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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: Strategic Use of Collaborative Development in South Africa - Follow Up

    Last week I wrote a blog entry stemming from my experience in South Africa and my impressions about the way the OSS preference policy is being considered. What has come of it is a string of rather pointed comments questioning my intelligence and calling me quite the assortment of names - I though xenophobe...
  • Blog Post: The Politics of OSS Still Overshadow The Benefits of Collaborative Development

    It has now been almost three years since I stepped away from working daily on open source opportunities for Microsoft. I've watched the team that took on Shared Source morph it into some extremely positive collaborative work that is exactly what OSS is all about. The paltry few projects that were in...
  • Blog Post: Participation in standards...

    Just a quick note today. I am on the road meeting with MS people and later this week doing a bunch of external outreach work in South Africa as well. During the last few months there has been a good deal of rumblings about participation in committees, about countries moving from o- to p- status, etc...
  • 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: Interop & Open XML Grab Bag

    Busy, busy, busy. So many things going on at once. I have been meaning to write about a few items all week and just haven't gotten to them. In the middle of all the excitement around the BRM, there have been some very positive steps taken on the interop front. I wrote a simple news blog post about...
  • 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: Music Subscription Service - The Winning Consumer Model IMHO

    I recently blogged about the fact that I was looking at my options for what music device and service would be my next purchase. The sexiest devices are clearly from Apple now - but the business model is the thing I don't want. My music collection up until 2 years ago was completely stuck in physical...
  • Blog Post: Multiple Formats Discussion Continued...

    I just have itchy fingers tonight, and can't help but blog a bit more. Peter Galli over at eWeek posted a piece in which I was quoted along with extensive input from Gary Edwards (late of the OpenDocument Foundation). In the piece, Mr. Edwards talks at length about all the work he is doing to win...
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