The GPS / Sat-Nav experience with the Touch-Pro 2 and CoPilot

One of the things with the change of phone means sorting out sat nav software. I’ve been using  ALK’s co-pilot as my sat-Nav on the last two phones, with a Bluetooth GPS puck. I’ve been through 3 different versions of the software and I’ve grown used to its foibles. Since my phone arrived the day…

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Finding a Twitter client for Windows Mobile.

I’ve tried more several different twitter clients on my desktop but I always end up gravitating back to the Web interface – I think mostly because I follow a lot links from twitter posts and with IE7 pro installed (on IE8, despite the name) I can use a “flick” gesture to open a link in…

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Early days with the HTC Touch Pro 2

Last week Orange delivered a consignment of HTC-Touch Pro 2 phones and one of them had my name on it. Every phone I’ve ever had has been driven by buttons and I wrote before Christmas that I was in two minds about “going touch”. But my old E650 was falling apart and I decided the…

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I’m a photographer, not a terrorist (or any other kind of bogeyman)

Every now and then in photography forums someone will ask “Do I need a release to publish pictures of someone”, the law varies enormously round the world but English law grants rights to the owner of copyright (the photographer or their employer), and not to people who appear in the pictures. The photographer can publish,…

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How to Pretty Print XML from PowerShell, and output UTF, ANSI and other non-unicode formats

PowerShell has been taking more than its fair share of my time of late and I need redress the balance a bit – just not quite yet. Powershell and redirection. I’ve been working on my hyper-V library for codeplex and this has separate files for every command, and then to keep the start-up process for…

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“Vague is good” revisited: How to make usable PowerShell Functions

Before Christmas I wrote about the conclusion I was forming on PowerShell parameters: Vague is good. The Christmas season is when my parents used to get various kinds of puzzles out and most of my puzzles these day seem to be PowerShell type things rather than Jigsaws and Crosswords. My equivalent of the 1000 piece…

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The “Joy” of Reg-ex part 3: Select-String

One of the PowerShell tools I’ve been using a lot recently is Select-String : Going through lots of files trying to find a mistake I know is in several of them – can just bang in select-string -SimpleMatch "Split-path" -Path *.ps1 –list | edit Finding text in files is not exactly radical. But Select string…

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The “Joy” of Reg-ex part 2 – ways I use it

In the previous post I gave some of the background to regular expression and how they might be used. I thought I’d give a few examples. 1. Checking paths. Quite a few of my functions take paths to Hyper-V virtual hard disk files as parameters and I don’t want to force the user to type…

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The “joy” of Reg-ex part 1.

One of the good things in PowerShell is support for regular expressions – in fact I suspect some Unix sys-admins might laugh their Windows counterparts for not got to grips regular expressions sooner. The downside is that regular expressions are an area which give a lot people a serious headache. So lets start from first…

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New year, New user group … Newcastle.

Thankfully the snow is beginning to recede, and looking at the last blog post I made makes me realise just how much it has disrupted my schedule. Next week I’m off to Newcastle. Jonathan and Andrew got in touch to say the were launching a new user group North East Bytes We are pleased to…

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