Chris Pietschmann

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CSS-only Animated Loading Spinner

CSS Animations are a feature that's been around for a few years, but not many web developers know about it. CSS Animations allow you to define animations and transitions for HTML elements without the need to write JavaScript to do it, or even create an animated GIF file. Here's a simple Loading Spinner using a simple CSS Animation: <style> @keyframes spin { from { transform: rotate(0deg); } to { transform: rotate(360deg); } } .spinner { animation: spin ... [More]

Hack to Force new Skype for Business UI over Lync

Microsoft recently released an update that rebrands Lync as Skype for Business. Many got the update automatically through Windows Update, but not everyone gets the new user interface (UI). There is a Lync Server setting that tells the client to use the either the old Lync or the new Skype for Business UI. If the server doesn't have this setting, such as older Lync servers that haven't been updated yet, then the default is to show the old Lync UI. One frustrating part of this update/change from a... [More]

Games and Facebook are Cool but Boring Software Runs the World

Mostly all tech news speaks about are either the latest consumer features of your favorite Mobile Operating System (iOS, Android, Windows Mobile) or all the cool startups. There certainly have been a lot of startups over the years to make it big. To name a few: Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Uber. However magical and exciting these consumer companies and their software products appear to be, they still don't fundamentally make the world run. Yes, some of these have fundamentally changed the way ... [More]

jsQuizEngine - lightweight javascript quiz engine

I've been studying for some Microsoft certification exams lately. The exam I'm studying for right now is the Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions (70-532) exam and this exam doesn't have any practice tests available from anyone. So I've decided to make my own practice test questions for it. However, I've been unable to find any nice, clean, simple test / quiz engines to be able to take the practice questions like a semi-real test. So I decided to build my own using HTML, JavaScript and CSS. The ... [More]

Apple Watch NOT Insanely Great, Not Yet

Today is the day that Apple has opened preorders for the Apple Watch. There's a lot of conversation about this new product, but we must all remember that it's the very first version of this brand new product. It's not just the first version, but the first version of a brand new product category for the company. This all adds up to a v1 product that has a lot stacked up against it for being all that great. Version 1 products are best when they are released as an MVP (Minimum Viable Product).... [More]