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How Expedia Made My New Bride Cry

If you would like to help me out, you can Tweet this story OR email Expedia and ask them to make things right for me and my wife. This is the story of how Expedia made my new bride cry. When Expedia followed up their failure with our honeymoon trip with a complete and total lack of acknowledgement of any responsibility for the problem and endless loops of explaining the issue over and over again - I swore that they would make it right. When they brought my new bride to tears, I got an immediate and ......

Posted On Sunday, June 19, 2011 10:00 AM | Comments (20)

Leaving /n software, headed to new startup

I've been extremely fortunate to work at /n software, but after more than 9 years, the time has come for me to say "goodbye". This Friday will be my last day. The people behind the amazing machine that is /n software are great, hard working people, and I'll be a fan for life. Most importantly though, I'm looking forward to new experiences and new challenges. I'll be joining an exciting new online marketing startup in Chapel Hill (more about them later!). My new work will be as a C# developer, but ......

Posted On Thursday, March 18, 2010 9:56 AM | Comments (2)

PowerShell: Twitter Auto UN-follow

Anybody who uses Twitter has heard of auto-follow services for Twitter. Below is a PowerShell script I used to auto UNfollow. The script goes through the people you're following and eliminates "idle" or "spam" friends. An idle friend is determined by a low friend count or low status count on an account that has been in existance for at least a couple months (configurable). A spam friend is determined by a high friend count but a low follower count (by default, the script uses a 15-1 ratio as the ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 12, 2010 1:06 PM | Comments (4)

Program Files Environment Variable in PowerShell

Today I saw this on Twitter from Julie Blender (@#juneb_get_help): Need to reference the "ProgramFiles(x86)" environment variable in #PowerShell? Use ${env:ProgramFiles(x86)}. I use this in a lot of my scripts, but I want a single variable that contains the right value whether I'm in a 64 bit shell or not. Here's my solution: First, I have a function in my testing profile called is64bit, that looks like this: function is64bit() { return ([IntPtr]::Size -eq 8) } Next, I have a get-programfilesdir ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 29, 2009 7:27 AM | Comments (2)

10 PowerShell One Liners

Here are a few one-liners that use NetCmdlets. Some of these I've blogged about before, some are new. Let me know if you have questions, which ones you find useful, or how you altered these to suit your own needs. Send email to a list of recipient addresses: import-csv users.csv | % { send-email -to $_.email -from lance@nsoftware.com -subject "Important Email" –message "Hello World!" -server 10.0.1.1 } Show the access control list for a specific Exchange folder: get-imap -server $mymailserver -cred ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 29, 2009 4:36 AM | Comments (1)

10 DIY SharePoint Web Parts #8

This post is the eighth in a series of postings, containing examples of SharePoint WebParts that anybody can build all by themselves. To read all posts in this series, or to get started with the RSSBus WebPart, go here. #8 – Twitter Many times since I originally posted about it months ago, I’ve been asked for more details about including Twitter searches and streams inside their SharePoint pages. Thanks to the Twitter API and feeds, this is very simple to do, and to change from showing searches, ......

Posted On Friday, October 30, 2009 3:35 AM | Comments (2)

Adding Tweet Button to ActiveModules’ ActiveForums

Here is how to add a “Tweet” button to your ActiveForums threads, using John Resig’s (@jeresig) “Easy Retweet Button”. I added a “Tweet” button to the header of each post, right next to the existing quote/reply buttons. First, modified the default styling of John’s retweet.js so that the tweet button matches ActiveForums. I modified retweet in the following ways: Set the link_text to just “ Tweet”. I killed the click count by setting count_type to “none”. Completely deleted the “styling:” ......

Posted On Thursday, September 17, 2009 9:20 AM | Comments (4)

Twitter Button to GeekswithBlogs/SubText Skin

I’ve always wished I could customize the skin on my blog at GeeksWithBlogs.Net. GeeksWithBlogs is built on SubText, and of course its just a skin, but since GWB is hosting my blog and I don’t have control over the skin files myself I am limited to what I can do with it. Well, today I finally did it, after some inspiration from John Resig (@jeresig) and his “Easy Retweet Button”. I added a “Tweet This!” button to the footer of each post. First, I modified the default styling of John’s retweet.js so ......

