A Simplified Discussion of “Open Standards” – Welcome to the Warehouse

My last post has driven some great discussion around what an open standard means. Heck, I think I was writing about “open” issues back in March of 2005. One could almost say it has become thematic. Given the comments from my last post, I thought it would be useful to write out the analogy that…

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Balance of Contributors & Implementers: A Blog Answer to Rick Jelliffe’s Post

I love reading smart people’s blogs – and Rick is definitely among that group. I have really enjoyed reading his post, “Standards media formats and licensing: JPEG vs. MPEG” and then the associated post, “Balance of Interest.” In the first one, Rick referred to my recent post “Contribution, Collaboration, & Implementation” and has spurred me…

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Strategic Use of Collaborative Development in South Africa – Follow Up

Last week I wrote a blog entry stemming from my experience in South Africa and my impressions about the way the OSS preference policy is being considered. What has come of it is a string of rather pointed comments questioning my intelligence and calling me quite the assortment of names – I though xenophobe was…

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The Politics of OSS Still Overshadow The Benefits of Collaborative Development

It has now been almost three years since I stepped away from working daily on open source opportunities for Microsoft. I’ve watched the team that took on Shared Source morph it into some extremely positive collaborative work that is exactly what OSS is all about. The paltry few projects that were in place in 2006…

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Participation in standards…

Just a quick note today. I am on the road meeting with MS people and later this week doing a bunch of external outreach work in South Africa as well. During the last few months there has been a good deal of rumblings about participation in committees, about countries moving from o- to p- status,…

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IP, RAND, Standards, OSP, ISP – the conversation continues…

There have been numerous comments to my last blog posting, as well as a long response from Groklaw. Overall I am encouraged by the conversation as a whole because I think it is touching on some foundational issues. One of the most challenging aspects to the threads I’ve been reading in the responses to my…

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Interop & Open XML Grab Bag

Busy, busy, busy. So many things going on at once. I have been meaning to write about a few items all week and just haven’t gotten to them. In the middle of all the excitement around the BRM, there have been some very positive steps taken on the interop front. I wrote a simple news…

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The Digital World of Music – Business Models Continued

I think the discussion on my last posting about digital music was great. If this topic interests you, you should take a moment to see the comments thread as people posted some really thoughtful stuff. In case you didn’t see this – the New York Times reported that Universal Music Group is going to put…

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Music Subscription Service – The Winning Consumer Model IMHO

I recently blogged about the fact that I was looking at my options for what music device and service would be my next purchase. The sexiest devices are clearly from Apple now – but the business model is the thing I don’t want. My music collection up until 2 years ago was completely stuck in…

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