Inching closer and keeping motivated

We recently heard from our friend and agent; the folks buying our home are hoping to close in the next couple of weeks. This is welcome news, as once they close, we will be able to close on our purchase shortly after. Ideally, within the next three weeks, we will be in a new home. It’s pretty hard to believe, even now when it is so close to being behind us. I guess part of…


Sometimes, you get what you need (Schnitzel Saga)

“House buying” I was being told as we started this journey “is going to be stressful and complicated.” Logically working through things, I couldn’t really understand how true that was. Person A has a thing they want to sell, and Person B wants to buy it. Insert a mortgage and some paperwork annnd everything is done, right? Well, yes and no. It is more complicated than that. Through our journey, we found a late 1970’s built home…


First post, two years in the making (long read)

August 28th, 2013 – this was the big day. Biggest day of my life, and every time I think back on it, I can’t help but smile, laugh a little, and just feel a complete sense of perfection. An incredible amount of time and effort went into every detail. At this point, everything was in motion and even if we had wanted to change something, it was too late. It was our wedding day, and…


Script: VM decommissioning, pt 1 (Decomm-PowerOffRename.ps1)

Hello there! An organization I recently did contract worth with asked for an easy method to decommission VMware VMs. They were just starting to explore automation and also self-service for the owners of the VMs. This script was to be used by the Windows Systems Admins and/or VMware Admins during their normal decommissioning process. The process before hand was entirely manual – they would get a list of VMs from their change control system, log…


Script: Run-WindowsUpdate

Here was another fun one. Recently, we deployed a system that would not be able to have it’s Windows patches delivered the same way as 99% of our other systems. It’s been a bit of a struggle to really get meaningful information out of the vendor on the patching process, in an enterprise (24x7x365) environment. I started building an entire automation sequence to be able to run these patches. It essentially shuts down everything in…


Axe-FX II Preset: Selta_SpectorEuro5LX_JetCityWoman

One thing that continues to impress me about the Axe-Fx is how truly simple it can be to get a tone that you want. An evening not too long ago, I decided to get out my trusty Spector Euro 5 LX bass. Ever since I’ve gotten my Dingwall, it’s been neglected. I got it out for a very specific reason though – I was listening to Queensryche’s Empire album, and decided I would see just…


Script: Send-HTMLEmail

Good evening, One script that I wrote, that I make somewhat frequent use of, is my “Send-HTMLEmail” script. It’s simple, and makes sending an Object out via email (example: a reporting/logging object) pretty easy to do. This script takes a few parameters as input, which I’ll step you through. .PARAMETER InputObject (mandatory) Any PSOBJECT or other Table. Many of the “Get-” cmdlets in PoSh return some sort of PSObject, which can be sent to this…


Axe-FX II Preset: Selta_Dingwall

As many of you know, the Fractal Audio Axe-Fx platforms are amazing for guitarists. They are not your typical multi-fx and amp simulation boxes. An incredible amount of development goes into each box, and in turn, an incredible amount of good tone comes out… at least, for guitarists. Fractal Audio hasn’t given bass players much love. The stock units come with exactly zero built-in bass presets. I’ve taken it a bit upon myself to start…


Script: Remove-OldFiles

The script I am putting out here today is named “Remove-OldFiles”. As the name implies, this script will search out and remove files (with a given extension, i.e. .mkv) over a certain age threshold. This script was tested with PowerShell 4.0. One of the goals for this task was to be robust – I did not want to pin it down to a certain location, file extension, or age. This enabled my organization to setup…