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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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    Source Access Direct Benefits?

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    On Thursday last week I met with a delegation representing Eastern European members of the press (about 40 of them) at our facilities in Redmond . We talked through issues of source licensing and how they are perceived in their respective countries. One...
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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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    IronPython Q and A

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    Over the past week there have been a few common questions about the IronPython Shared Source license that need to be addressed. Here are the answers but a critical disclaimer first. I am not a lawyer and thus, this blog entry does not constitute legal...
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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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    IronPython - response to comments

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    I've had a few inquiries on the relationship of IronPython to Mono. Technically, IronPython is designed to run on any platform that implements the CLI specification v2.0. We would consider it a bug in IronPython if it didn’t run on a correct implementation...
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    US National Body Creates Ballot for Open XML - Yes With Comments

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    Well, it has been a busy week as can be expected leading up to the early September finish to the 5 month balloting period for Ecma Open XML. Today, the US National Standards body representative organization for JTC-1, the INCITS Executive Board, passed...
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    Hello World

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    For the past four years, my wife has wondered if I might not be the brightest bulb in the marquee as I have traveled the world representing Microsoft at open source conferences and events. Yet, as the Director of Shared Source for Microsoft, I have found...
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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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    Shared Source - More than Windows.

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    Thanks for the feedback on the first posting with meat on the bones. I’m moderating the comments in an attempt to keep the spammers at bay – but I’m posting all comments, positive or negative to keep this a space of “open” thought. Sorry, couldn’t help...
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    IronPython

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    At PyCon (a conference for Python developers) last week, Microsoft made an announcement regarding the project code named IronPython . Python is an open source dynamic language – for non-developers like me – dynamic languages enable developers to produce...
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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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    Open Source Testing: The Next Fad

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    Last week I spent two very worthwhile days in San Francisco at the Open Source Business Conference . Once again Matt Asay and friends put on a stellar conference. The speakers Matt was able to assemble were impressive and the halls were filled with many...
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    Shared Source Licensing

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    Microsoft releases 3 simplified source code licenses....
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    Shared Source Programs and EU Member States

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    In Eastern Europe today, we announced the expansion of the Windows and Windows CE Premium Shared Source programs to Cyprus , Estonia , Latvia , Lithuania , Malta , Slovakia , and Slovenia . The addition of these seven means that all European Union member...
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    Novell and Microsoft Build A Bridge

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    Today Microsoft and Novell signed, and announced, a landmark collaboration agreement for building bridges between Linux and Windows. The two companies agreed to a technical and IP collaboration agreement that builds a bridge between the worlds of Linux...
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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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    Snarky Comments

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    My last blog posting was in a tone that was a bit too snarky for my tastes. I was writing late, and tired - and that is never a good combination. Readers of the blog have, in the past, asked me to maintain a more level tone given the issues I'm addressing...
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    Doc Format Legislation - elevating a great comment

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    Here is a comment submitted to an earlier blog posting about doc formats. For those of my readers who don't know, my mother was a member of the NY State Assembly for a decade and her Chief of Staff (if that is the right title) recently posted into my...
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    And Now, For My Next Act....

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    Years ago, it was suggested that there was a civil war in Microsoft based on open source. There allegedly was the Star Wars–inspired rebel alliance of openness fighting against the forces of closed. Coming out of that set of accusations, I was always...
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    Open Specification Promise

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    ***Updated with links at end*** ***Updating again with more links*** It would seem that I needed some impetus to get out of my summer blogging slump. Or as some would point out, my chronic condition of inconsistent blogging. I would venture a guess...
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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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    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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    "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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    United States Votes to Approve Open XML

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    The United States national body has voted to approve DIS 29500 with 11 votes "yes," 4 votes "no," 1 "abstain," and 1 "not yet". The 2/3 super-majority requirement was met. The next step for them is a resolution meeting later this month.
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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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