OASIS general counsel Andy Updegrove blogs: Only a few blog entries ago it was my sad lot to report that Massachusetts CIO Peter Quinn had resigned, leaving the fate of his effort to mandate use of the OpenDocument format (ODF) hanging in the air.
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Judging by today's Google logo (spells "Google" in Braille), the company is either (a) celebrating Louis Braille's birthday (he was born on January 4, 1809), (b) about to engage in some new accessibility initiative, or (c) both. Anybody know?
Neuros Technology International CEO Joe Born in his open letter to congressmen James Sensenbrenner Jr. and John Conyers on HR 4569, the Digital Transition Content Security Act (aka: Analog Hole Legislation):...
Cory Doctorow on Boing Boing (thanks to ZDNet reader Bruce Fryer for the link): Coldplay's latest CD X&Y comes with an insert that discloses all the rules enforced by the DRM they included on the disc. Of course, these rules are only visible after you've paid for the CD.
The rumors have been flying around that Google will introduce a low-cost PC sold through mass market retailers like Wal-Mart. According to the sources-said report from the Los Angeles Times, the PC would run Google's Linux-flavored operating system and be tuned for online services.
Tomorrow Intel is unveiling its new logos at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It's not a big change, but it's part of the psychology of staying fresh--refurbishing the image in the new millenium and driving awareness.
Peter Quinn, the Massachusetts State CIO who led the charge to make public documents in Massachusetts truly open with ODF announced that he will resign on Jan 9th. In an interview with Groklaw, Quinn's former boss, Eric Kriss said that Quinn was uncomfortable with the personal attention surrounding the controversy: Peter is an IT professional who is not accustomed to the rough-and-tumble world of politics.
I've been surfing around this morning, checking out various lists of top stories in technology for this year and predictions for next year. Technology Review includes municipal Wi-Fi, silicon photonics, social machines (social media/Web 2.
It's seems normal that the year in technology ends with a critical Windows vulnerability. George Ou is setting the record straight on the critical WMF vulnerability, including the worthless fixes and the real fix, which results in Explorer being unable to display thumbnail images.
I was really glad to see Dave Winer say that, in his opinion, the problems that he and other people are having with their iPods and iTunes are DRM-related. Dave: It is the real culprit and your issues are real evidence of why the "R" in DRM stands for "restrictions" and not "rights.