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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 $ -from -subject "Important Email" –message "Hello World!" -server } Show the access control list for a specific Exchange folder: get-imap -server $mymailserver -cred ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 29, 2009 4:36 AM

Lance's Non-Techie Guide to Free HD TV
I have been free of my monstrous cable tv bill for many months now, and I love it! Woooo! A while back I posted about how I want to get revenge on Cable companies by helping as many people as I can kill their cable service in favor of free HD tv over the air and over the Internet. There are other “free TV” guides on the Internet – but they suck because they are too generic, too technical, or not technical enough. Hopefully this one doesn’t suck. Let me know if you have any questions – if you tell ......

Posted On Monday, June 8, 2009 12:30 PM

Automatically Email SharePoint List and Library Items
Tutorial - Automatically Email SharePoint List and Library Items By Lance Robinson, /n software, Requirements: /n software SharePoint Workflow Extensions Contents Introduction Default Actions Workflow Configuration Customizing Actions Introduction SharePoint administrators who manage lists and document libraries may wish to configure specific lists or libraries to automatically send out emails when items are added or updated. Administrators can quickly and easily configure a workflow to handle this ......

Posted On Thursday, April 9, 2009 4:18 PM

Amazon SimpleDB Developer Tools
According to a recent Amazon survey, “Developer Tools” were the most requested improvement for SimpleDB. /n software’s Amazon Integrator fits the bill for developers building in .NET, ASP.NET, .NETCF, Java, JSP, C++, C++ Builder, Delphi, VB6 (ActiveX), and even classic ASP. You can download a free trial version, which includes demos and API documentation for the SimpleDB component as well as the included AWS, EC2, S3, and SQS components. Technorati Tags: Amazon, AWS, SimpleDB ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 3, 2009 9:46 AM

Amazon EC2 developer component
/n software’s new Amazon Integrator toolkit is now available (it was just released today!) for software developers: Amazon Integrator V3 with EC2 & SimpleDB Now Shipping! Integrate popular Amazon Web Services, including S3, SQS, SimpleDB, AWS, and EC2 with your applications. All Editions Now Shipping: .NET, Java, C++, ActiveX, Delphi, & C++ Builder! Technorati Tags: Amazon, AWS, nsoftware ......

Posted On Friday, January 9, 2009 3:25 PM

New NetCmdlets and PowerShell Server Releases
The new NetCmdlets v2 and PowerShell Server v2 are now available! NEW: NetCmdlets V2 and PowerShell Server V2 NetCmdlets V2 is packed full of exciting new features including Parameter Sets, Object Pipelining, and new Cmdlets for SSH connectivity and Amazon Web Services (S3) Integration PowerShell Server instantly enables Windows desktops and servers with an SSH secured PowerShell host entrypoint. Try out the new featues in NetCmdlets V2 and PowerShell Server: download a 30-day trial! If you are already ......

Posted On Monday, December 22, 2008 3:08 PM

Non-Techie Guide to Free HD TV
I have been free of my monstrous cable tv bill for many months now, and I love it! Woooo! A while back I posted about how I want to get revenge on Cable companies by helping as many people as I can kill their cable service in favor of free HD tv over the air and over the Internet. You can read about that here. There are other “free TV” guides on the Internet – but they suck because they are too generic, too technical, or not technical enough. Hopefully this one doesn’t suck. Let me know if you have ......

Posted On Thursday, November 6, 2008 10:12 AM

An Actual link to AWSLink
In my last post I described AWSLink, my bookmarklet for generating Amazon Associates product links.  It helps if I provide a link to AWSLink, huh?  Here it is!

Posted On Tuesday, September 16, 2008 8:38 AM

Quickly create Amazon Associates links
I don’t know if there is already an easy way to do this that I just don’t know about, or what…but it sure seems like there should be. I always find it a pain in the ass to create Amazon Associates links – I’ve always had to go to their website, click “Build Links”, click “Text Links’, paste in the URL to the product page, etc. Annoying. The URL isn’t that difficult to build, so I just created a little bookmarklet that will do it for me. You can use it with your own Amazon Associates tag if you like. ......

