Daily Links for August 4, 2009

Wikis The prospects of Microsoft Word in the wiki-based world “All in all, I’ve had a relationship with Microsoft Word for over two decades, with only a couple of brief dalliances with Ami Pro and DeScribe for OS/2 in between (they meant nothing to me—honest!) Thinking about how long I’ve…

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Pretoria ODF Users Workshop

I’m a bit tardy in reporting what happened last week at the Second International ODF Users Conference, held in Pretoria, South Africa. This was the first time I was ever in Africa, much less South Africa, and so I was very much looking forward to the trip. It did not…

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links for 2008-02-17

Can Microsoft be trusted on OOXML covenants?: Insight – Software – ZDNet Australia “Developers wanting to use Microsoft‘s Office Open XML specification will need to brush up on their legal skills.” (tags: microsoft ooxml) Datamation Announces 2008 Product of the Year Winners “Given Office’s status, it’s a major eyebrow raiser…

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links for 2007-08-02

GPLv3 picks up traction “By July 31, Palamida found that 277 open-source projects had moved to using the GPLv3. At the beginning of the month, only 82 projects, most of them created by the Free Software Foundation, which created the GPLv3, had made the switch.” (tags: gplv3 opensource) Can Execs…

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Andy Updegrove gives his views about OOXML to Massachusetts

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States is having a public review period for adding Microsoft‘s OOXML document format (take proprietary Office formats, convert to XML, shake, please don’t print the 6000+ pages). Andy Updegrove has published his comments to the state over in his ConsortiumInfo blog in a…

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Comment on Microsoft, ECMA, and XPS

In the last couple of weeks I’ve run a two entries (here and here) regarding Microsoft‘s submission of its XPS specification to ECMA. I raised some questions along the line that this was the OOXML situation all over again, namely forcing a proprietary product spec through a vendor organization and…

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OOXML in Massachusetts is not a done deal

See the PC World article “Massachusetts Puts Open XML Out for Consideration” where Bethann Pepoli, acting CIO of the Massachusetts Information Technology Division (ITD), said “Someone could submit a comment and we could make a review of ETRM and make changes,” she said. Those changes could include eliminating Open XML…

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links for 2007-07-04

Virtual Worlds ConsortiumInfo.org – Standards, Virtual Worlds and The Big Question From last month, but some deep thoughts by Andy Updegrove. (tags: secondlife virtual_worlds standards) Official Linden Blog » Blog Archive Linden Lab Files Response to Complaint “Mr. Bragg, a Second Life Resident under the user name “Marc Woebegone,” had…

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links for 2007-06-12

The Chronicle: Wired Campus Blog: MIT’s Virtual Dormitories for Freshmen “With that in mind, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is turning to the virtual world, Second Life, to help freshmen choose dormitories with the ambiance and reputation that best meet their needs.” (tags: secondlife virtual_worlds education) Parallels breathes sigh of…

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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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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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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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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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links for 2006-11-23

Wikis “open source” wiki (php OR python) – Google Search I’m getting closer to putting a wiki on my site. Conditions: must be open source, must be implemented in PHP or Python, must be flexible in terms of visual design. (tags: wiki php python) July 2006 Update to “Which Wiki”…

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links for 2006-10-10

Regarding Documents Massachusetts CIO change worries ODF supporters Not me, according to what I said in the blog and am quoted on in the article. Who writes these headlines? (tags: odf massachusetts) tecosystems: Presentation Tools: Offline, Online and Something in Between Steve O’Grady returns to the ongoing discussion of presentation…

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Snapshot – October 9, 2006

Here are a few odds and ends that somehow reflect things I’ve been thinking about and doing lately: The Three Current Most Popular Blog Posts “HR news from Massachusetts” Comment on Louis Gutierrez stepping down as CIO of Massachusetts. “Microsoft promise” Microsoft‘s non-assertion pledge for some of the web services…

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HR news from Massachusetts

Before there was the OpenDocument Format, there was Massachusetts. Before there was Massachusetts, there was politics. Louis Gutierrez, current CIO and successor to Peter Quinn of ODF and open standards fame, is resigning, effective 30 days from now. In his resignation letter he cited the problems he has in running…

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links for 2006-09-10

Music – Ryan Adams YouTube – Emmylou Harris “Return of the Grevious Angel” w Ryan Adams Emmylou and Ryan sing Gram Parsons’ song. (tags: music) YouTube – Ryan Adams – “Let It Ride” – Letterman (tags: music) ODF Linux News: Implementation: Microsoft-Backed Group May Have to Hurry on Plug-Ins “Accessibility…

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links for 2006-08-26

Education and Patents O’Reilly Radar > Blackboard E-Learning Patent (tags: education patents software) OpenDocumentFormat (ODF) in Massachusetts Massachusetts Forges Ahead With ODF Implementations – News by InformationWeek “Massachusetts will start rolling out the Open Document Format (ODF) in a handful of “early adopter” agencies by January 1, 2007, according to…

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ODF Alliance press release re Massachusetts

The ODF Alliance put out a press release yesterday in response to the announcement in Massachussets that they would use plug-ins for Micrososoft office as an initial technique to start their phase-in of OpenDOcument Format in the Executive branch. Here is the test: WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 /U.S. Newswire/ — The…

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