The WiX toolset makes MSDN Magazine.

I just noticed that Sayed Hashimi's article about MSBuild and the WiX toolset in the March 2007 issue of MSDN Magazine. I reviewed the document a couple months ago. It skims over the WiX toolset pretty quickly but that's okay because the real focus is on MSBuild integration. Most importantly, I fully support the opening statement:

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The Windows Vista 64-bit upgrade from Windows Marketplace requires a 64-bit operating system.

Recently there were some reports of problems installing Windows Vista from Windows Marketplace. I followed up with a couple people who were kind enough to respond and it turns out all of them were having issues installing the 64-bit edition of Windows Vista. One of them also pointed out this thread where people are all seeing the same problem. The error message they all were seeing was the following:

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I think I've read about this...

For years I've searched out descriptions of life in a software startups to see how "the other half lives". As many of you know, my entire professional career (going on 8 years) has been at Microsoft. More specifically I've worked in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Windows Server and Microsoft Windows Core. Those groups are probably the very anti-thesis of "software startup".

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Zune desktop theme: Black is back (downlevel).

I've been doing a fair bit of UI programming (more on that later). Kinda' scary to think that they let me write code that draws pretty pictures on the screen. What's even scarier is that I'm actually having a good time with it. I think it has a lot to do with the kick ass designers I work with.

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