Posted On Monday, September 15, 2008 11:32 AM

Amazon MP3 Customer Service
I’ve always had excellent service from Amazon, and Amazon MP3 is no different. Last week I blogged about how I purchased the new Rehab album from Amazon MP3. It turns out I accidently bought the censored version, which is annoying to me. So given Amazon’s uniquely amazing customer service, I decided to email them and ask if I could download the explicit version of the album without having to re-purchase it. No more than 2 hours later I had a response: a refund is being issued for my mistaken purchase. ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 27, 2008 4:55 PM

Good deal on the Amazon Kindle
My buddy James and me were discussing Amazon’s Kindle today at lunch. To us, its such an appealing product, but the price is just too high. But…I noticed today that if you sign up for the Amazon Rewards Visa Card you get $100 off - Amazon Kindle for only $259. I didn’t click over and buy one yet, I’m going to think it over a bit instead. I really want one… Hmm.. Who has one of these already and how much do you love it? Technorati Tags: Amazon Kindle ......

Posted On Thursday, August 21, 2008 4:01 PM

Dear RIAA (aka GrooveShark and Pandora Rock)
Dear RIAA, Please address your thank-you note to Pandora Radio. Pandora is where I was able to listen to a bunch of songs by Rehab, and where I then proceeded to purchase the Rehab album "Graffiti The World" (through Amazon MP3 of course, where I purchase all my DRM free music). Matt Miller brought it to my attention that Pandora may be on the way out because our the members of the Copyright Royalty Board have their eyes wide shut (just to be a little bit overly dramatic, there is no doubt in my ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 20, 2008 2:57 PM

Audible .aa to .mp3
I checked out a few applications that claimed to be able to convert Audible's crappy DRM'd .aa files to .mp3. All of them failed (for me at least), except one: Total Audio Converter from For a well spent $19.99 I am now able to automatically convert my Audible downloads to a format (mp3) in which they will work on my cell phone and my mp3 player, neither of which are otherwise supported by Audible. Woohoo! Now if only Amazon would provide direct MP3 downloads for Audible books (where ......

Posted On Friday, June 20, 2008 4:35 PM

A Letter to Audible about DRM
I still haven't found a very convenient way to listen to Audible books. I don't want to go out and buy a new phone or a new mp3 player just so that it will work with Audible's unnecessary restrictions. Burning to CD's is a bad option because at a minimum of 14+ cd's per book, its just wasteful. CDRW's are out because the cd player in my car can't read them. Audible's software players are decent, but they are only supported on the desktop (I don't want to listen to books on my desktop) and specific ......

Posted On Thursday, June 5, 2008 11:33 AM

Remixing data from Google Docs & Spreadsheets
Right after Google Spreadsheets came out, I got a ton of downloads from a little class library I wrote for interacting with it over HTTP. Problem is, Google didn't provide a true API - the solution was to use HTTP to manually perform the gets and posts required to manage each spreadsheet. Now its much easier thanks to RSSBus! Here is a sample Google spreadsheet, it looks like this: A B C D 1 Name Hours Items IPM 2 Bingley 10 2 0.0033 3 Captain Carter 200 75360 6.28 4 Dawson 200 100000 8.3333 5 Colonel ......

Posted On Thursday, May 15, 2008 12:34 PM

Amazon MP3 Downloads..thank you, thank you, thank you
By way of Joe Gregorio, I just discovered a beautiful thing. I've been waiting a while since I first heard of Amazon's plans for a DRM free mp3 service. Now it is upon us. I made my first purchases today: Amos Lee - full albumKanye West - Stronger Say hello to my bank account, Amazon (even more than usual) ......

Posted On Thursday, September 27, 2007 3:01 PM

Amazon Flexible Payments Service
It looks like Amazon has a new web service, FPS - the Amazon Flexible Payments Service. This one will allow developers to build Amazon payment functionality directly into their applications. The service looks to be similar to PayPals ExpressCheckout. FPS OverviewFPS Technical Docs ......

Posted On Friday, August 3, 2007 9:19 AM

RSS data feeds - RSS is not just for blogs
Randy Charles Morin doesn't know why anyone would want to use RSS to transmit OFX data. I find his confusion odd: ... why do you need RSS as an envelop for financial data in the first place. We have OFX, which predates RSS and works just fine. RSS can't be expected to do everything. Not that it can't. You can also use RSS as an envelope for OFX, but why not just use OFX? I don't expect my dishwasher to do the laundry, even if it can. RSS can be expected to do what it is best at - syndicating data ......

Posted On Thursday, June 14, 2007 12:52 PM

RSSBus as a mashup tool
Raymond Yee wants to know how well RSSBus works as a mashup tool. While its true that RSSBus offers a lot of connectors that make it easy to mashup data coming from sources like Flickr, Amazon, and pre-existing RSS feeds - its also important to know that RSSBus is not only valuable as a mashup creation tool. One of its biggest uses is on the flip side of the coin - helping sources expose data in the first place. Without companies like Flickr and Amazon exposing their data in structured formats like ......

