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 hosting my own private blog a while ago but got real serious about it when I finally picked up the vanity domain http://RobMensching.com.  I was keeping tabs on the Subtext project because of my work on the Internal blogs at Microsoft but when Subtext finally supported medium trust I figured it was ready to host my own blog.  Finally, in November I pushed the huge reset button on life by changing jobs and getting married all at the same time.  I figured I might as well reset my presence in the blogosphere.

You will now find my blog at http://RobMensching.com/blog.

I have not decided what I’m going to do with this blog.   Jascha and Didi have also been encouraging me to start posting on the Windows Marketplace blog.  Maybe I’ll cross-post Marketplace topics from my new blog to there.  Honestly, though I think we first need to move the Windows Marketplace blog off MSDN and onto Windows Marketplace itself.  Maybe we could put it up at http://www.windowsmarketplace.com/blog.

Cross-posting there makes me consider cross-posting setup topics from my new blog to here, making this blog purely about setup things.  Along those lines I’ve brought back the MSDN skin and the old blog title “when setup isn’t just xcopy”.  However, don’t be surprised if this blog just halts like Dare’s MSDN blog and Alex’s MSDN blog.

Anyway, “Goodbye, MSDN!”  It’s been a fun few years but I’m moving out on my own.  Please come visit me at my new home at http://RobMensching.com/blog.

Comments (1)

  1. Adam Moore says:

    Sorry for posting it here in these comments, but on your website your comment forms do not work and your contact form doesn’t work.  If you would like to reply soon you can email me at amoore5 at ucmerced dot edu

    Alot of companies have a hard time with the idea of investing resources into open source projects.  They can’t see past what they’ll make in 6 months time.  Once they can realize that making an investment in the WiX community now, helping to build a strong base for their product, will benefit them 1-2 years from now,  Then they will be one of the key players for the WiX installer space.   That has huge market value.

    Side note, since your contact form doesn’t work……

    I have been a longtime reader of your blogs on the WiX Toolset and I have enjoyed it immensely.  Now that you have moved on to the Windows Marketplace I was wondering which part you are responsible for?  I am currently building a software distribution website for my employer and if you were responsible for web-based distribution then it would be great to see some blogs on your thoughts of how to accomplish this.  

    Second question would be are you planning on continuing to develop the WiX Toolset?  If not, is there someone still working on it?

    Thank you and keep up the good work.

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