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PowerShell Ping Test

Posted by gygon on Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Used this little script the other day for a basic network test to an access point I was testing. It just pings the device every 10 seconds (or whatever you set it at) and only outputs when there is an error and the time it occurred. Made for an easy way to leave this running over […]

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Using PowerShell to monitor a web server

Posted by gygon on Monday, November 14th, 2011

A couple years ago I posted about a PowerShell script that would read in a web page. I used that to setup a basic web site test to go through a list of web sites/servers and make sure they were up and running and email an alert if they were down or the size of […]

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Monitoring the Event Log with PowerShell

Posted by gygon on Saturday, March 21st, 2009

One of my goals with learning more about PowerShell is to be able to monitor the event logs on servers and notify me via email when certain events happen. The system I’m looking to monitor are not part of a domain, are in remote locations on isolated networks. Some of the main things I’m looking […]

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AT&T Uverse

Posted by gygon on Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Made the switch today over to Uverse (the Voice, TV, and Internet service from AT&T.) After reading what I could find on it I wasn’t sure what the installer would want to do to setup at our house so rather than trying to pre-run wire, I just setup conduit through the attic to where I wanted everything to try and minimize the install time.

I have to say I was very impressed, the first installer showed up ahead of schedule and made the updates outside….also found out I was the first one getting hooked up in the neighborhood that they had just installed the equipment and he wanted to know how I found out so quick. The second installer to wire the house showed up on time and we went to work. He recommended going with the coax cable to connect the DVR & Receiver rather than Ethernet because it was running through the attic & walls…he said he’s seen better service with the coax just because it tends to be better shielded and hold up better. The thing I liked most of all was unlike previous field techs that have been here, this installer seemed to take pride in his work and took the time to make sure the cables were neat and didn’t look like it was done as fast as could be done to get out. It may have taken an extra 10 minutes but he spent the time to make sure the cables were secured and the holes drilled neat & the correct size. It was a pleasant surprise.

After everything was hooked up, I got the Internet speed I expected (12/2), home phone, and HD TV…all with cutting my monthly bill by about $30.

I will say after having used Tivo for the past few years, the interface on Uverse is not as user friendly. Nothing compares to Tivo for the features & user friendliness. Uverse isn’t bad, it’s just not as smooth and easy to do what you want. For instance, yes I can setup to record a series without problem, but by default it seems if it’s on another day & time, it’s not going to record unless I change the defaults. Also I miss the keyword record feature where I could specify say “Bill Gates” and anything that had Bill Gates in it would automatically record. Maybe in time…still need to play with it more to learn all the functions.

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