Announcing Sloanblogs

I have put together an aggregated list of known bloggers who are either students at or graduates of the MIT Sloan School of Management. The listing, modeled after Hooblogs (my list of UVA bloggers), is currently rather short; my hope is that having a home will encourage more Sloan folks to send me their blog address (or even start blogging!).

New feature for Sloanblogs, to be added to Hooblogs shortly: an aggregated view of all Sloanblogs activity courtesy of Kinja. You can get updates via RSS as new Sloan bloggers are added to the list, and you can add a Sloanblogs blogroll to your site courtesy of (see the Sloanblogs page for details).

A cold day where? Windows Installer Toolset on SourceForge

Slashdot has just posted a pointer to the Shared Source release of the Windows Installer XML (WiX) Toolset, now available on SourceForge. The code was released under IBM’s Common Public License (CPL). This is the first Microsoft source to be released under an OSS approved open source license.

Yep. Catch your breath. Microsoft code on SourceForge. The sound of a locked trunk opening?

Details on Rob Mensching’s blog, including both technical details of what WiX does and a description of its path to open source.

Bill, meet Ingvar

News story: Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of knuckle-barking (and Pavement inspiring) furniture store IKEA, has passed Bill Gates as the world’s richest man, at $53 billion vs. Bill’s estimated $47 billion, according to Swedish business weekly Veckans Affarer and Swedish television.

Note 1: The main culprit in Kamprad’s ascendancy was the dollar’s slide in value against other currencies. See Oliver Willis’s comments here.

Note 2: The company denies the claim, noting that Ingvar does not actually own the company: he donated it to a foundation 22 years ago.

Note 3: Scoble points out that writing about IKEA and Bill Gates brings lots of traffic. Heh.