Chris Pietschmann

husband, father, hacker, entrepreneur, futurist, innovator, autodidact


Web.Maps.VE - Virtual Earth Without JavaScript, plus .NET 3.5 Support just added!

Yesterday, I released the fourth update release (v1.00.04) of my Web.Maps.VE component. The main feature addition in this update is the addition of .NET 3.5 support. Below is an overview of the main features of Web.Maps.VE. For more information you can go here: Implement Virtual Earth completely from server-side .NET code; No JavaScript Necessary In case you're not familiar, Web.Maps.VE is an ASP.NET AJAX Virtual Earth Mapping Server C... [More]

Virtual Earth 6: Align Mini Map in the Top Right corner of the Map

If you take a look at you'll see the Mini Map is in the Top Right corner of the map. Virtual Earth doesn't have any alignment options built in when showing the Mini Map. It just allows you to position the mini map using x and y offset coordinates relating to the top left corner of the map. This makes it really easy to show the mini map in relation to the top left corner, but what makes this tricky is the dashboard is already there. Here's small example I wrote ... [More]

Virtual Earth: Convert Road Map Style to Shaded Like does

What is the Shaded map Style? If you've used and Virtual Earth, then you've probably noticed that the Road map style in the Virtual Earth API isn't the same as it is on This is because the Road map style on is actually not using the VEMapStyle.Road map style, but instead is using VEMapStyle.Shaded. The VEMapStyle.Shaded map style is the standard Road style with Shaded Contours drawn on the map, and is new to Virtual Earth v6.0. In th... [More]

Safari 3 for Windows: Enable JavaScript Debugging

As you probably know, Safari 3 doesn't allow you to turn on the debug menu within any settings dialogs. It also doesn't come with a JavaScript Debugger either. This makes it almost impossible to do any JavaScript development for Safari. Luckily you can turn on the debug menu, and there is a debugger you can download. Turn on the Debug menu Step 1: Open up the Preferences.plist file in notepad. In Windows XP:C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Application Data\Apple Computer\Safari\Preferences.... [More]

Virtual Earth: SSL Support

I've implemented Virtual Earth within many web applications, but one thing that I've only had to do a couple times is run the site under SSL. If you have ever done this, then you know that the web browser doesn't like this and complains with the "Do you want to display nonsecure items?" prompt. This can be a pain for users, escpecially when they click "No" and then wonder why the map isn't there. Is SSL Supported? Yes, even though it isn't documented... [More]

My RSS Feed URL has changed.

My RSS feed url has changed to the following: The old url will still be active for awhile still, but I will be setting it to redirect to the new one shortly. So, please update your reference to my feed in your reader. Until now, I have been using a small, hidden 1 pixel image to track the views of my posts through my feed. I have been able to tell that I may have approximately 50 subscribers, but I'm not completely sure. This is why I have decided to ... [More]

Virtual Earth: Getting Started - Adding a basic Map to a page

What is Microsoft Virtual Earth? Virtual Earth allows any developer to implement mapping technology within their web sites and/or applications. The mapping techology behind Virtual Earth is the exact same technology that powers Microsoft's Live Maps website. Getting Started with Virtual Earth Lets add a Map to a page Step 1: Add a DOCTYPE declaration and specify UTF-8 as the pages character set at the top of the page <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Trans... [More]

WI .NET Users Group - Holiday Party 2007 InstallFest

It was a great night, with a really great turn out. I'm not sure the exact number of attendees, but I think it must have been over 150! A few volunteers got up and gave some great demo presentations of new features in VS'08 and .NET 3.5. There was even a 360 setup with Halo 3 for people to play. Don't forget about all the great prizes that were given away: a couple Zunes, an XBox 360 Premium, an XBox 360 Elite, and alot of other games and software. Oh, and don't forget about... [More]

Dec. '07: Are the latest Vista updates full of error? Or is it just me?

I installed the 64-bit version of Vista Ultimate shortly after it RTM'd back in November 2006. Everything was going perfectly fine with it until a couple weeks ago. It started Blue Screening (BSOD) and giving me some other strange issues. Here's a list of some of the issues I've been having: Blue Screens (BSOD) - It shows a different error message each time, so there isn't just one thing wrong. CD/DVD Burner says it can't be accessed, but then I try again a second later and it works fi... [More]

WI .NET Users Group Holiday Party '07 has been Cancelled due to Weather...

The WI .NET Users Group Holiday Party '07 has been Cancelled due to weather and will be rescheduled. The new date for the party will be announced as soom as possible. Here's the announcement that went out to all registered attendees via email: Everyone - The holiday party has been cancelled due to weather.  Even though the ice warnings are expired, there is still snow falling and Direct Supply (our host for the evening) has asked us to cancel the party because of hazards ... [More]

12/2007: Code that I've Blogged over the last 6 months

Here's a list of links to all the different code that I've blogged over the last 6 months. .NET Framework .NET: How to Alias Namespaces and Data Types LunchTimeCoder: Windows Service Monitor that runs in the System Tray .NET 3.5: How to Convert from one TimeZone to another ASP.NET Google Charts API: an ASP.NET 2.0 Server Control Subsite Rewriting HttpModule for ASP.NET ASP.NET: RewritePath breaks HyperLink's ImageUrl in App_Theme file when path with slash is rewritten ASP.NET AJAX:... [More]

Google Charts API: an ASP.NET 2.0 Server Control

Today, I just saw that Google released their Chart API. Basically, the Google Chart API allows you to dynamically generate charts for use in your web applications. All you do is pass your data in the querystring and an image is returned. This isn't really a service to get too excited about, but it is pretty simple to use. And, it's Free. I decided to code up a small ASP.NET Server Control that uses the Google Chart API to put simple line graph charts on a page. The image on the right is actuall... [More]

My Blog content is now licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License...

My Blog content is now licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License by default. If I do license specific content under a different license, then I'll post the license with the content. So, pretty much unless explicitly stated otherwise all content on this blog is now under the Creative Commons Attribution License. For more info about what this license is; click the link below. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License, unless explicitly stat... [More]