Embedding Screensaver’s in a Windows Form

Awhile ago I created the screensaver Vista Sidebar gadget and promised I would put some code up. As promised, here it is. It’s actually quite easy to create something like this, and truth be told I actually had the code lying around for a few years since I wrote it for my 2nd book. Rather…


Next "For Fun" Project

For those that follow my crazy forays into stuff that I think is just plain cool, I have begun yet another project. No crazy hacking in the sidebar. No more new webcam stuff (yet). No screen scraping with Outlook calendar appointment setting. I’m off into web land starting an Ajax based RPG similar to a…


A Christmas Card for my Readers

Most people have seen it at least once in their life. In my family, the picture below is referenced every year. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. -Mark Schmidt Oh and a extra special shout out to all the Schmidt’s at Microsoft including the 3 other Mark Schmidt’s (yes, there are 4 Mark Schmidt’s here)!


Check Out Community Credit

I also run a personal blog which I use to post about things that I don’t think fall under the realm of “work” although there is still a fair amount of code there too since coding is not only a job, but a hobby as well. More often than not, I’ll post a link to…


Good Luck at State Skyline Spartans!

My son’s high school (and eventually other 3 kids’ high school) is playing in the AAA state football championship game at the Tacoma Dome tonight. I wish them the best of luck. Unfortunately, I can’t make it due to other commitments. When I moved up to this area, the Spartans won the AAAA state championship…


C# WebCam User Control Source

Some people have asked if they could take a look at the source for the WebCam Vista Sidebar gadget. After a little bit of cleaning up, I’m posting it now for you to take a look at. Here are some things worth mentioning: 1. Uses the DirectShow.NET library 2. I found some source in VB.NET…


NHL Schedule Importer for Outlook Updated

Ok, I’ve added the ability to fine tune the screen scraping. Sometimes the page I’m scraping changes just a bit which messes up the scraping that I’m doing. I’ve added a numeric up/down control which tells the app which table index on the page to scrape. If you select a team and you don’t see…


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Today, Microsoft announced the new Windows Live Messenger IM Control and Presence API. This is just way cool. I’m going to try it out on my blog to see how it goes. If you look on the left side, you can see my status under the News heading. Just click to talk to me. Want…


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Updated NHL Schedule Outlook Importer

The nhl.com web page changed and since my app is a screen scraper, it broke. Here’s the current working version. The installer should remove your old version and install the new version.