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Dump the DRM? Sign me up!

Dump the DRM? Sign me up!

I'm forbidden to do something that is otherwise perfectly legal -- access my own music in a fashion that is convenient to me but that does not otherwise violate the copyright.

October 4, 2005 by in Legal

PDF won't cut it

PDF won't cut it

The recent move by Microsoft to support PDF in Office 12 has some asking whether or not that will pour oil on troubled waters and allow Massachusetts government employees to go on using Word to edit and store documents.  By my reading of the Massachusetts Enterprise Technical Reference Manual (ETRM), the policy that governs data formats and standards for the State, PDF won't work.

October 4, 2005 by in Microsoft

Music buyers step-up downpayment on their own DRM noose

Music buyers step-up downpayment on their own DRM noose

As I've already written several times before in our series on Digital Restrictions Management (DRM), every time one of us buys another piece of DRMed content (eg: a song from iTunes), we are securing the legacy of the DRM cartel while giving it carte blanche to arbitrarily decide how we get to use the content that we're legally entitled to use in any way we want, as long as we use it for ourselves.

October 3, 2005 by in Legal

Microsoft: PDF yes, ODF no

Microsoft: PDF yes, ODF no

In an interview conducted by news.com's Ina Fried, Steve Sinofsky, the Microsoft senior vice president in charge of Office, noted that his company had received 120,000 user requests for PDF support, which the company just announced for Office 12, but no demand for the OpenDocument Format (ODF), which represents the idea that Microsoft's file formats need to be more open.

October 3, 2005 by in Microsoft

In pursuit of  the zero-footprint Office

In pursuit of the zero-footprint Office

It seems that a tipping point, or at least an new level of awareness, has been reached about the next Web frontier--a new generation of desktop productivity applications (think Microsoft Office without all the bits on your machine) with rich, interactive client interfaces and low-cost administration. They are built using technologies like AJAX, Flash and Java, with all the logic on the server and using XML and Web service bindings.

October 2, 2005 by in Microsoft

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