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August, 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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    Open XML - The Vote in Sweden

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    The latest chapter in the Open XML standardization story is focused on Sweden. There are accusations flying, emails floating around, and no shortage of theories about what has been happening there. As you can image I have been following up with a number...
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    ODF / Open XML – Technical Specifications Mature Over Time

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    Clearly things are heating up to a fever pitch this week. September 2 is just around the corner and the media knows a good story line when they see it. Great drama for coverage as country votes become public. The U.S. looks like it is headed for a Yes...
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    US INCITS Executive Board Votes "Yes With Comments" for Open XML

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    Today the results of the United States vote for Open XML were made public. The INCITS Executive Board approved a “Yes with comments” position in a 12-3-1 (yes, no, abstain) outcome. There is still a resolution meeting scheduled for the 29 th . This is...
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    "Yes with comments" for Open XML

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    Germany just announced that their vote for Open XML will be “YES with comments”. The INCITS Executive Board in the US has approved a ballot for consideration that is “YES with comments“ and a vote will be taken for this on August 22. Yet, there is an...
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    Germany Votes Yes With Comments

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    We should have kids follow the Open XML votes as it would do more for their understanding of geography than Where Is Carmen Sandiego. Kids, today we are traveling to Germany. The working group NIA 34 of the DIN (Deutsche Institut für Normung ) - the German...
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    Ecma TC-45 Will Review ALL Comments

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    I am bubbling this up from a response to a question of an earlier posting. Quite a few folks have been asking me about the future of comments submitted to national bodies regarding Open XML. This is particularly a question in the situation of "yes with...
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    Open XML - US Vote Progress Continues

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    I have spent the past 2 weeks looking at really big trees and getting my perspective reset as it applies to scale and time. Yet, as I come back to email and industry news, things are still moving along with Open XML. I have been in touch with a bunch...
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    Vacation continues

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    I've received a bunch of mail and a few comments to the blog asking when I'll be back online full-time. I am out this week doing some mountain biking and hiking with my kids. The redwoods last week were unbelievable. If you have not seen them, and have...
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    Vacation next week - my blog will be quiet

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    I know that we have a bunch of active conversations going on here in the comments of various postings. I am going to be out for the next 2 weeks on vacation, but given the huge amount of spam that comes into my blog, I am unwilling to open it up for un...
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    Policy Makers Being Balanced & Reasonable

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    The Massachusetts revised Enterprise Technical Reference Model 4.0 (ETRM) has been posted . Earlier versions of this document were a focal point for the industry discussion around openness in document formats. Among other things, the 4.0 version of the...
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