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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Change Change Change

I've moved onto a new job and whew, I can confidently say after a year of beating my head against the wall trying to get these two piece of shit technologies to work:

Visual Studio Deployment Projects Suck!
Visual Studio Installer class Custom Actions Suck!

To quote Heath Stewart:

"Certainly. From an SE perspective, .vdproj outputs are difficult to service. You also can't do anything more advanced with them without modifying the reusltant [sic] MSI."

Recently Robmen mentioned that Derek Cicerone was departing WiX. During this post he mentioned that Derek was instrumental in getting the Visual Studio team
to adopt WiX for their installer. Everyone thought that this meant the VS team was also dumping .vdproj and replacing it with a WiX project type.

We could ONLY wish. So until that day comes, I urge you to sign the 'petition' and let Microsoft know what you think:

Friday, September 15, 2006

Windows Vista RC1

If you have not already, it's time to go over to Microsoft and download a copy of Windows Vista RC1!

InstallShield 12 has put a lot of thought into Vista. I'd get it if you haven't already.

As a personal aside I recently purchased a Gateway MX6920 laptop from BestBuy for $799. Sporting 15.4" WXGA, 1.6Ghz Core Duo, 1GB of PC4200 DDR memory, Intel945GM graphics, 120GB 5400 RPM HDD, Dual-Layer DVD burner, 802.11a/b/g Wifi, USB 2.0, Firewire and 4-n-1 memory reader really runs Vista nicely. I could have spent less or more for a laptop but I think this is a pretty good sweet point for now.


Robmen has recently been hinting that a change was coming his way. Well the winds have changed for myself also and I'm moving on to new challenges. I'd like to say thanks for the memories to my friends at Overwatch Systems and say hello to my new friends at Hart InterCivic.