Posted On Friday, May 25, 2007 10:00 AM

Rss feeds for tags at
Ian McAllister announced new support for RSS feeds for tags at These feeds will be fun to play with in RSSBus. It would be interesting to take the AmzWishlist widget that I created with RSSBus and create an RSS feed that will show me items on that are tagged with the same terms as items I already have in my wishlist. Hmm.... I noticed that a commenter to Ian's post mentioned that he couldn't wait for RSS feeds for generic Amazon searches. Of course such feeds already exist ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 9, 2007 4:40 PM

RSSBus new beta - rsb:pipe
A minor beta update has been announced on the RSSBus blog (read about it here). Last summer I talked about how RSSBus gives you the ability to pipe together feeds and items from feeds. One of the really cool features of this new beta update is a new RSSBus script keyword: <rsb:pipe>. This new keyword simplifies the piping of feeds. I no longer have to use nested <rsb:call>'s, instead I can just put a series of calls inside the pipe and they are automatically connected and what comes out ......

Posted On Friday, March 23, 2007 4:11 PM

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

Using AmzWish on
Visit the AmzWish home. Find your Amazon Wishlist Id, and paste it in the "My Wishlist Id" textbox on the AmzWish home page. Click the Generate HTML button and copy the selected code. Login to your GeeksWithBlogs admin page, and go to Options->Configure. Paste the html into the "Static News/Announcement" box. Secret tips for geeks with blogs and Amazon Associates accounts: In the generated HTML, you'll find a link to By default, it contains ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 9, 2007 3:00 PM

AmzWish is Amazon's ECS App of the Week
For the last few weeks, AmzWish (digg it), my little widget that displays your Amazon wishlist and lets people buy things for you while letting you make money from their purchases at the same time, has been one of the featured widgets at Widgetbox. Now, AmzWish is Amazon's ECS App of the week! Thanks to Amazon ECS and RSSBus, AmzWish was created in just a few minutes by doing nothing by combining a few RSSBus calls to RSSBus' AmazonOps with simple HTML. Technorati : amazon, amazon ecs, amzwish, ecs, ......

Posted On Monday, January 8, 2007 12:31 PM

AmzWish featured at Widgetbox
AmzWish is currently one of the featured widgets at Widgetbox. AmzWish is a widget (developed with RSSBus) that displays your Amazon wishlist (or wedding/baby registry). Visitors can click on items from your wishlist and purchase them for you, and Amazon will ship them directly to you. Technorati : amazon, amazon ecs, amzwish, ecs, rssbus, widget ......

Posted On Thursday, December 21, 2006 9:18 AM

AmzWish updated for,, .fr, .de.
I added support for users outside the US to use the Amazon Wishlist widget. Now all my Canadian friends can use it too (not to mention UK, Fr, etc). :) Current parameter list: wishlistid - An Amazon assigned Id for a particular wishlist to use (required). maxitems - The number of items to display in the widget (optional, defaults to 4). associatesid - An Amazon Associates Id to use, so that you can get paid when people buy things from the widget (optional). sorttype - For now there are only two accepted ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 7, 2006 4:05 PM

RSSBus and Simple List Extensions
One of the changes in beta 3 of RSSBus is that by default all feeds produced use Microsoft's Simple List Extensions. For anyone who's not familiar with SLE, the cool thing about it is that it can tell the feed reader to treat an RSS feed as a LIST rather than a regular feed. One effect of this in your feed reader is that when you subscribe to a LIST, the reader knows that it shouldn't accumulate all of the items in the RSS feed forever. Instead, it will only maintain whatever is provided in the current ......

Posted On Thursday, November 2, 2006 2:22 PM

Amazon wishlist widget
AmzWish was posted on programmableweb last week as one of the best new mashups. Technorati : amazon, amzwish, ecs, rssbus, widget ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 1, 2006 10:43 AM

AmzWish widget parameters
The Amazon Wishlist widget that I created last week is now at Widgetbox, a widget directory. Their site is quite nice. It allows users to browse widgets and use them in their webpages. For developers, Widgetbox provides a nice interface for submitting your own widget. When I put AmzWish on Widgetbox I exposed some querystring parameters for it: wishlistid - An Amazon assigned Id for a particular wishlist to use (required). maxitems - The number of items to display in the widget (optional, defaults ......

