index Rob Mensching rob@robmensching.com https://robmensching.com/about/ https://robmensching.com/blog/posts/feed/ tinysite 2021-06-12T08:30:55Z https://robmensching.com/blog/posts/2021/6/11/an-amateurs-guide-to-recording-technology-for-kids-soccer/ Rob Mensching rob@robmensching.com https://robmensching.com/about/ An amateur's guide to recording technology for kids soccer <p>My son plays in a year round soccer club. The pandemic shut down games for all of 2020 after March. When games resumed in 2021, only one parent was allowed to attend. I was already recording practices for my son to review using my phone when I decided to level-up my technology to record his games. I figured with a bit better technology, I could capture the boys' games and share the video with all the parents via YouTube. Everyone was very appreciative and a couple parents asked about the technology I use. So let's break it down.</p> <p>My son plays in a year round soccer club. The pandemic shut down games for all of 2020 after March. When games resumed in 2021, only one parent was allowed to attend. I was already recording practices for my son to review using my phone when I decided to level-up my technology to record his games. I figured with a bit better technology, I could capture the boys' games and share the video with all the parents via YouTube. Everyone was very appreciative and a couple parents asked about the technology I use. So let's break it down.</p><p><a href='https://robmensching.com/blog/posts/2021/6/11/an-amateurs-guide-to-recording-technology-for-kids-soccer/'>Read more...</a></p><p>[advertisement] <b><a href="https://www.firegiant.com/">FireGiant</a></b> provides dedicated support for the WiX toolset. Ever wish you could get your WiX questions answered immediately with the technical detail that you find in the blog posts here? <a href="https://www.firegiant.com/our-services/">You can with FireGiant!</a></p> 2021-06-11T12:00:00Z https://robmensching.com/blog/posts/2021/5/17/wix-toolset-v4-preview.0/ Rob Mensching rob@robmensching.com https://robmensching.com/about/ WiX Toolset v4-preview.0 <p>It is my great pleasure and relief to finally announce the <a href="https://www.nuget.org/packages/wix/4.0.0-preview.0">WiX Toolset v4-preview.0</a>. The road for WiX v4 has been long, and while work remains, this <code>-preview.0</code> release marks the beginning of the final stretch. To be clear, WiX v4-preview.0 is a sneak peek at the new command-line build experience. Curious what that means? Read on.</p> <p>It is my great pleasure and relief to finally announce the <a href="https://www.nuget.org/packages/wix/4.0.0-preview.0">WiX Toolset v4-preview.0</a>. The road for WiX v4 has been long, and while work remains, this <code>-preview.0</code> release marks the beginning of the final stretch. To be clear, WiX v4-preview.0 is a sneak peek at the new command-line build experience. Curious what that means? Read on.</p><p><a href='https://robmensching.com/blog/posts/2021/5/17/wix-toolset-v4-preview.0/'>Read more...</a></p><p>[advertisement] <b><a href="https://www.firegiant.com/">FireGiant</a></b> provides dedicated support for the WiX toolset. Ever wish you could get your WiX questions answered immediately with the technical detail that you find in the blog posts here? <a href="https://www.firegiant.com/our-services/">You can with FireGiant!</a></p> 2021-05-17T12:00:00Z https://robmensching.com/blog/posts/2021/2/20/forty-four-and-a-year-of-pandemic/ Rob Mensching rob@robmensching.com https://robmensching.com/about/ Forty Four and a Year of Pandemic <p>Today I turn 44. Like <a href="https://robmensching.com/blog/posts/2020/2/20/i-am-forty-three/">each</a> <a href="https://robmensching.com/blog/posts/2019/2/23/forty-two/">year</a> <a href="https://robmensching.com/blog/posts/2018/2/20/forty-uno/">before</a> <a href="https://robmensching.com/blog/posts/2017/2/20/the-big-four-oh/">this</a>, I want to take a moment and reflect on the last year and look into the next. In particular, I haven't written about life here during the COVID-19 pandemic and I want to capture some memories. I'll also look ahead a bit.</p> <p>Today I turn 44. Like <a href="https://robmensching.com/blog/posts/2020/2/20/i-am-forty-three/">each</a> <a href="https://robmensching.com/blog/posts/2019/2/23/forty-two/">year</a> <a href="https://robmensching.com/blog/posts/2018/2/20/forty-uno/">before</a> <a href="https://robmensching.com/blog/posts/2017/2/20/the-big-four-oh/">this</a>, I want to take a moment and reflect on the last year and look into the next. In particular, I haven't written about life here during the COVID-19 pandemic and I want to capture some memories. I'll also look ahead a bit.</p><p><a href='https://robmensching.com/blog/posts/2021/2/20/forty-four-and-a-year-of-pandemic/'>Read more...</a></p><p>[advertisement] <b><a href="https://www.firegiant.com/">FireGiant</a></b> provides dedicated support for the WiX toolset. Ever wish you could get your WiX questions answered immediately with the technical detail that you find in the blog posts here? <a href="https://www.firegiant.com/our-services/">You can with FireGiant!