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Sunday, February 12th, 2006 @ 01:09 PM
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
Views: 2,516

Peter Quinn is out on the hustings telling his story, and for the first time has posted his slide show for public view. Here's what he has to say.

Thursday, February 9th, 2006 @ 01:06 PM
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
Views: 5,679

C++/CLI, like the XML Reference Schema, was submitted by Microsoft to Ecma for adoption as a standard and fast-tracking through ISO for global adoption. Last week, it hit a bump in the road.

Wednesday, February 8th, 2006 @ 01:02 PM
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
Views: 4,557

An article in seems to say that there's a rift between Sun and IBM at, and that Sun is fighting to hang on to the code. I asked Bob Sutor and Simon Phipps, and they both say, "no way."

Tuesday, February 7th, 2006 @ 12:58 PM
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
Views: 2,558

Louis Gutierrez took over Peter Quinn's old job as Massachusetts State CIO yesterday. He also got a major vote of confidence from Computerworld Editor-in-Chief Don Tennant.

Sunday, February 5th, 2006 @ 10:17 AM
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
Views: 2,672

One of the most vocal opponents of the Massachusetts ODF policy has been Supervisor of Records Alan N. Cote. Last week, Alan suggested that we have a chat, and here's what he had to say.

Friday, February 3rd, 2006 @ 10:15 AM
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
Views: 4,865

A report by a U.S. Department of Commerce Task Force concludes that transitioning the Internet from IPv4 to IPv6 will be much like all too many other IT upgrades âₓ long, tedious, expensive, doubtful in their ultimate benefits âₓ and ultimately unavoidable.

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006 @ 10:13 AM
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
Views: 2,460

Mitt Romney is betting that supporting ODF will prove to be a smart political move, as he grooms himself for a run for the presidency. It looks like that bet is paying off.

Monday, January 30th, 2006 @ 10:05 AM
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
Views: 3,434

In an important new development, the administration of Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has not only appointed a permanent replacement to State CIO Peter Quinn, but also dedicated the press release announcing that appointment to reconfirming its steadfast commitment to the implementation of the OASIS OpenDocument Format.

Monday, January 30th, 2006 @ 09:45 AM
Contributed by: Andy Updegrove
Views: 2,692

It has been interesting observing how lobbying works at the state level as the ODF situation has developed here in Massachusetts. The types of antics engaged in by those who log in their expense vouchers on K Street normally seem far away from most state capitals, but I expect that's because the level of scrutiny is much lower in the provinces than inside the Beltway.

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006 @ 10:13 AM
Contributed by: updegrove
Views: 3,962

I've been gathering information from a variety of knowledgeable sources on the critical issues and milestones affecting the continuing implementation by the Massachusetts Information Technology Division (ITD) of its OpenDocument Format (ODF) policy. Here are those milestones that I'll be watching for, the state of play of each on as I understand it, and the approximate date to look for an announcement on each