Chris Pietschmann

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Virtualization on the Desktop: VirtualPC 2007 and Hyper-V

About a year ago I started to use VirtualPC 2007 on my Vista x64 box to allow me to run other instances of OS's within isolation without requiring me to purchase anymore hardware for my desk. It's actually rather simple to do and makes it extremely easy to roll back any of your systems to a previous state in case they get screwed up by installing beta software or for any other reason. Benefits of Virtualization  To backup a virtual machine, all you do is burn the virtual... [More]

Virtual Earth Resources

Here's links to some excellent resources for MS Virtual Earth development: Virtual Earth Concepts by Mike Garza These are some excellent concept examples for building rich user experiences with Virtual Earth. Some of the examples include: Draggable Shapes/Pushpins,  Select plotted Shapes using a Selection Box, and Sidebar listing plotted Shapes that highlights the Shape on the map when hovered over. Today he just posted two new examples of adding Drag Han... [More]

Virtual Earth: Center Map to Shape during OnClick Event

Here's a short, simple example of wiring up Virtual Earth to zoom/pan the map to showing the best fit to center on a specific Shape object that is clicked on by the user. This example works in both 2D and 3D map modes. [code:html] <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd"> <html> <head> <title></title> <meta http-equiv="Content-Type&qu... [More]

Alpha Geeks Are Still Joe Schmoe! And the Community Leads Itself.

There's been some major discusson back and forth the last few weeks on the state of the .NET Development Community. I even wrote a little on it myself almost a month ago. Today, I've come to the conclusion that the misconception of the fact that "Alpha Geeks Are Still Joe Schmoe", is in fact the real problem. And the majority of the community hasn't yet realized that in fact they are the ones leading the community in new directions. Alpha Geeks Are Not&n... [More]

Deeper in .NET 2008 is less than 15 hours away!

Deeper in .NET 2008 is less than a day away. It's tomorrow already! I am probably more excited about DiDN this year since we didn't have one last year, but it's still going to be awesome. Do you want to learn about some really awesome stuff?   Do you want to meet and talk with some of the best developers in the community? If you said yes to either of the above questions, then you wont want to miss out. If you haven't signed up yet, that is ok, you... [More]

Some ASP.NET AJAX Tips and Tricks

I've been using ASP.NET AJAX alot for a while now, so I thought I'd share some of the Tips and Tricks that I've learned though my adventures. Lately, all the buzz has been around Silverlight, but I know there are still a lot of devs out there that can benefit from these tips and tricks. UpdatePanel Tips Use UpdateMode=Conditional By setting the UpdatePanel's UpdateMode property to Conditional, it will only update its contents when one of its triggers o... [More]

I am now a Virtual Earth MVP!

This is an exciting April fools day for me. I recieved the following email from Microsoft: [MVP] Congratulations! You have received the Microsoft MVP Award Dear Chris Pietschmann, Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2008 Microsoft® MVP Award! The MVP Award is our way to say thank you for promoting the spirit of community and improving people’s lives and the industry’s success every day. We appreciate your extraordinary efforts in Virtual Earth tec... [More]