Chris Pietschmann

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


My Blog content is now licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License...

My Blog content is now licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License by default. If I do license specific content under a different license, then I'll post the license with the content. So, pretty much unless explicitly stated otherwise all content on this blog is now under the Creative Commons Attribution License. For more info about what this license is; click the link below. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License, unless explicitly stat... [More]

XNA and XBox 360: Not until you pony up some ca$h!!

I recently got an XBox 360; and until I got one I didn't fully realize what all its features are. This is a really sweet system! So, naturally I downloaded the XNA Game Studio Express to check out what's all possible with building homebrew games for the 360. After registering my gamertag with the XNA Creators Club and installing XNA Game Studio Express on my PC, I took the following steps: Go on XBox Live Marketplace and download the Free XNA Game Launcher. Run the XNA Game ... [More]

Not All Software Developers Need To Be Graphic Designers

Today, I came across a post by Vitaly Gorn titled "Is it time for software developers to master in graphic design?" And, in this article, they explain why software developers need to acquire more graphic design skills today. What's the problem? Most application User Interfaces aren't the most user friendly. I do agree that this is a common problem. And, there is no doubt that the one of the next steps in the evolution of the software industry is betting Graphic Design and User Interf... [More]

SimpleBlack Theme for BlogEngine.NET v1.2

I've been looking at the code of BlogEngine.NET and playing around with it a bit lately, so I decided to create a theme to see how easy it is. And, it is actually really simple to do. I actually used the Cogitation theme as the basis and just morphed it into the below theme I call SimpleBlack. If you would like to use it, go ahead. Download: BlogEngine.NET v1.2 SimpleBlack Theme

Software Development = Logical Creativity

Programming = Logical There is a lot of logic involved in computer programming, just as there is in Math. In college they teach you a lot of mathematics and how to use that same logical thinking with programming. It's true that if you're good at math, you may have the potential to be good at programming. Development = Creativity The development aspect of building a software solution is the creative aspect to programming. When you design or architect a software solution there is a t... [More]

Real Estate - The Search That Should Be.

There are so many real estate sites out there, and each one has certain features or aspects about them that attract certain users more than others. However, even though there are so many, it just seems that no one can really get it right. Property Search Property Search is the main reason everyone visits a real estate website; because we're looking to buy or sell a home. You enter in the criteria you're looking for and the website shows you a list of properties matching your criteria. Cle... [More]

Official Release of Simplovation and Web.Maps.VE!

I am proud to announce that I have just officially launched Simplovation and released our first product, Web.Maps.VE! What is Simplovation? Simplovation is my new startup, and is a Micro-ISV. Our focus is on developing first class, resuable components and developer tools that target the .NET Framework. What is Web.Maps.VE? Web.Maps.VE is the latest, much evolved version of my open source control. This is the only ASP.NET 2.0 server control that brings Full AS... [More]

US Cellular is dicontinuing the Motorola v323i, but you can still buy it from Motorola!

I just renewed my cell phone contract and was lucky enough to get a couple of the last Motorola v323i phones that the local stores had left. Apparently they are discontiuing this model, and US Cellular has them on sale (if you can find them) for $30 with a new contract. This is the best phone for the price from what I've heard when researching what new phone to get. I've heard it compared to the MotoRAZR a few times; except of course it does have less features than the RAZR. For example the v3... [More]

Proposed DotNetKicks Redesign!

The current skin of DotNetKicks just isn't quite there. It doesn't look as cool as it could. And I'm sure it's just because the time hasn't been spent to make it look good. So, I thought I'd put together a mockup design that is based off the current design, but with some improvements. I like it, but the test is if any of you like it too. Let me know what you think. Current DotNetKicks: Proposed Redsign for DotNetKicks: Download:View Larger ImagePaint.NET .PDN File By the way, the font I ... [More]

Top posts of all time as of 2007/9/27

Here's a list of my top blog posts of all time. I really would rather the MSN WebMessenger and Homestarrunner ones weren't in the list, but sometimes you just strike a chord of what regular people (non-programmers) search for. Top 10 posts of all time by total number of page views: 69,629 - MSN WebMessenger65,769 - ASP.NET 2.0: URL Mapping with RegEx Support26,319 - - pretty cool toons23,197 - I now have my key for Vista Ultimate18,614 - WinXP SP2 limites max. number of ... [More]

Patterns: Fluent Interface - make your code easier to read

I never heard of the Fluent Interface pattern until I saw Randy Patterson's blog post titled "How to design a Fluent Interface". When I first saw the title of the post I thought he was talking about design a user interface, but upon further inspection I found out that using the Fluent Interface pattern in your code will make it easier to read. Randy posts an example of how to use the Fluent Interface pattern, but I thought I would also write up a short example. My example below shows how to imp... [More]

Links - 2007-09-26

Here's a ton of links to articles and stuff that I've come across. Included are some links that I marked as favorite within IE and just haven't seemed to go back to, 'till today. It's probably link overload, but hopefully you find some of it usefull. ASP.NET A Boilerplate HttpHandler - Scott HanselmanDynamically resize uploaded images & save in PNG format - Anil RadhakrishnaMaking sense of ASP.NET Paths - Rick StrahlRendering ASP.NET Controls Out of Place - Dave ReedMake Your ASP.NET ... [More]

ASP.NET Forums is gone and Community Server's not free

What happened to the download links for ASP.NET Forums on the website? As soon as Community Server 1.0 came out the links disapearred. I didn't really think of it at the time, but now that I want to set up a Forum I would like the old ASP.NET Forums. Why not Community Server? Well, the reason I don't want to use Community Server is because the licenses keep getting more restrictive with the release of each new version. I just looked at the website and ... [More]

Weekly Links - 2007-09-07

C# - GenericsC# Generics, Part 2/4: Constraints, Members, Operators - Patrick Smacchia C# Multi-Type Generic Constraints - Adam Esterline C# 2.0 Constraints on Generic Types - Dan Vallejo ASP.NET 2.0Creating a Custom ASP.NET Profile Provider - Shawn Wildermuth Misc.25 steps for building a Micro-ISV - Leon Bambrick

Self Employed and time for contract work

I have decided to go out on my own and work full time getting my own business off the ground. It's going to be an exciting ride and I know I have what it takes to make it work. I'll be working on a few project ideas that I have (If you want to find out more info about what I'm working on, you'll just have to watch this blog for more info as it's posted.) As a result, I will also have time to do consulting on a contract basis. I have 6+ years of software development experience using MS... [More]

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]

What's the best web-based RSS reader?

Calling all subscribers... What RSS readers do you use? I am looking for a really good web-based RSS reader to use. I haven't found one that I really like yet, and am thinking about just writing my own. But, first, I thought I would call out to see what YOU are using. Please post a comment with the name/url to the RSS reader you use or have used. Also, if you could please state which features you like or dislike. Thank you very much for your help!

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]

Could WiFi be used to cook food?

I know 802.11b and g both use 2.4Ghz frequency range, which is the same as a Microwave Oven. Now the question is, could you basically turn up the power on your router to the point that it would be able to cook food? I know technically (if this were possible) the components inside the router aren't made to withstand handling that much power. But, what if? Microwave = Cooked Food WiFi + Power = Cooked Food????

7/6/2007: Yahoo is down?

It appears that is down. I've never seen one of the big guys completely down before. I'm assuming someone is getting fired. Just imagine all the searches that aren't being done right now. And just think, because of IE's default settings, since it can't find, it's doing a search (using the default search provider) on probably MSN for the word "Yahoo". I wonder how many of these people that Yahoo is letting down are going to end up switching to MSN or Google? Hey Yahoo, that's... [More]