Details are only sketchy at this point, but the Massachusetts Senate Post Audit Committee has apparently called for hearing to take place at 1pm on Monday October 31st in hearing room A1 at the State House in Boston. Massachusetts' recent ratification of the OpenDocument Format (ODF) as one of two standard file formats (the other is Adobe's Portable Document Format) that all state agencies must start using on January 1, 2007 is apparently one of the issues to be discussed.
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Last week, I wrote a blog entry that discussed Corel's mysterious withdrawl of its support of the OpenDocument standard and FUDbusted rumors that an ancient investment in Corel by Microsoft may have had something to do with it. Today, OpenOffice.
A few weeks back when Google and Sun started dropping hints that the two were on the verge of co-announcing something big, the odds-on favorite was some sort of AJAX-based version of OpenOffice.org (OO.
Matsumura suspects that an open source UDDI registry is likely in the near future.
As long as the reach, bandwidth, and targeting of networking technologies -- particularly the wireless kind -- continues to improve on a nearly Moore's Law like pace, relational database management systems as we know them may eventually be a thing of the past. So said Gartner analysts Donald Feinberg and Ted Friedman at Gartner Symposium ITxpo in Orlando, FL during a session entitled "The Death of the Database.
After seeing the news this morning about how the CEO of Scientigo has plans to extract royalties from those who have implemented the XML specification including Microsoft, Oracle, and Amazon (actually, he could probably sue everybody), I asked the man credited with co-inventing XML -- Sun's Tim Bray -- what he thought of the news.
According to an interview of Microsoft chairman Bill Gates by the Daily Princetonian, Gates thinks that the Blu-ray DVD format (recently backed by Warner Bros.) is "anti-consumer.
News.com's Martin Lamonica reports that a small company called Scientigo is claiming that its patents on "data in neutral forms" applies to XML and that it will use the patents to extract royalties from companies that use it.
In a recent blog entry entitled Shame on Corel, Andy Updegrove, legal counsel to OASIS (the consortium that's the steward of the OpenDocument Format specification), lashes out at Wordperfect for wavering on support of ODF. The blog points to a recent eWeek story that reported that Corel would support the format.
Tom Foremski of SiliconValleyWatcher talked to Ray Lane (who was the Gillmor Gang guest last week) about IBM and SAP. Tom writes: Mr Lane is convinced that IBM should acquire SAP.