Steve Sinofski’s Good Bureaucracy Post

Office Sr VP Steve Sinofski blogged about Bureaucracy: good? bad? both?.  I like to think that two examples of how Office invests in helpful process are Windows Installer (technology) and Windows Installer XML (authoring language, built largely by Office deployment alums).  Technology:Windows Installer (MSI) was invented in Office as a way to provide compelling deployment…

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Wal-Mart Supply Chain as a Model for Producing Software?

On the 30th of August, Tom Friedman came campus to talk about his book The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century by Thomas L. Friedman.  I don’t read a lot (due to time) but this was a book I knew I needed to read.  There are two things in this book…

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Conventions are Tough

After PDC 2005 and TechEd 2005 I can say conventions are a lot harder than I had imagined. The best and the worst thing are that customers that know my technology come up to me and tell me what’s wrong with it. This is great because I know people care about what I do and…

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Shared Source table at the PDC Ask the Experts session

After some concerted efforts with Jason, Shared Source Initiative director, the powers that be of the PDC 2005 granted a Shared Source table at the Ask The Experts session.  Due to scheduling and resource constraints, we’re only going to be able to bring the WiX core team, and only part of the team at that.  We’ll…

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The march to PDC 2005 …

As I’m looking at traveling to LA in the early AM, here’s hoping I do better traveling to PDC 05 than I did to TechEd 05. My first convention was TechEd 2005 which I attended shortly after I joined the Windows Installer team as a new PM. I’d like to think it went well for…

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What’s the moral difference between using a preprocessor extension, and extending the preprocessor?

RFC Review Question What’s the moral difference between using a preprocessor extension, and extending the preprocessor? WiX Engineering Principles Well not a moral difference but a difference in engineering principles and trade-offs. Root Assertion: Experience shows there are many, many different ways people build and many more to the way they release. Systems Engineering Analysis:…

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And you thought Evil Empire was a metaphor?

Microsoft Pokes Fun At Its ‘Evil Empire’ Rep My favorite benevolent dictator is the storm trooper in the middle of the picture.

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Digging In: Ten Minute Wait Before Shutting Down is Normal

Inquiring minds have discovered that for some reason the Windows Installer service goes on for about 10 minutes and asked ‘what that heck?’. Yes, it is by design that the Windows Installer service will remain running after the install.  If there are no installations for 10 minutes, the service will automatically shut itself down. There…

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Troubleshooting: MSI 3.1 on Prerelease of W2k3SP1 crashes

If you were in the prerelease program of Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1, then please be sure to remove the prerelease from your system before resuming normal computation.  It was pointed out that this uninstall clause in the RTM Readme, “Before You Install SP1” section 4.  Unless you have a supplemental support agreement with…

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Troubleshooting: MSIServer not running as Local System

Windows and other vendors are growing our security messages to include advice on improving the security of your existing systems. Some of the guidance includes the messages that services that run as Local System unnescicarily it increase the potential vulnerable surface area for your system. In these contexs, the common bit of advice is to…

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