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  • Blog Post: Word Clouds in PowerPoint with PowerShell

    James has really outdone himself here – he’s built a PowerShell script that will create lovely word clouds (ala Wordle but without quite so many options) directly into PowerPoint. This means you have something you can easily adjust afterwards (rather than just an image) and of course PowerPoint is often...
  • Blog Post: Twitter Script – Who’s following you (or not following you)?

    Find out who your friends really are with this handy PowerShell script! Essentially it will go through your friends and followers and produce two “difference” lists; people who follow you that you’re not following and people you follow but don’t follow you back. [Update 20/2/09: Made a minor change...
  • Blog Post: Updated Twitter PowerShell Script

    I’ve made a few updates to my Twitter PowerShell script , including a fix to ensure it complies with a change to the Twitter API and switching to tinyurl. Unfortunately my code highlighter doesn’t work so well with PowerShell so here it is in all it’s B&W glory. ##############################################################################...
  • Blog Post: I Didn't Appreciate that TinyURL had an API

    When I created my PowerShell script I opted for SnipUrl as it has a nice API that returns a POX response with your shiny new shortened link ( Digsby uses SnipUrl and as I use Digsby for most of my Twittering, most of my URLs are SnipUrls). However, Duncan mentioned he was having trouble accessing my...
  • Blog Post: Twitter PowerShell Script

    Here's the PowerShell script I came up with that I referred to in my previous post that integrates with the social networking scripts to additionally generate a Twitter update with a link to the post. I'm sure this script could be improved - I'm no PowerShell expert - but I've got it to a point where...
  • Blog Post: A Bit of an Experiment

    I spent a bit of time this afternoon dusting off the PowerShell script I created (that's not accurate, I cribbed it and changed it slightly - see my original post ) to get it to generate a Twitter status update when I post a new blog entry. Much messing about later with both the Twitter API and the...
  • Blog Post: PowerTools for Open XML

    Eric's blogged about a new open source initiative on CodePlex for processing Open XML documents using PowerShell. Very interesting. He's even made a video showing how to get up and running with it quickly. The PowerTools include a host of PowerShell cmdlets for performing various actions on Open XML...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell and Social Bookmarking

    I was messing about with PowerShell the other day (when I ran into my batch rename problems ) having been inspired by James's post on " Powershell to add social bookmarking tags ". What he was doing (using some code originally created by Lee Holmes ) was, I thought, quite clever. In order to add a...
  • Blog Post: Powershell Batch Rename

    I keep forcing myself to use PowerShell from time to time as I know it'll pay big dividends if I just get over the initial (steep) learning curve. So, faced with the task of renaming some files in a folder today I turned to PowerShell. About an hour later I was still staring at the same set of files...
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