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…

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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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Nothing.

Thus far, today I have done absolutely nothing.  Sure, I cleaned off the kitchen table, put away some dishes and folded some clothes.  But I didn’t really do anything.  I spent a few hours playing through a few demo disks DJ lent me for the new Xbox 360.  But that accomplished nothing.  Most recently I’ve…

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Thursday Night "Deployment Dinner Discussion" with Charlie Poole.

Tonight I traveled to Anthony’s Beach Cafe in Edmonds, WA to have dinner with Charlie Poole.  Charlie is the active maintainer of the NUnit project.  He contacted me (via my blog, IIRC) and we set up tonight’s meeting.  I expected he wanted to meet because NUnit is now using the WiX toolset too. Charlie did…

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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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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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