Conflicts of Interest?

Nicholas Carr has a great blog entry about conflicts of interest in blogging.  It got me thinking about a silent policy I’ve always had for myself when blogging here.  I don’t blog about the many vendors in the MSI creation space except the ones that I am affiliated with.  Namely I write about the WiX toolset (because…

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The Windows Live Writer team rocks.

I installed Windows Live Writer 1.0 Beta a while ago to test a project I was working on.  I didn’t actually boot the application or anything, just installed it.  I think this proves how much of a setup geek I am.  <smile/> Well, as you can see in my previous blog entry, I actually tried…

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Restarts Revisited: Windows isn't that different than UNIX

I’ve been meaning to follow up on my blog entry about the Restart Manager and reboots on the Windows platform in general. I saw a lot of incorrect conclusions being drawn from my blog entry. So, I want to quickly revisit the issue and hopefully clear up the confusion. Hopefully, this time I’ll communicate more…

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Blogging comments the "Scoble Way".

Usually, when I find comments about the WiX toolset on other people’s blogs I would put comments there. However, after watching Robert Scoble for a while, it seems like there is more utility in writing up your comments as a blog entry on your blog and linking over to their blog. I also found that…

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PDC '05, I'll be there. Will you?

Well, it looks official. My features are in and my bugs are under control. I’m going to PDC ’05! No, I’m not a part of the Windows Installer presentation on the last day at the last hour of the PDC. No, there isn’t a Birds of a Feather (BOF) session on the WiX toolset. No,…

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Personal musings on shipping the first version of software.

I find it amusing that even though Peter and I have been on very different schedules as of late (and thus haven’t run into each other around the house much) his latest blog entry captured very much what I’ve been focused on as of late. I have been neglecting regular updates to my blog for…

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Creating a Microsoft Open Source project on SourceForge.

Ever have one of those days where you find yourself staring down all the little tasks that you really should get done but have absolutely no desire to start?  Instead, you spend most of the day lying around resting and maybe reading some inconsequential fiction.  Today was one of those days for me.  Fortunately, I…

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Balloons, fishing poles, and personal empowerment.

I’m hanging out in Long Beach with a bit of Jenny’s family for a short holiday (Thursday through Sunday) to celebrate her graduation.  We’re staying with her brother who has two little guys, one 3 years old and the other 1.5 years old.  Last night the kids came home from their grandparent’s (who were acting…

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The questions Microsoft employees keep asking about Open Source.

Almost two months ago OSDir.com interviewed me about the Windows Installer XML (WiX) toolset.  It was my first interview ever and I learned something interesting.  As the interviewee there is a very good chance you will not get to talk about the things you think are interesting.  That is, of course, unless you ignore the…

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Local Installation Source Tool (listool.exe) released to web.

K informed me yesterday that the Local Installation Source Tool (listool.exe) has been RTW (Released to Web).  Terri (my PM on LocalCache) always called this thing the "Cache Movin’ Tool" in her specs.  Anyway, listool.exe was an intern project last summer that Terri and K pushed out the door.  Finally. So what does it do? …

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