Windows Template Library 7.5 Release

This is from my old world in Shared Source. Great news from Nenad Stefanovic, the project lead for the Windows Template Library project. On Dec. 8 he released 7.5 and the bits are available. They are now working on 8.0.  Congratulations Nenad and WTL community!!! SourceForge.net project Final build download Here is a list of the improvements…

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Open…again

I have been partaking in an academic-style event on standards here in Vancouver B.C. this week. So far, the presentations have been strong and the audience participation lively. For a neophyte like myself on this topic overall it has been very educational. I had to smile to myself this morning though because we spent 2…

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Standards 101

After almost 15 years in the software business and 10+ at Microsoft I have worked on numerous projects where industry standards have been part of things. When I was an infrastructure systems engineer in the field doing network design and working on NT, SMS, Proxy Server…etc. there were few customer engagements and/or product training sessions…

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And Now, For My Next Act….

Years ago, it was suggested that there was a civil war in Microsoft based on open source. There allegedly was the Star Wars–inspired rebel alliance of openness fighting against the forces of closed. Coming out of that set of accusations, I was always a bit curious as to what role I was assigned. Should I…

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Software In My Car

A few weeks ago I picked up a brand new Toyata Prius. The nerd in me loves this thing and I have been very pleased about my visits to the gas station. Nine gallons is getting me around 385 miles and then I go and spend a whopping $17 at the gas station compared to my…

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Office Docs and Open

Today Microsoft announced the intent to submit the Office “12” XML file formats to Ecma International to become an open standard. I’m guessing there might be more than 5 articles written about it and maybe even a few bloggers will post. Is it really worth all of the attention it will get? Yes. The obvious…

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Dynamic…Static…hmmm

Updated the post – the link to the pictures at the end should be fixed. (That’s what you get for setting up something in 3 minutes from O’Hare between flights.) Also putting in a great comment I got privately by someone who asks to remain annonymous. Excellent points though and worth adding here. I have…

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Wild World of Slashdot

My OSBC keynote seems to have kicked off an interesting discussion on Slashdot. Overall the discussion is erudite and going in some interesting directions. It is pretty obvious that the simple fact that I work for Microsoft has colored the impression that many posters have who did not hear the speech. My speech covered a number…

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New Shared Source Release – MBS Solomon

Once again my friend Matt Asay is putting on a strong show at OSBC East. The OSBC conferences have been interesting to me because of their focus on those that are building businesses around OSS. In my keynote on Wed. this week I will be taking a look at our lessons learned from OSS and…

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New Shared Source Releases

In conjunction with the news today about the licenses – we are also announcing the availability of 8 Visual Studio 2005 stater kits under the Ms-PL. Also, in Nov., the CE team is going to release the second version of our Bluetooth wrapper. There are more than 80 Shared Source releases – go check out www.microsoft.com/sharedsource…

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