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Ray Lane visits the Gillmor Gang

Ray Lane was the guest on this week's Gillmor Gang, hosted by the Steve "I Plodius" Gillmor and joined by myself, Doc Searls, Dana Gardner and Mike Vizard. Lane, who served as president and COO of Oracle before become a VC with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, talked about Web 2.

October 15, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Massachusetts vs. Microsoft (The Dan & David Show)

In this latest episode of the Dan & David Show, we discuss how Microsoft lost its battle, at least for now, with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts over whether Office file formats are open enough to be included in the state's Enterprise Technical Reference Model, which favors the OpenDocument Format (ODF).

October 14, 2005 by Dan Farber


Microsoft's claims of foul play in Massachusetts don't hold up

Three weeks after Massachusetts ratified its latest Enterprise Technical Reference Model -- a statewide standard that, starting January 1, 2007, disallows the use of Microsoft's Office file formats in favor of the OpenDocument Format (ODF) -- Microsoft is taking its case to the court of public opinion.

October 14, 2005 by David Berlind


Bricklin: OK, so where are the ODF developer kits?

When spreadsheet co-inventor and now Software Garden CEO Dan Bricklin saw my blog about how ODF could be the new frictionless document DNA of the Internet, he called to say he thought I was right and went on to say that there's just one thing missing before ODF can really take off. One of the things that has made Microsoft fantastically successful is the way the company's development tools make child's play out of developing Windows applications.

October 13, 2005 by David Berlind


Sun's Bray joins the inDRMpendence chorus

In his blog, Sun director of Web technologies Tim Bray has spotlighted my Just say no to DRM series on inDRMpendence.  In that blog, Bray offers an alternative meaning for the DRM acronym to the one I've been using (Digital Restrictions Management).

October 13, 2005 by David Berlind


No surprise: DRM nightmare rears ugly head. Again.

If you've never heard of the Digital Living Network Alliance, now is a good time to get hip to it.  The DLNA is a multivendor alliance that's promoting the idea of standards-based wireless and wired interoperation of everything from computers to hifi gear to multimedia-enabled phones.

October 13, 2005 by David Berlind