Links for 1-25-08

A few interesting and entertaining links to end the week:

  • IBM's Stance Against OpenXML Is Increasingly Confusing – Oliver Bell has a great post where he drills into the history the FUD approach. He also points out how easy it is for a large organization to have trouble with consistent messaging.

  • What every engineer knows – Is this Rob's subtle way of telling us that the ODF committee is disappointed that they didn't receive as thorough of a review when they went through ISO as the detailed review Open XML is now benefitting from and that for the sake of good engineering they would like to resubmit the 1.1 version of the spec to SC34 for a full review? In reading Rob's post, I didn't quite understand what he would think about a bridge that claimed to use AASHTO/AWS D1.5M/D1.5:2002, but in reality it used a different method that was instead "inspired" by that building code [1] [2] [3] [4] Or maybe they didn't document the design at all… [5] [6]

  • "Notes" from the Open XML Battlefront: IBM vs. IBM, part 2 – Similar to Oliver's post, but with a different angle (and you gotta love the quote at the end)

  • Hashing of Passwords in the Open XML File Format – Eric drills into the password hashing issue a bit more, and points out something that I thought most folks were already aware of in terms of comparisons to another ISO standard.

Comments (9)
  1. S says:

    1) All your links are to Microsoft employees. Now that’s what I call community support.

    Moronic to say the least.

    2) I don’t work at IBM, but that does not stop me from seeing through the shit you are posting. Rob cleared the FUD that your fine colleagues were posting ("IBM suports OOXML right now"). And the smart person that you are links to a post where IBM makes an official announcement that "IBM *WILL* support OOXML". I’m not sure how this is supposed to refute what Rob says. But I’m sure you have a very good logic.

    A minimum of ethics is not necessary when you work at Microsoft these days, apparently.

  2. says:


    Are you for real? 🙂

    Is there some reason I’m required to post links to non-MSFT people only? Whatever dude…


  3. says:

    Also S…

    If you’re going to come onto my blog and not only insult but also swear, then at least have the guts to use your actual name. Thanks! 🙂


  4. Fredrik E. Nilsen says:

    Well, I am not sure about your counting abilities Mr. S but there are ten links in this blog post. 3 of them points to other Microsoft employees, 1 points to Brian Jones’ own blog. The rest of the links points to Rob Weir, Jesper Lund and the Oasis web site. What was your point again? A minimum of reading abilites is not necessary when you post your comments apparently.

    At least the MS employees allow disagreeing comments in their blogs. Rob Weir censors most of the comments that disagree with him, as many posters here have noted. In stead of answering difficult questions he just deletes them. How ethical is that?

  5. Francis says:

    "Instead of answering difficult questions he just deletes them." I’m glad that technique was not used in responding to the national bodies’ comments! 😀

    BTW, do we really need to ask S for his name? His literary style reminds me of somebody who posted frequently on this blog in the past–and whose name also begins with S.

  6. Z says:

    >His literary style reminds me of somebody who posted

    >frequently on this blog in the past–and whose name also

    > begins with S.

    don’t think so. ..  this guy used to be technical in his posts … and besides that, he said that he "loved" OOXML 😉

  7. skc says:

    >>His literary style reminds me of somebody who posted frequently on this blog in the past–and whose name also begins with S<<

    I assume you mean Stephane Rodriguez, the guy that runs an anti-MS weblog somewhere.

    It could be the same guy, he swears alot when he has no point to make.

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