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Boston ODF Day · I spent Thurs­day the 27th in Bos­ton; I was in­vit­ed by Har­vard Law School’s Berk­man Cen­ter to par­tic­i­pate in a round-table dis­cus­sion of in­ter­op­er­abil­i­ty and stan­dards in gen­er­al, and the cur­rent Mas­sachusetts/ODF brouha­ha in par­tic­u­lar. It was in­ter­est­ing and in­struc­tive, and I rec­om­mend that any­one who cares about this check out the record­ing. To help un­der­stand the con­tex­t, there is this guy in the room from ACT who was push­ing back pret­ty hard against the new Mas­sachusetts pol­i­cy. His ar­gu­ments are lift­ed pret­ty well word for word from the Mi­crosoft talk­ing points, which was use­ful as the event might oth­er­wise have been a love-in.
 
Meeting Hiawatha · That would be Hi­awatha Bray, who’s been writ­ing about com­put­ers and soft­ware in the Bos­ton Globe for years and years, as long as I’ve been in the busi­ness. At least one con­spir­a­cy the­o­rist point­ed out that Hi­awatha and I had nev­er been seen in the same place at the same time; maybe there’s just one of us? Wel­l, now we have been ...
 
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