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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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    Two Interesting Posts

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    A quick note for a beautiful Friday afternoon. 1) Check out the news that Tom Hanrahan has joined MS and is going to be working on Linux / Windows Interoperability. This is a great thing for our customers. We have been saying for the past year that...
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    Identity Interop - Nice Post From Macehiter

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    I'd like to point out a nice post from Neil Macehiter of MWD in Europe. He is an industry analyst I've spoken with a few times and it would seem he is a close follower of the Identity Metasystem space. Kim and Mike are doing great work on Identity...
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    Java Dev for Open XML

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    A common concern raised by the opponents to the standardization work we're involved in for Open XML has been the idea that there is no way to independently manipulate the documents outside of Microsoft Office. We have been saying that is not the case...
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    Translate This!

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    Just a quick note. I was pointed at this list of file formats on Wikipedia. The document formats list alone is almost 40 items long. My takeaway from this list is all about the richness of innovation in software. The formats are representations of the...
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    Interoperability Executive Customer Council

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    About a year ago we announced the intent to create an interop exec council with the goal of creating a forum for in-depth discussion of interoperability issues with enterprise customers and government CIOs. The group had its first meeting last October...
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    The Business of Interop

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    Walking around the show floor of the Interop Las Vegas show I was struck by the fact that, at least within the context of that show, interop was all about connectivity. The focus of the companies presenting on the expo floor was all about the switches...
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    Interop In The News

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    So, it is pathetic that I have not posted to my blog since the middle of March. I have been receiving nasty-grams in mail from friends asking when I was going to get off my butt and start writing again. That would be today. I'm down at Interop Las...
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    FoxPro Going to CodePlex

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    I just saw that Microsoft is moving FoxPro to the CodePlex site. In other words, as the company has made a decision not to move FoxPro beyond the 9.0 version it will enable the dev community that is passionate about the technology to continue to work...
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    Open XML In The ISO Process

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    I was travelling in Europe last week and meeting a variety of people regarding interoperability, Open XML/ODF, and intellectual property issues. It was an excellent trip and, as usual, learned a great deal about what people really care about on these...
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    ComputerWorld Article - ISO moves Open XML to Balloting

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    Today, Eric Lai has reported that ISO is moving Open XML into the 5-month balloting period. The ISO process continues to move forward and the next few months will prove to be very interesting. Just as we saw in Eric's other story regarding the submissions...
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    Novell Releases Open XML Translator for OpenOffice

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    On March 5, Novell announced on the PR Blog the availability of the Open XML Translator for the Novell edition of OpenOffice. The more I speak with people about the issues around document formats, the more clear it becomes that translation is critical...
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    Document Format Legislation - Something To Be Avoided

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    Recently, a number of elected officials in U.S. state governments have been taking a closer look at document formats. Minnesota, Texas, California, and Oregon are the most active voices today while Massachusetts was the first to start examining the issue...
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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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    IP In The News Lately

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    At the beginning of the month I was writing about the idea of IP being the foundation for collaboration . Any reading about IP that I have done in the past points out the need to have all parts of the IP system in place for any one of them to work. Strong...
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    Doc Format Activities - Open Letters and More

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    Today an open letter was posted to the interop site at Microsoft . Yesterday, an open letter was posted from Sun , which I commented on in a blog post yesterday. IBM delivered a new product suite to market in the same market segment. Things are getting...
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    Schwartz Joins the Doc Format Discussion

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    I appreciate the fact that Jonathan Schwartz of SUN has jumped into the doc format discussion with a well thought out discussion. I think there are some important issues raised, control of your data, long-term archival of data, and most importantly, the...
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    IPRs As Collaboration Framework

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    Sometimes you just have to write a response to a comment up here at the top level of the blog rather than down in the depths of the comments section. Matt Asay took my last posting and went to town on it (although he had a more thoughtful approach to...
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    Intellectual Property - Protection vs. Collaboration

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    Lately I have been wondering about the relationship of IP to the ideas of protection vs. collaboration. I know that everyone is super clear that IP rights protect the IP-holder. In other words, the system grants a right and then provides an enforcement...
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    Analysis of IBM's Intentions

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    If you haven't read this, it will be thought provoking at the very least. I've known Jonathan for a very long time and find this posting to be a good one. Read it here.
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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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    Open XML - ISO/IEC Standardization

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    Well, the big news for the day is the discussion about the ISO/IEC standardization of Open XML. A few things to remember as the IBM spin machine kicks into full gear tomorrow: Ecma 376, Open XML Document Format, is an international standard and...
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    A Long Week

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    Thank you to those of you who have been pinging me and asking if I am ok due to my latest hiatus from blogging. The answer is yes, I'm fine just that my prioritization of time is an ongoing challenge, and the blog is my most frequent "I'll get to that...
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    Out for a week

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    I'd like to thank all of you who have been commenting on the blog this past week or so. I have been reading them all and have been including that feedback into our work on the covenant. After months of working more hours per week than is healthy, I'll...
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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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    Interoperability Vendor Alliance

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    One of the foundational elements to Microsoft’s delivering interoperability by design is working with community. Yesterday we took an important step in encouraging ongoing, constructive communication about interoperability among software vendors. The...
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