Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Bill Gates Email hoax revealed!

Wired magazine has a very interesting article on the Bill Gates Email hoax. The author actually tracked the guy who wrote it down!! Great stuff.

Monday, June 28, 2004

Open source from Microsoft

This is an interesting tidbit, the Windows Installer XML (WiX) toolset has been released as Open Source on

This is a first for Microsoft. I don't have much faith that this will start a cultural shift at MS, as proprietary software (and destroying competitors) is too baked in to the company (IMHO) to be changed in anything less than decades. But still, I have to respect Rob Mensching's attempt to improve installation on windows ('setup' as he calls it).

Having written the installation for CF on Unix and then being forced to maintain it for years, I was always obsessive about making it a nice experience. Things like making sure you could always install over the top of the current or any previous versions. Things like making sure uninstall always removed everything so you could install clean.

Glen Daniels

Dave Chappell blogged my former co-worker Glen jamming on stage in Chicago. Crappy camera phone pictures, but fun anyway.

Thursday, June 17, 2004


So blogger has added a comments feature, which is cool. Ditched the squawkbox comments, which means I lost all of the previous comments, but what can you do?

The most important thing is I get Email when someone posts comments, so post away!

New look

Blogger has rolled out a new interface, so if you ever actually read the blog from the web site, it looks pretty nice now.

Check it out!

Some really good rants

This guy has a lot to get off his chest! Some good stuff here.

Yeah, I know I am jumping on an already crowded bandwagon linking to his blog as other, more famous, people already have.

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Google mulls RSS support

CNet is reporting today that
Google is mulling RSS support for blogger customers (like me).

The fight over RSS and Atom is very surprising to me, even though it shouldn't be. I understand where the Atom people are coming from, but did we really need to start another "standards" war over this?

Monday, June 07, 2004

Not enough postings

Recently my friend Andrew (no link 'cause he doesn't have a blog!) complained that I wasn't blogging enough. So this entry is for him. :-)

I like the idea that Rory over at has - the "After Blog mint". Of course, as Andrew points out I just don't post enough to really use the idea.

I saw Harry Potter today in the IMAX theater. Nice theater, good movie. I might have had my expectation set a bit high from reading all of the accolades from critics who called this the best one yet. It certainly was the darkest one yet - the director washed all the color from Hogwarts!