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Monthly Archives: November 2018

Finding the minimum and maximum values

Finding the minimum and maximum values in a set of numbers is ridiculously easy with PowerShell.

I’ve created a function in line with the other techniques I’ve shown but in reality could be be done equally well as a single line of code:

function get-minmax {
param (

$mm = $iarray | Measure-Object -Minimum -Maximum

New-Object -TypeName PSobject -Property @{
Minimum = $mm.Minimum
Maximum = $mm.Maximum


Just pipe the array into Measure-Object and use the –Minimum and –Maximum parameters as shown. I created an output object for easier handling if you want to do anything else to the array.


You can also get the sum and average of the array with Measure-Object. PowerShell v6.1 adds the Standard Deviation and an –Allstats parameter so you don’t need to specify each individual option:

PS> $iarray = 1,2,3,4,23,5,6,7,8,9,10,23,11,12,13,7,14,15,16,17,18,20,21,22,11,23,24,25
PS> $iarray | Measure-Object -AllStats

Count : 28
Average : 13.2142857142857
Sum : 370
Maximum : 25
Minimum : 1
StandardDeviation : 7.46030057411125
Property :

Windows 10 install wasting my time

I’ve just made the mistake of installing Windows 10 Insider preview build 18272 from the iso. The only thing I can say is that Windows 10 install wasting my time.


The install proceeds as you would expect but then once the basic OS installation is complete it crawls, at the speed of a overloaded truck with no engine, through a whole series of questions about settings.


If Windows got out of my way and let me perform the settings changes they’d have been done in a few minutes instead the windows install wasted the best part of 30 minutes taking me through its ridiculous setup dialog.


What’s worse is that its the Enterprise edition I was installing!


Microsoft please get out of my way and let me make changes. Every edition of Windows since Vista has made it harder and harder to actually make changes. The continuously changing settings menus mean that the settings you need are buried further and further under meaningless dialogs and when you do get the bottom you’re often using the old control panel!


The continuous feature update promised by Windows 10 is failing because its actually getting harder to do things. Contrary to your belief Microsoft you don’t know better than me how I want my machines configured – you’re applying a blanket best guess set of settings that are becoming more difficult to unravel.