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January, 2008

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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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    There are NO intellectual property rights issues with Open XML

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    One of the interesting pieces of FUD floating around out there about Open XML is that there are IP issues with it and that is why countries should reconsider yes votes etc. etc. This is a factually wrong line of logic, and one that has been perpetuated...
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    Open XML Support By IBM

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    Having been out all last week, I seem to have missed the opportunity to communicate about the fact that IBM is supporting Open XML in IBM Lotus Quickr , IBM Websphere Portal , IBM DB2 Content Manager v8.4 , and IBM DB2 9 pureXML . Computerworld commented...
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    A New Web Site for the New Year

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    Happy New Year to those of you who regularly read this blog. I have been on vacation and promised myself that I would stay away from my blog and other work. But, back to things. I have a grab-bag of items that may be of interest to some of you. www.microsoft...
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    Document Format Junky Alert - New Blogger On The Block

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    Gray Knowlton from the Office product team is now blogging, and it is interesting stuff for any document format junkie out there. I've known Gray for a few years now and have come to respect him for many reasons. He is patient and thoughtful in his approach...
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    Keep The Important Things In Mind

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    Last week was one of the more stressful weeks of my life. The result has been a reminder of what is important. My father went through open heart surgery and has come out of it fine, but there was a day of "complications" which added a wrinkle or two to...
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