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What is it with all the copycats?

The other day I was working behind my laptop and discovered the ‘Mail’ program. Because I normally use Outlook I figured that I wouldn’t need the mail program anymore. Little did I realize that it was actually part of a combination: ‘Mail and Calendar’ and I definitely wanted to keep the Calendar part, especially because it showed my upcoming appointments on the start menu. Unfortunately I only realized the obvious when it was too late and I was staring at a gaping hole in my start menu.

So how to get them back?  I searched online for a solution and discovered several websites which all provided a PowerShell command to “reinstall all default applications”. The only problem… the command was plain out wrong. So how could so many websites all miss out on the obvious?  Here’s my take…

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August 22, 2019 Posted by | Editorial, PowerShell | , , , | Leave a comment

PowerShell; fun on the commandline

Many people with some roots into IT will know that it all started on a commandline. This holds true for nearly all major operating systems, and the ones which were quite early with hiding the commandline (OS/2 for example) still had their ‘ties’ into it.

Microsoft originally started with MS-DOS which was actually a rough ‘copy’ or ‘fork’ of CP/M (Computer Program / Monitor). Not a surprising development though; early high-end computers running on CP/M would sometimes also provide access to a ‘DOS mode’ thus allowing the unit to use both CP/M and DOS (I.C.L. used to produce such units).

But here things eventually stalled. When MS DOS 6 came out Microsoft started to focus more on the GUI aspect and left the commandline interface (“cli”) a little for what it was. At first users of 98 / XP had a full DOS 6 at their disposal but even that soon declined to a simple rather limited commandline shell.

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July 16, 2012 Posted by | Editorial, Tips and tricks, Windows | , , , , | Comments Off on PowerShell; fun on the commandline