Birthday 0x21 at the beginning of the middle.

Birthday Cake 33 Today I turned 0x21. For the non-geeks out there, that's thirty three. The way 21 feels like a coming of age for many people (hey, I can drink now!), 33 feels like a huge step for me. If you follow me here, you know I talked about the end of the beginning quite a bit last year. Now I feel I'm absolutely at the beginning of the middle of life. Now I also feel I can reveal the surprise I mentioned on Hanselminutes last month.

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WiX v3.5 now supports Visual Studio 2010 RC

Over the last week and a half, the Visual Studio team that contributes heavily to the WiX toolset put the finishing touches on Votive to support Visual Studio 2010 RC. Want to use WiX in VS2010 RC? Download the x86 or x64 Wix35 MSI from here: http://wix.sourceforge.net/releases/3.5.1419.0/.

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WiX Working Group video of the night, Star Wars for those who haven't seen it.

I was raised on Star Wars. My Mom took all the good parts of Episodes IV - VI and incorporated them into my life. Thus it never ceases to amaze me when I find someone who hasn't seen at least the original trilogy. I mean seriously how do you make it through life just trying?

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WiX Working Group video of the night, infinite loop.

As you may have guessed from my cryptic tweets, I was in Cupertino, CA for a couple days this week. I spent the two days talking to a team at Apple about the Windows Installer in general and the WiX toolset in specifics. They already use WiX v2.0 for many of their products so I spent most of the time reviewing their .wxs code, suggesting improvements they could make now and advantages WiX v3.0 would provide.

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