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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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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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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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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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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#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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OpenDocument Format Alliance 2007 Annual Report

The OpenDocument Format Alliance has published its 2007 Annual Report. It’s now available in PDF form from their website. From the Introduction: The OpenDocument Format Alliance (ODF Alliance) is an organization of governments, academic institutions, associations and industry dedicated to educating policy makers, IT administrators and the public on the…

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Nice article about Dutch adoption of ODF

CNN Money ran a nice Associated Press article earlier today about adoption of open source and ODF by the Dutch government: “Dutch Government: Open Source Software To Be Adopted By April 2008.” While there is some confusion between open source and open standards, it gives a good idea of the…

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Position paper for Yale Law School Information Society panel

This is the “position paper” for the Reputation Economies in Cyberspace panel on which I’m participating tomorrow at Yale Law School. It makes a lot of assumptions about definitions (I’m on the fourth panel of the day) and just touches on some of the things on which I plan to…

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Some OOXML Ballot Resolution Meeting comments

The situation and rules for the Ballot Resolution Meeting (BRM) are starting to become clearer. As you may know, this is a follow-up to the September 2 vote where the Microsoft/ECMA OOXML (“Open” “XML”) specification failed on both measures to become an ISO/IEC JTC1.Given the way the system works, this…

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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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Project management via open source and open standards

Rob Weir sent me some links to an open source effort called OpenProj which aims to take on Microsoft Project. Evidently the project owners would like to integrate it into OpenOffice.org or, I would guess, at least make it compatible. ZDNet Blogs: “Microsoft Project to get open source competition” (try…

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Why OOXML will not be an ISO/IEC standard in 2007

Even though the JTC1 ballot closes on September 2 on Microsoft’s product description for Microsoft Office, namely OOXML or DIS 29500, this will not become an ISO/IEC standard in 2007. This most pointedly means: At this time, you should make no policy decisions based on OOXML becoming an ISO/IEC standard…

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Andy Updegrove gives his views about OOXML to Massachusetts

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States is having a public review period for adding Microsoft’s OOXML document format (take proprietary Office formats, convert to XML, shake, please don’t print the 6000+ pages). Andy Updegrove has published his comments to the state over in his ConsortiumInfo blog in a…

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OOXML in Massachusetts is not a done deal

See the PC World article “Massachusetts Puts Open XML Out for Consideration” where Bethann Pepoli, acting CIO of the Massachusetts Information Technology Division (ITD), said “Someone could submit a comment and we could make a review of ETRM and make changes,” she said. Those changes could include eliminating Open XML…

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New ODF Alliance Newsletter available + info on fighting OOXML

The ODF Alliance has published its newsletter for June (PDF Format). Including is the following list of resources for helping you to vote against Microsoft’s OOXML product specification as they try to make it an ISO standard: Contact Your ISO/IEC National Standardization Body Today: Vote “No” on OOXML! Each member…

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Microsoft and ECMA: Together again, doing it again

If you loved OOXML and the way that ECMA did exactly what Microsoft wanted, you’ll love the new working group around XPS, Microsoft’s home grown competitor to PDF. The current link for the new program is up on the ECMA website. Here’s what it says: Scope: The goal of the…

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“Achieving Openness: a closer look at ODF & OOXML”

Here is an excellent summary of the salient differences between the OpenDocument Format (ODF) and Microsoft’s Office Open XML format. I strongly recommend everyone considering OOXML/OpenXML take a look at it before either supporting it as an ISO standard or adopting it directly. This is an example of buyer beware.…

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The US OOXML discussion is public

Via Simon Phipps and Chris Ward, the discussions around the US recommendation for or against Microsoft’s Office “Open XML” product data format specification becoming an ISO standard is now public. Visit Simon’s blog for the links. In a perfect world, we would know about and could see every committee email…

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