</a></p> 2021-02-20T12:00:00Z https://robmensching.com/blog/posts/2020/7/16/the-decline-of-reciprocal-licenses-through-corporate-leadership/ Rob Mensching rob@robmensching.com https://robmensching.com/about/ The decline of reciprocal licenses through corporate leadership <p>I want to talk about reciprocal Open Source licenses for a minute. Most major projects are permissively licensed so you might be thinking, &quot;Why should I care about reciprocal licenses?&quot; Well, there is one very important difference between reciprocal and permissive licenses: how they support their community. That difference in community support is why corporations promote--and sometimes require--permissive licenses. My thesis is the rise of corporate Open Source projects have led us away from reciprocal licenses and that project maintainers should not follow blindly.</p> <p>I want to talk about reciprocal Open Source licenses for a minute. Most major projects are permissively licensed so you might be thinking, &quot;Why should I care about reciprocal licenses?&quot; Well, there is one very important difference between reciprocal and permissive licenses: how they support their community. That difference in community support is why corporations promote--and sometimes require--permissive licenses. My thesis is the rise of corporate Open Source projects have led us away from reciprocal licenses and that project maintainers should not follow blindly.</p><p><a href='https://robmensching.com/blog/posts/2020/7/16/the-decline-of-reciprocal-licenses-through-corporate-leadership/'>Read more...</a></p><p>[advertisement] <b><a href="https://www.firegiant.com/">FireGiant</a></b> provides dedicated support for the WiX toolset. Ever wish you could get your WiX questions answered immediately with the technical detail that you find in the blog posts here? <a href="https://www.firegiant.com/our-services/">You can with FireGiant!</a></p> 2020-07-16T12:00:00Z https://robmensching.com/blog/posts/2020/2/20/i-am-forty-three/ Rob Mensching rob@robmensching.com https://robmensching.com/about/ I am Forty Three <p>Today I turn 43! That means it is time to take a moment and reflect on last year and what is to come. Now <a href="https://robmensching.com/blog/posts/2019/2/23/forty-two/">last year</a> I signed off with the hope that today's birthday review would be &quot;a lot more interesting&quot;.</p> <p>Today I turn 43! That means it is time to take a moment and reflect on last year and what is to come. Now <a href="https://robmensching.com/blog/posts/2019/2/23/forty-two/">last year</a> I signed off with the hope that today's birthday review would be &quot;a lot more interesting&quot;.</p><p><a href='https://robmensching.com/blog/posts/2020/2/20/i-am-forty-three/'>Read more...</a></p><p>[advertisement] <b><a href="https://www.firegiant.com/">FireGiant</a></b> provides dedicated support for the WiX toolset. Ever wish you could get your WiX questions answered immediately with the technical detail that you find in the blog posts here? <a href="https://www.firegiant.com/our-services/">You can with FireGiant!</a></p> 2020-02-20T12:00:00Z https://robmensching.com/blog/posts/2019/2/23/forty-two/ Rob Mensching rob@robmensching.com https://robmensching.com/about/ Forty Two <p><a href="https://robmensching.com/blog/posts/2018/2/20/forty-uno/">Last year</a> I mentioned that I've felt like I am 28. That still holds true today. But, for the last year, I was somehow convinced that I was 42. It wasn't until something like September--discussing plans for my wife's birthday if I recall correctly--that I realized I was mistaken. But, today I <em>actually</em> turn 42. So here's to a second year as 42!</p> <p><a href="https://robmensching.com/blog/posts/2018/2/20/forty-uno/">Last year</a> I mentioned that I've felt like I am 28. That still holds true today. But, for the last year, I was somehow convinced that I was 42. It wasn't until something like September--discussing plans for my wife's birthday if I recall correctly--that I realized I was mistaken. But, today I <em>actually</em> turn 42. So here's to a second year as 42!</p><p><a href='https://robmensching.com/blog/posts/2019/2/23/forty-two/'>Read more...</a></p><p>[advertisement] <b><a href="https://www.firegiant.com/">FireGiant</a></b> provides dedicated support for the WiX toolset. Ever wish you could get your WiX questions answered immediately with the technical detail that you find in the blog posts here? <a href="https://www.firegiant.com/our-services/">You can with FireGiant!</a></p> 2019-02-23T12:00:00Z https://robmensching.com/blog/posts/2018/9/7/so-excited-preordered-the-trip-home/ Rob Mensching rob@robmensching.com https://robmensching.com/about/ So Excited! Preordered The Trip Home <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/redirect?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thecrystalmethod.com&amp;event=video_description&amp;v=KW7ECrrZPgU&amp;redir_token=iy22Tlvf-6PSO8r-ZY1YKVIaoHp8MTUzNjQ0MTk4N0AxNTM2MzU1NTg3">The Crystal Method</a> has been my favorite band since I discovered them as an intern at Microsoft. That's 30 years ago now! Well the next album drops September 28th. Based on the first single &quot;Holy Arp&quot;, I feel echoes of &quot;Vegas&quot;. That fact plus the album title &quot;The Trip Home&quot; makes me very, very excited. Listen to &quot;Holy Arp&quot; below. <a href="https://us19.campaign-archive.com/?u=510f68ab9506a0fcf195c02a0&amp;id=fe670a3c80&amp;e=9f69b276eb">Pre-order information here</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/redirect?