Sean McBreen's WebLog

Structured (and more likely) unstructured thoughts on software development and the New Zealand software market.

August, 2007

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    I'm Number 10 in the 'Geekfest' top 10

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    A good laugh from Louis: http://blogs.reseller.co.nz/reseller/channelling/2007/08/you_may_very_well_be_at_a_geek.html Can't remember having my name badge on but it's very possible ;) It was a great event and we have updated TechEd Live ( www.techedlive...
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    Final US OOXML Voting Result - Yes with Comments

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    This is already everywhere, but I thought worth repeating for readers of my blog. On the 24th 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...
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    Who Made the Ecma Office Open XML Standard

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    Another common question... Ecma Office Open XML was developed over the course of a year at Ecma International with input via Ecma’s Technical Committee 45 (TC45), which included information technology companies ( Apple , Intel , Novell , Microsoft , NextPage...
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    People Implementing Ecma Office Open XML

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    Over on Rod's blog the comments wage on and there is another common question popping up - 'no one can implement this standard other than Microsoft'. Luckily this is not true - we even have people in NZ who have used it to render documents and build solutions...
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    IPR on Ecma Office Open XML

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    One of the first comments on Rod's blog related to IPR on Ecma Office Open XML . Here is a quick explanation of how we handle this.. There is a great deal of confusion on the IPR points in relation to the Ecma Office Open XML standard. We [Microsoft]...
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    My top 4 questions on Ecma Office Open XML and simple answers

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    There are a number of common questions in relation to this standardisation effort that I've heard many times - these are my short answers to each: Do other standardised document formats not exist today? Yes, in fact there are actually many different and...
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    Why have another document standard?

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    There are a number of great reasons for this - but the first and most important point to make is that Ecma Office Open XML is already a standard today ratified by Ecma. The current discussion is whether it should be ratified as an international (ISO/IEC...
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    OpenXML Debate – the heat is on...

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    Standards New Zealand hosted the first day of feedback on Ecma Office Open XML in Wellington yesterday. Many of our customers and partners have not been able to attend this meeting which is a great shame as it’s important for the whole industry but time...
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    TechEd NZ is in full swing

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    The event is going well and we are into day 2. TechEd Live ( www.techedlive.co.nz ) is the place to go to see what's happening... Blogs, photos and videos...
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    TechEd It's Happening

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    Well we are in full flow for TechEd - I spent the entire day on the event and visited the venue it's looking great. I also visited the .NET User Group AGM ( www.dot.net.nz ) and they had a great meeting but I should let them break any news from that....
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    More Intro Videos - Data Access

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    I know I talk about these all the time but there really is (my point of view) no better way then to quickly digest some of the great new features there are 75 of these in total now and we just added a few more. The team review these regularly, we learn...
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