Advancing a culture of IT openness

I’m going to go out on a limb here and quote a sentence from Wikipedia’s entry (here today, changed tomorrow, changed back the next day) on aspects of culture: the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution, organization or group What might this mean for…

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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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Secure mashups via SMash

Some of my IBM colleagues in the emerging technologies asked me to mention something they introduced last week – SMash, for Secure Mashups. The basic idea is this. In Web 2.0 people frequently use AJAX components or services from several sources and then mash them together into a full application.…

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#2. If I were to build a virtual world … building up the basic model

This is the second part of my series where I’m brainstorming about some considerations regarding building a virtual world. The idea is that I discuss what I would like to see in the world (or “worlds,” as I’ll talk about today), and give you the chance to tell me why…

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An “OOXML is a bad idea” blog entry compendium

I thought I would put together a list of some of my blog entries that touch on the OOXML issue now being considered in the JTC1 Fast Track Procedure. This isn’t everything I’ve ever written, but it includes most of the main points. I’ve also included a few related entries.…

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Astroturf grassroots for OOXML?

First we saw Microsoft trying to drum up some support in the UK for their OOXML product specification turned into a “standard” via a petition. Now there is mention in Slashdot and elsewhere of what is appearing to be part of a well orchestrated campaign to stop ODF in California.…

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A view on OOXML and the standards process in India

Venkatesh Hariharan from Red Hat in India just put up a blog entry that talks about some of what went on in India prior to its submission of comments during the Contradiction Period for the JTC1 Fast Track process. Read it if only for the surprise ending. Shades of the…

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Microsoft, ODF, Open XML, and Wikipedia

I have mixed feelings about editing Wikipedia. On one hand, if I think something should be in a particular piece, I’ll go ahead and edit it. On the other, it is frustrating when some anonymous person removes something that I think is important. I have no problems with it as…

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Sahana – Free and Open Source Disaster Management System

I’d like to point you all to a very important free and open source solution that, unfortunately, only gets really used when something goes really wrong. According to its website, Sahana is a Free and Open Source Disaster Management system. It is a web based collaboration tool that addresses the…

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Office 2.0 Conference: Esther Dyson

I’m sitting in the St. Regis hotel on 3rd Street in San Francisco, listening to Dan Farber interviewing Esther Dyson about the Office 2.0 concept and whether it is implementable. She’s made a couple of important points: she personally does not need Office 2.0 to do “data management” but rather…

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Dr. ODF: Examining OpenDocument Format with Python, Part 3

In this series of entries, I’m looking at how we can use Python to do some basic examination and processing of the contents of an OpenDocument Format, or ODF, word processing file. The document I’m looking at is almost as simple as it can be because it just contains the…

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More ODF FUD, this time around the plug-in

I just came across this article by David A. Utter called “Massachusetts, Microsoft Could Fight Again.” He quotes a passage from a new statement by The Initiative for Software Choice, an effort sponsored by CompTIA. Regardless, the Massachusetts ODF policy – not ODF, the format – is a biased, open…

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