No I'm not dead...although my brain feels like it is. I've been working on getting large quantities of php extensions compiling on windows...which requires a great deal of hunting down (and often compiling) libraries.
You can take a look at my progress here. I'm collecting a ton of libraries and fixing compiling strangeness here there and everywhere. I'll hopefully be submitting some of these patches back into php - I'm not sure how many of the build ones will be accepted though... I'm kind of weird for wanting to build against dlls instead of static libraries.