The latest 'issue' of my Coding 4 Fun column has been published to MSDN;
Duncan Mackenzie describes how to control a serial-port–connected LCD panel using Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Microsoft Visual C# .NET.
It is probably worth mentioning that I have hidden a CRC16 class in the code download as well, so even if you aren't into hooking up an LCD panel, that CRC stuff might be of use!