Daily Links for Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Open Source Oracle gives open source a patent pass Computer Business Review Oracle has vowed not to assert its patents against open source projects such as the Linux operating system kernel and the MySQL and PosgreSQL databases by entering into a licensing agreement with the Open Invention Network. Why does…

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Daily Links for Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Open Source Is OpenOffice.org a Threat? Microsoft Thinks So ComputerworldUK / Glyn Moody This confirms what many of us have been warning about for some time: that Microsoft’s new-found eagerness to “engage” with open source has nothing to do with a real desire to reach a pacific accommodation with free…

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Daily Links for Tuesday, October 13, 2009 – Lunchtime Edition

Environment Farms as skyscrapers Boing Boing / David Pescovitz It’s been a decade since Columbia University professor Dickson Despommier launched his “Vertical Farm” project, devoted to the design of skyscrapers that house farms, instead of people or offices. It’s an engagement science fiction-esque idea — no surprise that we’ve followed…

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Daily Links for Wednesday, September 30, 2009 – Morning Edition

Open Source Former MySQL CEO Joins Benchmark Capital – Digits – WSJ Wall Street Journal Online / Pui-Wing Tam Former MySQL CEO Marten Mickos is joining venture-capital firm Benchmark Capital as an entrepreneur in residence, says Benchmark partner Kevin Harvey. The move builds on Benchmark’s tradition of pulling in entrepreneurs,…

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Daily Links 06/04/2009 (p.m.)

Microsoft to plug holes in Windows, IE, Word, Office and Excel | Security – CNET News “Affected products include Windows 2000, XP, XP Professional edition, Vista, Server 2003, Server 2008, Office 2000, Office XP, Office 2003, 2007 Office and Microsoft Office 2004 and 2008 for the Mac. Other affected software…

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Backups

It’s well known that you should back up your data. If your hard disk crashes, it can be a major problem to recover your information. On my Mac I use Time Machine with an external hard disk. This is better than nothing and very useful, but is still a problem…

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Daily Links 01/19/2009 (p.m.)

Getting lost with a GPS? Unfortunately, yes | Coop’s Corner – CNET News “Garmin sells a simple and reliable device. Unfortunately, it doesn’t relieve you of the responsibility for using your brain. A certain somebody (no names, here) had programmed the device to calculate the route based on the shortest…

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Daily Links 01/05/2009 (a.m.)

Open Document Format Has Been Accepted By 16 Governments — Microsoft Office — InformationWeek “The Open Document Format continues to gain ground with governments as the format in which they wish to create important documents, despite Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT)’s Office format, OOXML, being recognized as an international standard as well.”…

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Compatibility, interoperability, and interchangeability

I often find it amusing when people pull out a very significant sounding, obviously committee-written definition of “interoperability.” If I didn’t know better, I would have thought that the definition was written and then delivered on a stone tablet. Is this necessary, or is interoperability one of those things that…

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LaTeX revisited

Back in my math days before 1999 or so, I needed a document preparation system that could handle formulas and was programmable. That really meant one thing, TeX, or its somewhat easier to use set of extension packages, LaTeX. I did my doctoral dissertation using this and I did the…

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Daily Links 09/21/2008 (a.m.)

Cisco To Acquire Jabber For Enterprise UC — Unified Communications — InformationWeek “Jabber’s open source instant messaging and presence technology enables collaboration across a variety of enterprise communication systems, such as Microsoft Office Communications Server and IBM (NYSE: IBM) Lotus Sametime. Jabber also integrates with online mail and IM services…

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NATO: ODF is fine with us

A colleague just sent me a link to the NATO “3.4. NNEC Core Enterprise Services” which is part of the NATO Interoperability Standards and Profiles document. Lo and behold, about half way down the document in the Standards section is “OpenDocument ISO/IEC 26300:2006.” That is ODF. Adopter by adopter, person…

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Alex Brown: OOXML will be second to ODF

You’ve got to love Google Alerts. This morning I got this link to a Press Release from Giffin Brown with the title “OOXML will take second place following Microsoft’s announcement to support ODF, says Dr Alex Brown”. Alex was the convenor of the OOXML Ballot Resolution Meeting in Geneva in…

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Daily Links 06/03/2008 (a.m.)

