Sahana – Free and Open Source Disaster Management System

I’d like to point you all to a very important free and open source solution that, unfortunately, only gets really used when something goes really wrong. According to its website, Sahana is a Free and Open Source Disaster Management system. It is a web based collaboration tool that addresses the…

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Is Open XML a one way specification for most people?

I have been accused in the past of using a “weight” argument against the Open XML specification because it is several thousand pages long. While some people may think that is cute or funny, it is a real concern and is an obvious problem that programmers recognize. That is, it…

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The calendar according to Excel, or why Open XML is standardizing mistakes

See Rob Weir’s blog entry “A Leap Backward.” This is more evidence that Open XML is an attempt to standardize the functionality and behavior, even if wrong, of Microsoft’s own products. Rob ends with: So there you have it, two ways in which Microsoft has created a needlessly complicated file…

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Desktop Linux: It’s the wifi adapter, stupid

I’m the IT guy of the house. My 9 year old son’s computer started having some wireless problems several weeks ago. When I finally got around to looking at it, I realized that his hard drive was starting to fail. His old drive was 40Gb but I replaced it with…

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Regarding use of the Python code in my blog entries

Several of my blog entries in the “Dr. ODF” series use Python code to explore how to pull apart ODF files, learn about the contents, and then manipulate the contents. I was asked about the license for this code. This is important, but please remember that I intend this code…

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Office 2.0 Conference: “Making Office 2.0 Enterprise Ready” panel

Moderator: Dion Hinchcliffe Panelists: Ivan Koon, Matthew Quinn, Craig Remy, John Roberts, Ken Rudin Best quote was “Is the enterprise ready for Office 2.0?” I’m hearing a lot of defensiveness about big IT from some of the participants (particularly the guy from YouSendIt), though those with serious enterprise experience are…

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Office 2.0 Conference: “One Day in the Life of an Office 2.0 Worker” panel

Moderator: Matt Marshall Participants: Eric Hoffert, TJ Kang, Tom Snyder, Sridhar Vembu, Kevin Warnock, David Young This panel consists of various startups trying to do realtime online demos of their offerings. We’re in the second one and so far they both sound like pitches for VCs (probably are, and there…

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Office 2.0 Conference: “Office 2.0, Where Are We?” panel

Moderator: Om Malik Participants: Ismael Ghalimi, Shel Israel, Karen Leavitt, Rajen Sheth, Mark Suster. We’re starting to repeat ourselves here on many issues. I hope Andrew and Esther will not have made all the important points for today, though there are many sessions left to go. A few important things…

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Office 2.0 Conference: Esther Dyson

I’m sitting in the St. Regis hotel on 3rd Street in San Francisco, listening to Dan Farber interviewing Esther Dyson about the Office 2.0 concept and whether it is implementable. She’s made a couple of important points: she personally does not need Office 2.0 to do “data management” but rather…

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Snapshot – October 9, 2006

Here are a few odds and ends that somehow reflect things I’ve been thinking about and doing lately: The Three Current Most Popular Blog Posts “HR news from Massachusetts” Comment on Louis Gutierrez stepping down as CIO of Massachusetts. “Microsoft promise” Microsoft’s non-assertion pledge for some of the web services…

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Dr. ODF: Examining OpenDocument Format with Python, Part 7

Last time I looked at a slightly more advanced document that added a bit of formatting to the basic one that only contained the letter ‘x’. In this part I’ll create a more advanced document. We’ll look at the XML in the ODF file and complete our basic examination of…

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