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Friday, December 23rd, 2005 @ 10:53 AM
Contributed by: updegrove
Views: 4,192

Fans of R. Crumb will remember Mr. Natural and his words to live by: Always use the right tool for the job. It's a good thing to keep in mind when you compare ODF and XMLRS

Thursday, December 22nd, 2005 @ 10:54 AM
Contributed by: updegrove
Views: 2,862

It's only appropriate that on the hundredth anniversary of Einstein's Miracle Year that NIST and MIT researchers have refined the proof of the great physicist's most famous theorum more precisely than ever before

Tuesday, December 20th, 2005 @ 05:27 PM
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
Views: 5,634

Back on August 9, I wrote about the fact that a patent pool had been formed by some of the patent owners that believe that their intellectual property rights (IPR) would be infringed by the implementation of RFID technology. I was reminded of this entry when a reporter who was writing about the current status of that initiative called me up to explain how patent pools work. He's written what I think is a very clear update on this situation, called "The RFID Patent Pool: Playing Poker," which you can find here.

The blog entry in question was one of those that I write from time to time that seek to dig below the surface of what is generally perceived to be bad news in order to determine just how bad that news really is. In this particular case, I was pointing out that if the laudable efforts of those that had been working hard to create a royalty-free environment for RFID technology were going to fail, then the next best outcome could well be a patent pool.

Sunday, December 18th, 2005 @ 10:57 AM
Contributed by: updegrove
Views: 2,644

In an ideal world, the answer would be "yes." Around these parts, though, the answer depends on the type of standard, time and circumstances, and your views on economic theory.

Thursday, December 15th, 2005 @ 10:59 AM
Contributed by: updegrove
Views: 2,622

There was a lot of talking in the Massachusetts Senate Reading Room yesterday at the ODF/XML Open Format. And even some news

Wednesday, December 14th, 2005 @ 11:00 AM
Contributed by: updegrove
Views: 4,439

I'm currently at the Open Forum at the Mass. State House, and will report in real-time as the meeting proceeds

Tuesday, December 13th, 2005 @ 11:02 AM
Contributed by: updegrove
Views: 4,660

There's another standards war story that's been running in the news over the past few days that has an eerie sense of familiarity. It goes like this: Two camps can't agree on a standard that is being developed within an existing, well-respected standards body. Eventually one camp takes its effort to Ecma International for approval and fast tracking to an international standard in order to outflank the first standards organization, and to thwart the success of the other camp. Now where have I heard something like that before?

Tuesday, December 13th, 2005 @ 11:01 AM
Contributed by: updegrove
Views: 7,021

Microsoft has posted a Q&A that is mostly reassuring, and partly flagrant FUD

Sunday, December 11th, 2005 @ 11:03 AM
Contributed by: updegrove
Views: 3,226

I've just read Massachusetts ITD General Counsel's challenge to the Senate amendment that would transfer control of the Commonwealth's IT structure to a political task force. The abiding question it raises is this: Why would any sane person want to do this?

Saturday, December 10th, 2005 @ 11:05 AM
Contributed by: updegrove
Views: 5,799

It's no surprise that Peter Quinn has been cleared in the investigation over his travel records. But the story won't be over until the Globe tells its readers why it took it upon itself to instigate this fruitless investigation to begin with.