Alas, Babylon.

As I'm sure you've heard by now, the Greater Puget Sound area was hit with record winds (upwards of 69 miles per hour) Thursday night. The winds took down many trees and the falling trees took down many power lines. Many places in the area are still without power, including my house.

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Response to my WiXAware Introduction.

Sinan Karaca of InstallAware sent me an email responding to my post about the new WiXAware because it seems that comments here still don't work, yet. Something else for me to debug. <sigh/> Anyway, he had some great points and asked that I respond publicly. First, Sinan's comments:

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Life without a computer.

I got married last month (yeah, yeah, old news). One of the agreements I voluntarily struck with Jenny was that on November 1st, I'd put the computer(s) away. I would also change my password at work and not update my smartphone so that not even it would keep me connected to the electronic world. Things didn't completely work out that way but besides organizing the wedding music on her laptop (we had no profession DJ, just a play list and a good friend manning the controls during the ceremony) and my one November blog post (that did make Jenny cry, in a good way), I was off the computer. On the honeymoon in Hawaii, I was completely disconnected.

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My introduction to WiXAware, an editor for the WiX toolset.

A little over two months ago, Tyler Robinson (the Windows Installer Lead PM) told me that InstallAware was going to be visiting Microsoft. I never cared much for InstallAware. Their MSI authoring tool just looked like an InstallShield clone (InstallAware was created by ex-InstallShield employees) with a slightly less expensive price tag ($899, eek!). However, when Tyler told me that InstallAware had specifically asked that I be invited to the meeting with the Windows Installer team, I knew exactly what was up. "They've built a WiX editor," I told him.

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