Is your MSI Package ready for Vista?

Here’s a quick tip I’ve been meaning to post for a while. By now you all know that Windows Vista is coming and if you’ve been following the buzz about the new operating system you’ve probably heard of LUA, er UAP, no UAC. All those three letter acronyms basically mean that even when you are…

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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 first open presentations/discussions I tripped across (I…

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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…

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SugarCRM uses Ms-CL and the WiX toolset.

A few months ago, Bill Hilf asked if I would attend a meeting to discuss the Windows Installer and Windows Installer XML toolset with an external vendor, SugarCRM. Robert Flaming, a Windows Installer PM, came along and we had a great discussion with John Roberts, Client Oram, and Jacob Taylor (all pictured here in suits!)….

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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…

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On the Road to a "Production Quality" Release of the WiX v2 toolset.

If you have been keeping track of the commits to the WiX toolset lately, you’ll notice that I have been cleaning up several of the small bugs that have been hanging around for a while. Also, with Justin’s help tonight I think I have the strong naming issue fixed in the build. All of this…

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Google Toolbar Beta for Enterprise a "Trojan horse" MSI package.

Wow, I started this morning off really excited. I saw the announcement that Google has a toolbar for the enterprise and it supposedly came with a Windows Installer package. So, I skimmed through the feature list and saw the statement: Simple and safe to deploy Google Toolbar Beta for Enterprise includes a Microsoft Windows Installer…

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How small is too small for distributed setup development?

Kurt asked an interesting question on my philosophical musings blog entry: The idea of a distributed setup development came up in our development team as well. My question is: Is there a size of the developer team which makes it reasonable to distribute the setup development? If the team is just 2 or 12 person…

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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 I keep running…

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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 I was surprised to…

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