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Me (Chris Crowe)

Windows Vista Gadget for Weather

We all know there is a lot of Weather Gadgets out there for Windows Vista Side Bar. Well I have written one as well and it utilizes the data from Weather Display users. These users are mainly private indiviuals who have an interest in Weather and provide this data to users on the Internet through there web sites.

The Vista Gadget that I have written reads a file that these Weather Display users expose to the Internet called clientraw.txt and clientrawextra.txt.

Some of the features of my gadget is:

  • The background changes based on the current weather conditions and time of day.
  • It supports displaying data in a rotating fashion so the display is small and not too cluttered.
  • It supports a flyout window showing more details including graphs of temperature, barometric pressure and rainfall.

The gadget is obviously free and includes like most gadgets the full source code in HTML & Javascript.

I would be interested in any comments anyone has on the gadget.....

The gadget can be downloaded from my friends web site

The list of sites that you can display the weather from is limited at this time as we want each site owner to add them selves to the list. We expect the list to grow when the gadget is known to more people.

It was only released last week and we are currently at version

Here is a couple of screen snaps of the gadget...

My New Blog Site -

I have just started a new blog about me setting up and maintaining a new Tropical Fish Tank. I have not had one for about 10 years and I am getting quite excited about getting it.

For details see

ASP.Net Server Control - Dynamic Lookup Edit Control with Popup Window

Welcome to my ASP.NET Server Control : LookupEditControl. This control uses a number of different technologies to do its magic.

  • Dynamic requests, DHTML, and JavaScript

There is a lot of talk these days about AJAX but not a lot of source in the edit control stage from what I have found. There is always the Google Suggest discussions but no real code.

I have written an ASP.Net server control (currently still in development) that does what I need and works quite well, but not 100% well, still more work to do.

Here are some of the features that I have implemented and currently basically work

  • ASP.Net Server Control
  • Multi Browser Compatible (IE 6, and Firefox 1.04, maybe others?)
  • Supports Multiple Columns in the popup window
  • Supports saving a value that is visible in the Columns just like a DropDownList
  • Supports updating values when you have tabbed off the control, this was for those times when you type too quick and the control is still doing its lookup.
  • Supports defining the width of the Popup Window
  • Supports CSS styles for the columns and the Popup Window
  • Supports Keyboard Up/Down
  • Supports Mouse Selection
  • Popup Window Displays over Select Tags with no bleeding 

I really am looking for people to help me with this project as I need testers and people with ideas who may be better than me to help clean up the code.

If you want to see it in action browse to

Please let me know what you think of this control as I have spent a lot of time and I am quite happy with it but there are issues yet to be fixed.

IIS - ISAPI Filters - [Freeware] IISStatus

IISStatus links into the web server as an ISAPI filter to record each request, including ASP pages, as it is received and processed by the server.

Use this tool to monitor exactly what your ASP pages are doing and reduce time spent debugging. IISStatus is a Freeware product at this time. In future, we will be releasing enchanced versions of IISStatus although these releases may not be freeware (still freeware after 3 years)

For more details see -

Colorise Source Code into HTML

If you are wanting to colorise Source Code into HTML the following free services are quite good.

Who is Chris Crowe


Welcome to my Blog. I use to own a web site called which was a great resource for Internet Information Server or IIS for short.  I wrote a lot of articles and tips and tricks relating to IIS and products that were available for IIS. When I sold the web site I stopped helping people which was good for a while since it gave me time to think about myself instead of others.

I have now decided to get back into helping the community - can't think about my self all of the time!

I am an IIS MVP - what is an IIS MVP? A Internet Information Server - Most Valuable Professional as Microsoft puts it. Basically this means Microsoft has noticed that I like to help people and as such they rewarded me with the MVP title a number of times. 

For more details on the Microsoft MVP program see -

I hope to write about things that will be usefull to everyone who deals with IIS and WSS (Windows Sharepoint Services) and Front Page and anything else that takes my fancy.

I have attained the following Microsoft Certifications over the years:

  • Microsoft Certified Professional
  • Microsoft Certified Professional + Internet
  • Microsoft Certified System Engineer
  • Microsoft Certified System Administrator
  • Microosft Certified Database Administrator

I have passed the following Microsoft MCP exams: 

70-059   Internetworking with Microsoft® TCP/IP on Microsoft® Windows NT 4.0   Dec 15, 1998
70-087   Implementing and Supporting Microsoft® Internet Information Server 4.0   Oct 27, 1999
70-088   Implementing and Supporting Microsoft® Proxy Server 2.0   Jan 31, 2000
70-058   Networking Essentials   Dec 06, 2000
70-067   Implementing and Supporting NT Server 4.0   Dec 20, 2000
70-073   Implementing and Supporting NT 4.0 Workstation   Jan 10, 2001
70-068   Implementing and Supporting NT Server 4.0 in the Enterprise   Jan 31, 2001
70-028   Administering Microsoft® SQL Server 7.0   Jul 09, 2001
70-210   Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Professional   Nov 19, 2001
70-215   Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Server   Dec 17, 2001
70-217   Implementing and Administering a Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Directory Services Infrastructure   Jan 28, 2002
70-218   Managing a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network Environment   Jul 22, 2002
70-229   Designing and Implementing Databases with Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2000 Enterprise Edition   Nov 01, 2002
I work for Trimble Navigation in Christchurch, New Zealand as a Database Administrator. The company is considered one of the larger employers of application programmers in the region.

We currently have around 190 employees with most being developers, testers, and general technical people.

I work with the following products in my day to day work:

  • HTML, VB, VBScript, ASP, .NET Framework using c# for ASP.NET, XML and PHP
  • Microsoft Windows Sharepoint Services
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000
  • Microsoft Office - All Versions
  • Windows 95, 98, ME, NT4, 2000 and XP, 2003
  • Remedy CRM
  • Xerox Docushare

As part of my role I also work on our internal help desk two half days per week; this spreads the load and everyone in the IS department does this.

I find that this allows me to keep up to date on current trends and of course in the problems that users are having.