Get Oldest File in a Directory

Posted by Drothism on Mar 17th, 2009

Looking for a quick way to get the oldest file in a directory? Here is a quick and dirty method to do it with PowerShell…
dir f:\archive -recurse| ?{!($_.PSIsContainer)} | sort -property lastwritetime | select -first 1
The ?{!($_.PSIsContainer)} filter will leave sub-directories out of the search.


Run PowerShell Scripts from Task Scheduler

Posted by Drothism on Feb 26th, 2009

Those familiar with configuring batch command scripts in the Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista Task Scheduler may be a little perplexed in how to run PowerShell scripts from the scheduler. The main difference is in the Action form parameters…
Program/script: Set to the PowerShell.exe path. This is typically C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe.
Add arguments: -nolog -command “&{D:\Scripts\MyScript.ps1 Param1 Param2}”. Note that [...]


Resetting an iPod

Posted by Drothism on Feb 25th, 2009

To reset an iPod Generation 4 device, toggle the hold button back and forth. If this does not work, hold down the menu button and the center of the circle for at least 6 seconds, until the apple logo appears.


Task Scheduler Syntax

Posted by Drothism on Jan 21st, 2009


Enables an administrator to create, delete, query, change, run, and end scheduled tasks on a local or remote computer. Running Schtasks.exe without arguments displays the status and next run time for each registered task.


30 second TIVO Ad Skipping

Posted by Drothism on Oct 20th, 2008

Looking for an even faster way to skip ads with your TIVO DVR? If you have a TIVO you probably already fast forward through most commercials, but find yourself talking or getting distracted by something and whizzing way past where you want to.
This quick hack requires nothing more than a few button presses on your [...]


How to Record Hulu Shows for Offline Viewing

Posted by Drothism on Oct 15th, 2008

Web services like Hulu and Fancast are great for watching shows online. But what if you’re on a plane or otherwise disconnected from the Internet? Can’t you download shows for offline viewing on, say, a PC or iPod?
Unfortunately, Hulu, Fancast, and similar video-on-demand services don’t allow you to download their media. Instead, it’s streamed in [...]


Skip Ads Easily With a Standard Cable Remote Control

Posted by Drothism on Oct 15th, 2008

Many Motorola-made DVRs that cable-TV providers supply are unable to skip ads by jumping ahead 30 seconds. But you can remap the remote control to add this feature. I got it working with a Comcast remote, and it will likely work with your cable company’s remote, too.
Press the Cable button at the top of the [...]


USB Popcorn Maker

Posted by Drothism on Sep 28th, 2008

So many USB hacks and so little time! This home brewed USB powered popcorn maker is one of the best inventions I have seen!


Outlook Express Closes Immediately

Posted by Drothism on Sep 12th, 2008

If you are experiencing Outlook Express closing immediately when you start it, the problem may be related to McAfee Security Center anti-spam features. Despite numerous hours dealing with McAfee’s atrocious Indian support center they were unable to help. The only solution that I could devise was to disable the anti-spam feature in McAfee Security Center.
Here [...]


Lego Computer Case

Posted by Drothism on Feb 9th, 2008