Wednesday WordBlogX and Swing Dancing Update

My sleep schedule now completely out of whack and DJ Tamm (that's Tamm with two m's, baby!) is kicking it on C89.5's Nocturnal Transmissions. If it isn't apparent by now, I listen to music (predominantly techno of some sort) constantly. Music is on in the car or in the headphones when I'm biking to work, on the computer when I'm working, and on at home when I'm just relaxing banging on the blogs. Music cuts out all the random noises and helps me focus on the task at hand.

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mission accomplished

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Rob's Two Axioms of Setup…

I actually have the better part of two pages started into another blog entry about Windows Installer Components when I realized that I had never talked about the "Two Axioms of Setup". These two axioms I'm about to present serve as the foundation for everything I do in the setup domain. I'll refer back to one or both of these axioms often.

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Windows Installer Components Introduction.

It's late but C89.5's Electrobox is still kicking so I thought I'd sit down and write about one of the topics at the root of my blog "thought tree". This thought tree is a text file I've been editing with notepad that captures random questions that I see go by (usually through email at work) whose answers deserve to be written down. The interesting thing is that many answers to seemingly innocuous questions require a bit of depth of understanding. For example, Siew Moi (pronounced "Sue May" in American and Australian English for those of you who haven't been formally introduced) asked for more detail about Merge Modules. I thought, sure Merge Modules are a great thing to talk about (and I happen to know a little bit about them) but the first thing I'd want to explain is why Merge Modules were created. To understand why Merge Modules were created you need to know about the Component Rules. To understand the Component Rules, I probably need to explain what Components are with respect to the Windows Installer. Fortunately, Components are one of the "root thoughts" of my tree so let's go dig into those and we'll take another step down the path to more advanced topics.

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