· Naughties
· · 2005
· · · January
· · · · 06 (3 entries)

Go Dan Go · That Dan Gill­mor, he’s gone in­die and so far it’s been good for him; swing­ing might­i­ly with the truth­stick, on suc­ces­sive days he’s scored sting­ing blows on two guys named Jobs and Gates. Sam­ple sen­tence: The pu­ri­ty of this lie is re­mark­able. Yep, looks like on­go­ing can hap­pi­ly out­source its castigating-personal-computer-company-CEO op­er­a­tions to Mr. Gill­mor.
Office Doc Format News · A cou­ple of low-key news items in the Of­fice Doc­u­ment XML space, worth high­light­ing be­cause I think this area is sig­nif­i­can­t, as do some im­por­tant peo­ple. First of­f, the peo­ple stan­dard­iz­ing this stuff over at OASIS (and soon, ISO) pub­lished a sec­ond draft, and, with­out any fan­fare, they changed the name from “OpenOffice.org XML Format” to “OpenDocument”, which is short­er, bet­ter, and not tied to any par­tic­u­lar im­ple­men­ta­tion. There’s ac­tion on the Mi­crosoft front too; check the mi­crosoft­.pub­lic.of­fice.xml and mi­crosoft­.pub­lic.xml news­group­s, where there are flur­ries of ques­tions dig­ging through the knot­ty cor­ners of WordML and Ex­celML; you nev­er re­al­ly un­der­stand a di­alect un­til you have to write a pro­gram to gen­er­ate it. I’m sure the de­tails will come out de­spite some cur­rent ir­ri­ta­tion, but this is a rea­son why Mi­crosoft should cast a friend­ly eye at the bor­ing, bu­reau­crat­ic, painful stan­dard­iza­tion pro­cess.
P@’s Snakeskin · Check out Pat Chane­zon on how to com­mu­ni­cate in busi­ness. The is­sue seems cen­tral and the prob­lems aren’t solved.
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