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  • Blog Post: Goodbye, MSDN. I'm moving to http://RobMensching.com/blog.

    I started blogging three years ago when the MSDN blog site was still hosted on gotdotnet . Back then there were fifty or so Microsoft bloggers and people giggled when you said the word "blog". Now there are so many Microsoft blogs that nobody bothers to keep count any more. I toyed with the idea with...
  • 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: Nothing.

    Thus far, today I have done absolutely nothing. Sure, I cleaned off the kitchen table, put away some dishes and folded some clothes. But I didn't really do anything. I spent a few hours playing through a few demo disks DJ lent me for the new Xbox 360 . But that accomplished nothing. Most recently I've...
  • Blog Post: Thursday Night "Deployment Dinner Discussion" with Charlie Poole.

    Tonight I traveled to Anthony's Beach Cafe in Edmonds, WA to have dinner with Charlie Poole . Charlie is the active maintainer of the NUnit project . He contacted me (via my blog, IIRC) and we set up tonight's meeting. I expected he wanted to meet because NUnit is now using the WiX toolset too . Charlie...
  • 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: It isn't whether you win or lose, as long as you're growing.

    Robert sent me a couple quotes from Ichiro in this morning’s Seattle Times . I thought they were quite appropriate to my “Here & Now” so I thought I’d just drop the quote in: "I think it's true for any player that they don't want to be on a losing team," Ichiro said Friday, speaking through a translator...
  • Blog Post: Thursday Night "Deployment Dinner Discussions" with Carolyn Napier.

    Tonight Jenny and I hosted our second Thursday Night " Deployment Dinner Discussion ". Our guests were Carolyn Napier and Steve Lesser. Actually, it isn't that simple. You see, I have been meaning to invite Carolyn over for to see my house for about 3 years now (as long as I've lived here...
  • Blog Post: Bittersweet change, Derek Cicerone leaves WiX.

    As I noted in my previous blog entry , there is a lot of change in my life right now. Today Derek Cicerone announced that he is retiring from the WiX community . What Derek left out is that today was also his last day at Microsoft after four years. He leaves this weekend for a startup in Silicon Valley...
  • Blog Post: When it changes it pours.

    The weather is starting to turn here in Redmond. Fall is right around the corner. With the change in seasons comes several significant and personal changes in my life. Preparing for those changes has actually impinged on my blogging lately. Over the next few months, I'll be sharing each of these major...
  • Blog Post: Thursday Night "Deployment Dinner Discussions" with Rob Mensching.

    Over the last couple months, I have been trying to come up with new ways to connect with the software installation community. A couple weeks ago, I presented my first idea to Jenny. The idea was to invite people over for dinner at our house to eat, sit, and talk. Jenny agreed and last night we the first...
  • Blog Post: This then this then this. What am I still doing here?

    First, I see this . Then I'm skimming my RSS backlog and see this that points at this . This isn't the first time but it is the most recent occasion to pause me a moment and wonder, "What am I still doing here?"
  • Blog Post: Blogging from the outside.

    Jenny talked me into going shopping for patio furniture today. I was skeptical. There isn't a lot of space on our deck upstairs. I wasn't sure how well a table, four chairs and an umbrella would fit. That and I was thinking it would be more cost effective to go shopping at the end of the summer when...
  • Blog Post: Wow, Microsoft Acquires Wininternals.

    PressPass just released the news that Microsoft has acquired Winternals . This is amazing. I've seen Mark Russinovich speak and he presented the data extremely eloquently. However, what impressed me even more was the tools provided at Sysinternals were always really "tight". I mean that in every sense...
  • Blog Post: 7 lbs. of M&Ms means only one thing.

    If you follow Microsoft culture then you've undoubtedly heard about the distribution of M&Ms on employee anniversaries. Specifically, it is tradition to put one pound of M&Ms for each year you've worked at Microsoft in a bowl outside your office. Today there is a bowl with seven pounds of M&Ms...
  • Blog Post: Biking here to there.

    It's that time of year again. The sun shines out at least as much as the rain comes down. The roads are no longer perpetually slick and it isn't dark before 6 PM every day. All of that means, I can safely break out my Pearl Marin Highway One and start biking again. Yes, I am a fair weather biker. I...
  • Blog Post: Windows Installer XML Toolset is 2 years old.

    Today is the second anniversary of the Windows Installer XML Toolset 's release to SourceForge . Looking back I find it hard to believe that two years have passed so quickly. There is still plenty of work to do but we've had a great ride so far. Some stats that I find interesting: 30+ Releases...
  • Blog Post: I Roll Twenties... Until I Die.

    To the left, is the shirt I wore to work last Monday. My brother gave it to me for Christmas. Most of the words are cut off in that picture but it says, "I Roll Twenties". For those of you that have never been exposed to any role playing games (which I don't expect is many of you besides my fiance),...
  • Blog Post: Rob Mensching on Microsoft TechNet Radio

    About a month ago, I wandered over to MS Studios to have a chat with Mike Ward who hosts Microsoft TechNet Radio . Well, actually I was invited over by Mike Ward because he was looking for someone to talk to about the Open Source end of Microsoft's Shared Source Program and Bill Hilf gave him my name...
  • Blog Post: LiftPort's space elevator reaches one mile.

    I recently saw this article about the latest achievements of the space elevator by the LiftPort Group ( slashdotted here ). I highly recommend reading through the article. Fascinating stuff. Why is this fascinating? Well, first, we have to go back to November when I attended MindCamp . One of the...
  • Blog Post: On the short list of Microsoft Watch's "Microsoft Bloggers".

    Speaking of Mary Jo Foley , last week I had a conversation with Dare Obasanjo about RSS Bandit's setup (yet another thing I need to blog about). At the end of our conversation he asked me, "Did you know you were on Mary Jo's list of bloggers to watch?" I had no idea what Dare was talking about...
  • Blog Post: New name for the same thing...

    I've changed the name of my blog. I've been thinking about doing this for a while. Tonight I noticed that my name is nowhere at the top of my blog. Apparently, the new skin I am using no longer displays the description of my blog (used to be "Rob Mensching's blog") with the title (used to be...
  • Blog Post: This is exactly where I am at...

    I am an individual contributor because I prefer designing and writing code over managing people who write code. I ride my snowboard regular but spent time last week riding goofy footed just to remind myself what it was like to first pick-up snowboarding. Most of all I am frustrated with Microsoft because...
  • Blog Post: Information overload.

    Note: I originally wrote this entry at 6 AM Tuesday morning but Community Server upgrade issues prevented my posting until now. Last week I traveled with Jenny to Tahoe, NV to snowboard (well, she skis) Heavenly with her family. The snowboarding was great (landed far more jumps than ever before) but...
  • Blog Post: You should own your personal information.

    This is very cool. R0ml just posted a typical storytold blog entry about his new vocation . I say this is very cool because I've always believed that I should own my personal information. Back in university , I tried my hand at designing an authentication system for the internet that ended up looking...
  • Blog Post: Seattle MindCamp, I'll be there. Will you?

    Tonight Reid and I went out to our favorite Chinese Restaurant near Microsoft, Sichuanese Cuisine Restaurant . Of course, on the way out I grabbed a fortune cookie. Mine said: You will enjoy doing something different this coming weekend. Well, that certainly seemed very apropos because this weekend...
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