Scalable Software acquires WinInstall from Attachmate

The WinInstall software management application has been passed around like Aunt Betty during early 70’s key party.  But, with the state of the software editing industry right now (*ahem* Acresso/InstallShield), this could be a serious contender of a story to keep monitoring.

And, seriously – who even knew that Attachmate even had it in their software offerings?

Read the press release…


Did you get the Adobe Update?

I read about the update yesterday, but interestingly enough, you won’t see the update (for the automated updater from Adobe) until you actually have to use Adobe Reader.

I could go for months without using Adobe – and, frankly wish I never had to use it.  But, I did today and was presented with the update.


If you want to do it yourself, here’s the info about it…

It addresses a buffer overflow security vulnerability.

InstallShield 2009 gets a service pack just 2 weeks after release

Wow…that’s some interesting timing.  Folks are already wondering if the InstallShield brand will survive with the new company, Acresso.  In a lot of eyes, this sounds like poor planning.

However, it looks like, from the release notes for the service pack, that a big part of the service pack release is to add “Beta” Windows Installer 4.5 Support.  Still, as a company that works with Microsoft as a partner on software management technologies, someone should have thought the release through a bit.  It could have saved the company some money and time to wait a couple weeks and release InstallShield 2009 as a full product, SP1 included.

I see it also adds support for Windows Mobile 6.x installation, which is cool.

Read through the SP1 release notes:

But, here’s the one that’s gonna make me laugh every time I read it. From the release notes:

Support for Adding the Yahoo!® Toolbar to an Installation to Generate New Sources of Revenue for Your Company

InstallShield includes a new Value-Added Services view that lets you incorporate services in your InstallShield installations and be paid when those services are installed or used, according to the services' terms and conditions.

This release of InstallShield includes support for one value-added service: the Yahoo! Toolbar offering. When you participate in this offering, you add the Yahoo! Toolbar to your installation project through the Value-Added Services view. After your end users install the Yahoo! Toolbar with your product, you get paid for every time that they use the Yahoo! Toolbar.

This support is available in the following project types: Basic MSI, InstallScript, InstallScript MSI, and Web.

Its funny on its own.  But, with the shape of Yahoo (stock down, execs flooding the exits, stock holders wanting action)…we’ll see if this turns out to be a good partnership for Acresso or not. 

Just so we’re keeping track, that’s 2 questionable things here shortly for the new company: 1) Yahoo toolbar inclusion and, 2) extremely short service pack cycle.  And, who knows what the “actual” story is about the split from Macrovision earlier this year.  It all just seems “funny”.  Not funny ha-ha, but funny strange.

BTW: Here’s the download page for the service pack:

And, the direct download:

ConfigMgr on CodePlex

Here’s a couple interesting looking tools for ConfigMgr 2007 on CodePlex.  And, it looks like both were recently updated.

1. ConfigMgr Branch DP AddBDPAdd is a tool that will bulk add protected branch distribution points to a ConfigMgr 2007 (SCCM) hierarchy. There is currently not a way, in the ConfigMgr console, to add multiple protected Branch distribution points at once.


2. ConfigMgr Site Bound ToolSiteBound is a tool that allows bulk addition of boundaries to ConfigMgr (SCCM ) sites.


3. TS/Script – TS/Script, short for Task Sequence Script is a simple means to create Operating System Deployment (OSD) Task Sequences for Microsoft Configuration Management Server 2007 (SMSv4/ConfigMgr). It works by exposing a simple object model of Actions and Conditions which are held together by SequenceBuilders.

Opera 9.5 releases today…




Looks good.  But, for some reason, <shatner mode on> I – just – can’t </shatner mode off>.  IE7 just works.  I don’t have to jump out and grab a new browser every 6 months, or sift through new features hoping one of them will stick with me enough to actually use it for more than a day.  New and different web browsers don’t really excite me like they seem to do other folks.

For alternate browsers, though, Opera is the best.  Beats bloated Firefox hands-down.