Chris Pietschmann

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


Four ways to get your hands on Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2!!

I posted a couple days ago that non-MSDN subscribers can get Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 for FREE from The MSDN Events Resource DVD that will be given out at the Spring MSDN Events will have Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 on it. Of course, I can't forget, all MSDN Subscribers can download or order Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2. And finally if you live in Wisconsin; I heard a couple days ago that the WI-INETA Executive Commitee is working with Microsoft to ... [More]

May 10th WI-INETA Meeting on Design Patterns in .NET

At the next WI-INETA meeting, on May 10th, Matthew Deiters will be speaking on Design Patterns in .NET. I'm sure it'll be a great presentation like they always are. I encourage all .NET developers no matter what skill level you are, to join the user group and attend the meetings. You will learn alot. After all, membership is FREE!!

Giving your application a Plugin based architecture is easier than it sounds...

I've been playing around the last couple of days with creating an application with a Plugin based architecture. It's alot easier with .NET than it sounds. I don't have any examples or articles to post on here yet, but I'm working on something I hope to have up here in the next week or so. On another note, the traffic of my site is using about 1GB of bandwidth per month now (consistantly the last two months). That's the most my site has ever used, I'm going to have to upgrade my hosting account ... [More]

Hitachi's New Perpendicular Recording Technology involves some bits that dance to the music

In March 2005, Hitachi demonstrated their perpendicular recording technology. This method of storing data on hard drives allows for an awesome amount of data in a small space. Hitachi demonstrated a storage density of 230 gigabits per square inch. Hitachi expects to see products ship at 230 gigabits per square inch in 2007. With this they'll be able to store 20 Gigabytes instead of 6 Gigabytes on the one-inch Microdrives, and up to one terabyte on the 3.5inch hard drives.Yeah I know I'm thinking... [More]

I passed the 70-305 exam on Friday!!

Wahoo! Another Microsoft exam nailed to the wall. On Friday I passed the Developing and Implementing Web Applications with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Microsoft Visual Studio.NET (70-305) exam. I now have only one exam to pass in order to get my MCSD with .NET, the Analyzing Requirements and Defining Microsoft .NET Solution Architectures (70-300).

I start a new job on the 28th!!

I'm starting a new job on next Monday, the 28th. I'm pretty psyched about it. I have needs and well my current job just isn't cutting it. I don't want to go to far into detail at this moment. (Must play the whole politics thing.) Well, anyway, I'll be working at The Enterprise; it's a division of Homestore (has since been renamed to Move Inc.). They are a more well established company than where I currently work, and I feel there will be plenty of opportunity for me there. The overall work envi... [More]

Visual Studio .NET 2002 SP1 Released

On March 8th, The Visual Studio .NET 2002 Service Pack 1 was released. List of fixes in the Service Pack: Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 306905 Visual IDE does not open when started or application cannot start error message 319997 FIX: Visual Studio .NET breaks Visual SourceSafe integration behavior 323302 Inert virus found in Korean language version of Visual Studio .NET 326714 Access violation in Msenv file notification when you build from the command prompt 814483 FI... [More]

Latest Visual Studio 2005 Release Info

Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 is due out March 31st April with a “Go Live” license. The “Go Live” license means that Microsoft is saying that applications developed with Beta 2 will be able to go live with the final release of Visual Studio 2005 with only minor or no modifications to the source code. And the Final release of Visual Studio 2005 is slated for late summer 2005 to be at the PDC in September 2005. For more information on Visual Studio 2005: http://lab.m... [More]

WI-INETA: Need for Speed: .NET Performance Tuning (April 12)

The next WI-INETA meeting is on April 12th. Jacob Cynamon will be speaking on the topic of Need for Speed: .NET Performance Tuning. Jabob will show us tips and techniques to fine-tune the performance your WinForms applications. The key areas of focus for this session will be data processing, memory management, and startup time. For more information: Jacob Cynamon's Blog:

AutoUpdate BIOS/Firmware?

