In every IT office I have worked in pulling pranks co-workers has been a standard. They tend to be low tech; co-worker leaves computer unlocked you change their background, maybe change their Windows sound affects. They tend to be small and easy to revert.
Over the summer in our office we had an intern program and a specific intern who wasn’t very wise when it came to locking his computer. We got him probably 10-15 times with picture of David Hasselhoff in a thong. We also installed some fun Google Chrome add-ons that would change every image on the page to something else.
These got boring; which is very unusual when making someone have a sexy background. However because we became so board with it we decided to take it a step further. We thought, wouldn’t it be cool to automate this with PowerShell? So our initial idea was changing the background to a random image. Looking through the ways of doing that was semi-complicated and I was feeling lazy. So we ditched the idea and it was on the back burner for a long time.
One evening I came home from work and stumbled upon this amazing post on the PowerShell Sub-Reddit “A fun script for Friday – make your friend’s computer start talking to him/her.” To sum it up, it’ll use Text to Speech to have the computer talk. In the example that was posted it used PowerShell Remoting. Using PowerShell Remoting for such a malicious intent may cross a line, depends on who the target is and how much you abuse it. In my case the computers were not domain joined and so I couldn’t use that as easily. So I decided to take my Friday night and make it quite a bit more “portable.”
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This week I am attending the MCT Summit in Bellevue Washington. After today I am going to be an MCT! For me to become an MCT I have presented a 10-15 minute presentation to prove my skills. This presentation covers very basic Administration using PowerShell v3.
You heard that right the Indianapolis PowerShell User Group is going to actually start meeting! This user group was started a couple of years ago by my good friend John Gullion but it never really took off. Over the summer we had a few conversations about jump starting it but we never got around to it. Yesterday we met and decided we are going to get this accomplished! So this post is to let all of my readers know if they are located within Indiana they need to join the Indianapolis PowerShell User Group! You can find the site at http://indypowershell.org and register.
Our first meeting will be March 6th 2013, and we will be co-presenting some of the new features with PowerShell Version 3, we have a couple of ideas for future presentation but we welcome people who would like to present to contact us.
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I have always loved the Windows Operating System, but their phones were a joke back it the day, and their in-house hardware was just accessories and a game console. I have come to the conclusion that Windows 8 isn’t designed to just be an Operating System, it is designed to increase the Microsoft Market Share across all of their devices. I used Windows 8 off and on throughout the previews and it was good but nothing super spectacular. However once it was finally released I decided I was making the leap at home.
Telling Friends/Family/Co-workers about Products
In March 2012 I gave a presentation at work about Windows 8 on Desktop and Tablet and I enjoyed it quite a bit, I had many people asking me questions. After all my research was complete I was starting to tell friends to hold off on buying tablets till the end of the year. Once the Surface came out I made sure I had it on day of release, I took it into the office and I was demonstrating it pretty much all day telling people my impressions on the device and how nice the TouchCover was.
Since then I have had my brother question me about it and I believe the Surface might become his only computer in the near future, honestly it would be my only computer if I were not in the IT Field and some of the Software I use requires the x86 chip architecture. It has even got to the point where my mother is telling her friends about the Surface being such a fantastic device.
Increased Xbox 360 Usage
I think the my Xbox 360 usage has really increased the most. I’ve owned it for many years and I am actually more of a PS3 player than I ever was invested in Xbox. In-fact I own www.playstationeuphoria.com and it started with PSN@Home 5-6 years ago and I was the main one blogging. Once I received my Microsoft Surface I decided to finally try out Xbox SmartGlass and it was amazing, I began buying games for the Xbox and seems like I play it every other day at a minimum.
Purchasing Windows Phone 8
After adjusting to Windows 8, after owning a Surface, and admittedly also playing with the Lumia 900 running Windows Phone 7 at TechEd 2012, I was impressed. I knew that I was interested in switching from my iPhone since I had owned it for 3 years and no matter how many new devices came out the changes were minimal at best. I decided since Microsoft was knocking everything out of the park I would go ahead and purchase the Lumia 920 once it was available, day it came out I went to the AT&T Store and picked up a Red Lumia 920. I’ve had minimal issues with the phone but overall love it.
Overall I have to say not only did Microsoft do fantastic on Windows 8, and the Surface and on Windows Phone 8 but the integration of all the devices, using SkyDrive has been unbelievable. I’ve got my phone syncing my picture to SkyDrive, and I can pull out my Surface to write a blog and use those exact photos with no effort on my part.
So after about a week of excitement and playing around with features I decided it was time to start optimizing and making this thing run the way I wanted it to. The first thing I noticed was that I cannot use my SD card with my Libraries; so all my apps are going to by default save to the local SSD which is far from what I want. I knew there had to be a way around this so I started digging in. I feel I finally have it to the point where others should be doing the same thing and once it’s done you can forget about it.
- Create a VHD and save it on the SD card
- Create directories on this VHD for your specific libraries
- Configure the libraries
- Enable Indexing on the VHD – This is important because the Photos app will not work right without it
- Have a script automatically Attach the VHD on Boot
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