"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).

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Breaking the vow of silence...

At the end of December I had promised myself that I would not write another blog entry until I posted the "toolset" I mentioned in my last blog entry to a Workspace on GotDotNet. The goal was to refocus any time I might spend on blogging into getting the code base scrubbed, packaged, and pushed through legal. My hope was that I could get all that done in the month of January. Unfortunately (as you might have guessed from the title of this blog entry), I did not get everything complete.

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Gibson speaks... I relate.

This afternoon I'm running over to the research buildings to hear William Gibson speak about something. Anything. Really, I don't care, anything. Gibson is easily my favorite author since my English teacher introduced me to Neuromancer back in high school. My teacher noted that my writing style was about as dense and cryptic as Gibson's (not exactly a compliment, but whatever).He also mentioned that I'd probably enjoy the themes in the book as well. Was he ever right (he was also right about my writing style, but whatever).

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On moving into the future...

My parents live in Dubuque, Iowa. Over the holidays it is common for me to make a pilgrimage from my home in Redmond (not far from the main Microsoft campus) to the Midwest. Typically the pilgrimage takes me from SeaTac airport to Chicago O'Hare followed by a short hop to the tiny landing strip at DBQ. This year on the four hour flight to Chicago, I decided to get caught up on a couple things going down in my little corner of the blogosphere.

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