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  • Blog Post: Conflicts of Interest?

    Nicholas Carr has a great blog entry about conflicts of interest in blogging . It got me thinking about a silent policy I've always had for myself when blogging here. I don't blog about the many vendors in the MSI creation space except the ones that I am affiliated with. Namely I write about the WiX...
  • Blog Post: The Windows Live Writer team rocks.

    I installed Windows Live Writer 1.0 Beta a while ago to test a project I was working on. I didn't actually boot the application or anything, just installed it. I think this proves how much of a setup geek I am. <smile/> Well, as you can see in my previous blog entry , I actually tried using Windows...
  • Blog Post: Restarts Revisited: Windows isn't that different than UNIX

    I've been meaning to follow up on my blog entry about the Restart Manager and reboots on the Windows platform in general. I saw a lot of incorrect conclusions being drawn from my blog entry. So, I want to quickly revisit the issue and hopefully clear up the confusion. Hopefully, this time I'll communicate...
  • Blog Post: Blogging comments the "Scoble Way".

    Usually, when I find comments about the WiX toolset on other people's blogs I would put comments there. However, after watching Robert Scoble for a while, it seems like there is more utility in writing up your comments as a blog entry on your blog and linking over to their blog. I also found that sometimes...
  • Blog Post: PDC '05, I'll be there. Will you?

    Well, it looks official. My features are in and my bugs are under control. I'm going to PDC '05 ! No, I'm not a part of the Windows Installer presentation on the last day at the last hour of the PDC. No, there isn't a Birds of a Feather (BOF) session on the WiX toolset . No, I'm not dressing up like...
  • Blog Post: Personal musings on shipping the first version of software.

    I find it amusing that even though Peter and I have been on very different schedules as of late (and thus haven't run into each other around the house much) his latest blog entry captured very much what I've been focused on as of late. I have been neglecting regular updates to my blog for the last month...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Microsoft Open Source project on SourceForge.

    Ever have one of those days where you find yourself staring down all the little tasks that you really should get done but have absolutely no desire to start? Instead, you spend most of the day lying around resting and maybe reading some inconsequential fiction. Today was one of those days for me. Fortunately...
  • Blog Post: Balloons, fishing poles, and personal empowerment.

    I'm hanging out in Long Beach with a bit of Jenny's family for a short holiday (Thursday through Sunday) to celebrate her graduation . We're staying with her brother who has two little guys, one 3 years old and the other 1.5 years old. Last night the kids came home from their grandparent's (who were...
  • Blog Post: The questions Microsoft employees keep asking about Open Source.

    Almost two months ago OSDir.com interviewed me about the Windows Installer XML (WiX) toolset . It was my first interview ever and I learned something interesting. As the interviewee there is a very good chance you will not get to talk about the things you think are interesting. That is, of course, unless...
  • Blog Post: Local Installation Source Tool (listool.exe) released to web.

    K informed me yesterday that the Local Installation Source Tool (listool.exe) has been RTW (Released to Web). Terri (my PM on LocalCache) always called this thing the "Cache Movin' Tool" in her specs. Anyway, listool.exe was an intern project last summer that Terri and K pushed out the door...
  • Blog Post: My philsophical musings about building setup for software.

    Mike Gunderloy , who has written a couple articles about the WiX toolset , posted a comment on a previous blog entry . In the comment, he suggests that splitting a setup project into fragments only moves the problem but doesn't solve it. Thus, he argued that adding a tool to generate the fragments has...
  • Blog Post: Checking in on the Windows Installer XML (WiX) toolset development environments.

    After getting the latest round of bug fixes posted in the WiX 2.0.1713.0 release yesterday morning, I decided to check in on the other projects on SourceForge to create development environments for the WiX toolset . When the WiX toolset was first released, I used to check in on these projects all the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Template Library (WTL) has released as Open Source on SourceForge.net

    The Windows Template Library (WTL) appears to have finished propagating around the SourceForge.net CVS servers, so I can finally post this blog entry. Many people have pointed at my interview with O’Reilly’s OSDir.com where I noted that other employees in Microsoft have come to me looking...
  • Blog Post: So you want to be a Windows Installer XML developer?

    People have started expressing interest in joining the Windows Installer XML toolset development community so I figured I should get some administrative details out of the way. If you are interested in contributing code to the Windows Installer XML toolset, it is very important to read through all four...
  • Blog Post: Open Source Business Conference and green light means go.

    I just got back from a successful trip to San Francisco and I'm very glad to be home again. However, I really wish I could attend the Open Source Business Conference 2004 in downtown San Francisco. It'd be really interesting to listen to speakers address the issue I've highlighted from their introduction...
  • Blog Post: Quick update on the "toolset" as per two requests.

    I was hoping to hold out just a bit longer on providing yet another " toolset update " but two different requests for update in my comments here from Loren and here from Jamie prompted me to post a quick note. The "toolset" is very much on track to be released. Believe it or not everything passed through...
  • Blog Post: Where now?

    Time has really slipped by. I just noticed in the calendar on my blog that I haven't posted for over two weeks. I feel really bad about being missing in action for so long and will be taking actions in the coming week to remedy that state. In particular, I'm going start by directly addressing a few questions...
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