Component Rules 101

I've been debating with myself for the last week whether I really wanted to write this blog entry about the Component Rules. The Windows Installer SDK has some decent documentation about what can go wrong when the rules are broken. But right when I had just about decided to write about something more pleasant, on the walk back from lunch yesterday, Robert suggested that I write this entry anyway to put a more emphasis on this topic that has easily sucked up months of my life. Then today there was yet another email thread at work that demonstrated people still don't understand the Component Rules. So, on the drive home tonight when I heard that C89.5 was going to play the entirety of Basement Jaxx's new album Kish Kash, I decided I would sit down and write the blog entry about the Component Rules. So here we are and here we go.

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The story of Orca

Like security guy Greg Fee, I find the list of referrers to my blog fascinating. Today the referrers list contained several hits from people searching for Orca (or more explicitly orca.exe) on Google. I can only figure that Google snagged one of my earliest blog entries with its reference to "orca.exe" and was sending people there. Since, I've been in something of a storytelling mood the last couple days I thought I'd go back to 1998 and tell the story of Orca.

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jsirois, in the house!

Jeff Sirois (last name sounds like "sir roy") now has a blog here on http://blogs.gotdotnet.com. A couple weeks ago Jeff overheard Peter and I talking about my latest changes to WordBlogX. He started getting pretty interested so I suggest he join us up here and start talking about all the crazy graphics stuff he pulls on Windows CE. I also sent him a link to the WordBlogX I've been working to ensure he has no excuse for not blogging.

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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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