Posted On Thursday, July 23, 2009 9:03 AM | Comments (1)

Free Web Part (limited time!)

RSSBus (@rssbus) is promoting a "limited time offer - one per company" free 10-user site license for the RSSBus SharePoint Web Part. I don't know how long it will be available, but here is the link. The timing of this offer is quite nice for me since I have started the blog post series "10 DIY SharePoint Web Parts". Tags: SharePoint, RSSBus, WebPart ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 30, 2009 5:26 AM | Comments (0)

10 DIY SharePoint Web Parts

10 DIY SharePoint Web Parts 10 DIY SharePoint Web Parts is a series of postings containing examples of SharePoint WebParts that anybody can build all by themselves. These examples will require the use of the highly acclaimed RSSBus SharePoint WebPart. The RSSBus SharePoint Web Part isn’t like most others – it cannot be called a uni-tasker. It is the most exciting thing I’ve had the pleasure to work with in quite a while... its just a thing of beauty. What does it do? It lets you expose data to SharePoint ......

Posted On Monday, June 29, 2009 3:44 AM | Comments (2)

Multi-Source Search in SharePoint

I used the RSSBus WebPart to create a multi-source search in SharePoint – this will let me enter one search term, and see results from a variety of different search services at the same time. The RSSBus WebPart template turned out to be extremely simple, thanks to its built-in feed manipulation capabilities. <div id="search"> <label for="search"><b>Se... <input id="search" type="text" name="search" size="25" value="[[_request.form:search| def('')]]" ......

Posted On Monday, May 18, 2009 2:12 PM | Comments (1)

Tweets in SharePoint – Part 3

In part 1, I showed how to add Twitter Search to SharePoint using the RSSBus WebPart. In part 2, I added input properties to the script so that the web part was controlled by the properties in the property editor. Now, I can hook this up with a regular input textbox to let the user drive the search. Now my RSSBus WebPart script looks like this: <rsb:info title="My Custom Search"> <input name="query" description="A default query" default="SharePoint" /> </rsb:info> <div align="center" ......

Posted On Thursday, April 23, 2009 1:45 PM | Comments (1)

Tweets in SharePoint – Part 2

In an earlier post I showed how I use the RSSBus SharePoint WebPart to show a list of Twitter search results in your SharePoint pages. Now I’ll expand on that a bit to show how to make the WebPart a bit more dynamic. The script of the webpart itself gives a ton of power to the webpart user. As shown before, each tweet can be formatted however you like. But we can do so much more, like specifying webpart input properties. Starting with the same script from last time, here’s how I can make the search ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 22, 2009 11:33 AM | Comments (1)

Tweets In SharePoint

I saw Michael @Gannotti’s Tweets Wiki and thought it was pretty handy. It made me think of @jazzychad’s TweetGrid and how that would be nice inside SharePoint. So I combined these two into my own little twitter search page in SharePoint, and here’s how: Tools I used: RSSBus SharePoint WebPart. Installed and activated the RSSBus SharePoint WebPart, added the webpart to my SharePoint page. I went to search.twitter.com, and did a search for “PowerShell”. The results page includes the RSS feed for the ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 21, 2009 12:57 PM | Comments (0)

Twitter Search Web Part for SharePoint

1. I installed and activated the RSSBus Web Part for SharePoint, which allows me as a SharePoint owner or member to create a customized web part from one of dozens of RSSBus connectors or any RSS/Atom feed I like, such as a Twitter Search RSS feed. 2. I added the RSSBus Web Part to my SharePoint page, and edited its content using the Source Editor. I am using the following template to format the results of my search.twitter.com RSS result: <rsb:call op=http://search.twitter.co... ......

Posted On Friday, February 20, 2009 11:00 AM | Comments (1)

SharePoint Admins – You Dont Want to Miss This

The RSSBus SharePoint Web Part might just be the most exciting thing I’ve had the pleasure to work with in quite a while. RSSBus is an amazingly powerful product, but the RSSBus SharePoint Web Part…its just a thing of beauty. What the web part does: it lets you expose data from just about anywhere inside SharePoint. The simplest example is to show an RSS feed like Google News or Yahoo News. I tweeted about that last week. I put together two more simple examples. One is using my Twitter Search RSS ......

