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PowerShell Hamlet

Picking up the challenge which James set with his PowerShell Macbeth, I decided to do Hamlet. I have actually had a non-PowerShell computerized Hamlet implementation some time ago, but for James, here comes the PowerShell one:

PS C:\> Add-PSSnapin Shakespeare.Hamlet

Do you want to follow instructions from this untrusted publisher?
File Revenge.ps1xml is published by CN="The Ghost", L=Elsinore, C=DK and is not trusted on your system. Only run scripts from trusted publishers.
[V] Never trust [D] Do not trust [R] Listen once [A] Always listen [?] Help (default is "D"): R

PS C:\> Get-Characters | Start-Revenge
Confirm
Are you sure you want to perform this action?
Continuing the revenge requires performing operation "Get killed" on Target "Polonius".
[Y] Yes [A] Yes to All [N] No [L] No to All [S] Suspend [?] Help (default is "Y"): Y

Confirm
Are you sure you want to perform this action?
Continuing the revenge requires performing operation "Get killed" on Target "Gertrude".
[Y] Yes [A] Yes to All [N] No [L] No to All [S] Suspend [?] Help (default is "Y"): A

And so on. 🙂

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Shakespeare and IT

It occurred to me yesterday while discussing one of PowerGUI dialog boxes that the following is probably the way Hamlet would have been expressed these days:

To be, or not to be - Shakespear’s Hamlet in 21st century

Frankly, I have always thought that in the original play, the great Bard have not made the choice obvious enough. It’s all about usability…

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Kandinsky design for iPod

I normally try not to put personal stuff into the blog but this time I just could not help it.

Here goes the photo I made today – painting by Wassily Kandinsky (dated 1925!) featuring an iPod music player:

Fragment of Kandinsky’s painting featuring iPod

Long story: The painting is called Gelb-Rot-Blue and I found it in Parisian modern art museum – Centre Pompidou. I am in Paris this week on a business trip meeting various Quest’s business partners and customers, and being a big fan of fine arts tried to find some time for the art galleries as well. Who would have thought that there’s no escape from technology even there?!

So now that we know who was behind iPod design, can anyone find the original iPhone and Zune paintings?

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