ARPINSTALLLOCATION and how to set it with the WiX toolset.

There is a property in Add/Remove Programs (called "Programs and Features" in Vista+ but setup developers in the know call it "ARP") that can specify the install location for your application. Like most properties in ARP, it's questionable what value InstallLocation provides. However, it's there and some things look for it and the Windows Installer provides a standard way to set it, so let's talk about how to do so with the WiX toolset.

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WiX Working Group video, terminal velocity.

As expected two weeks ago, I skipped the video last week because it was a skeleton crew attending the WiX Working Group. This week a bunch of people were back, including K, who you might remember as one of the original members of the WiX crew. He's doing some cool stuff for us. This week he also distracted us with a physics problem and provided the inspiration for tonight's video.

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WiX Working Group video, game psychology by Sid.

It's going to be quiet for the next couple weeks. I wasn't expecting to have a video this week but Fredrik brought something interesting. Sid Meier (if you don't know who Sid is, uhh, you will soon) gave the keynote at GDC this year. He shared some of his thoughts on gamers and their psychology. Even if you aren't a game designer there is something in here for you if you write code.

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WiX Working Group video, make it so, Minecraft.

I could not believe this video. I could not stop laughing after watching it. Astounding. Peter Marcu mentioned Minecraft this evening. Most of us had never heard of it (only Mike Carlson, our resident PC gamer had played it). If you haven't heard of Minecraft, watch this video for a while. It'll show you the basics and then you'll be even more amazed by this week's video.

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