Chris Pietschmann

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


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]

OS-tans - these are like Anime mascots for the OS's

A small Internet phenomenon on Futaba Channel, the OS-tan (OS for Operating System, and the Japanese "-tan" (??) which is an overly cute mispronounciation of, specifically a child's slurring of "-chan" (???), a diminutive honorific for a person) or simply OS Girls are the personification of several OSes, most famously Windows, by various amateur Japanese artists. A pure fan creation, the appearance of each character is generally consistent across artists. OSes are almost always portrayed as wome... [More]

Virgin Mary In Grilled Cheese - Looks more like Marylin Monroe

The Vrigin Mary in a grilled cheese sandwich??? I think it looks more like Marylin Monroe. The last I checked the ebay auction was up to almost $7,000. I wanna make me one to sell!

What do Linux, MacOS and Windows all have in Common??

When you think about it, the three major Operating System's (Linux, MacOS and Windows) come down to one person/entity that controls them. No matter which Operating System you use, you are relying on a single person/entity to update/maintain your platform. Linus Torvalds contols the Linux kernel.Microsoft Corp. controls Windows.Apple Computer, Inc. controls MacOS. If the person/entity who governs the core of your OS falls off the face of the Earth, at least with Linux we all have the ... [More]

AntiMatter is a reality: not just for Trekkies!

Antimatter a reality?? Hell, yeah. It can be used for super powerfull weapons, space travel, and more. Antimatter technology doesn't have the radioactive bi-products like nucleur technology does.,14632,Soldiertech_Cool100804,,00.html?

Minimize Microsoft Outlook to the System Tray

I don't know why they took this option out of the settings within Outlook, but the registry setting for this is still there. To minimize it to the system tray, start regedit and follow the steps below:HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Office \ 10.0 \ Outlook \ Preferences New Data Type: REG_DWORD Value Name: MinToTray Data: 1 (0 to disable MinToTray) The number in red above is the MS-Office version number; 10 is Office 2000; 11 is Office 2003.

I just got Visual Studio 2005 Beta 1 (Whidbey)

I went to the MSDN Event in Milwaukee yesterday, and got the FREE DVD with Visual Studio 2005 Beta 1. This is just awesome, anyone attending the MSDN Events in August - September 2004 get this DVD. If you're not an MSDN subscriber, but want to get your hands on VS2005 Beta 1, just go to one of these MSDN Events. Hell, even if you are an MSDN subscriber, go to one of these events. Very informative.

True Programming Language Independent IDE

I watch a video on about how we will be able to mix C++, C# and VB.NET code files within the same project in Visual Studio 2005. Watch the video here: I have an idea to take this one step further. It would be cool if the IDE would be able to convert C#, VB.NET and C++.NET code to any of the others. This way a VB.NET developer could load a C# application, edit in VB.NET, then save it back to C#. Then a C++.NET developer... [More]

Windows XP Service Pack 2 Available

I installed SP2 Final yesterday. I had SP2 RC2 installed since it was released to the public. I hadn't encountered a single problem with RC2. The enhancements of the WiFi support is awesome. Before SP2 I wasn't able to use WPA encryption, but now I can!! Yippee!! I love the popup blocker in IE, and I'm sure there are alot of other fixes that I'll just never have to worry about now. Download it at: [More]

The .NET Show: Introduction to Visual Studio 2005 (Whidbey)

I watch the latest episode of the .NET Show today. All I can say is just awesome. The ASP.NET team set and succeeded at their goal of reducing the amount of code you have to write by 70%!! Check this video out and see the new features of VS2K5. They are also building in the ability to do unit tests. I'm not going to explain everything here, just go watch the episode and see for yourself.

Web Based Alternative to SQL Enterprise Manager

I introduce you to Web Data Administrator from Microsoft. It is an ASP.NET application like SQL Enterprise Manager. It's pretty neet, you can put it up on a web server and access any SQL Server from Anywhere. Web Data Administrator:

MSN WebMessenger

There is now a web version of MSN Messenger. Pretty neet, I think. I like the idea of a web application working and acting just like a windows application. The current Web Messenger isn't as feature full as the Windows application, but I would imagine they are working on it, since it is still in Beta. Check it out at  System Requirements: A web browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or later, Netscape 7.0 or later, or Mozilla 1.6 or later, running in M... [More]

OpenOffice - Fee MS-Office alternative

There is a Free Open Source alternative to MS-Office. Open Office is a professional quality application suite unlike most of the open source projects I've seen. It has all the features of MS-Office and you can even open and save all the MS Document Formats. Open Office even has a couple really neat features that MS-Office doesn't have: Writer can save to PDF and Impress can save SWF (Macromedia Flash). It is currently at Version 1.1, and 2.0 is currently in development. I haven't looked very ind... [More]

WinXP SP2 limits max. number of TCP connections/second

Apparently, to reduce the spread of worms like Sasser, Windows XP Service Pack 2 will limit the maximum number of TCP connections your computer can have at one time. I can see what they are thinking, but I wont mind unless some of my applications (like my multi-threaded port scanner) wont work correctly with this new setting. I guess I'll hold off on increasing the max. untill an application generates an error because of it. Here is a registry edit you can do to increase the... [More]

Host ASP.NET Web Applications on an XBox

As you all probably know, XBox is priced at $150, has a hard drive, built in Ethernet, and it has x86 architecture with a P3 cpu. There is a Linux distribution that is being ported to run on the XBox architecture. You may be thinking why does it need to be ported if it uses x86 architecture and uses a P3 cpu. Well, the reason is that it is only about 99% x86 compatible. There are some extra things (mostly copy protection stuff) that Microsoft added to it. That 99% compatibility is also the thing... [More]

Suspect in AltaVista hacking case works at Microsoft

Last week a man charged with stealing proprietary technology from AltaVista search engine two years was arrested. No big deal right, well this man also is an employee at Microsoft and has been working on Microsoft's new MSN Search technology. Lets see how long till AltaVista presses charges against the software giant Microsoft.A Kirkland man arrested last week on allegations that he stole proprietary technology from the AltaVista search engine two years ago is a Microsoft Corp. employee who has ... [More]

"Bye Bye Mr. CIO Guy" Song...

Now, this is just hilarious. “Bye, Bye Mr. CIO-Guy, Gonna outsource every resource ‘til the business runs dry.” You can find the full lyrics to this here: