Chris Pietschmann

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


LunchTimeCoder.ServiceMonitor v1.1 Released

I just posted up the latest release (v1.1) of my windows service monitor app. Download LunchTimeCoder.ServiceMonitor v1.1 This is a small utility that monitors windows services running on the local machine or any maching on the local network. And notifies you via an icon in the system tray and a balloon popup telling you which services aren't running. You can also Start and Stop services from this utility. New Features in this version: Added ability to monitor services on any computer... [More]

LunchTimeCoder: Windows Service Monitor that runs in the System Tray

Yesterday I started writing a Windows Service Monitor, but I didn't finish it during my lunch time. And, since I had a little extra time last night and this morning (I'm off work today by the way), I spent some time finishing it. Yeah I know it's cheating but I'm the one who wrote the rules for this initiative anyway. This app is relatively simple, you pick what services to monitor on the local machine and it minimizes to the system tray. When a service you are monitoring stops, it will chang... [More]

LunchTimeCoder.AutoSlideShow v1.05 - some small enhancements

Today I spent a small amount of time enhancing the LunchTimeCoder.AutoSlideShow javascript component. Modifications Made: Added image caching so there's no flicker when changing images Added Start, Stop and Previous methods to allow user/programmatic control of the slideshow Converted to using the DOM to add the Image tag that is used rather than the div.innerHTML property; just because that's the correct way to do it There we have it, one more day and another lunch time (partially)&nbs... [More]

LunchTimeCoder Day 2: Moleskine and not much code

I went out at lunch today and purchased a Moleskine (well, the one I got isn't made by the Moleskine company, but it's still a pocket sized, hard cover notebook), and a nice 0.5mm fine point pen. I've already read some of the "hacks" for Moleskine's, and pondered getting one for a few months. I even tried folding a piece of 8.5"x11" paper so it was like a pocket sized book, but that didn't last long due to the vulnarability of paper. My use of it is going to basically be a "poor ... [More]

LunchTimeCoder Day 1: AutoSlideShow - JavaScript Automatic SlideShow Class

Day 1 Todays code is a JavaScript automatic slideshow component. This is a very simple class that you just tell what div to render within and what images to show, and it does the rest. Check out the AutoSlideShow component here Ideas? If you have any ideas on how this component can be improved, please post a comment below.

Announcing the Initiative

How do you spend your lunch time at work? Since I need to take a break away from work, I usually just surf, read up on the latest news (Digg, DotNetKicks), and check my personal email. So, I've come up with a way to make my lunch time more productive. And I'm calling it... Lunch Time Coder. What is Lunch Time Coder? Lunch Time Coder is my new initiative to make my lunch time more productive. I'll take one idea each day and turn it into a usable component or program during m... [More]