You guys are making this too hard. PowerShell handles this quite elegantly e.g.:

> $str1 = $null
> if ($str1) { 'not empty' } else { 'empty' }
empty

> $str2 = ''
> if ($str2) { 'not empty' } else { 'empty' }
empty

> $str3 = ' '
> if ($str3) { 'not empty' } else { 'empty' }
not empty

> $str4 = 'asdf'
> if ($str4) { 'not empty' } else { 'empty' }
not empty

> if ($str1 -and $str2) { 'neither empty' } else { 'one or both empty' }
one or both empty

> if ($str3 -and $str4) { 'neither empty' } else { 'one or both empty' }
neither empty