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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Still getting settled in...

I'm still getting all of my stuff migrated from my old digs at http://blogs.msdn.com/robmen to here. I'm also aware of some formatting issues of this blog in IE7. I'm not sure I really like the current skin so I'm not going to spend too much time debugging the little formatting issues. Honestly, I'm more interested in getting some content up here rather than making it all look very pretty. We'll do pretty later.

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Introduction to RobMensching.com/blog

I started blogging three years ago when the MSDN blog site when it was still hosted on gotdotnet. Back then there were fifty or so Microsoft bloggers and people giggled when you said the word "blog". Now there are so many Microsoft blogs that nobody bothers to keep count any more.

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