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…


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). On top of that,…


WiX in Visual Studio

In my previous blog entry, I mentioned that Visual Studio was adopting the WiX toolset. Despite the fact that Derek was leaving, that post generated a bit of excitement. I even had a couple people contact me directly about the prospect that Visual Studio would be shipping WiX v3. Unfortunately, when I said "the Visual…


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…


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 changes here. While…


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…


Creative Commons Add-in’s Office XP PIA – Conditioning the Office XP PIAs – Part 1

Previously I described how the Office XP PIA install detected what parts of Office XP were installed. There are two places that the detection information is used and there are weaknesses in both places that we’ll discuss. In this blog entry we’ll take a look at the first place the detection logic is used. The…


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?”


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…


Creative Commons Add-in’s Office XP PIA – Detecting Office XP Parts

There was a lot more interest in the Office XP PIA install that Bob created than I expected. I’m currently in the process of trying to get the Office team to take the work we did back and post that instead of the loose collection of files available today. I believe this is the most…