My number one most read blog entry in 2006 was …

This entry won by an overwhelming number of direct reads: “Is Open XML a one way specification for most people?” It did well when I first published it on October 16, and then did well again in the wake of ECMA’s semiautomatic and expected passing of the Microsoft Office Open…

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AP: Amsterdam to give open source a try

The Associated Press is saying that Amsterdam is going to be trying out open source software to see if it can lead to more widespread use: City spokeswoman Marjolijn van Goethem said Amsterdam’s housing department and one of its borough offices _ Zeeburg _ would test a Linux-based operating system…

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On blog serialization

Attentive readers of this space will notice that I’ve slowed down the blogging for the end-of-year holidays and vacation. Tomorrow is Christmas, and preparation for that has been taking up a lot of our family time. William and I went to see Eragon yesterday and we enjoyed it. He and…

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Why is Open XML ECMA’s best loved effort?

Take a look at Andy Updegrove’s blog entry called “Why Ecma? (Part I).” He says, in part, of the timetable in the last year: If you look at the next six months, you’ll find three press releases announcing adoptions of work product at General Assemblies, and four more press releases…

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#0. My Second Life: List of entries in the series

I’m going to be doing a series of entries about my experiences both professionally and personally using Second Life® . I’ll update this entry as I add pieces to the discussion. Getting started Getting organized Quick book review Graphics adapters and drivers Meetings Open source odds and ends Land Real…

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My 2006 BOBBY Awards

It’s the end of the year and it’s time for my first annual BOBBY awards – Bob’s Open Blog Best of the Year. The categories and winners were chosen after careful consideration and all decisions of the judge (me) are final! My usual disclaimer: these are my personal choices and…

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Bloor on IAccessible2, ODF

Peter Abrahams, Practice Leader at Bloor Research, has a very nice writeup of the IAccessible2 interfaces announced yesterday called “IAccessible2 Open Standard for Assistive Technology”. He say, in part: Pressure has been building from disabled users and from organisations, such as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to improve accessibility for all.…

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Office 2.0: online and offline

Martin LaMonica is reporting over at CNet of a new service from ThinkFree that will allow both online and offline editing of documents, with synchronization as you get connected. Also See: “Being sometimes connected” blog entry ITWire: “Microsoft’s worst nightmare – Google considers acquiring online Office clone”

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I’m a document guy

Occasionally I get asked why I really care about all the issues around OpenDocument Format (ODF), related standards in this area, office suites, and the shift to Office 2.0. I give the reasons that long time readers of this blog have seen before about real interoperability, innovation from community developed…

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#1. My future home open desktop: The resolution

I live in a hybrid desktop world and it bugs me. Like many people, I have a dual boot machine that runs both Microsoft Windows® XP and GNU/Linux. The flavor of Linux (as I will abbreviate it) is Ubuntu. I just want to have one operating system running on the…

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Optaros: Ten Events and Trends That Shaped Open Source in 2006 – Webinar

Via Stephen Walli, there is a webinar on Tuesday, December 12, at 1 pm EDT: In this webinar, Optaros will recap the year’s ten most influential events and trends on the open source software space. Insight on announcements made by industry leaders, mergers and consolidations, advances in technologies, and growing…

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