I was talking to one of my friends and he mentioned a conversation he had with someone about AutoUpdating Firmware/BIOS in the background while you are using your computer. The person my friend was talking about seems to think that his WinXP system at home currently does this. He must be thinking that Windows Update does a little more than update Windows. Even though this isn't something that is or can be done now; it got me thinking. Automatically updating your BIOS or other Firmware woul... [More]

Ok my blog works for now...

Ok, I got it working by changing the web.config file (forcing a full restart of the ASP.NET Application). I guess I'll juat have to do that each time it errors. :( I'm either going to make my own pblog or use the new Community Server : Blog; I'm undecided...

Rory Blyth and Scott Hanselman homemade TechEd promotion...

This is quite humorous. Two geeks and the topics of TechEd, conferences, architecture, technology, Don Box, underwear, whiteboarding, love, life and Exchange installs. I can't really explain anymore. Just go check it out!!

Stupid Blog is broke again...

Darn it... I'm actually quite irritated that this thing worked for like 10 months with absolutely no problems. And then last night, it started giving this error: Value cannot be null. Parameter name: value It happens when ever you try to view one of the blog entries. I'll try to get this fixed as soon as possible. :(

Mainstream support for Visual Basic 6.0 will end March 31

  Mainstream support for Visual Basic 6.0 will end March 31, 2005. Its kind of like Microsoft forcing us to all start using .NET. Fankly I'd rather I didn't have to use VB6 anymore anyway. As of the end of 2002, you can no longer purchase any licenses for Visual Basic 6.0. In the event that you need additional licenses for VB6; Microsoft Volume Licensing allow downgrade rights under Volumne Licensing 6.0. Customers who purchase the current release have full downgrade rights to previous ve... [More]

The skinny on Office 12!

Microsoft has long planned to ship Office 12 simultaneously or "nearly simultaneously" with Longhorn, its next major Windows version. However, Longhorn will RTM in May 2006, and Office won't be completed until late 2006, as shown below. Some of the internal documentation I've seen suggests that Microsoft will actually delay the public availability of Longhorn until Office 12 can ship, because Office 12 is such a major component of the Longhorn wave of products. I guess we'll have to see how that... [More]

Wahoo!! My blog is fixed for now...

I Googled the problem, and found this article And, I came to the conclusion that instead of trying to edit the code, I'd figure out a work around for now. I found that since I can't force a restart of the IIS process that is running my site (since I have a remote host), I deleted the DotText.Framework.dll file in the bin directory of my blog, and then just copied the same version of the file back into the folder (forcing IIS/ASP.NET t... [More]

Microsoft Exams: FREE Retake Offer

Between February 28 and May 31, 2005, you can use a special code when you register for your exams and if you fail you'll be able to retake it for FREE. This offer is available worldwide. I'm going to make use of this offer soon, even if it is to just give me a good piece of mind. I've never failed an exam (knock on wood), and hope I wont need the retake. More Info:

I went Deeper in .NET, yesterday

The speakers were great, and I learned alot as usual. These were the same speakers that speak at events such as: TechEd and PDC. We learned about: Creation of Distributed Object-Oriented Apps in .NET from Rock Lhotka ASP.NET 2.0 from Scott Guthrie Blackbelt ASP.NET 1.x Tips & Tricks from Rob Howard ClickOnce with Visual Studio 2005 from Chris Mayo Smart Client Applications with WinForms/SQL Server 2005 (writing Stored Procs, Function and Triggers with C#/VB.N... [More]

WI-INETA Event: Deeper in .NET 2005!

Its just 5 days until the awesome Deeper in .NET 2005 event! I know this years event wont be anything less than last years. Go to the site for more information on this event. AGENDA for the Event (please visit us online at for newest details) 7:00am  - Registration and Check-In for Attendees 7:45am  - Brian Tinkler, Announcements and Introductions 8:00am  - Rocky Lhotka, Creation of Distributed Objec... [More]