Unblock downloaded PowerShell scripts

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When you download and try to run a PowerShell script (a .ps1 file extension) from the internet, you see the following security warning:

Run only scripts that you trust. While scripts from the internet can be useful, this script can potentially harm your computer. If you trust this script, use the Unblock-File cmdlet to allow the script to run without this warning message. Do you want to run {script name}?

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Enabling Telnet Client in Windows 10

The Telnet Client is a great tool for developers and administrators to help manage and test network connectivity. However, the Telnet Client application is disabled by default in Microsoft Windows 10. Attempts to use it before activation returns the error message ’not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file’.

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The following step-by-step shows you how to enable Telnet.

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Command Prompt & PowerShell Presentation Settings

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As a public speaker and someone who helps run a user group, I see a lot of presentations by developers. One thing devs sometimes forget is that their everyday settings are not always suitable when projecting to a crowded room. One of these settings is the font and window size of both Windows Command Prompt and Windows PowerShell.

This article shows you how to bump up your fonts in these tools.

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PowerShell Execution Policy Settings

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If you have ever tried to run a PowerShell script on a new system, you probably have encountered the following error: “{File Name} cannot be loaded because the execution of scripts is disabled on this system. Please see “get-help about_signing” for more details“.

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This post looks at the solution to resolve this issue.

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Fiddle Sites To Test Your Code

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Fiddle sites have expanded lately and there’s a fiddle for most technologies. A fiddle site is a code playground or sandbox where developers can experiment with code without having to create sample projects in an IDE. Typically these websites feature:

  • a code window with syntax highlighting
  • a preview pane to see your results
  • code validation and code clean-up capabilities
  • the ability to save your work to your account or download it your machine
  • the ability to share your code snippets via short URL
  • free access (with some premium services requiring payment)

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Visual Studio 2017 Resources

Visual Studio 2017 was launched March 7, 2017 and this live event was streamed around the world. Excitement for VS 2017 is growing and the number of new changes in the IDE is mind-boggling. To help with these changes, Microsoft has provided a few new resources to help developers.

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Tech Conference CFPs: Where To Find Them

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As a Microsoft MVP, my job is to help people with their technical problems. I also advise people who are looking to get started on the road to being an MVP. For some it could be by blogging or by answering forum questions, for others it could be by speaking at technical events.

Background

I have been asked a few times in the last while about how to get started speaking. Being a technical speaker is a great way to share your knowledge, build a name for yourself, travel, and attend conferences for free. You also meet many people who can help you as you move through your career.

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