_IELinkClickByText in Powershell v2

function ClickLinkByText ([string]$arg1){ $ie.document.Script.execScript(“(`$(‘*:contains(`”” + $arg1 + “`”):last’)).click();”); while($ie.Busy) { Start-Sleep -Milliseconds 100 } } If you’re using Powershell v2 to automate IE, and the webpage you’re automating has jQuery, try this out.  I’ve been jealous of this function in Autoit, and this is much faster than the “normal” methods to find the link. If you’re on a weak workstation, … Read More

Automatically Play Music After the Game with IFTTT and Pivot Power Genius

For some reason, I’ve been trying to come up with a way to automatically (triggered somehow through the internet) play a song at the conclusion of a sporting event for some time now. I’m not a programmer, I still haven’t really put a good-faith effort toward learning how to work with Arduino, and I’m not an expert on crawling the … Read More

Finishing Basement / Home Theater Lessons Learned

I wanted to compile a list of all the things I figured out (often too late) while taking on the ridiculous basement project we just recently finished. So, here goes. HDMI over Cat 6 is a thing. Its utility isn’t immediately obvious, but consider this; You can take **all** of your AV equipment and house it somewhere else just by … Read More

Christmas Radio ’14 – Now Live!

radio.benbarnard.com is now the best way to get here. This little app autoplays, fair warning. Your browser does not support the audio element. Click through the following link to play through your streaming client instead (updated): http://162.248.161.237:8000/listen.pls?sid=1 So Christmas ’14 is over, but I’m not giving it up this year. For the time being, music licensed as creative commons will be playing. I’m … Read More

RSS -> IFTTT -> GetPocket.com: A True Replacement for Google Reader

When Google announced that they were going to permanently shutter Google Reader, I wasn’t sure where to go. Well, that is, after the initial shock. Why, Google? Anyway, I went through and tried a bunch of different replacement services and none really felt right. So, I found a better option. Here’s how you can do it too.

Obihai Devices and Multiple Google Voice Accounts

Edit: You can pretty much disregard this post; Google announced that they are ending the service that allows for the Obihai devices to make free calls. Keeping it here for historical purposes. I’m a big supporter of all the different Obihai VOIP devices. I’ve had an Obi110 since they launched for $50. For the uninitiated, these devices connect to various … Read More