Posted On Friday, February 6, 2009 5:04 PM | Comments (0)

How to Execute SQL PowerShell Commands Anywhere

SQL Server 2008 PowerShell Cmdlets + /n software PowerShell Server v2 = Execute SQL Queries Anywhere. If you don’t already have the SQL cmdlets for PowerShell, you’ll need to download and install SQL Server 2008. A warning for those of you running on x64 machines - you’ll have to export the SQL Server keys in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE... (there should be 2 in PowerShellSnapIns and 1 in ShellIds) and reimport them to Wow6432Node. If you don’t already have /n software’s PowerShell ......

Posted On Monday, December 22, 2008 3:13 PM | Comments (3)

TwitterMinder

TwitterMinder TwitterMinder will check your Google Calendar for events and automatically submit them to your Twitter account. Extra optional inputs are available, as is the source code if you want to add your own features. Now if my desktop agent (TweetDeck, Twirl, Digsby, etc.) knew how to automatically POST to TwitterMinder every hour, that would be nice. But I subscribed to TwitterMinder in Google Reader (FeedDemon or anything else that can subscribe to rss works too). The coolest thing about ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 25, 2008 4:20 PM | Comments (0)

PowerShell: tweet-im

Mark Schill was another of the winners of the PowerScripting Podcast’s NetCmdlets scripting contest. Mark submitted a tweet-im script, which sends an instant message about new tweets found in the Twitter RSS feed. They explained on the podcast that Twitter used to have an IM-bot feature which went away, so Mark created this script himself to meet this need. The script simply sits and fetches your Twitter friends timeline feed every x seconds, checks to see if the items it finds are newer than the ......

Posted On Thursday, September 11, 2008 10:56 AM | Comments (0)

PowerShell: send-gmail

Over at the PowerScripting Podcast, the winners of the NetCmdlets scripting contest were announced. Meanwhile I was having some awesome vacation time in the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina. Winners for the /n software Netcmdlets contest are: Steve Hiner - Wrote a wrapper for Send-Email script to send email using Gmail's SMTP server Mark Schill - Sent in two entries, the one we've chosen to highlight is his Twitter IM client bot thingy. It uses Send-IM and Get-Http Quintus - A script to download ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 10, 2008 5:28 PM | Comments (0)

TwitterMinder and Flickr->Twitter scripts

If you’re an RSSBus user who is using my Google Calendar –> Twitter or Flickr –> Twitter services, you might notice a minor change to both. I changed Twitterminder so that tweets resulting from Google Calendar entries are prepended with “GCal: “. I did the same thing with the Flickr->Twitter script, it will now prepend “Flickr: “. Related: How to call these services from your own applications. Related: How I converted TwitterMinder into Flickr->Twitter by changing 4 lines of code ......

Posted On Thursday, August 28, 2008 1:58 PM | Comments (0)

Generate an RSS feed of Outlook Calendar Entries

Recently I was asked how one could get an RSS feed of appointments from their Outlook Calendar. Having posted previously about Google Calendar RSSBus feeds before, I thought this would be a good topic for a blog post. There is an OutlookOps connector for RSSBus, and one of the operations it contains is for listing appointments, which is useful in the free Desktop version of RSSBus. I can include a call to this operation, along with a call to the feedSearch operation, to create a sorted feed of Outlook ......

Posted On Friday, December 14, 2007 5:20 PM | Comments (0)

BizTalk RSS Feeds

A couple months ago Richard Seroter posted about how he created RSS feeds for BizTalk metrics - traffic by application and suspended messages by application. Now with the latest release of RSSBus (RC1) - a new connector, BizTalkOps, is available. BizTalkOps includes operations that generate the following feeds: biztalkAllServiceInstances Return the list of all service instances, independent on their state. biztalkApplications List all BizTalk applications and their status biztalkApplicationStatus ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 11, 2007 12:20 PM | Comments (0)

Synching My Blog with Twitter

Continuing on with RSSBus scripts showing how to pipe Google Calendar to Twitter and Flickr to Twitter, here's my last Twitter RSBScript. Here's a script to pipe any existing RSS feed to Twitter. I wanted to sync my blog with my twitter, so now everytime I post a new blog entry, it will be added to my Twitter status. Here's the url: http://www.textbox1.com/app... blog_url=http%3A%2F%2Ffeeds... &twitter_password=mypas... &twitter_user=mytwitter... ......

