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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 Phil Windley


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 David Berlind


Microsoft: PDF yes, ODF no

In an interview conducted by'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 Dan Farber


Could PDF support in Office 12 quell an ODF uprising?

The Web is all agog and ablog about Microsoft's decision to support Adobe's Portable Document file format (PDF) in the next version of its desktop productivity suite: currently called Office 12 (why not Office Vista since there's an Office XP?).

October 3, 2005 by David Berlind


Web 2.0: Rainforest edition

Steven Johnson adds his version to the Web 2.0 definition bucket in this excerpt from his column in Discovery magazine column:  "The difference between this Web 2.

October 3, 2005 by Dan Farber


Google-Sun mash-up planned

Tomorrow, Sun CEO Scott McNealy and Google CEO Eric Schmidt are holding a press conference to discuss a "collaboration effort." Given that Dr.

October 3, 2005 by Dan Farber


We the Sheeple (and other tales of DRM woe)

This past Friday, I wrote my personal Delcaration of InDRMpendence.  It scratches the surface of why we must place a citizens' injunction on Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) technology before it's too late.

October 3, 2005 by David Berlind