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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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    Apparently Kyoto Was The Place To Be Last Week - Heading Towards The Open XML BRM

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    I have been hearing from folks who were in Kyoto last week attending either the JTC 1 SC34 meeting and/or the Ecma TC45 meeting. In fact, for a day, the TC45 folks played host to SC34 members to discuss the Open XML specification and the work being done...
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    The Digital World of Music - Business Models Continued

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    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...
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    Music Subscription Service - The Winning Consumer Model IMHO

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    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...
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    Multiple Formats Discussion Continued...

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    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...
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    Good Standards Work - Bad Public Transparency

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    I absolutely knew we were going to see a posting like IBM's Rob Weir's latest . There was simply no question about it. My personal opinion is that greater transparency in the dispositions of comments for the Open XML BRM would be a good thing (see, I...
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    Open XML BRM - A Response To Bob Sutor's Assertions

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    On November 15, Bob Sutor over at IBM posted an opinion on the ballot resolution meeting that I think is fundamentally misleading, but also raises some valid questions deserving consideration by all parties. To be clear, I think countries who voted no...
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    Music Consumption - Interop, Lock-in, Business Models

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    Before I write word one on this topic it is important to say that these are my personal observations - have nothing to do with my employer (Microsoft) or any particular industry expertise I may have. Also, this is something of a break from my ongoing...
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    Interoperability For Accessibility

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    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...
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    Just Sittin' - Pickin' A DAISY: translation and doc formats

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    In case you missed the news on this yesterday - Microsoft and the DAISY (Digital Accessible Information SYstem) consortia announced that Microsoft Office will support "Save As" DAISY using Open XML files in Office XP, Office 2003, and Office 2007. This...
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    12 Years...Feels Like Dog Years

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    Well, today marks 12 years at Microsoft for me. I try not to blog about my personal stuff, but I was feeling a bit reflective so I thought I would take a moment to post about it. (This is completely self-serving, my apologies.) I started at the end of...
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    New Spec Under OSP - Windows Management Interface to Viridian - Hypercall API

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    Warning, geek-central posting: A year ago Microsoft moved the Virtual Hard Disk format under the Open Specification Promise. (Funny...another data format...hmmm...but I digress) The point of that announcement was to enable anyone interested in looking...
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    Document Formats Discussions

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    It is worth recapping some interesting conversations related to a blog post I made last week about the OpenDocument Foundation support of CDF (Compound Document Format). The points I was making were picked up by a few reporters - Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet...
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    News Today from Microsoft @ Interop NY

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    Today we made an announcement of progress around our interoperability work. This was done in conjunction with our presence at the Interop New York show where they guy I work for, Tom Robertson, will be delivering a keynote tomorrow. The news is basically...
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    Open XML - Progress Towards the BRM

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    I thought it would be good to post a quick link to the brief statement that Ecma posted regarding the disposition of comments on the road to the BRM. The statement is brief enough that I will simply quote it here in its entirety: Ecma Office Open XML...
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    Formats, Formats, and more Formats....some say there should be only...except the other one...and that one...and the new one...and...<sigh>

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    In the comments section of my last post, there is an absolutely solid discussion going on the idea of a single standard. I have promised to put some more sophisticated thoughts into a top-level blog, and I will. But, first I simply have to comment on...
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    Open Documents Panel at GOSCON

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    I sat on a panel today at the Government Open Source Convention with folks from SUN, IBM, Adobe, and the OpenDocument Foundation. I have been remiss in blogging as of late due to an absolute tidal wave of work that has taken time away from posting out...
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    OSI Approves MS Licenses

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    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...
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    The Benefit of Interop for Novell's Business

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    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...
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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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    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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    Locked-Up Data for Web 2.0?

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    I have not poked at a blog posting of Matt Asay's in quite some time, so no time like the present. This morning I ended up reading a post he wrote for CNET on August 20, " GPL is the new BSD in Web2.0, and why this matters ." As always Matt is pulling...
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    Silverlight / Moonlight - Innovation and Interop

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    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...
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    Welcome To The Blogosphere Oliver

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    It is always good to see someone with deep industry experience, and a sharp mind decide to add his voice to the blogosphere . I have known Oliver Bell for a number of years and have always been impressed with his mix of technical acumen and common sense...
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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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    Open XML Moves Towards The Ballot Resolution Meeting

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    Earlier today, ISO put out a press release stating that Open XML did not reach the required super-majority for approval as an international standard. The release states that 53% submitted yes votes, and 26% no. Thus, both the requirement for the 2/3 super...
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