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Peter Quinn Resigns

OpenDocument and OOXMLI'm very sorry to report that Peter Quinn, the CIO of Massachusetts who has been at the center of a controversy relating to his efforts at the Information Technology Division (ITD) to adopt the OpenDocument format for the use of the Commonwealth's Executive Agencies, has resigned [Updated 12.28.05]
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Mr. Natural Says...

OpenDocument and OOXMLFans 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
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Einstein, Engineers, Physicists and Standards

General NewsIt'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
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Patent Pools, No Action Letters and Open Source: Keeping Good Deeds Unpunished


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.

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Is One Standard Always Better than Two?

OpenDocument and OOXMLIn 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.
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The MA XML/ODF Open Forum Meeting: Shh! Did You Hear That? Something Happened

OpenDocument and OOXMLThere was a lot of talking in the Massachusetts Senate Reading Room yesterday at the ODF/XML Open Format. And even some news
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Real Time Report: ODF/XML Open Forum at the Mass. State House

OpenDocument and OOXMLI'm currently at the Open Forum at the Mass. State House, and will report in real-time as the meeting proceeds
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Meanwhile, in a Parallel Universe...

WirelessThere'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?
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Microsoft Posts XML Reference Schema FAQ (and Thumbs Nose at ODF and Sun)

OpenDocument and OOXMLMicrosoft has posted a Q&A that is mostly reassuring, and partly flagrant FUD
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Linda Hamel's Challenge to a Transfer of IT Power in Massachusetts

OpenDocument and OOXMLI'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?