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March, 2007

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About Matusow's Blog

I've been at Microsoft since 1995, and have had the opportunity to work with some great people on hard problems. I spent two years doing field tech specialist work on infrastructure products and then moved to issue-based projects. I was the first full-time employee working on Y2K issues, then part of the Security Response Center, and then into a five-year project building up the Shared Source initiative and really focusing on OSS issues. For the past two years I have been focused on interoperability and standards.

Outside of work, my first love is my family. I know that sounds hackneyed, but it is true. Due to work, I don't get enough time with my wife and boys. My one personal indulgence is mountain biking, and I certainly don't do enough of that to be good at it. My most important contribution to science so far is a complete and total validation of the law of gravity. I have proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that it works every time.

As for my blog - it has opened the door for some absolutely great conversations with people I would never have come into contact with any other way. The issues that interest me the most are at the intersection of business, technology, policy, and intellectual property - so that is what I blog about. I am fascinated by the multitude of approaches that exist within the realm of the software community. I don't blog about my family, or what my cats are doing, or what is going on in my home town. This blog is 100% about work and it will stay that way.

Thanks to everyone who reads and comments here.

- Jason

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    FoxPro Going to CodePlex

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    I just saw that Microsoft is moving FoxPro to the CodePlex site. In other words, as the company has made a decision not to move FoxPro beyond the 9.0 version it will enable the dev community that is passionate about the technology to continue to work...
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    Open XML In The ISO Process

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    I was travelling in Europe last week and meeting a variety of people regarding interoperability, Open XML/ODF, and intellectual property issues. It was an excellent trip and, as usual, learned a great deal about what people really care about on these...
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    ComputerWorld Article - ISO moves Open XML to Balloting

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    Today, Eric Lai has reported that ISO is moving Open XML into the 5-month balloting period. The ISO process continues to move forward and the next few months will prove to be very interesting. Just as we saw in Eric's other story regarding the submissions...
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    Novell Releases Open XML Translator for OpenOffice

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    On March 5, Novell announced on the PR Blog the availability of the Open XML Translator for the Novell edition of OpenOffice. The more I speak with people about the issues around document formats, the more clear it becomes that translation is critical...
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    Document Format Legislation - Something To Be Avoided

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    Recently, a number of elected officials in U.S. state governments have been taking a closer look at document formats. Minnesota, Texas, California, and Oregon are the most active voices today while Massachusetts was the first to start examining the issue...
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    Doc Format Legislation - elevating a great comment

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    Here is a comment submitted to an earlier blog posting about doc formats. For those of my readers who don't know, my mother was a member of the NY State Assembly for a decade and her Chief of Staff (if that is the right title) recently posted into my...
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