The US OOXML discussion is public

Via Simon Phipps and Chris Ward, the discussions around the US recommendation for or against Microsoft’s Office “Open XML” product data format specification becoming an ISO standard is now public. Visit Simon’s blog for the links. In a perfect world, we would know about and could see every committee email…

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Canada requests OOXML comments

The Standards Council of Canada is requesting comments from Canadians for the SCC’s consideration of Microsoft’s Office Open XML spec (OOXML) as an ISO standard. If you are eligible, you can leave your remarks from that page but you also might want to see what others have said. I understand…

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The age old Mac debate

Over on ZDNet, Christopher Dawson rekindles the old Apple Macintosh debate in his piece “Macintosh…Help me understand why.” I’ve observed these discussions from a distance for over twenty years, but they were always abstract to me since I didn’t own nor particularly have any experience with a Mac. I do…

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In case you were wondering how big 6000 pages is: OpenXML/OOXML/whatever

At various times, critics of Microsoft’s product specification-turned-ECMA-standard “OpenXML” or “OOXML” have pointed out how ridiculous it is to think that anyone other than Microsoft will ever fully and correctly implement the specification. I count myself among the critics and I may have even questioned whether Microsoft itself has or…

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#2. Ubuntu Feisty Fawn and Second Life – Works for me on another machine

Last month I published a blog entry explaining that I could not get Ubuntu Feisty Fawn (7.04) working on my Thinkpad T60p under Ubuntu Linux with the ATI restricted drivers. Since then, I have tried two other times with complete reinstalls to get it working via the new ATI drivers…

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Top Ten blog entries and some stats

I’ve now been up and running on this new host long enough that I’ve decided I can resume my monthly publication of the top ten blog entries that people have directly accessed. I’ve also added a few stats on the bottom of the list related to overall readership. Here are…

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Bluer skies, nicer clouds

Linden Lab, purveyors of Second Life, have announced the acquisition of Windward Mark, a graphics company specializing in atmospheric effects such as clouds and diffracted sunlight. This will both bolster their technology as well as beefing up their new presence in the Boston area. They have said that they will…

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Can you guess what this study is going to conclude?

See “Study: Developers Do Not Want GPL 3 to Police Patents” in eWeek. It starts: A new Microsoft-funded study has found that open-source developers do not believe that licenses such as the upcoming GNU General Public License 3.0 should enforce software patents or prevent deals like the Microsoft-Novell patent agreement.…

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