Avoid the single supplier document taxes

When I wrote about the five major areas that you need to consider when looking at the relative openness of two specifications, one of them was “implementation.” I will admit that my primary thoughts at that time concerned intellectual property: when a specification or standard has no IP hindrances that…

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Robin Bloor on Google Apps vs. Microsoft Office

Robin has a very interesting analysis of what may happen in the office suite market now that Google seems to starting putting it’s full weight behind its online applications. See “Google set to challenge Microsoft’s office monopoly.” One thing that occurred to me in reading his article is the idea…

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#16. My Second Life: From the grid to a universe

As a reminder, this blog entry contains my personal opinions and does not necessarily represent the ideas of my employer IBM regarding virtual worlds in general or Second Life in particular. The rise in popularity of online multiplayer games and 3D interaction environments like Second Life naturally brings into question…

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What business are we in?

Earlier today I was listening in on a meeting where one of our executives was making the point that people should stop thinking of themselves as being in the “open source software business” but rather just the “software business.” I want to riff on this a bit, but I want…

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A view on OOXML and the standards process in India

Venkatesh Hariharan from Red Hat in India just put up a blog entry that talks about some of what went on in India prior to its submission of comments during the Contradiction Period for the JTC1 Fast Track process. Read it if only for the surprise ending. Shades of the…

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More Microsoft/ECMA troubles with ISO

Andy Updegrove talks in his new blog entry “OOXML and ISO: Fact and Fancy” of additional problems that Microsoft and ECMA are having trying to get something else blessed by the ISO, namely the C++/CLI proposal. Fast tracking isn’t necessarily fast and sometimes gets rejected. As I’ve said before, we’re…

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Catching up

I got home from Europe only an hour later than expected on Friday. Maybe it’s because I’m fighting a cold, but readjusting to Eastern Standard Time is a more tiring affair than I’ve previously experienced. Some sleep, some cough medicine, and some antibiotics should get me back into shape. I’m…

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…, 18, 19, … 20!

Andy Updegrove tells an interesting story about a slight miscount regarding the JTC1 contradiction period for the Microsoft Office formats. Evidently it was not 19 countries that submitted comments, but rather 20 with Italy now properly included in the list. As I mentioned in an earlier post, ODF is now…

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Evidently Microsoft’s ODF converter has “issues”

Last Friday, directly ahead of Monday’s ISO deadline for contradictions on Microsoft’s OOXML, a number of rather positive articles appeared celebrating “completion” of the open source plugin to support ODF in Microsoft Office suites. Now that people have actually looked at what it does and the performance with which it…

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Latest top 10 blog entries

Here is the latest collection of the top ten most read blog entries since I last published the list in December. “IBM votes NO on Open XML in ECMA” – was #2 ↑ “Is Open XML a one way specification for most people?” – was #1 ↓ “Interoperability vs. intraoperability:…

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Blackboard sort of does a patent pledge

Today Blackboard, a company in the education and course management area, announced a patent pledge: Specifically, the Pledge commits Blackboard not to assert U.S. Patent No. 6,988,138 and many other pending patent applications against the development, use or distribution of open source software or home-grown course management systems anywhere in…

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