Shims – Are They Really Such Nasty Bits?

I wanted to post a response to what I consider to be somewhat suboptimal advice, with the hopes of correcting it. In recorded history, there have been a number of classic blunders when it comes to advice. They include: “Hey, let’s start a land war in Asia!” “I really think you should buy the Betamax…


Why is the Size Column in Add/Remove Programs No Longer Populated in Windows 7?

A customer came to me with a question: they no longer saw the “Size” column in the Programs and Features list (where you go to modify or uninstall software) on Windows 7 when the installer was not an MSI. Here’s the story: we used to run some heuristics, as described here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/oldnewthing/archive/2004/07/09/178342.aspx However, if you…


Job Openings at Microsoft for App Compat Gals or Guys

My friend Aaron over in MCS Federal posted a recruiting blog post a little over a week ago here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/fdcc/archive/2010/10/02/job-opening-app-compat-guru.aspx. Well, he’s gotten a pretty good response back – with more candidates that look pretty good than the federal team currently has headcount for. So, I started looking around in the Commercial business (which, unlike…