My testimony to the Texas House and Senate regarding the open document format legislation

This is the text for the testimony I delivered to both the Texas House and Senate this last Monday, March 24. The words I said varied from this because of time constraints and also some additional comments supporting or questioning previous testimony.

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Second Life February metrics now available in OpenDocument Format

There’s an interesting paragraph over in a blog posting on the official Linden Labs Second Life site: The Excel document of these metrics is available here, and by popular (and logical – thank you JayR) demand, the OpenOffice format of the figures is available here. For those not equipped with…

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Some travel notes from the last week

The flight to Cambridge last week for the standards program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government was easy and unremarkable. The designated hotel for the event was the Doubletree Suites which isn’t really too close to anything other than the Cambridge exit on the Massachusetts Turnpike. That didn’t make too…

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IBM, colleges, accessibility

See the IBM press release “IBM to Help Colleges Make Software More Accessible for Disabled and Aged”: NORTHRIDGE, CA–(MARKET WIRE)–Mar 23, 2007 — IBM (NYSE:IBM – News) today announced that it will work with academia to build a worldwide repository of materials that will enable student developers to make software…

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Back to Harvard

I’m spending today and tomorrow in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s program on “Cross-Boundary Governance through Agreements and Standards: Assuring Compliance and Results”. I’ll try to bring many of the things I’ve discussed in this blog to bear throughout the two days, but I’m really looking…

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Poll: Linux desktops and Second Life in 2008

In light of Red Hat’s new push on the Linux desktop and the growing success of Novell’s and Ubuntu’s distributions, I thought I would ask a slightly different question about use. I use Second Life on Linux all the time and the latest First Look client works just fine. In…

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Disconnected

This week seems to have been a great big challenge in being disconnected, and not on purpose. I traveled down to North Carolina to give talks at NC State, UNC Chapel Hill, and UNC Charlotte. Aside from the normal running around doing things during the day, my Blackberry wasn’t pulling…

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Open standards and open source

It’s really quite amusing sometimes to hear how the “enemies of open” categorize the whole open source and open standards discussion. One of the tactics, which has the properties of being both wrong and misleading, is that we are confusing the two on purpose in order to break down proprietary…

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National Institute of Standards skipping Microsoft Vista

See the InformationWeek article “Microsoft Suffers Latest Blow As NIST Bans Windows Vista .” They could change their mind, of course, but the bit that really caught my eye was at the end: FAA [Federal Aviation Administration] CIO Dave Bowen told InformationWeek that he may forego upgrading the aviation safety…

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Former MA CIO Louis Gutierrez on ODF, Microsoft

Insightful interview over at ComputerWorld between journalist Carol Sliwa and former Massachusetts CIO Louis Gutierrez: “Q&A: Former Mass. CIO feels ‘bittersweet pride’ after battles with Microsoft, legislature: Gutierrez says he would make same choices again that he did in ODF and IT funding fights.” Note that Gutierrez was the second…

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