Tip, PowerShell SHIFT + TAB

So, using PowerShell for years now, last night while watching a course off microsoftvirtualacademy.com, I had come across new tip. One that had made my heart flutter and awakening me from the edge of slumber. Anyone familiar with PowerShell had probably come across the ability to cycle through commands with TAB but, “How about cycling in reverse?”

Periodically, having to quickly TAB through GET- or SET- commands, usually had meant inadvertently skipping over the right entry. Then, you were left partially annoyed having to interrupt the search with  CNTRL + C

The remedy for this quandary for going back in time through PowerShell commands was simply utilizing SHIFT + TAB

That, I had found worth repeating few times.

SHIFT + TAB

SHIFT + TAB

SHIFT + TAB

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Thoughts on Supporting Outlook for Mac 2016 from Microsoft Ignite @ Chicago, Illinois

Recently, I had attended Microsoft’s Inaugural Ignite tech conference @ Chicago, Illinois. One of the best parts of the experience was hearing first hand product changes from developers. Outside some of the branding of Outlook into Office 2016 for the Mac, Microsoft had mapped out their commitment to stability, enhancements, and regular updates. Those updates were getting specifically released every month or two from this point forward. Another noteworthy improvement was handling of attachments. Attachments were reintegrated into the client for saving directly into Office 365 or SharePoint with the same familiar icon. As an Exchange administrator, I had wondered, “How much email quota space an employee is going to save?” Probably quite a bit!

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Of course, with the good had come the bad. Still off the table was lack of support for “recover deleted items” and “Import/Export of PSTs.” Though currently only Windows options, the product management team had verbally committed addressing these missing features in the near future (i.e. hopefully a year).

So, the big takeaway was developers reaching out to their customers. “How?” you might have asked. For my current environment, three areas had got my attention for connecting.

1. Where should you report or ask about a bug?

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/mac/

2. Where can you ask for an enhancements for future versions of Outlook for Mac?

http://outlook.uservoice.com

3. Where can you ask a quick question relating to product support outside of a bug, fix, or enhancement (i.e. What are supported versions of Exchange for Outlook 2016 for Mac?)

On Twitter with ‘Outlook for Mac’

Apparently, the product management team had curated each of the above areas regularly. That openness for contact was far more refreshing than hearing about any feature parity or cloud strategy. For years, Mac development had seemed like an afterthought. Now, Microsoft had made in words and deeds the thought of supporting Mac for Outlook just a bit more exciting!

Read More:

Meet the new Outlook for Mac 2016 (channel9.msdn.com)

The Office 2016 Mac Preview is here! (blogs.office.com)

Microsoft Ignite Keynote, 2015 (channel9.msdn.com)

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Turn off Windows service across Exchange 2010 servers based off Exchange role

At work, I had come across monitoring alerts for our Exchange servers. The error had showed a failed state for the Exchange Edge Sync service. The only problem, we had lacked any Exchange Edge servers routing traffic. The remedy was disabling MSExchangeEdgeSync across almost 30 transport servers. Now, on one hand repetitive tasks were from an IT perspective, therapeutic; however, what if I had missed one by accident. So the push was on for a code snippet to silence them all like lambs Clarice.

1. get-transportserver – The first part was gathering all Exchange servers with the transport role. 

2. set-service MSExchangeEdgeSync -startuptype “disabled” – This was important for avoiding the manual GUI moves per server.

3. -computername $computername – This was the final piece to the puzzle, pulling names for set-service to work against.

So, the final command was formatted like this.

set-variable -name $computername (get-transportserver) set-service MSExchangeEdgeSync -computername $computername -startuptype “disabled” -whatif

Again, I had encouraged anyone in a production environment to always append -whatif just before pulling the trigger. Be sure your sure, no one had liked making a mess of things in front of your chancellor.

Read More:

Set-Service (Microsoft Technet)

Set-Variable (SS64)

Why WordPress for iPhones won’t upload videos? Part 2: The Prophecy

On June 17, 2014, I had learned a horrible truth regarding WordPress vlogging on iOS devices. No, I hadn’t discovered a mentor a Sith Lord. Rather, my iPhone was no longer capable of uploading videos without syncing through my MacBook. The inconvenience had driven my fingers searching across the internet searching for an answer. “What a creative buzz kill,” I had internalized reading the developers’ GitHub explanation for dropping video.

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Asking when this function might return, the developers had quickly responded in a few weeks; however, the expectation for delivery had slipped from a month, then to a season and now over a year. With so much time passing between updates, I had already forgotten about ever returning to WordPress for vlogging. Instead, I had periodically thrown up a few videos elsewhere, specifically Facebook or nothing at all.

