games climb past one hundred, and…

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Microcode: PowerShell Scripting Tricks: Scripting The Web (Part 2) (Get-MarkupTag)

The first post about scripting the was a lot of waxing philosophical but little about how to extract data and give it form.  There are several approaches, with various difficulties.  I could build a full HTML parser and walk though object models, or I could use the object model of IE.  Since I personally like…

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Microcode: PowerShell Scripting Tricks: Scripting The Web (Part 1) (Get-Web)

Several of the last posts have tackled how to take the wild world of data and start to turn it into PowerShell objects, so that it’s easier to make heads or tails out of it.  Once all of that data is in a form that PowerShell can use more effectively in the object pipeline, you…

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Microcode: PowerShell Scripting Tricks: More Joy of Hashtables (with Get-HashtableAsObject)

I recently did two different "in depth" posts.  One on The Joy Of Hashtables and another on Select-Object versus Add-Member.  At the end of Select-Object vs Add-Member, I hinted at more convenient ways to write objects that used Script Properties.  Script Properties are particularly useful because, unlike Note Properties, they are evaluated when they are…

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Microcode: PowerShell Scripting Tricks: The Joy of using Hashtables with Windows PowerShell

PowerShell is full of nice little touches.  While some of these touches are easy to run across, like Get-Command and Get-Help, there are also a lot of little ones that are very small changes that make working with some parts of PowerShell (and .NET) a whole lot easier.  One area that’s got a lot of…

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