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    Senator Marc Pacheco's report, "Open Standards, Closed Government: the ITD's Deliberate Disregard for Public Process," is released in paper format only.

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  • 2007-01-20
    What's Wrong With Choice? - Opportunity Knocks
  • 2007-01=23
    Interesting Times Doug Mahue ["It seems I've put a few folks in a bit of a tizzy, by asking Rick Jelliffe to contribute his expertise to some incorrections on Wikipedia that I've been unable to get corrected on my own."] - His solicitation, as posted by Mahue on Slashdot.
  • 2007-01-25
    Crocodile Tears - Rob Weir ["By now everyone on the planet with an internet connection knows about Rick Jelliffe, the blogger Microsoft offered to pay to make the Office Open XML Wikipedia page “more objective”. (" - The page prior to edits and the Talk page.]
  • 2007-01-25
    Life is Complicated - Tim Bray

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  • 2008-01-03
    Office 2003 update blocks older file formats - Richard Thurston, CNet

    [PJ: First, although Microsoft claims the blocked file formats are "insecure", I don't believe it. Read Rob Weir's Legacy Format FUD on that. If you read the Microsoft how to work around this, you find out it involves changing some things in your registry. But what is interesting is, among the file formats blocked are things like Word 97 for Windows and Word 2001 for the Mac. A lot of people have documents in those formats. I do myself. So here's what I think might work: open your document in OpenOffice.org, the latest version. It can open those types of documents and many, many more. Then save your document in a format that will work with Office 2003. Then ask yourself two questions: do we need ODF to ensure that we can open documents in the future without such difficulties? I'd answer yes, we do. And the second question I'd be asking is: why am I still using Microsoft products when they are nothing but troubles? And finally, if Microsoft ever again has the nerve to tell us that we need another standard document format to ensure backward compatibility for all those old documents, I think I will laugh. That is clearly not at the top of Microsoft's list of to do items.]

  • 2008-01-04
    Study: Open Document Format made gains in '07 - Chris Kanaracus, IDG News Service
  • 2008-01-04
    ODF vs. OOXML: War of the Words Chapter 5 - Andy Updegrove, Standards Blog
  • 2008-01-07
    Becta publishes major report on Microsoft Vista and Office 2007 for schools and colleges - Becta Press Release

    Recognising the limitations regarding Microsoft's implementation of the ODF document standard, and the limited uptake of Microsoft's new Office 2007 file format (OOXML) we recommend that in the short term users should continue to use the older Microsoft binary formats (such as .doc).

    Microsoft should provide 'native' support for the ODF file format increasingly used in competitor products including those that are 'free-to-use'.

    We remain concerned about the establishment of two incompatible document format standards.

    Schools and colleges should make pupils, teachers and parents aware of the range of 'free-to-use' products (such as office productivity suites) that are available, and how to access and use them.

    When specifying new systems, schools and colleges should normally insist on the desktop having access to office productivity software that is capable of opening editing and saving documents in the international standard ODF, and setting it as the default file format. Such products should be procured on the basis that they can be made available to students, teachers and parents for home use without attracting additional licensing costs.

  • 2008-01-10
    ODF-XSLT Project Announcement - Sander Marechal, Lone Wolves
  • 2008-01-10
    Becta promises to do more to promote open source in UK schools - Matthew Aslett, the 451 group
    "Becta is also concerned that Microsoft’s use of converters to support the use of the OpenDocument Format effectively marginalizes the document format and discourages the adoption of office software alternatives."
  • 2008-01-10
    OOXML Questions Microsoft Cannot Answer in Geneva - Russell Ossendryver, Charles H Schulz and Lars Nooden, Fanatic Attack
  • 2008-01-11
    Dispelling Myths Around ODF - Erwin Tenhumberg, co-chair the ODF Adoption Technical Committee at OASIS,
  • 2008-01-13
    You Are Here - Rob Weir, An Antic Disposition

    Within the next 24-hours, Microsoft will submit to JTC1 a set of proposals for addressing the 3,522 comments that accompanied OOXML's failed ballot last September. We'll no doubt hear a lot of yip-yip-yahooing on their end. Expect a major media campaign. I don't want to take away the surprise, but I'm hearing that journalists are being flown into Redmond next week from around the world for briefings on OOXML. So, for their benefit, and yours, let's review where we are in the JTC1 process.

  • 2008-01-14
    New Study Examines Microsoft ISO Votes - Digistan
  • 2008-01-14
    Open XML trumps ODF in document format fight, consulting firm says - Eric Lai, Computer World

    Midvale, Utah-based Burton Group said that the report was neither commissioned nor paid for by Microsoft. However, Burton analyst Peter O'Kelly, one of the report's co-authors, is scheduled to make a presentation at an Open XML press briefing that Microsoft plans to hold in the Seattle area on Wednesday. Also speaking will be multiple Microsoft executives involved in the Open XML standards-ratification effort.

  • 2008-01-14
    Analyst group slams ODF, downplays Microsoft ISO abuses - Ryan Paul, Ars Technica
  • 2008-01-14
    European Union Opens New Microsoft Probe - Associated Press
  • 2008-01-14
    The Two New Investigations of Microsoft by the EU Commission - Updated 4Xs - PJ, Groklaw

    First, Opera's complaint to the EU Commission was deemed worth following through on. That is significant, indeed, but the ECIS complaint about Office is even bigger to FOSS, particularly with the Microsoft MSOOXML vote coming in February. One of the issues the EU Commission says it will be investigating is whether Office Open XML as implemented in Office is "sufficiently interoperable with competitors' products".

