March 2008

Old Dog Reprise

I have had more interest in the story about the attacks on Matthew Holloway's credibility than I imagined. Whilst it is a bit of a side show in the debate about whether OOXML should become an ISO standard it seems worth following up. This will (hopefully) be the last word from me on the subject. We will not be taking the issue any further.

Idlelo - Opening Address

Posted on: March 22, 2008 - 18:23 By: carl

Via Andy Updegrove we see this story about the Opening Address by the Minister of Public Service and Administration, South Africa, Ms. Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi at the third Idlelo African Conference on FOSS and the Digital Commons. Andy calls it a Ray of Light. The address comments on Open Standards and Software Patents amongst other things and is worth a read. There is also a video feed here.

Old dog, same old tricks

We have discovered that Matthew Holloway was badly slurred by a Microsoft employee in an email to one of the bodies advising an overseas standards NB. It is worth noting that our own national body, Standards New Zealand (SNZ), took the claims so seriously that they responded to parties who received this email.

We discovered the slur by chance, similar information may be circulating in other countries. If you are aware of this please point concerned parties to this article. SNZ have given us permission to quote this email. I have removed names to protect the guilty parties.

Does open-source development work for business?

Posted on: March 18, 2008 - 16:06 By: carl

And the byline is "Supported open source a hit for businesses and developers".

This Computerworld article may be out of the US but does have some background as to what drives business decisions. We see the same kinds of issues here in New Zealand, admittedly on a lesser scale due to the average size of businesses locally, but at least we know the challenges, and benefits, are applicable worldwide.

Duelling Models

Posted on: March 14, 2008 - 00:08 By: carl

There have been three articles appearing in Computerworld NZ recently that highlight the benefits of the Open Source and Open Standards model vs. the stagnant, closed, restrictive, myopic, proprietary business model favoured by some.

The first is "Ohm, Sweet Ohm" which covers Jonathan Oxer in Melbourne and Rob Wilcox in Auckland. The question posed with regards to Jonathan is 'Can you take the smart home concept a little too far?'. As far as I can tell the rfid chip Jonathan has had implanted could be considered as just a slight variation of body piercing...