Thoughts about the CodePlex Beta

I am back from a lovely long weekend with Jenny in Vancouver. It was great to get away from the day to day and recharge for a little longer than 48 hours. Of course, being gone when everyone else is working means there’s a fair bit of catch-up reading to do. One of the more…


Source code is an inanimate object.

Via Miguel de Icaza, I came across this summary of Google’s Summer of Code Mozilla projects. Miguel posted a similar summary for the Mono projects. I encourage you to take a couple minutes and read through the summaries. Notice a difference between the summaries? No, I’m not referring to the fact that the Mozilla summary…


Rob Mensching on Microsoft TechNet Radio

About a month ago, I wandered over to MS Studios to have a chat with Mike Ward who hosts Microsoft TechNet Radio. Well, actually I was invited over by Mike Ward because he was looking for someone to talk to about the Open Source end of Microsoft’s Shared Source Program and Bill Hilf gave him…


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!)….


Questioning the concerns about the state of Open Source tools.

Thomas Tomiczek has a blog entry about a number of Open Source tools. In it he has some complaints about the WiX toolset. I could add Wix to the list of things I am not really satisfied with, but then this would be unjustified – my complaints with Wix are more along the line that…


Linuxworld 2005 Pictures, Microsoft in costume and Linux under commercialization.

A number of people asked for pictures of me at the Linuxworld 2005 Golden Penguin Bowl. Well, a couple people posted albums with plenty of pictures. Marc Merlin who was on the Google team (and whose name I think I misspelled in my last post) has a bunch of pictures that start backstage and work…


Linuxworld 2005, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM, The Evil Empire and the Golden Penguin.

[conclusion of previous blog entry] From 1:00 PM until 3:30 PM, I wandered the halls of Linuxworld. I tripped across the huge expo on the first floor (until now I had ignored the first floor). Tons of vendors were there showing off their wares. I walked around all the colorful and noisy booths trying to…


Linuxworld 2005, 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM, Midday Keynote.

[continued from previous blog entry] The midday keynote was presented by Martin Fink, Vice President of Linux at HP. He started by showing a professional video that compared the growth of the aerospace industry to the growth of Open Source. The analogies were kinda’ interesting but the whole thing felt extremely strained. It was almost…


Linuxworld 2005, 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM, RPM Package Management.

[continued from previous blog entry] Okay, I found a free wireless base station. It is down at the end of one corridor on floor two but doesn’t reach most of the conference rooms. The connection also seems slightly flaky (but that could just be my internal wireless, it’s been acting up on me lately). I’ll…


Linuxworld 2005, 4:45 AM – 10:00 AM, Opening Keynote.

I started this morning at 4:45 AM to catch my plane by 6:10 from SEA to SFO. Why the heck did I get up that early and why was I flying to San Francisco on a "school day"? Well, I meant to blog this earlier (Saturday slipped into Sunday and that suddenly turned into Monday)…