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Adventures in VBScript – Including code from other files

July 16, 2015 5 comments

If you’re a VBScript hack like me, you’re probably frustrated by the inability of VBScript to include code from other files natively. Yes, you can use funky Job files etc, but nothing beats the simplicity of an all-in-one .VBS.

I’ve created innumerable “helper” scripts and classes over the years, and even wrote a tool I call “region” which selectively merges different files together to make one big (unreadable) script.

My utopia of having simple, small scripts which leveraged my 20 year programming library has not been achieved, until now.

Here you’ll find my “Include for VBS” function – surprisingly simple, but it took 20 years of thinking about it before I got around to writing it. There were two problems to solve: Read more…

Categories: Programming

Innovate, or die.

September 8, 2014 Leave a comment

This week Matthew Wall of BBC news posted an interesting article on Innovation. In it he lists some of the major reasons “big businesses are poor at Innovation”, things like

  • Overly focussed on short term goals – quarterly earnings reports etc
  • Worried about taking risks which damage their brand
  • Lack of a forceful, entrepreneurial CEO at the helm..

Many of us will have experienced some of these over our careers – some of us have changed company because of them – as a past mentor of mine one said “It’s not the biggest company, or the one with the best products that wins, it’s the one which can react fastest to changing markets…”

And for me, that’s the key, underlying foundation of Innovation – Agility. Read more…

Categories: Programming

AutoDomain 5.60…

June 14, 2011 10 comments

NOTE – Production-ready version 5.63 (as far as I am aware) is now available on  CTOGoneWild

This version is a real departure from the 5.2 and before series, as I got rid of the dependence on IE for the UI – it was becoming a real pain, with IE trying to display first run screens, telling me it was not installed etc. Generally the IE object was unreliable to say the least.

Instead, I used a whole bunch of HTAs – This is nicer architecturally as each stands alone and can be modified as you see fit, so you can change the UI without changing the logic of the script, plus they run independently so if they crash and burn, again, no problems for the script.

Other than that, there were some more changes to make the “Run On Logon” code asynchronous, so it does not stall the user experience when provisioning them. You can find a full list of changes at the top of the autodomain.vbs script.

Finally, if you enjoy this tool and it saves you a whole bunch of time and effort, you might want to send me something from my Amazon Gift List? Thanks!

You can read more about the current version on my previous blog on this topic.

ToastCache for EEPC/EEM v5

March 28, 2011 1 comment

I finally got around to posting ToastCache to my CTOGoneWild site. This is a simple script which  uses a couple of tricks, and a kludge to force the EEM v5 Name index to rebuild on demand.

The EEM Name Index is one of the most useful performance enhancements you can enable within the product – certainly any database running more than 2000 machines needs it turned on to give reasonable performance.  The Index speeds up Name>ID resolution. Without it, the server has to crawl the entire database searching for an object which matches the name it’s looking for – This means that logging on slows down for new users (they are placed at the end of the db), and also creating new things takes more time (as the DB has to be trawled end-to-end looking to see if the name is already in use).

The index resolves both of these, and more scenarios by maintaining a “bucket list” of hashed names>IDs. Read more…

McAf.ee Launched!

September 21, 2010 1 comment

McAf.ee Secore Short URL ServiceA pet project of mine for a couple of months now, McAfee’s secure-short URL service went through a viral launch last week and has taken flight!

Leveraging McAfee Global Threat Intelligence, McAf.ee lets you create short url’s which are checked against our databases of known spammy, dangerous, malware hosting, bot control etc sites prior to being show. A while ago there was a glut of dangerous short links circulating around Twitter, Facebook etc – this is something McAfee can proactively do to help offer a little more safety in our online lives.

You can create a short URL for any site, but when someone clicks on it, if the site is flagged as dangerous we throw up a warning page to give users a chance to back out before visiting.

This service was created by the McAfee Office of the CTO, which I am part of – the team is charged with looking into and creating innovative test projects, which, if successful can be rolled into the more traditional McAfee Business Units. It means we have a little more freedom to go out on a limb and try new ideas out.

You can find more information, and of course comment and add feature suggestions, or report issues on our forum http://mcaf.ee/about

I’d love to have your feedback, and, as of now I’m proud to say you can find my blog at http://mcaf.ee/simon (smile!).

Update – Larry Magid from CNET NEws called me to interview me about the service, he was very gracious and published a great writeup of the service. He also recorded the interview and made a podcast available. Boy, I hate hearing recordings of myself.

LiveLog – interactive near-real-time Log Monitor

February 17, 2010 4 comments

EPE Log Reader for McAfee Endpoint Encryption v6

February 17, 2010 1 comment