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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What does a cloud computing user want?

Several weeks ago I gave a talk called “Regarding Clouds, Mainframes, and Desktops… and Linux” at LinuxCon in Portland (video, slides). Since then I’ve reprised parts of the talk several times, including a couple of times for IBM-only audiences. I’m going to put up a few blog entries that expand…

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Update on antisocial bookmarks

About once a month I publish an entry about what I’ve been calling antisocial bookmarks, the saving of links to articles, blog entries, websites, and documents to a blog without using a service like Delicious or Diigo. My last entry, at the end of August, was called “More thoughts on…

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Daily Links for August 12, 2009

Windows and Security How to save the Internet from Windows ComputerWorld “After last week’s near-collapse of the social networks, such as Twitter, due to a Windows-based, botnet DDoS attack, I made a modest proposal: Throw Windows off the Internet. Here’s how we can do it. Or, at the very least,…

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My current WordPress plugins

From time to time as I upgrade this blog to newer versions of WordPress, I also look and see if there are updated or just new-to-me plugins that will augment how the blog is presented or managed. Sometimes I need to drop plugins because they are no longer being supported…

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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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Blog remodeling

Effective January 1, 2010, this site does not use Drupal and instead uses only WordPress. This last week I experimented with a couple of different ways of reorganizing this blog and making it easier for me to extend the website in the future. The first thing I looked at was…

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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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Daily Links 07/22/2008 (p.m.)

Open Source India: ISO/IEC and OOXML: The judge, the jury and the hangman “Creating an alternate standards organization will be an exceedingly tough task, but standards are not an area where compromises can be tolerated. Standards govern our lives in a million different ways and the common man and woman…

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Daily Links 07/19/2008 (p.m.)

NATO supports ODF open document format – News – heise open source UK “NATO has included the International Standardization Organization’s (ISO) certified Open Document Format (ODF) in its list of mandatory standards to promote interoperability. NATO’s standards list includes Rich Text Format (RTF), extensible markup language (XML) and Office XP…

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Daily Links 06/14/2008 (p.m.)

Document standards row heats up – 13 Jun 2008 – Computing “Standards body the Open Document Format (ODF) Alliance closed ranks with the European Commission (EC) against Microsoft today, issuing a statement applauding the commission’s vociferous endorsement of the ODF standard in an effort to avoid vendor lock-in on document…

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Daily Links 06/10/2008 (p.m.)

For Clinton, Millions in Debt and Few Options – NYTimes.com “With her campaign now officially suspended, Senator Hillary Rodham “Clinton is confronting still another challenge: whittling down what is believed to be the largest presidential campaign debt in history. Besides the $11.4 million of her own money that Mrs. Clinton…

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Daily Links 06/02/2008 (p.m.)

Venezuela and India appeal OOXML ratification – ZDNet.co.uk “Venezuela and India have appealed against the official ratification of Microsoft‘s Office Open XML document format, bringing the total number of protesting countries to four.” tags: OB, OOXML, Venezuela, ISO Adobe Acrobat takes big online leap | Tech news blog – CNET…

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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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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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links for 2008-03-17

Scoop: InternetNZ supports Vint Cerf’s rejection of OOXML “InternetNZ (the Internet Society of New Zealand Inc) strongly supports calls from Internet pioneer Vint Cerf opposing Microsoft’s proposed OOXML (Office Open XML) document standard.” (tags: ooxml) U.S. Supreme Court rejects Microsoft antitrust appeal | Tech news blog – CNET News.com “Novell…

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CNet: “Free-software lawyers: Don’t trust Microsoft’s Open XML patent pledge”

[edited, less musical] See Martin Lamonica’s CNet article “Free-software lawyers: Don’t trust Microsoft’s Open XML patent pledge”. Compare with the 2006 statement from the Software Freedom Law Center’ regarding ODF, the Open Document Format, an ISO standard: On the factual basis described, and subject to reservations, it is our opinion…

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My current Firefox extensions

My post about moving to Linux reminded me that it’s been a while since I posted what Firefox extensions I use. Here, courtesy of Extension List Dumper is the list: Application: Firefox 2.0.0.12 (0000000000) Operating System: Linux (x86-gcc3) Total number of items: 14 Adblock 0.5.3.043 Filters ads from web-pages Bookmark…

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links for 2008-03-03: Special OOXML BRM Edition

XML spec editor: OOXML ISO process is “unadulterated BS” “Participants say that only a small portion of the ECMA responses were actually discussed during the BRM. When time ran out, the rest of the responses were simply approved without any review at all.” (tags: microsoft ecma ooxml) PC Pro: News:…

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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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Dow Jones MarketWatch: EC investigation regarding OOXML

As part of the recent story about the EU’s fine of Microsoft, the article “European regulator fines Microsoft $1.35 billion”, also included the following: In addition, Microsoft recently acknowledged that the commission is also looking into lobbying efforts for its Open XML file format, which has been derided by critics…

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OOXML is too hard to implement … even for Microsoft

Over on CNet, Ina Fried has an article “Microsoft again delays Mac XML converters” and says, in part: The software maker said that it plans on March 11 to deliver the first update to Office 2008 for Mac, delivering several key fixes. At the same time though, it has again…

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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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