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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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    Your Input Requested

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    One of the key elements in the Novell / Microsoft Collaboration announcement from last week was a patent covenant that was intended to provide non-commercial, individual open source developers with the coverage necessary for them to develop code without...
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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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    More Open XML Discussion - more misunderstandings about standards and IP

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    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...
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    The Open XML Ballot Resolution Meeting (BRM) Was An Unqualified Success

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    The DIS 29500 ballot resolution meeting (BRM) finished up in Geneva today and was an unqualified success by any measure. A few things need to be kept top of mind as national bodies solidify their position within the next 30 days: A BRM is about technical...
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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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    Independent Implementations of Open XML

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    One element that keeps coming up in the comments section to my blog is the idea of the quality of the specification. This argument is tied to the length of the specification and what that means for reviewers of the documents. Both of these have been huffed...
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    Texas Legislature - Electronic Documents Hearing

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    On Wednesday April 9, the Texas House of Representatives Government Reform Committee will be hearing testimony regarding electronic documents. The notice for the hearing states that the committee is looking to hear about: Research, investigate, and make...
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    The Politics of OSS Still Overshadow The Benefits of Collaborative Development

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    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...
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    More Open Than Open

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    Today I sat on a panel with Matt Asay of Novell, Dan Frye of IBM and Tim Witham of the OSDL – three deep thinkers on the topic of OSS and people for whom I have a great deal of respect. We were speaking to an audience of CIOs in Portland , OR – my home...
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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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    Open XML BRM Day 2 Thoughts

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    Well it would seem that facts, rumors, and opinions are flowing fast and hard from Geneva. There have been some substantive opinions being shared around that are interesting. I'll focus on 2 topics for today. 1) Patrick Durusau - the project editor...
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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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    IP, RAND, Standards, OSP, ISP - the conversation continues...

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    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...
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    van den Beld Post & Participation - Open XML continued

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    The complaints keep rolling in on Groklaw about the outcome from Open XML. ***UPDATE #2: I went out to dinner and have been thinking a great deal about this. I do hold an opinion on this, but I think it is reasonable that people who read my blog expect...
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    More Discussion of the Open XML BRM

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    The weekend has brought about a frenzy of blog activity surrounding the BRM last week. The comments section of my last blog post makes for very interesting reading as you see a number of points of view expressed. I really don’t want to repeat the points...
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    Open XML Will Have A Ballot Resolution Meeting

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    As I said in my last post, Open XML did not get approved. Frankly I was going to leave the topic alone for a while given that the process now moves to the ballot resolution process, but someone pointed me to a posting by Rob Weir of IBM that raises questions...
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    Balance of Contributors & Implementers: A Blog Answer to Rick Jelliffe’s Post

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    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...
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    Open XML Implementations Part 2

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    There is a great conversation happening in the comments section of my last post about independent implementations of Open XML. Andy Updegrove asked a few questions (and later made some observations) along with a group of folks who are actively building...
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    Thank You For The Feedback

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    Most of the time I try to respond to the comments that come into my blog. There has been a rush of comments since the linking of my posting to a few news articles. 1) Thank you for the comments - I know many of you are skeptical about this process...
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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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    A Kinder, Gentler IBM - At Least It Sounds Good

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    Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Bob Sutor of IBM and sitting on a panel with him at the Open Source Business Conference. Bob strikes me as a very intelligent man, and given the constant level of quality in his blog postings, he is someone...
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    Microsoft Takes Next Step In Delivering Interoperability

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    Today Microsoft made a substantive announcement about interoperability and I’d like to discuss the elements of the announcement on my blog. The Announcement As many of the readers of this blog know, I have been working on interop issue for...
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    IS29500 - Open XML Is An International Standard

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    ISO has distributed the results of the Open XML vote to national bodies (**UPDATED) resulting in leaked information - but now confirmed by ISO in a press release . DIS 29500 has become IS 29500. In regular person speak – Open XML was adopted as an international...
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    Open XML, ODF, PDF, and XPS in Office

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    Clearly the Press Announcement today from Microsoft will bring about another wave of discourse on the future of document formats. The really short version of this announcement is that Office is going to support ODF, PDF, and XPS in the product directly...
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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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