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  • Blog Post: Dictionary of Windows Installer Tokens

    If you are writing emails and specifications about Windows Installer all day, chances are your document or mail editor has plenty of squiggly red lines highlighting your presumed spelling errors like MsiPatchSequence. To not miss any actual spelling errors, I find myself double-checking and adding lots...
  • Blog Post: Windows Installer Dictionary

    Attached is a Unicode-encoded, English locale-sorted text file with many table, column, API, and flag tokens you can use as a spelling dictionary in many applications including Microsoft Word and Outlook email. To support Microsoft Word, Outlook email, and other Microsoft Office products, Extract...
  • Blog Post: The Essentials, or Heath's Greatest Hits

    People commonly ask me what to start reading to learn about Windows Installer. Internally I point people to a wiki I maintain with lots of links to various sources, and some of those links are to my own blog posts. Externally I typically link to all these same sources, and typing all those links and...
  • Blog Post: Comment Policy

    Comments may be made on blog posts for up to 90 days and trackbacks are currently disabled until an issue is fixed. It is unfortunately given the educational nature of this blog, but this is a way to eliminate a lot of spam. If you have questions about my post, I urge you to search my blog in whole...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Search for Mobile 1.0 Released

    Windows Live Search for Mobile 1.0 has been released as announced on Live Search's blog. I used the beta for a while and really like this mobile smart client. It has a lot of capabilities driven from Live Search, but the screenshot below is one of its best features. It also supports category searches...
  • Blog Post: OpenSearch Discovery for this Blog

    Attached is the OpenSearch Discovery document for http://blogs.msdn.com/heaths . You can also use this file in Windows 7 Federated Search . Federated Search lets you search the web and other locations for different document types all within Windows. To add this search to Windows 7, follow these simple...
  • Blog Post: Feeds Extension for Internet Explorer

    This article includes attachments to downloads for hosting some of my private works.
  • Blog Post: Comment Policy Change

    Effective immediately, I am changing comment options on this blog to only allow comments for posts made within the last 60 days. Like Sara and most – if not all – other bloggers on this site, I get a lot of comment spam and it takes too much time to wade through, and in the past I've accidentally deleted...
  • Blog Post: Been Busy on Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1

    I've been away for a while, though I've barely left the Microsoft campus. As we prepare for Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1, I've been very busy with issues: especially an issue with the size of the patch. Visual Studio is probably the biggest product (in terms of the number of files at least; I do...
  • Blog Post: Biggest Donation in History

    I normally try to refrain from posting content not related to the topics covered by this blog, but this news is too wonderful to pass up. Warren Buffett - second richest person in the world after Bill Gates - is giving roughly 83% of his stock in Berkshire , which is currently about $31 billion, to...
  • Blog Post: Posting from Word 2007

    I’ve been using primarily Microsoft FrontPage 2003 to author blogs because, like many people, even the reduced HTML output of Word 2003 and older wasn’t clean and tidy and was often difficult to stylize in CSS. This also made it a pain to copy and paste code samples from Visual Studio into Word in order...
  • Blog Post: Paint.NET 2 Go

    One nice thing about managed applications is the push for touch-free application deployment. Paint.NET is a perfect example of a relatively powerful application that can simply be copied to any machine with the required .NET Framework version installed and then executed. With the recent release of Paint...
  • Blog Post: Update for the Palm Treo 700w Available Again

    The first update that Palm provided for the Treo 700w wasn't available for long. Soon after I posted about at least one problem with the installation process the update was pulled. I have been informed that the updater is back up and, looking in the downloaded .zip file I see that the ® and ™...
  • Blog Post: Deleting Bad Feed Items

    I'm been using the Windows RSS Platform provided for down-level systems with Internet Explorer 7 for a while, but every so often a few blog posts from our MSDN aggregated feed contain markup or links that cause problems, such as absolute-positioned <DIV> s and image sources on servers...
  • Blog Post: Update for the Palm Treo 700w Available, with Problems

    Palm has released an update to address many of the problems I mentioned previously as well as other issues. While this update is to address problems with the Treo 700w, the update itself had several problems. The first problem I encountered and likely many others will is that when you ...
  • Blog Post: New MVP: Javier Lozano

    Back in January 2005, a former employee and friend of mine, Nick Parker, was awarded as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for his contributions to the same site where I haunted and got my MVP shortly before I joined Microsoft. He and another former employee and friend helped start and currently...
  • Blog Post: Update #2 on Problems with the Palm Treo 700w

    After both Verizon Wireless first and second tier support, and even Palm support told me that the Palm Treo 700w must not support stereo - which, of course, doesn't sound conclusive - I heard from both internal distribution lists and external forums that the Treo does, in fact, support stereo sound and...
  • Blog Post: Update on Problems with the Palm Treo 700w

    I previously mentioned some problems I was having with the Palm Treo 700w and that these were not isolated issues. After several calls and more research I have a few updates. A lot of referrals came in from a thread about the SMS text messaging issue for the Palm Treo 700w on the Verizon...
  • Blog Post: Problems with the Palm Treo 700w

    I bought a Palm Treo 700w a short while ago and for the most part have been loving it. It combines Palm's great hardware with Microsoft Windows Mobile programming and great user interface. All this hasn't been without its problems, though. When I set up ActiveSync on the device to work withour corporate...
  • Blog Post: Fast Searching in Public Folders

    I respond to a lot of questions answered on an internal alias for Windows Installer support, some of which inspire posts on my blog. That alias is also archived in a public folder on our corporate Exchange server so there is a vast treasure trove of information for reading - far too much to...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Favorites Now More Useful

    Microsoft announced Windows Live back in November. Since then I've used several of the new services, including my favorite - Windows Live Local (previously MSN Virtual Earth in an earlier incarnation). One service to which I just couldn't see any benefit yet (I know, it's still beta) was Windows Live...
  • Blog Post: InstallSite.org

    Looking through my referrals for common queries that lead people to my blogs, I noticed several recently from http://www.installsite.org/ and was pleased to see this blog listed in Stefan's related blogs. InstallSite.org has been run by Stefan Krueger for many years, dating back to when Windows Installer...
  • Blog Post: Blog Customizations, Part 3: OO JavaScript

    Not satisfied by the search feature provided by Community Server I've again created some helpful JavaScript classes this time using object-oriented JavaScript to define a basic search provider and to subclass that for specialized providers like MSN Search . I defined several private properties and...
  • Blog Post: Shell Extensions for .NET Assemblies, Version 1.4.1993

    Some time back I made modifications to the previous version of my shell extensions for .NET assemblies to display differences in the column handler for both native and managed binaries targeting the x86, IA64, and x64 platform architectures. Now that the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 has released , I...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Magazine Available for Download

    Maybe I'm the last one to realize this, but in case I'm not I wanted to share with the rest of you. When I became I Microsoft MVP back in January 2004, I was entitled to a free MSDN Magazine subscription. I've had this before and it is a great magazine comprised of interesting, helpful articles by...
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