Daily Links for Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Standards Netherlands helps Denmark with open IT The Industry Standard The Dutch government has provided Denmark with information regarding the Dutch national plan Heemskerk for open government IT. In Denmark, there is heated debate about the approach for open IT usage by the government. One of the obstacles is the…

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Upcoming OpenOffice.org 2009 Conference in Orvieto, Italy

The next incarnation of the OpenOffice.org 2009 Conference will be held in a couple of weeks in Orvieto, Italy. The exact dates are November 3, 2009 – November 6, 2009. In addition to OpenOffice.org specifically, the conference will include discussions of the Open Document Format (ODF) and other software that…

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Daily Links for Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Document Formats BE: OpenOffice boom in Belgium The Port of Antwerp started preparing the migration of 1300 desktops to OpenOffice earlier this year. The completion of the migration is expected around September 2010. The IT-department decided not only to move to ODF, but also to use ODF as their primary…

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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 for August 6, 2009

OpenDocument Format Microsoft offers Office 2010 file format ‘ballot’ to stop EU antitrust probe “”Beginning with the release of Office [2010], end users that purchase Microsoft‘s Primary PC Productivity Applications in the EEA [European Economic Area] in both the OEM and retail channel will be prompted in an unbiased way…

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Daily Links 07/21/2009 (p.m.)

An Antic Disposition: ODFDOM 0.7 Released “I’m pleased to report that the 0.7 release of the ODF Toolkit Union’s ODFDOM library has just been released. This is an open source (Apache 2.0 license) Java toolkit for programmatically reading, writing and manipulating ODF documents. The code is 100% Java and does…

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Daily Links 03/07/2009 (p.m.)

Is Open Source Ready To Get The Message? | bMighty.com: Blogs For Small Business and Mid-Sized Business “No matter how Cisco uses PostPath, however, there is now another player in this space. Since the European Union forced Microsoft to publish its Exchange protocols, the OpenChange project has been working with…

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Daily Links 03/04/2009 (p.m.)

Why Open Computing matters for Government IT :: PublicTechnology.net “What then does open computing mean to governments – and what might it be worth considering when specifying requirements? Simply put – adopt open standards to avoid being locked-in to any one IT vendor, ensure the software you use fully implements…

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ODF Alliance offers recommendations to Obama administration

Following on the heels of yesterday’s set of open standards recommendations to the Obama administration by the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, the Open Document Format Alliance has offered its own recommendations in the area of open standards for document formats. In a letter sent to Peter Orszag,…

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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 01/30/2009 (a.m.)

Virgil’s FaceBook Page Classics majors unite! tags: OB, classics, Virgil Wazi » Comparisons Open Source Licensing » Comparing Open Source Licenses “OpenLogic has hundreds of projects in its certified library, and over 225 different licenses. While many of these licenses are custom, most are based, at least loosely, on one…

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Daily Links 01/09/2009 (p.m.)

Over ODF-congres 29 januari 2009 | OpenDocument Format Congres (Utrecht) “Op donderdag 29 januari organiseert NOiV, in samenwerking met Adobe, OpenDoc Society en Media Plaza, een congres over het OpenDocument Format te Maarssen. Aanleiding voor het ODF-congres is de verplichting die overheden hebben om vanaf 1 januari 2009 de open…

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ODF Alliance 2008 annual report

In the waning days of 2008 the OpenDocument Alliance published their annual report regarding progress made on getting the standard adopted around the world. The 28 page document discusses development of the standard, worldwide adoption, positive changes toward open standards procurement policies, and application support. The main body of the…

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Hunches and predictions for open source in 2009

It’s that time of year again. Last year I wrote about challenges and priorities for open source, standards, and virtual worlds. In January, 2007, I reviewed my favorite blog entries for 2006 (and note that I was considerably more succinct when I did this for 2008 about two weeks ago).…

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My personal favorite posts for 2008

As we wind down down 2008 and head into the holidays, I’ve been doing some planning about blog posts and longer pieces I plan to write in 2009. As part of that, I decided to go back over 2008 and list some of favorite posts from this year. “Ten challenges…

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Daily Links 11/19/2008 (p.m.)

9 Underrated Technologies For Growing Companies | Hardware & Software | bMighty.com “The latest and greatest technologies always get the attention and accolades, but it’s the unsung and unheralded technologies that often are the workhorses that keep your business running — functional trumps flash and fancy every time. Here, bMighty…

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Daily Links 11/14/2008 (p.m.)

Doug Mahugh : ODF Interoperability and Conformance TC (OIC TC) “I’ve had a few people ask recently whether Microsoft would be participating in the OIC TC, and I’m glad to report that as of today we’ve signed up.” Excellent news, Doug. The ODF train just keeps on rolling! tags: OB,…

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Slideshare

My IBM colleague Adam Christensen introduced me this morning to slideshare.net. Essentially, it’s like youtube but for presentations. It understands PowerPoint, PDF, ODF and a few other formats. While you can view the presentations on the website, you can also embed them in other sites. Here’s an example with the…

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Daily Links 11/06/2008 (p.m.)

Change.gov “Office of the President-Elect” tags: OB, politics IBM, Sun Microsystems Launch ODF Toolkit Union to Grow Adoption, Community and Software Innovation – MarketWatch “The ODF Toolkit will use an initial software code contribution from Sun to provide developers with an easy-to-use Application Programming Interface (API) for reading, writing and…

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Daily Links 11/03/2008 (p.m.)

OASIS Members Form Committee to Advance Interoperability and Conformance of OpenDocument Format (ODF) Applications – MarketWatch “BOSTON, Nov 03, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — OASIS, the international open standards consortium, has formed a new group to help implementors create applications that conform to the OpenDocument Format (ODF) OASIS Standard. ODF defines…

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