Tag Archives: John Mello

PhillyPoSH 01/09/2014 meeting summary and presentation materials

  1. Lido Paglia gave a presentation entitled “A PowerShell beginner’s guide to using GitHub”. During his talk Lido went over the history of GitHub and how you can use it to manage your scripts and to collaboratively code (e.g. The Winter Scripting games!). A copy of his presentation materials are available on our GitHub Repository.
  2. Lido Paglia and John Mello both went over their approach to the homework problem they presented during the 11/07/2013 meeting. You can find a copy of Lido’s and John’s script in our GitHub Repository.
  3. A recording of this meeting has been posted to our YouTube channel; please note that there are some audio issues near the end of the recording.

PhillyPoSH 11/07/2013 meeting summary and presentation materials

  1. John Mello gave a presentation on a script that searches a mailbox for an email by subject and downloads any attachments it may contain. A copy of his scripts can be obtained here.
  2. Jason Helmick, Senior Technologist at Concentrated Tech and Windows PowerShell MVP, gave a presentation on “Understanding the Pipeline – Getting your one-liners to work!” A copy of his script can be found here.
    1. A recording of Jason Helmick’s presentation can be found on our YouTube channel. Due to audio issues, John Mello’s portion is not included in the recording.
  3. Announcements
    1. Tickets are still available for the 2014 PowerShell Summit North America, if you’re going then make sure to say hi to Lido Paglia!
    2. We are still trying to arrange for a PowerShell Saturday sometime in 2014, if you are interested in presenting please let us know!
  4. We are assigning homework this week! Hopefully this will be a fun task that we can discuss during our next meeting, so try your hand at the following problem:

Title: On This Day in Pictures

Description: You have folder of photos on your computer that you take with your Smartphone or digital camera. From time to time you want to be reminded of the cool and interesting things you snapped photos of years before on this day. Being a PowerShell scripter you imagine that PowerShell would be a quick and easy tool for exploring your photo’s meta-data to re-discover some fun memories you had by emailing yourself some pictures you took on this same day last year or any year before. You decide to format the email as HTML including the pictures and some data about them. Finally, using the task scheduler to set your script to run every morning so you can take a trip down memory lane with your photos on “this day in history”. As a PowerShell scripter you roll up your sleeves and get to work.


  1. Your script should look into a directory that may contain sub folders for image files (you may want to support .jpg, .jpeg, .png, etc.).
  2. The script should then determine the date a photo was taken. Examining the EXIF meta-data might be handy.
  3. Get the date the script runs and find all the photos taken on the same day other than the current year.
  4.  Finally send an email containing the photos taken on this day in history*

PhillyPoSH 10/03/2013 meeting summary and presentation materials


Philadelphia Meeting – October 3rd, 2013

Please join us Thursday, October 3rd and celebrate PhillyPoSH’s first birthday! We’ll have a number of speakers including John Mello, Lido Paglia, and TJ Turner presenting on everyday uses of PowerShell. We’ll wrap up with a script and tell session where we encourage members of the community to share what they’re working on with PowerShell.

Please register if you plan to attend in person or to receive the meeting URL to join us remotely.

PhillyPoSH 08/01/2013 meeting summary and presentation materials

  1. John Mello gave a presentation on Tips and Tricks learned from the 2013 Scripting Games, a copy of his presentation and scripts can be obtained here
  2. Various group members contributed to a Script and Tell, scripts and participant names are forthcoming.
  3. A recording of the meeting is available on our YouTube channel, please note that the recording ends about 5 minutes before our meeting was done.

PhillyPoSH 05/02/2013 meeting summary and presentation materials

  1. Jeff Wouters gave an excellent presentation via Lync on:
    1. Avoiding the pipeline
    2. Improving your learning curve
    3. Improving your teaching curve
  2. John Mello gave a presentation and demo of script that uses Exchange multi-valued custom attributes to store information on when to remove users from a security group after a specified amount of days.
  3. Standalone meeting material links
    1. PhillyPosh_2013-05-02_ScriptClub
    2. PhillyPosh_2013-05-02_Presentation_JeffWouters

Philadelphia Meeting – March 7th, 2013

Join us on Thursday, March 7th for a “Winter Scripting Camp Wrap Up and Lessons Learned”.

With the Winter Scripting Camp event behind us, this month John Mello and Lido Paglia will be sharing their submissions and providing tips and tricks for participating in this year’s upcoming Scripting Games. We’ll be covering both beginner and advanced categories including script walkthroughs, and thoughts on best practices for submitting high scoring scripts.

Please register if you plan to attend.

PhillyPoSH 12/06/2012 meeting summary and presentation materials

  1. John Mello gave a presentation entitled “Intro to PowerShell’s Pipeline, Part 1″. A copy of his slide deck and code examples are available here.
  2. Script Club :
    1. John R. Nahrgang and Lido Paglia presented a work in progress script that returns all the members of the Local Administrators Group on a filtered list of Active Directory PCs. A copy of the script is available here.
  3. Various other information worth mentioning.
    1. In response to last month’s script club, Carl Larson submitted a script that splits an Active Directory users’ distinguishedName into an array and then put’s it back together so that you can get the Parent OU. This script is meant as a jumping off point for John Mello’s expressed difficulty trying to pull a user name from a full Active Directory path. A copy of the script is available here.

Philadelphia Meeting – December 6th, 2012 – 6-8pm

Join us this month for a great getting started session where John Mello will be presenting on the PowerShell pipeline. We also plan to have a Script Club following John’s talk so be sure to bring along any scripts that you’re working on. You definitely don’t want to miss this informative session especially if you’re relatively new to PowerShell.

Please register if you plan to attend @ http://phillyposh.org or use the button below.

We Look forward to seeing you December 6th!