IBM’s patent announcement today

Today IBM announced that for the 16th year in a row, it received more US patents than any other company, The number for 2008 was also a record, 4186, for any company. Here are a couple of links to the story: New York Times: “Patent King I.B.M. Will Give Away…

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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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Thinking about publishing

Lately I’ve been thinking about doing a writing project, possibly a book. This is not new, as I have this urge on a fairly regular basis. One thing that’s holding me back is that I’ve already been involved in two book publishing activities. The first was in 1991-92 when Dick…

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Family UK Trip, Days 2 and 3

On the first day after we flew into London’s Heathrow airport, we rented a car, drove to Stonehenge, went on to Stourhead, and then drove to Bath. Though I’ve been to England many times on business, almost all my time there has been spent near London. This last year I…

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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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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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IBM, Open Source, Health Care

This press release went out a couple of hours ago: IBM Brings Electronic Medical Records One Step Closer Through Open Technology; Contributes Technology to Open Source Community; Establishes Innovation Centers to Work with Major Players, Business Partners Here’s an excerpt: SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aug. 9, 2006–IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced…

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Dressing for breakfast

Sometimes I really wonder about myself (that’s not an excuse for you to comment). Today, Saturday, I am flying home from Oslo via London and Chicago. My flight from Norway was at 7:50 AM, and so I got up at 4 AM in order to catch the ‘FLYBUSSEN‘ (bus) to…

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ODF, XForms, Accessibility: Connecting the Dots

I’ve been meaning to point to the blog entry by David Berlind called “ODF subpar for the disabled? Not so fast says Google researcher” and add a comment. First, T.J. Raman was a colleague of mine when I was in IBM Research as well as later when I first moved…

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Open Document Formats: “Open” must be more than a marketing term

I’ve been gearing up to write a piece about open document formats, and since I discussed the topic last Wednesday morning at the Open Forum Europe breakfast meeting in Brussels, I’ll go ahead and do it now. Simon Phipps was also on the panel and he also wrote up something.…

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