Tracking time while presenting PowerShell

I don’t wear a watch.  Maybe I should, but I feel like there are too many clocks in the world already and I don’t want to add to that by putting one on my wrist.  This works just fine for me for the most part.

But last week I was busy having fun giving an introductory presentation about PowerShell to the Ottawa Windows Server User Group and since I can talk about PowerShell for hours without getting tired of it I needed to keep a closer eye on the time.  And with my PowerShell slide deck often full screen on my laptop, I couldn’t rely on the small little clock in my system tray to do the job.  What to do, what to do…

Well since I was demoing PowerShell and some of the many products available that support PowerShell, I came up with a solution that would both keep my eyes on the time and at the same time give me a nice segway within my presentation into a short discussion about PowerGadgets and what they can do.  Here’s a screenshot to show you what I mean:

Presenting PowerShell with a PowerGadgets Clock

See that little digital clock in the corner?  That’s a PowerGadget.  Here’s a close-up of it (taken at a later time):

PowerGadgets Clock Close-Up

It’s configured to always be on top of my desktop, and it is running a short PowerShell script every minute to get the current time in short format.  This doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of what you can do with PowerGadgets, but it was definitely a nice opportunity to show just one of the many great things being done with PowerShell in the market today.  And it took all of 2 minutes to make it too!

Judging from many attendees at the presentation taking notes about PowerGadgets when I showed them this as well as how easy it can be to use, I think it made a good impression on them as well.  If you are curious about PowerShell and would like to see what some of your data presentation options are, take a look at what PowerGadgets has to offer.

Oh, and since PowerGadgets comes with cmdlets that can be used to create them, you can launch them from within PowerGUI too.  Two rich PowerShell tools that work great together already!  And we haven’t even gotten to the release of version 2 of PowerShell yet!  This certainly is a fun space to be in!

Kirk out.

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