Code Golf: Executing Solutions with Azure Functions

After I first showed off Code Golf, many people’s reaction was that it really needed a way for you to execute your solutions against a problem. I did a little bit of experimentation with Azure Automation but eventually settled on Azure Functions are the perfect engine to process solutions. Here’s how it works. Each problem [...]

By | September 7th, 2016|Programmer|0 Comments

Accessing the Kudu API for a Azure Functions App

Azure Functions is a new feature of Azure that lets you easily create “serverless” snippets of code that integrate different systems. Functions can be triggered in numerous ways and all you need to do is write the integration code between the inputs and outputs. They allow for binding to HTTP Endpoints, triggering on DocumentDB changes or [...]

By | September 6th, 2016|Programmer|0 Comments

A Year with the Garmin 920xt

I’ve been training ALL year for the Ironman Wisconsin. My device of choice for tracking my workouts has been the Garmin 920xt. It’s a great little device and has some awesome features. I picked it up from eBay for 300 dollars in like new condition. It came in the original box and included the heart [...]

By | September 2nd, 2016|Endurance, Programmer|0 Comments

PowerShell Decompiled: How do loops work?

In my quest to figure out why handles.ps1 was running very slowly when looping over the 3.4 million handles on my system, I started to realize that the loop structure itself was a lot slower than a language like C#. I know that PowerShell is compiled to an executable lambda statement when it meets particular criteria [...]

By | September 1st, 2016|Programmer|0 Comments

Getting Started with openHAB

openHAB is an open-source home automation project, aimed to be vendor and technology agnostic. It integrates with all kinds of devices and platforms. It also allows you to create rules and scripts to trigger when certain conditions are met. It offers a simple, built-in UI and native apps for Android and iOS. In this post [...]

By | December 2nd, 2015|Programmer|0 Comments

Digging into PowerShell Direct

Available in Windows 10 and the Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview, there is a new feature of PowerShell and Hyper-V that enables you to connect to guest machines that lack network access: PowerShell Direct. The standard PSSession cmdlets along with Invoke-Command now offer a VMID and VMName parameter. Simply run any of these commands as you [...]

By | November 25th, 2015|Programmer|0 Comments

Hacking VMConnect

I started out using VMWare Workstation before Hyper-V even existed. There were some simple things that I was really surprised were missing from Hyper-V V1 when it came out. Most importantly, copy and paste and smart sizing. Now we are on v3 and we still don’t have these abilities. One alternative is to just RDP [...]

By | January 6th, 2013|Programmer|0 Comments