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July, 2007

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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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    US National Body Creates Ballot for Open XML - Yes With Comments

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    Well, it has been a busy week as can be expected leading up to the early September finish to the 5 month balloting period for Ecma Open XML. Today, the US National Standards body representative organization for JTC-1, the INCITS Executive Board, passed...
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    Open XML - US V1 Committee Vote and IBM Motivations

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    As many people in the industry are following closely, Open XML has been discussed at the recent meeting of INCITS/V1 . An important fact to understand is that this is NOT the official vote of the US National Body for the JTC-1 standardization of Ecma...
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    Ecma Open XML and the Portuguese National Body

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    As noted in Bob Sutor’s blog , on other anti-Open XML blogs, and on various comments to previous posts of my own, a question has come up as to what is going on at the National standards body in Portugal. The main point of contention at the moment is about...
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    JPEG XR - Standardizing Microsoft HD Photo

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    A bit of good standards news today. Earlier today there was a press release from the Joint Photographic Expert Group (JPEG) and one from Microsoft both announcing that the specification for Microsoft's HD Photo as been submitted to JPEG. The result, hopefully...
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    Microsoft OSS Web Site

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    Today Microsoft launched its new open source web site . Starting in 2001, we began thinking long and hard about open source from the perspective of it as a dev model, a business model, a licensing model, and a philosophical approach to software. Like...
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    Open XML - South Africa SC34 Mirror Committee

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    On Wednesday the 18th the SC34 mirror committee for South Africa held a meeting that, as I understand it, was originally intended to be informational but instead resulted in vote and the conclusion that the SC34 mirror committee was not the right entity...
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    Grab Bag Today - More on Open XML, Iron Projects, IBM's Spec Pledge

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    A couple of things to pop up on my blog today: Stephen McGibbon wrote a blog posting this week about Open XML and his participation in Portugal. There has been commentary about this up on Groklaw and Stephen addresses those issues directly. [Adding...
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    Participation - Open XML Discussion cont...

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    Looking through the extended comments in the posting I did recently about the comments being put into Open XML, one theme that is being referred to often is about who is participating and th eimplications of that. I find this particular piece of the discussion...
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    Portugal Votes Yes For Ecma Open XML

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    I always thought summer was a time for relaxing - not blogging all the time and working until all hours. It has been a busy few weeks. As posted today by Rui Seabra on his blog (in Portuguese) and up on Groklaw in English - it looks like the vote in Portugal...
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    Open XML- Denmark, now Massachusetts

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    Massachusetts is now in a public review period of their updated ETRM policy that moves Ecma Open XML to the list of approved standards. This comes shortly after Denmark stated (had translation in my blog ) that Ecma Open XML meets their needs as an open...
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    Motivations Run Deep

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    I was sitting in traffic today in Seattle (hard to believe), and listening to a radio story on NPR about the possibility of a strike by writers in the TV and Movie business. Apparently, their big point of contention is remuneration for their work as it...
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