  • 2008-01-15
    Microsoft should put old file formats in the public domain - Stuart Corner, iTWire
  • 2008-01-16
    Microsoft confirms Excel bug, hacks; recommends blocking files - Gregg Keizer, Computer World

    In lieu of a patch -- which Microsoft did not promise it would produce -- the company recommended that Office 2003 users run suspect Excel files through MOICE (Microsoft Office Isolated Conversion Environment), a free conversion tool released last year that converts Office 2003 format documents into the more secure Office 2007 formats to strip out possible exploit code. Alternately, it told administrators they could block all Office 2003 and earlier formats except those in "trusted locations" by using File Block, a last-ditch defense that requires editing the Windows registry or modifying Group Policy settings.

    Ironically, file blocking -- albeit enabled by default first in Office 2007, then in September's Office 2003 SP3 update -- has raised a minor ruckus in the past week as users complained of the practice, and Microsoft tried to calm the waters by making it slightly easier to unblock the older, but banned, formats.

    [PJ: So the solution is we need to convert first and then use the new OOXML version, otherwise we don't know when a cracker will own us? This is how their products work now?]

  • 2008-01-17
    ODF vs. OOXML on the Eve of the BRM - Andy Updegrove, Standards Blog

    The unexpected success of ODF in the marketplace is a symptom of fundamental shifts in a maturing IT ecosystem, characterized by increasingly sophisticated and demanding end users, resurgent competition, new enabling technologies, and other forces that are largely beyond Microsoft's control.

    History teaches that monopolies in the marketplace, like empires in the broader world, are rarely sustainable over long periods of time, and ultimately fall victim to both external attack and internal weaknesses. The degree to which Microsoft's competitors have embraced, and many Microsoft customers and national governments alike have resonated, with ODF are strong indications that the foundations upon which Microsoft's historical dominance has been based may at last be weakening.

  • 2008-01-17
    Open Document Format Alliance Refutes the Burton Group Report on ODF - PJ, Groklaw

    I will be curious to see if the Burton Group corrects any of the factual errors now being pointed out, which seem abundant. And I will be curious to see if they do so before the February 2008 ISO ballot on OOXML.

  • 2008-01-17
    Microsoft wants open sourcers to write an OOXML translator - Egan Orion, The Inquirer
  • 2008-01-17
    Microsoft Says It Will Release Binary Office Formats - Which? -- Updated - PJ, Groklaw
  • 2008-01-18
    Minutes - Leif Lodahl, Lohdahl's Blog
    [Minutes of meeting with Microsoft OOXML representatives]
  • 2008-01-18
    IBM, Apple Team to Take on Microsoft - Clint Boulton, eWeek
  • 2008-01-19
    The OOXML bunch is boringly disappointing. - Charles-H. Schulz, Moved by Freedom - Powered by Standards
  • 2008-01-19
    Response to Ars Technica's Article on the ODF/OOXML Report - Guy Creese, Burton Group
    [PJ: They ought to just fix the flaws in the report that the ODF Alliance brought out, among others. Here they say they will issue an update but only *after* the ISO vote, when, of course, it will be too late to be meaningful.]
  • 2008-01-22
    OOXML v 2.0: things only get worse - Carlo Piana, Law Is Freedom

    ECMA feels that the "IPR" is not an issue. Well, I believe rather the contrary. It would be suicidal to allow a standard where one single vendor is allowed to play tricks.... Here we have a standard pushed unilaterally by a single vendor who has basically decided, through its own initiative an[d] not through consensus, the architecture and the details of the standard. The game is different, here, and more thorough the clearance of patent issues shall be. But what we have instead? The Open Specification Promise. Basically an unilateral covenant not to sue. Thinking it can be sufficient guarantee for third parties to implement OOXML without a second thought is just completely naive....

  • 2008-01-23
    While you’re waiting, don’t save in OOXML format - Bob Sutor, Open Blog
  • 2008-01-24
    OOXML BRM - What Matters? - Alex Brown, Alex Brown's weblog
  • 2008-01-24
    Lotus Notes 8.5 to fully support Ubuntu Linux 7.10 in mid-2008 - Todd R. Weiss, ComputerWorld
    [ Lotus Symphony "ensure[s] access to documents well into the future with new standard file formats (ODF)".]
  • 2008-01-24
    To Sir, With Love - Tiffany Maleshefski, eWeek

    Ok, so the recent report issued by Burton Group, a research firm specializing network and applications infrastructure technologies, doesn't come right out and profess its love to the Redmond-based software company, but it might as well.

  • 2008-01-25
    What every engineer knows - Rob Weir, An Antic Disposition
  • 2008-01-29
    Battle on Microsoft standard push - Karen Dearne, Australian IT
    [PJ: MS FUD-o-meter off the scale here. ODF can be structured to do anything you want. Microsoft didn't do that. Instead it offers a competing standard and unencumbered would mean it works freely and without restrictions and for one and all, including the GPL.]
  • 2008-01-30
    Tracking the Man with the Gavel: Alex Brown on the BRM - Andy Updegrove, Standards Blog
  • 2008-01-30
    Cruel truth surfaces in the OOXML war - Leader, ZDNet.co.uk
  • 2008-01-31
    ODF Alliance now loves me! - Rick Jelliffe, O'Reilly XML Blog
  • 2008-01-31
    The Case for Harmonization - Rob Weir, An Antic Disposition
  • 2008-01-31
    There can be only one - Carlo Piana, Law is Freedom

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