Get Paid ETH with InstallAware X12!

InstallAware X12 is becoming the first and only installer with cryptocurrency support:

o Instant Processing: Complete your ETH transaction in 15 seconds or less…

o Sell Without Middlepersons: Monetize your product directly at installation time.

o Fiat Conversion: Specify the cost of your product in debasable currency, or crypto.

o Re-Installable: Retrieve past purchase records directly from the uncensorable blockchain.

o Instant Payment: Revenue in your wallet by the time your end-user is on the next wizard page!

NEW! InstallAware Store

We hope you are doing well in the face of our crisis. Sometimes the best time to relook and invest in something better is in the eye of a storm.

Installs win sales! Now with more people working from home and an uptick in IT spending, your software and your business will benefit in so many ways from a more modern Windows Installer:

o Take the frustration out of building installations with easy MSIcode scripting.
o Deploy with the confidence that your setups work everywhere/everytime with our Native Engine.
o Grow your adoption with an improved end-user experience featuring Fluent Acrylic UI.
o Work remotely and collaborate globally with Azure DevOps Server integration.

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New Site, New Award for InstallAware

As we get ready to celebrate Pi Day this weekend at InstallAware, we’re very grateful:

o For the fifth year in a row, InstallAware wins the ComponentSource Top 50 Publisher Award!

o A brand-new website at – take a look and let us know how you like it.

o New Service Pack 3 for InstallAware X11 with even more fixes and performance enhancements.

Join us in celebrating our new site, new award, new Service Pack, and Pi Day!

InstallAware X11 is Here

InstallAware X11, the world’s first and only torrent-enabled installer, is finally launching this week:

o Eliminate the need for traditional file hosting, and the risk of man-in-the-middle attacks.

o Break free of brittle server nodes, and dramatically cut down on exorbitant hosting fees.

o Improve download speeds and accelerate installations, boosting your end-user experience.

o No changes required to existing projects – get ready to host your installers on peer to peer networks!

InstallAware X11 Coming Soon!

After major breakthroughs in R&D, InstallAware X11 is launching this month! InstallShield have now fallen two major version releases behind InstallAware:

o Torrent/Magnet Downloads: InstallAware is the first and only installer with distributed, decentralized downloads – including web media blocks.

o New Security Model: Manage registry, file system, share, network, and printer rights from completely rebuilt, robust code.

o Script Analytics: New visual designer reflects the types and numbers of your script commands, with support for quick edits too.

o SQL Server 2019: The latest runtimes including the Express edition of your favorite database, repacked to a smaller size as usual.

o Third IDE View: After 15 years, edit your setup script as free flowing XML – with three way round-tripping between visual, code, and XML!

o 4K GDI Scaling: Your setups have always been 4K display compatible, and now your InstallAware IDE and Dialog Designer are too.

o 1909/19H2 Eco-System: Detect and install on the latest version of Windows 10 and Windows Server, with full support for the entire eco-system.

o Hotfix Enumerator: Does your app require or preclude a particular hotfix? Query the OS for the presence or absence of any number of hotfixes.

InstallAware Subscriptions

InstallAware is first and only to offer all of its features based on a subscription model!

Enjoy unlimited royalty free distribution for all your installers, even if you cancel.

Have unlimited 24/7 access to the latest and greatest version of InstallAware, always.

Setups you build are yours to keep – even if you cancel!

Double Standards and Hypocrisy

InstallAware is no stranger to double standards and hypocrisy:

So it is super easy for us to empathize with the following:

And for comic amusement:

May all these double standards and hypocrisy end for once and for all – for everyone!

Reflections on the Global Meltdown

The following article does a good job of explaining why allegations of Kurdish genocide are completely off the rails:

Having a poor lobby to push your interests doesn’t make a country genocidal!

Follow this Twitter stream and get astounded by all the poorly photo-shopped images:

My favorite is this one with a Turkish F-16 pasted perfectly right beside a woman trying to shield her children, as if in a scene out of 2005’s War of the Worlds:

Its like Dave Gahan says, people – don’t let us down:

Here’s another nice balanced piece:

The Imbeciles at Borland

Not the kindest topic, but you might agree after reading the post.

Back in 2007 I spent quite possibly what was the happiest month of my career, upgrading Borland’s newly sprouting CodeGear from InstallShield to InstallAware.

It was a dream come true in every sense of the word – working with my heroes and legends, the people who made Delphi possible, who maintained it, and who kept it at the bleeding edge of Win32 programming technology.

These were people who were underpaid, overworked, underappreciated, and most definitely, miraculous in their abilities to keep Delphi afloat despite ever increasing uncertainty; and despite the relentless mismanagement of a legendary product and foundations so solid, that they still stand today despite all efforts to sink them from within and without.

It was a challenging month. Fortunately, InstallAware rose to the challenge, and at the end of the 30 day consulting contract, we delivered on schedule, and on budget.

Then I got pulled in to a room by Borland Human Resources. Yes, the same department responsible for letting Anders Hejlsberg go to Microsoft more than a decade ago (as of that time).

The lady who pulled me in had curious looks and manners, as if I was about to get fired.

She closed the door to her room and gingerly approached me, as if about to broach a matter of State Security.

She told me that she could not pay me, because I was an illegal resident in the US; having spent my last seven years in hiding after my work permits ran out…

To this day, I have no idea how she came up with this conclusion – and it is still hard for me to reflect charitably on this matter, as evidenced by the title of this post.

I explained to her that her company had just migrated to InstallAware Software, and that I was representing InstallAware Consulting Services; where I was legally employed.

In fact, I added that I had ample evidence contrary to her assertions; the most obvious being all those funny little stamps on my passport indicating my dates and ports of entry and exit to and from the US.

She was nonplussed.

I frankly do not recall how the meeting ended, other than my shock at how Borland HR was risking alienating a brand-new partner on the eve of such a critical software stack upgrade.

I never saw that lady again, but Borland did pay InstallAware for the Consulting Services its founder had personally rendered for a key partner on-site – after getting scans of my passport stamps.

Yes, turns out, they were serious with the charges they were making. I wonder how they ever let go of the suspicion that the passport and stamps may have been forged, which I’m sure must have crossed their brilliant minds.

In hindsight, it makes total sense that Borland ended up being acquired by a graveyard company. With HR like this, it is a miracle that Delphi survived them at all!

I suppose this could serve as a cautionary tale to other companies: Make sure you staff your HR department with the right people!

Lest they hire the wrong people, and suddenly, imbeciles run amok…