pattern recognition

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Where in the world is Rob?

It's been over two weeks since I dropped an entry in here. I've actually had a blog entry sitting around waiting for me to finish that tries to define a bunch of terms that I use to describe things in the setup domain. Unfortunately, for the last couple weeks I've been working on blog entries of sorts for my PM at work describing all the code that I'm writing so that he can convert it into a document about the APIs our Testers should be testing. It's hard to come home and continue writing even more English about code or other technical details. So my blogging has languished. Honestly, I'd rather post all of the email I've been sending around internal here but that isn't really an option until Microsoft goes public on all this Dynamic Systems Initiative stuff.

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Setup is...

Setup is, in its simplest form, the process of getting the resources (such as files and registry keys) that make up a software program transferred from a source (such as a CD or web server) and configured on a target machine. Setup technologies are made up of software that falls into categories like installation engines (such as the Windows Installer), agents (such as the Automatic Update agent), and bootstrappers (just about every setup.exe today is a bootstrapper). Finally, acts such as patching, migration, and repair also typically fall into the domain of setup.

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Swing, baby, swing…

Tonight was my first swing lesson at the Century Ballroom on Capitol Hill. That meant I had to bail out of a very fascinating conversation with a couple team mates and battle traffic into Seattle at 18:30 today. I must say it was completely worth it.

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