blogging from my redfly

totally cool. i'm blogging using the redfly. the keyboard is tiny, though. i'm definitely using the backspace key quite a bit to fix my fat-thumb mistakes.

Windows Installer 4.5 now available!

The final release of the Windows Installer 4.5 Redistributable and SDK are now available.

KB Article:

New and improved features in Windows Installer 4.5

The following new and improved features have been implemented in Windows Installer 4.5.

Multiple package transaction

In a multiple package transaction, you can create a single transaction from multiple packages. In a multiple package transaction, a chainer is used to dynamically include packages in the transaction. If one or more of the packages do not install as expected, you can roll back the installation.

Embedded UI handler

You can embed a custom user interface (UI) handler in the Windows Installer package. This makes a custom UI easier to integrate. You can also invoke an embedded UI handler from the Add or Remove Programs item in Control Panel. Or, you can invoke an embedded UI handler during a Windows Installer repair process.

Embedded chainer

You can use the embedded chainer to add packages to a multiple package transaction. You can use an embedded chainer to enable installation events across multiple packages. For example, you can enable install-on-demand events, repair events, and uninstall events across multiple packages.

Update supersedence resiliency

This feature lets you correct for changes in the FeatureComponent table during supersedence.

Shared component patching resiliency during uninstall

This feature makes sure that the most recent version of a component is available to all products.

Custom action execution on update uninstall

This feature lets an update add or change a custom action so that the custom action is called when an update is uninstalled.

Issues that are addressed in Windows Installer 4.5

The issues present in earlier versions of Windows Installer that are addressed in Windows Installer 4.5 are as follows:

•The SeBackupPrivilege user right was missing in the Windows Installer service. This lack hindered any custom actions that needed this user right.

•Some case-sensitive service-name comparisons in the InstallValidate action resulted in an unnecessary "files in use" message in Windows Vista.

•When you uninstalled an update that added a new component, the component was also uninstalled. This occurred even if the component was shared by other products.

Average time for Google to respond to Gmail issues?

So far, it looks like 6-7 days.

I’ve received emails from a couple folks who have submitted tickets to Google about the Gmail receiving issues.  After 6-7 days, each person has received this message back:


Thanks for bringing this issue to our attention. We have forwarded the information you provided to the appropriate team for further investigation. We appreciate your patience, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.


The Google Team”

So, it sounds like even their response to a ticket support request is a form letter, and I bet they have it configured to auto-reply after a period of time to get folks thinking they were actually looking at the problem during the period of no response. 

Google is crafty.  So’s the devil.