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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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    Monster Blackberry

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    You have to be a resident of Oregon to understand true mania for berries. I know the Swedes love their lingonberries, and the folks in California think they have good strawberries – but you need to spend a summer in Oregon to understand how far people...
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    The Role of the OSI

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    Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols expressed his desire to see fewer OSI-approved licenses a couple of days ago. He applauds the decisions of Intel and Sun to retire certain licenses and then chastises CA, IBM, Lucent, and Nokia for not getting rid of their "vanity...
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    Micrix, or is it Micrux?

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    Bill Thompson , a technology analyst for the BBC, has an intelligent and entertaining column, and I recently stumbled across this entry . It is a wonderfully concise daydream about what it would mean for Microsoft to adopt, consume, digest, and release...
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    Linux - the embrace and extend strategy

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    John Carroll had an interesting posting over at ZDNET today. He certainly hit a nerve given the talkback section. He was responding to posting by Paul Murphy , another ZDNET writer, in which the assertion was made that Linux needs to embrace its Unix...
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    OSS and Integration...again

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    Stephen O'Grady posted a great response to my earlier posting on integration issues for OSS projects. (There are also a few strong comments to his posting as well.) Apparently, I should have bought a beer or two for Stephen at OSCON rather than a bad...
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    Mambo Jumbo - OSS Community vs. Commercial

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    Here is the article that got me thinking today . The community of devs working on Mambo have split off to create Joomla - the same product on a forked code base with a different future direction. The big beef was over the control of the project being...
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    Back In The Blog Chair

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    Summer has been hard on my blogging. The sun seems to draw me away from my laptop and onto my mountain bike. Breaking my finger seems to have given me a boost back into the blogging chair (slower typing though) and away from the bike. I have a suggestion...
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    OSCON Comments

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    Once again, Tim and company have put on a solid show. I liked the keynotes this year, but they tended more towards the staid and predictable. Both sit-down plenary interviews (Jonathan Schwartz and Mitchell Baker) were candid and enjoyable. In years...
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    ASP.NET 2.0 Providers Toolkit

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    So it has been a long while since I last blogged. I have been buried under a project and am just now lifting my head back above the water. In the interim, the ASP.NET team has just released the first of a set of providers for ASP.NET 2.0 . The first one...
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    Shared Source Licenses and Commercial Intent

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    In his comment to my last posting Wesley Parish pointed out something worth talking about. "One thing that irritates me quite a bit is the "non-commercial/anti-commercial" clause in a number of the Shared Source Licenses I've looked at. Microsoft has...
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    Shared Source - More Dev Toys

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    There are groups all over Microsoft that are posting source for interesting little bits and pieces. These are all licensed for commerical or non-commercial modification and distribution. These came to me courtesy of Josh Ledgard . Check them out and enjoy...
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    Innovation As A Cure For The Dilemma

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    Last week I hosted the guys from Redmonk , Stephen OGrady and James Governor . Other than noting Stephen’s obvious character flaw (he is a Red Sox fan) and James’s steadfast belief that the airlines will provide you with the luggage you checked through...
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    Bluetooth Wrapper

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    During my blogging hiatus in May there was a cool release from our embedded folks. Here is the description and a link or two: Windows Embedded Source Tools for Bluetooth Technology Developing for Bluetooth technology (exposing Bluetooth services...
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    WiX - heading towards 150K

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    Kudos to Rob Mensching and his great Shared Source project, Windows Installer XML - otherwise known as WiX. SourceForge.net statistics came back online recently and it turns out that more than 145,000 folks have found WiX to be interesting. Even more...
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    Visual Basic Power Pack - Shared Source Licensed Stuff

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    Here is the Visual Basic Power Pack which consists of seven custom controls written in Visual Basic .NET 2003 and licensed under a Shared Source license. The controls provide enhanced user interface elements and enable you to create more interesting and...
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    Microsoft Developer Powertoys - Shared Source Licensed Stuff

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    I've been meaning to blog this for a while. Josh Ledgard has been doing some great work with the developer community. He hosts the Developer Powertoys blog which is really worth checking out if you haven't seen it (and if you are a developer of course...
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    Shared Source - Microsoft Research Downloads

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    I recently became aware of a bunch of Shared Source licensed projects that are available through Microsoft Research. There are over 50 projects listed and many have been available for a few years. Games, tools, graphics...good stuff. http://research...
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    Availability and Ownership

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    I’m on the road in Asia this week and am having some great conversations about source licensing issues. I’ll try to be a good blogger and post some interesting stuff based on this trip. The first thing that came up today was a long exchange about...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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