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thecrystalmethod.com&amp;event=video_description&amp;v=KW7ECrrZPgU&amp;redir_token=iy22Tlvf-6PSO8r-ZY1YKVIaoHp8MTUzNjQ0MTk4N0AxNTM2MzU1NTg3">The Crystal Method</a> has been my favorite band since I discovered them as an intern at Microsoft. That's 30 years ago now! Well the next album drops September 28th. Based on the first single &quot;Holy Arp&quot;, I feel echoes of &quot;Vegas&quot;. That fact plus the album title &quot;The Trip Home&quot; makes me very, very excited. Listen to &quot;Holy Arp&quot; below. <a href="https://us19.campaign-archive.com/?u=510f68ab9506a0fcf195c02a0&amp;id=fe670a3c80&amp;e=9f69b276eb">Pre-order information here</a>.</p><p><a href='https://robmensching.com/blog/posts/2018/9/7/so-excited-preordered-the-trip-home/'>Read more...</a></p><p>[advertisement] <b><a href="https://www.firegiant.com/">FireGiant</a></b> provides dedicated support for the WiX toolset. Ever wish you could get your WiX questions answered immediately with the technical detail that you find in the blog posts here? <a href="https://www.firegiant.com/our-services/">You can with FireGiant!</a></p> 2018-09-07T12:00:00Z https://robmensching.com/blog/posts/2018/4/30/msix-conjectures/ Rob Mensching rob@robmensching.com https://robmensching.com/about/ MSIX Conjectures <p>Last month at the Windows Developer Day event Microsoft announced MSIX as the future for Windows application installation. The technical details were pretty light during the presentation. But that lack of detail means some pretty crazy conjectures are thrown about. So, I thought I'd posit some of my own theories before real details came about.</p> <p>Last month at the Windows Developer Day event Microsoft announced MSIX as the future for Windows application installation. The technical details were pretty light during the presentation. But that lack of detail means some pretty crazy conjectures are thrown about. So, I thought I'd posit some of my own theories before real details came about.</p><p><a href='https://robmensching.com/blog/posts/2018/4/30/msix-conjectures/'>Read more...</a></p><p>[advertisement] <b><a href="https://www.firegiant.com/">FireGiant</a></b> provides dedicated support for the WiX toolset. Ever wish you could get your WiX questions answered immediately with the technical detail that you find in the blog posts here? <a href="https://www.firegiant.com/our-services/">You can with FireGiant!</a></p> 2018-04-30T12:00:00Z https://robmensching.com/blog/posts/2018/2/20/forty-uno/ Rob Mensching rob@robmensching.com https://robmensching.com/about/ Forty Uno <p>For the last twenty years or so I've felt like I am 28. It's strange since my life now--married with two kids running my own company--is quite a bit different than it was at 28. If I'm honest, 21 was way more like 28--dating and working at Microsoft. But I'm 41 today and it's time to review.</p> <p>For the last twenty years or so I've felt like I am 28. It's strange since my life now--married with two kids running my own company--is quite a bit different than it was at 28. If I'm honest, 21 was way more like 28--dating and working at Microsoft. But I'm 41 today and it's time to review.</p><p><a href='https://robmensching.com/blog/posts/2018/2/20/forty-uno/'>Read more...</a></p><p>[advertisement] <b><a href="https://www.firegiant.com/">FireGiant</a></b> provides dedicated support for the WiX toolset. Ever wish you could get your WiX questions answered immediately with the technical detail that you find in the blog posts here? <a href="https://www.firegiant.com/our-services/">You can with FireGiant!</a></p> 2018-02-20T12:00:00Z https://robmensching.com/blog/posts/2017/12/31/a-wix-toolset-release-to-close-out-2017/ Rob Mensching rob@robmensching.com https://robmensching.com/about/ A WiX Toolset release to close out 2017 <p>This isn't a &quot;year in review&quot; or &quot;New Year's Resolutions&quot; blog post. If you've followed my blog for the last few years you know I write that sort of blog entry on my birthday. No. Tonight I'm closing out 2017 in a way that feels simply apropos for this year. Tonight I'm talking about the WiX Toolset security release made official earlier today.</p> <p>This isn't a &quot;year in review&quot; or &quot;New Year's Resolutions&quot; blog post. If you've followed my blog for the last few years you know I write that sort of blog entry on my birthday. No. Tonight I'm closing out 2017 in a way that feels simply apropos for this year. Tonight I'm talking about the WiX Toolset security release made official earlier today.</p><p><a href='https://robmensching.com/blog/posts/2017/12/31/a-wix-toolset-release-to-close-out-2017/'>Read more...</a></p><p>[advertisement] <b><a href="https://www.firegiant.com/">FireGiant</a></b> provides dedicated support for the WiX toolset. Ever wish you could get your WiX questions answered immediately with the technical detail that you find in the blog posts here? <a href="https://www.firegiant.com/our-services/">You can with FireGiant!</a></p> 2017-12-31T12:00:00Z