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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)

Tip Of The Week ABC’s – A is for Automating HTTPWatch With PowerShell

For the last few months I’ve been negligent on my regular blogging.  I can come up with a bunch of excuses but it all boils down to feeling that I’ve got something meaningful to say.  I’m not the type to just blog for the sake of blogging but I’ve begun to miss the great feedback I receive when I put something out there that helps folks.  What has worked for me in the past is to come up with the concept of an ABC’s series where I put sequential posts out with each post having a topic based on the letters in the alphabet.  I started with The Networking ABC’s, followed that up wit... (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)

A Brief History Of DevOps By @F5Networks | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

DevOps 101 - A Brief History Of Time If you have anything to do with developing products or working in IT helping to deploy and run them, chances are you have heard the term "DevOps" in one form or another.  Just like the ubiquitous "Cloud" floating out in the Internet somewhere, DevOps has become a catch-all phrase for anything that is Developer or Operations related. Before jumping into what DevOps is, I think it's helpful to look back at the evolution of software development which will make it clear why DevOps was inevitable. First Came The Developer And QA I'll start be loo... (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)