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  • Blog Post: A Simplified Discussion of “Open Standards” – Welcome to the Warehouse

    My last post has driven some great discussion around what an open standard means. Heck, I think I was writing about “open” issues back in March of 2005. One could almost say it has become thematic. Given the comments from my last post, I thought it would be useful to write out the analogy that was used...
  • Blog Post: Balance of Contributors & Implementers: A Blog Answer to Rick Jelliffe’s Post

    I love reading smart people’s blogs – and Rick is definitely among that group. I have really enjoyed reading his post, “ Standards media formats and licensing: JPEG vs. MPEG ” and then the associated post, “ Balance of Interest .” In the first one, Rick referred to my recent post “ Contribution, Collaboration...
  • Blog Post: A Macro Question About Microsoft And Standards - Oh Yeah - And Is Microsoft Really Committed to Open XML?

    A colleague of mine, Stuart McKee, sat on a panel recently during a Red Hat event. His comments have drawn some attention, and now some FUD that I really feel needs to be addressed. First of all, you can see the coverage here , here , here , and here . But the one I most want to comment is this one from...
  • Blog Post: IP, RAND, Standards, OSP, ISP - the conversation continues...

    There have been numerous comments to my last blog posting, as well as a long response from Groklaw. Overall I am encouraged by the conversation as a whole because I think it is touching on some foundational issues. One of the most challenging aspects to the threads I've been reading in the responses...
  • Blog Post: More Open XML Discussion - more misunderstandings about standards and IP

    There is much to talk about based on what has been happening in the discussion of Open XML these days. First, ISO has posted a FAQ about 29500. The approach taken in the FAQ is both direct and simplified. The rabbit hole on standards goes deep indeed, and any such FAQ must simplify to make it digestible...
  • Blog Post: The Digital World of Music - Business Models Continued

    I think the discussion on my last posting about digital music was great. If this topic interests you, you should take a moment to see the comments thread as people posted some really thoughtful stuff. In case you didn't see this - the New York Times reported that Universal Music Group is going to put...
  • Blog Post: Interoperability For Accessibility

    I have been on the road the past week, and it has kept me from sitting down to write about two steps Microsoft has taken in the past week and half, and what I see happening around accessibility technologies. Just to make sure I have my terms clear - accessibility technologies (some refer to them as...
  • Blog Post: OSI Approves MS Licenses

    Today the news hit that two licenses from Microsoft were approved by the Open Source Initiative as official open source licenses. The licenses were submitted back in early August and a good deal of discussion and work has been going on since then. Jon Rosenberg, who is a really sharp guy and was a colleague...
  • Blog Post: The Benefit of Interop for Novell's Business

    The past two weeks have been crazy for me, and blogging has taken a back seat. Just to get myself back into it I thought I would comment on a news item I saw concerning Novell's business. This comes from ZDNet UK : Novell has claimed its Linux business has grown by 243 percent over the last three quarters...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight / Moonlight - Innovation and Interop

    Last week Microsoft announced that Silverlight 1.0 was being released. For those of you who may not be aware of what Silverlight is, you should go check it out at Microsoft.com. To quote the marketing pitch - Silverlight is, "a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering richer user experiences...
  • Blog Post: Grab Bag Today - More on Open XML, Iron Projects, IBM's Spec Pledge

    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 to this post] Doug Mahugh has posted on the recent...
  • Blog Post: Motivations Run Deep

    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 moves into online formats. I'm not advocating anything...
  • Blog Post: The Business of Interop

    Walking around the show floor of the Interop Las Vegas show I was struck by the fact that, at least within the context of that show, interop was all about connectivity. The focus of the companies presenting on the expo floor was all about the switches, routers...networking solutions of all types. Within...
  • Blog Post: IP In The News Lately

    At the beginning of the month I was writing about the idea of IP being the foundation for collaboration . Any reading about IP that I have done in the past points out the need to have all parts of the IP system in place for any one of them to work. Strong laws, a process and infrastructure to grant the...
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