New blog category design

Now that WordPress 2.3 supports tags as well as categories, I’m going to significantly reduce the number of categories that I use and then add tags to my entries. This will take some time, because there are now over 1900 entries in this blog. My scheme for coming up with…

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Second Face Life Book?

I’ve been asked several times whether social networks like MySpace or Facebook will merge with virtual environments like There, ActiveWorlds, or Second Life. My usual response has been along the lines of “Social networks use a variety of technologies and will start to employ 3D, but this doesn’t mean everything…

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Some OOXML Ballot Resolution Meeting comments

The situation and rules for the Ballot Resolution Meeting (BRM) are starting to become clearer. As you may know, this is a follow-up to the September 2 vote where the Microsoft/ECMA OOXML (“Open” “XML”) specification failed on both measures to become an ISO/IEC JTC1.Given the way the system works, this…

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WordPress 2.3.1

I just upgraded this blog to WordPress 2.3.1. It was a simple process, especially because I have no custom code outside the wp-content directory. I’ve also reactivated aLinks to get standard links for terms like “Bob Dylan”. Mint is still off and I’m living happily with Google Analytics. Sometime soon…

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Question: Social networks and vertical industry standards

Here’s a question that I’m posing for discussion. Given the increasing capabilities of social networks like Facebook to network both people and their information, how should this affect the future development of standards within and between vertical industries? That is, we now tend to think of vertical industry standards in…

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Standards: We need to talk

Last Friday I had the pleasure of speaking at Tsinghua University in Beijing at an IBM-sponsored conference attended by over 200 government officials, business leaders, and academicians to discuss the confluence of three important topics: open standards, innovation, and intellectual property policy. Below you’ll find the text of my address,…

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