Posted On Friday, October 6, 2006 12:38 PM

Amazon Wishlist Widget
My Amazon Wishlist widget, AmzWish, displays your Amazon wishlist (or wedding/baby registry). Visitors can click on items from your wishlist and purchase them for you, and Amazon will ship them directly to you. You can see AmzWish in action in the left-hand column of this blog, as well as in the right-hand column at the AmzWish home at order to use this widget you'll first want to determine the list id of the list you want to use and then generate the code to paste into your web page. ......

Posted On Thursday, September 28, 2006 6:49 AM

Why should apps take advantage of syndication extensions?
I made some comments about how Feed Crier should understand syndication extensions. In that post, Adam Kalsey (doesn't he kinda look like a younger version of John Travolta in that photo on his blog?) was kind enough to comment: > Maybe Adam Kalsey will make Feed Crier understand>some of the common syndication extensionsPerhaps, but I'm not convinced of their value to Feed Crier. Right now I'm just >trying to make it the best way to get instant update notifications. As I watch how it's used, ......

Posted On Friday, August 25, 2006 12:19 PM

How to build an Amazon S3 hosted website
From the AWS blog: Peter Lewis, writing from Australia, shows how to create An Amazon S3 Hosted Website using Interarchy. Interarchy is an FTP client application for the Mac.The technique illustrated in the article is not specific to this application and is quite handy - Amazon S3 is a really good web host. Of course, the article itself is on an Amazon S3 hosted website! Technorati tags: amazon s3 ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 2, 2006 10:04 AM

New releases from /n software
/n software has released two new products: IBiz Vital/TSYS Integrator: IBiz Vital/TSYS Integrator (formerly IP*Works! CC Direct) includes Components for direct credit card authorization and transaction processing through Vital/TSYS ( ), a major Internet Payment Processor. Certified support for Retail, E-Commerce, Direct Marketing and Restaurant transactions. IBiz S3 Integrator: Do your applications need secure, always-on storage accessible from anywhere in the world? IBiz S3 Integrator ......

Posted On Monday, July 17, 2006 8:56 AM

Amazon: Simple Queue Service released

announcement: Amazon:  Simple Queue Service released

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Posted On Friday, July 14, 2006 7:01 AM

Developing for Amazon S3
Jeff Barr pointed to Sergey Schetinin's S3 Manager (he's looking for beta testers). The screenshot included in this post is not of Sergey's project - but a demo project that comes with the /n software's IBiz S3 Integrator. The IBiz S3 Integrator is a component toolkit for software developers that allows you to easily add Amazon S3 capabilities to your own applications. The toolkit comes with the development component as well as the a demo, such as the one you see here. This particular demo allows ......

Posted On Friday, June 16, 2006 12:29 PM

100+ MORE ways to use RSS
Mike Gunderloy points to arc90's 25 New Ways to use RSS. Here are over 120 more ways to use RSS - all exposed as RSSBus operations: AmazonOps: feeds that provide access to Amazon services. AsteriskOps: feeds of voicemail, call connection. CcOps: feeds for credit card authorization, validation, refunding, voiding. EbayOps: feeds that provide access to EBay services. ExcelOps: feeds for retrieving information from Excel spreadsheets FedexOps: feeds for FedEx shipping, rate queries, and tracking. FeedOps: ......

Posted On Friday, June 9, 2006 9:50 AM

RSSBus: visualize the multi-search
Yesterday I talked about using RSSBus script to easily combine multiple feeds into one. The result of the script was a single RSS feed. RSSBus also has the ability to let me easily expose the data contained in this feed in other formats, such as plain text, HTML, ATOM, etc. We do this through RSBTemplates, which are nothing more than script (such as that in the post from yesterday) intermixed with non-script (like plain text, HTML, etc). As an example, I will build on yesterdays script. I'll start ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 16, 2006 1:54 PM

RSSBus: Create Feeds, Connect Feeds, Visualize Feeds
The RSSBus website talks about “Create, Connect, Visualize”. It goes on to explain that RSSBus lets you do three major things very easily: Create feeds out of whatever you want, with relative ease (yes, I said whatever you want: data from QuickBooks, data from your database, Asterisk connection information, Amazon S3 buckets, Google maps, file listings, system process information, etc.) Connect feeds to each other, and manipulate them. Pipeline them through computations or pass them to ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 10, 2006 1:02 PM

My first bill from Amazon Web Services: 1 cent
This e-mail confirms that your latest billing statement is available on the AWS web site. Your account will be charged the following: Subtotal: $0.01 (plus applicable taxes) Please see the Account Activity area of the AWS web site for detailed account information: Thank you for your continuing interest in Amazon Web Services ......

Posted On Monday, May 1, 2006 10:26 AM

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