RobMen's Recommendation: Do not advertise COM information in MSI.

This is a topic that I planned to cover a long time ago. Later I realized that it takes quite a bit of explanation and code to demonstrate why advertising COM information is such a bad idea. Recently, I've had a number of people all ask about this topic again, so I thought I'd sit down for a few hours and put the example together.

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It's like Frogger!

I've never been to Hyderabad or anywhere in India actually. However, a number of people on our team have visited various companies there where parts of Windows Marketplace are outsourced. Every time someone new goes over they come back with stories of the driving. I never really understood until Trevin sent around this link to a video of the traffic.

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WiX at TechEd 2007? Survey says???

Earlier this year, there were a couple people inside Visual Studio pushing for a breakout session and Birds of a Feather session for the WiX toolset at TechEd 2007. They approached me to ask if I'd be willing to present. I very much was. I asked permission from my manager to be gone during the first week of June (remember, the WiX toolset is still a side project for me). He whole heartedly agreed. The Visual Studio dudes submitted very nice proposals for TechEd sessions on WiX. They were denied.

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A kinder response to a response to "What is open source anyway?"

A week ago at almost this same time in the morning, I was crafting my rebuttal to Stuart Yeates's blog entry titled "What is open source anyway?" A few days later, Jenny was catching up on her blog reading (which I think only includes my blog) and said to me, "Wow, you were really harsh on Stuart." Her reaction surprised me so I went back and reread my rebuttal. I decided Jenny was right.

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