A WiX Night at the Movies

I just got home from the movie theater. Tonight several of the guys that regularly work on the WiX toolset (Joe, Peter, Mike, myself and Reid even showed up) skipped out early (21:50) on coding to see 300. It is something of a tradition for teams at Microsoft to occasionally go out and do something as a "morale event". 300 seemed like a perfect movie to go see since it was pretty clear none of our significant others were interested in going.

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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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