Chris Pietschmann

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


Spring is finally here, and the Thunderstorms have begun...

Today is the first day of Spring, and in the Milwaukee area we are lucky enough to have some rain and a thunderstorm today. I like thunderstorms so I'm glad the season is here. The only bad part is it's also the beginning of Tornado season. Update 4/15/2007: And, it also snowed about an inch a couple days ago. But, it seems to be getting warmer again... But, we'll see if it stays warm. You gotta love Wisconsin weather.

My Top 10 Tech Netcasts (podcasts)

There are alot of podcasts being produced out there. I've had trouble over the last couple years in finding good quality podcasts to listen to. Here's a collection of the podcasts I listen to regularly: Windows Weekly - A weekly look at all things Microsoft including Windows Vista, Office 2007, and Xbox from the foremost Windows expert in the world, Paul Thurrott of the Super Site for Windows Security Now - Steve Gibson, the man who coined the term spyware and created the first anti-spyware p... [More]

I've been slacking lately...

Basically, I haven't been working on much in my spare time lately. A week and a half ago, my wife and I got back from spending a week in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. We went to an all inclusive resort and everything was very relaxing. Neither of us had ever flown, so this was a whole new experience for both. Well, it basically took a week to get back in the flow of things after being in paradise for a week. And, now that I'm back in the flow, I'll be continuing work on all my side proj... [More]

Apple iPhone has been confirmed, but functionaly similar to Windows Mobile Phone

The Apple iPhone has been confirmed. I wasn't anticipating much for this thing, but it sure looks sweet. There are no keys, you just touch the screen. There seems to be alot of posibilities with this. The iPhone also runs Mac OS X. Here are some links to images of the iPhone: I wonder what kind of development tools/options they will have available for the... [More]

Get Office 2007 FREE until Feb. 26

FREE copy of Microsoft Office Professional 2007 and Microsoft Office Groove 2007 when you attend a Windows Vista, 2007 Microsoft Office system, and Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 launch event! The luanch events are happening between Jan. 16th and Feb. 26th; so be sure not to miss the one nearest you. Now this is pretty cool! Microsoft seems to be building a reputation of giving away some of their big products for Free at their respective launch events. They have also done this back in 2005 wit... [More]

Polymorphic Podcast: Awesome .NET Podcast!

I've searched for quality development related (specifically .NET) podcasts, and there really aren't very many. The Polymorphic Podcast is an awesome .NET podcast with some really great content. I really recommend checking it out. Listen: Polymorphic Podcast

MSN Spaces Removes Chinese Bloggers Blog

If this guy really doesn't want to be sensored then he needs to go pay a hosting provider to host his own website. Then he can blog about what ever he wants. I host my blog on my own website because I know I can trust myself to not victimize myself with political concerns. Read the story: MSN really has two option... [More]

VS '05 & SQL '05 Express Editions Available Now FREE!

The Express Editions of Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 are now available for Free download. According to the site the Express Editions will be available for download for a period of 1 year. And the best part about the license agreement is there are no licensing restrictions that prohibit you from developing software with the Express Editions for commercial use. Download Site:

Get Visual Studio 2005 and SQL 2005 Free!

If you attend Microsoft's Best of Visual Studio 2005 Launch or Microsoft's Best of SQL Server 2005 Launch and you'll receive a free copy of Visual Studio 2005 Standard Edition and SQL Server 2005 Standard Edition. VS '05 Launch - Server '05 Launch -  

FBI to get veto power over PC software?

There's no way they'll be able to keep me or anyone else from writing software and distributing it. I think software (like speech or text) qualifies under the 1st amendment. I can say or write what ever I want with out being punishable by law. Someone listening to my speech or reading my letter is no different than running my software. Even if somehow this would get passed, there is no way they'd be able to enforce it. Even if they were able to legally get Microsoft and Apple to make thei... [More] to use SQL Server 2005 x64 Edition and ASP.NET 2.0 x64!

I just got an email alert today, My favorite Microsoft related news site,, will be launching a redesign of their site along with a new server to host it. This is one of the first large sites that I've heard of switching to ASP.NET 2.0 and SQL Server 2005. I can't wait to see the new site. Read the email alert below: Hey everyone!  This is a short announcement about , the no.1 Microsoft news source on the will soon run on a brand new 64-bit server!&n... [More]

Office 12 Screenshots from PDC '05

The latest screenshots of Office 12 from PDC '05 are out. The new toolbar/menu system in Office is supposed to be easier to use than the existing toolbar/menu system. I'll have to wait and see after I use it. I do like the new look though. Some more screenshots are here:

Happy 10th birthday Windows 95!

Windows 95 was released 10 years ago today! With the release of Vista coming, Win95 turns 10. Just think about what will be in the version of Windows that comes out whenVista turns 10. Lots of improvements have come and lots more to come. We all loved you Win95 in your prime and have now moved on; but we wont forget all the good times we had like waiting for you to start up, swearing at the blue screens and saying “why do I have to reinstall when... [More]

Is it really Microsoft's fault?

Most of the problems I've experienced with Win9x and Win2K/XP with "blue screens" have been caused by problems with device drivers. These were all device drivers that Microsoft didn't write. Yes, they were third party device drivers, but should I blame Microsoft? I think my analogy of nails on the road (stated above) somes this up perfectly. People are always quick to talk smack about the one on top, but they almost never do their homework to find the facts to back themselves up. This is the re... [More] - Lots of improvements for MSDN Online!

For those who don't know, has all the Visual Studio “Whidbey” 2005 documentation. It's not fully complete because they are still building up the library, but it is still quite extensive. I found this blog post by Tim Ewald (, outlining some of the major improvements they are making with the new version of the MSDN web site. They are basically making it so we wont have so many darn broken link... [More]

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]

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]

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]

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!!