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Last Thursday, checking my email at work on break, a curious entry had filled my view. Re-reading the email two more times ensuring my comprehension, I was bewildered. A developer update had just come through when video uploads might be returning. To my surprise, the phrase being used was “imminent.” Apparently, I wasn’t the only curious soul to the inquire,” What does that exactly mean?” Another follow-up email from a fellow GitHub follower had solicited these responses;

“..Subject: Re: [WordPress-Editor-iOS] Re-enable support for uploading videos (#14)

@richardmax Videos are imminent (wordpress-mobile/WordPress-iOS#3503)! As of right now, they are slotted in for the WPiOS 5.1 release.

Thanks for sticking with us!

@richardmax Roughly, sometime in the middle to end of May.”

Reading these responses, I had hastily verified my iPhone for the version of WordPress iOS Editor being 5.0. It was like winning a pie eating contest. Better yet, it had equaled the joy of watching the newly released Star Wars Force Awaken teaser trailer like a giddy childhood nerd.

Now, the only thing remaining was cautiously waiting in anticipation.

Read More:
Why WordPress for iPhones won’t upload videos? (garzafx.com)

A Journey into Wonderous Stories

This past Monday, I had placed my two week notice at the office. With that simple interaction, a new journey had started to surface on the horizon. Gone were the countless hours of shifting through different conversations and desires that makes one resolute in a final decision leaping forward; however, the trepidation accompanying such a decision was dwarfed by the acceptance of changing, if not ending, some of the personal work relationships from over the years. For those moments, I had encountered emotional conflict.

Some of these interactions had grown into friendship, perhaps even extending even beyond this reality. Yet, still my mind had wandered into the potential of tomorrow. “What now?”, I had thought reflecting on all the shared stories and jokes over the years. What defines my person was the very freedom of wandering, aimlessly sometimes, from one locale to the next. Though, what merit had held the journey without the company you keep?

Tonight, I had started thinking about the choices ahead giving rise to new adventures. Whether mental or physical, these steps were highlighted by starting with one moment, one muse at a time.

Experience More:
Muse (Wikipedia)
Yes – Wonderous Stories (Yes Official)

 

 

 

The Grēn of Poe Springs @ Highland Springs, Florida

During my father’s eulogy, I had rehearsed words in my mind, “While one door closes, another opens.” This sentiment had embodied our personal journeys moving forward until final conclusion. Whether through pictures, text, or sounds, the composition of shared story telling experiences had turned my hands right maneuvering into Poe Springs Park.

Poe Springs IMG_0636 @ Highland Springs, Florida

If just a casual passer by, the open greenery of the park had appeared exceedingly mundane; however, walking down the wooden board walk, the spring boil was brimming with water bugs and a multitude of green hues. Walking down the concrete stairs bordering the spring, my friend had warned me of the disconcerting slipperiness of green algae on its steps.  Catching a small quick slip moving downward, I had quickly conceded to gravity into the shallow waters.

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With the overhang of trees and break of the sunlight, it was hard to see the opposing water’s edge. Was there a gator in the darkness? Who had known but, I wasn’t going to travel any further than required for swimming into the boil. Submerging myself further into the spring waters, it had pushed back with distinct force from the cropping of jagged openings.

Poe Springs, IMG_0669 @ Highlands, Florida

Away from the calming charm of the spring head, its waters emptied out into the expanse of the Sante Fe River. This river was product of the many springs along its twisting curves. Like leaves on the water’s surface, I had drifted onto the corner of accompanying fishing pier overlooking the Sante Fe River.

A week later, sick in bed, feeling like death, I hadn’t pondered the meaning of turning off the road into Poe Springs Park. Reflecting now, I had believed times like these fill our work, our lives with hope. In the end, without hope, how does a person start the day?

Read More:
Poe Springs Park (Florida Springs)
Map of Florida Springs (Florida Springs)
Hue (Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

SunRail Eastbound Joy @ Maitland, Florida

In downtown London, I had experienced my first childhood memories of trains and candy. All these years later, in a small, quiet adventure on Central Florida’s SunRail, I had indulged myself again but, with a moment of reflection. Gazing outside the box car’s windows on Interstate 4, the ride had recalled some of my other journeys’ across the ends of the United States.

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Listening to the rhythmic clanking of the wheels over the tracks, I had remembered trips to Washington D.C., San Francisco, California, Boston, Massachusetts and Miami, Florida. Each commute had the unique appeal of the respective metropolitan area. Yet, all had encompassed a degree of random unexpected chance. With the certitude of departing and arrival times, my job was day dreaming of exploits for every endeavor with sights, sounds, tastes, and other sensations.

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During a stop in Debary, Florida, a few elderly folks had exited out of the SunRail cabins into charter buses. I had pondered, “Where these people reminiscing too? Perhaps, they were thinking of the freedom of being on the railroad or, maybe just days gone by?”

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Enroute back to Maitland, a grouping of friends across the cabin were joking about the news of the day. It was charming compliment to another family with their small children pointing outside to the passing trees and houses. All of these travelers had invoked a similar sentiment, the joy of moving somewhere between one’s future and past.



Read More:
SunRail (SunRail)
SunRail extends late-night service (WFTV)