Quick update on the "toolset" as per two requests.

I was hoping to hold out just a bit longer on providing yet another "toolset update" but two different requests for update in my comments here from Loren and here from Jamie prompted me to post a quick note. The "toolset" is very much on track to be released. Believe it or not everything passed through legal with flying colors. The current hold up is fallout from the reorganization of Windows late last year. Now that the reorg has completely settled down, it was decided a new set of executives really should be informed about what was going on with this "toolset" so that no one is surprised. Surprising directors and vice presidents can be particularly hazardous to your employment.

Read more...

Back on the crystal meth... and oh so happy.

On Wednesday night over pizza and code, K mentioned that The Crystal Method had a new album out. At first I didn't believe him. How could I have missed that The Crystal Method had a new album? However, low and behold K was correct. Right on the front page of their website the new album "Legion of Boom" was out and on shelves now!

Read more...

Inside the MSI file format, again.

Far and away the most popular blog entry I have written to date is the entry where I discussed some of the inner details of the MSI file format. I find this slightly amusing since there is so little actionable information in that blog entry. I consider the blog entries about Windows Installer Components and the Component Rules far more useful to people working with setup.

Read more...

"expensive install tools" vs. "less expensive install tools"

Philip asked a very good questions in a previous blog entry about the yet to be released "toolset" (he also asked a very good question about DSI which I'll try to address later). He asked, "Will the toolset make it possible to get rid of some ‘expensive install tools' if I don't need their sophisticated user interfaces but want to automate all?" I thought this was a question lots of people might start asking so here's a response "on the main page" (instead of hidden away in a comment).

Read more...