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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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    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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    ODF / Open XML – Technical Specifications Mature Over Time

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    Clearly things are heating up to a fever pitch this week. September 2 is just around the corner and the media knows a good story line when they see it. Great drama for coverage as country votes become public. The U.S. looks like it is headed for a Yes...
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    US INCITS Executive Board Votes "Yes With Comments" for Open XML

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    Today the results of the United States vote for Open XML were made public. The INCITS Executive Board approved a “Yes with comments” position in a 12-3-1 (yes, no, abstain) outcome. There is still a resolution meeting scheduled for the 29 th . This is...
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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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    Germany Votes Yes With Comments

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    We should have kids follow the Open XML votes as it would do more for their understanding of geography than Where Is Carmen Sandiego. Kids, today we are traveling to Germany. The working group NIA 34 of the DIN (Deutsche Institut für Normung ) - the German...
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    Ecma TC-45 Will Review ALL Comments

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    I am bubbling this up from a response to a question of an earlier posting. Quite a few folks have been asking me about the future of comments submitted to national bodies regarding Open XML. This is particularly a question in the situation of "yes with...
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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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    Vacation continues

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    I've received a bunch of mail and a few comments to the blog asking when I'll be back online full-time. I am out this week doing some mountain biking and hiking with my kids. The redwoods last week were unbelievable. If you have not seen them, and have...
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    Vacation next week - my blog will be quiet

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    I know that we have a bunch of active conversations going on here in the comments of various postings. I am going to be out for the next 2 weeks on vacation, but given the huge amount of spam that comes into my blog, I am unwilling to open it up for un...
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    Policy Makers Being Balanced & Reasonable

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    The Massachusetts revised Enterprise Technical Reference Model 4.0 (ETRM) has been posted . Earlier versions of this document were a focal point for the industry discussion around openness in document formats. Among other things, the 4.0 version of the...
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    Portugal Votes Yes For Ecma Open XML

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    I always thought summer was a time for relaxing - not blogging all the time and working until all hours. It has been a busy few weeks. As posted today by Rui Seabra on his blog (in Portuguese) and up on Groklaw in English - it looks like the vote in Portugal...
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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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    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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    Microsoft OSS Web Site

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    Today Microsoft launched its new open source web site . Starting in 2001, we began thinking long and hard about open source from the perspective of it as a dev model, a business model, a licensing model, and a philosophical approach to software. Like...
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    Grab Bag Today - More on Open XML, Iron Projects, IBM's Spec Pledge

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    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...
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    Participation - Open XML Discussion cont...

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    Looking through the extended comments in the posting I did recently about the comments being put into Open XML, one theme that is being referred to often is about who is participating and th eimplications of that. I find this particular piece of the discussion...
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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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    Open XML - South Africa SC34 Mirror Committee

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    On Wednesday the 18th the SC34 mirror committee for South Africa held a meeting that, as I understand it, was originally intended to be informational but instead resulted in vote and the conclusion that the SC34 mirror committee was not the right entity...
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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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    Motivations Run Deep

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    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...
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    Open XML- Denmark, now Massachusetts

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    Massachusetts is now in a public review period of their updated ETRM policy that moves Ecma Open XML to the list of approved standards. This comes shortly after Denmark stated (had translation in my blog ) that Ecma Open XML meets their needs as an open...
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    Open XML and ODF - What Do You Want To Encourage

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    I have been traveling through Europe this week talking to people about interop generally, and with many people about Open XML. I am really encouraged by what I'm hearing from people as they think about the role of formats in the broader discussions of...
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    Denmark Says ODF and Open XML Ok

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    In one of the most thorough and intensive periods of scrutiny for any type of standard, the Danish government has decided to make both ODF and Open XML document formats mandatory as of Jan. 1, 2008. While I still believe that mandated standards are not...
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    .NET / J2 Interoperability

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    Nice piece written about a guy who has done an interesting piece of work here at MS. Greg showed part of this work at the Interop Las Vegas keynote that one of execs did - and it was received well. If you are interested, the place to go is here to...
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    Instructions For Insulting Me

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    Given that I tend to blog about contentious issues in the software industry, and that I work for Microsoft, it seems that I frequently draw the ire of some of my readers. To the extent that you wish to insult me, I now insist that you use this tool to...
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