O3Spaces – The way to extend OpenOffice.org “O3Spaces Workplace brings document management and document collaboration features to OpenOffice.org / StarOffice and Microsoft Office, including real-time version control, check-in/check-out and document security. O3Spaces Workplace is the integrated Basic Content Service for OpenOffice.org / Staroffice and Microsoft Office.” tags: OB, openoffice, o3spaces,…

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Microsoft says they will support ODF natively, join OASIS ODF committee?

At various times in the three years in which I’ve been working on OpenDocument Format (ODF) adoption I’ve asked myself “What would success look like?”. In full, success would mean that consumers, governments, and businesses would recognize the value of open standards developed in a transparent, community-based, and collaborative way,…

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Daily Links 04/04/2008

To the Letter Born – Campaign Stops – 2008 Elections – Opinion – New York Times Blog tags: politics, typography, 2008, Obama “Style equals accuracy. Put the word “change” in Comic Sans and the idea feels lightweight and silly. Place it in Times Roman and it feels self-important. In Gotham,…

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Searching for document formats

I just read the article in InformationWeek called “Microsoft’s Search Share Continues To Decline”. I use Google search almost exclusively but occasionally I poke around on the other engines to see if they turn up anything interesting. While Microsoft did lose some search share, it was only 0.2%. It’s not…

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Great ODF news from Malaysia

The Open Malaysia blog is reporting the following: The Malaysian Administrative Modernization and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) has announced that the agency will be migrating to OpenOffice.org office suite as well as adopt the OpenDocument Format (ODF). In addition, Microsoft Office is to be phased out by end of 2008.

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links for 2008-03-11

The Mac The Mac snobbery, arrogance, confidence debate | The Apple Core | ZDNet.com “Laura B., commenter 2.2 in my second piece, made an important distinction between “arrogant” and “confident” (emphasis mine)” (tags: mac apple) Microsoft ITPro:OOXML: Standards for accepting standards “In truth, the opposition has come from all quarters,…

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Some “OOXML has trouble” items from around the web

From the Financial Times, “Brussels to probe votes on Microsoft standard”: It asked standards organisations for views on these charges and any supporting details. It was unclear on Tuesday how many standards organisations worldwide had been contacted by the Commission. However, several national organisations in Europe confirmed they had received…

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Descriptions of Microsoft Office binary formats

Evidently Microsoft made the descriptions of the binary formats for Office available on February 15 on their website. This was, of course, before the BRM so if anyone had questions or proposals about the binary formats in Geneva, the information was publicly available. Presumably a lot of people knew this.…

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Some metrics for measuring the success of the OOXML BRM

A very strange thing happened at the beginning of September, 2007. Microsoft issued a press release following the close of balloting on OOXML that began Today the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) released the results of the preliminary ballot to participating National Body members for the ISO/IEC DIS 29500 (Ecma…

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links for 2008-02-14

The Job Interview, Starring Your Avatar – New York Times “As big companies are spreading their brands to Web-based social networking communities like Facebook and MySpace, a handful of employers are also exploring the world of Multi-User Virtual Environments, or MUVEs.” (tags: career secondlife) Martin Bekkelund – » OOXML —…

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links for 2008-01-31

Open Source OpenLogic: HP hogged FOSS limelight | InfoWorld | News | 2008-01-29 | By Chris Kanaracus, IDG News Service “Grandchamp also said he has received phone calls and e-mail regarding whether HP is now competing with OpenLogic, which makes a tool called OSS Discovery.” (tags: hp openlogic opensource) OpenSource…

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links for 2008-01-24

Lotus toying with Sametime features including virtual world meetings – Network World “Lagarde introduced the features with a caveat saying that they may never see the light of day. “You may see some of this in the future and you may not,” he told the packed house at a keynote…

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While you’re waiting, don’t save in OOXML format

While all the drama is unfolding before the OOXML Ballot Resolution Meeting in Geneva at the end of February and the subsequent 30 day period while countries can still change their vote, I thought I would point out something that I assume is fairly obvious to most people: Saving your…

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