Posted On Monday, August 13, 2007 3:19 PM | Comments (0)

Flickr -> Twitter

To illustrate what I mentioned in the previous post about how swapping out one connector for another to achieve a completely different task would be very simple - I did just that. I noticed that Dave Winer has been working on some sort of Flickr->Twitter app. I changed about 4 lines of code in the Gcal_to_Twitter RSBScript to make it into Flickr_to_Twitter. In the updated script, all I did was change the call to gcalSearch to a call to the atom feed of my Flickr photos. Then I do a quick check ......

Posted On Thursday, August 9, 2007 4:52 PM | Comments (1)

TwitterMinder - Google Calendar to Twitter

UPDATE: For full TwitterMinder documentation, see this TwitterMinder article. In my last two posts I mentioned my recent introduction to Twitter (after having watched so many people blab about it for the past few months). So today I went ahead and published my Google Calendar to Twitter RSBScript, and gave it the name TwitterMinder: TwitterMinder will check your Google Calendar for events that are occuring in the next hour, and if it finds any, they will be automatically submitted to your Twitter ......

Posted On Thursday, August 9, 2007 12:38 PM | Comments (9)

Google Calendar to Twitter

A few months ago, Charlie pointed out how it might be useful to have a script that would automatically post Google Calendar events on Twitter. Then he found someone that had already done it. Well, at the time I filed a note to do this with RSSBus - but then I got busy and never got to it - until today! :) Let me say that I did the RSSBus script first, and then I looked at how the other guy did it (he used a 200 line php script + Yahoo Pipes). Here's my roughly 20 line RSB script (using the RSSBus ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 8, 2007 4:26 PM | Comments (2)

Twittering around

If you are using Twitter, let me know so I can follow you. Yep, I'm on Twitter now, finally. I decided to give it a shot and see what all the hoopla is about. Is it really that great? We'll see. While I'm checking it out - I decided to look at its API and look into whether or not I should throw together a Twitter connector for RSSBus. The API is very compact - simple and to the point. All simple HTTP get and put. All of the API methods return data in several formats - it looks like all of the gets ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 8, 2007 1:27 PM | Comments (0)

How to fix Technorati, CoComment, Twitter, and on and on...

Andy Beard, on his blog with more eye-cringing flair than any I've seen in recent memory, touches on a very important subject: "Technorati simply can't cope with new forms of blogging and RSS feed generation." This is only going to get worse for Technorati and many other services that use (not just track) RSS feeds. But I don't think the question is "how to fix Technorati?", as Andy suggests. I think the question is how to fix Technorati AND CoComment, Twitter, and the like. Fortunately the answer ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 13, 2007 2:46 PM | Comments (1)

Connecting sources of data, online or off

This post by Jeff Barr gives some interesting examples of things people might want to do with their data, and more specifically connecting their data to and from multiple sources. The kind of things Jeff mentions can be attained using RSSBus. It all boils down to flexibility, and how someday we should be able to take such flexibility for granted. One of the examples Jeff gives is locating the Amazon wishlist of his top email correspondents, which is actually quite easily done with RSSBus. RSSBus ......

Posted On Thursday, February 8, 2007 10:43 AM | Comments (0)

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My resume Email me here Technologies I am interested in and like to play with at work and in my spare time: Software development - mainly C#, but in the past I've worked with VB.NET/VB6/ASP/DelphiPowerS... Blogging, TwitterI am the author of one of the first podcasting applications available (PPR) and the first to be integrated with a media player and offer bookmarking. Note that it has been out of development since iTunes entered the market. I am the author of TextBox1, a site offering ......

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