Lawrence Lessig called it email bankruptcy: when you have so many unanswered emails in your inbox that you decide to make a clean start and just admit to yourself, and to those who wrote, that you are not going to respond.
I have a related problem, interesting links I’ve collected and have meaning to blog about. But my links have accumulated far faster than I have been able to write about them. So I am declaring “link bankruptcy”. Here is my fire sale, a set of interesting topics for only pennies on the dollar:
- Glyn Moody has the story about how platform dependencies has impacted one notable British institution.
- Even more startling results in Korea, as reported in The Cost of Monoculture and the Korean Saga.
- It is mainly in Polish, but some in English. More coverage of Open Standards in a new blog from Jacek Łęgiewicz.
- In case you missed it the first time around, here is a wonderful essay by Dan Bricklin on “Software that Lasts 200 Years“. It made me think of what ramifications this has for file formats that aspire to longevity as well.
- This looks interesting. A free OpenOffice Calc add-in for doing “fuzzy math” in OpenOffice.
- Sweave adds ODF support to the open source R statistical analysis and graphing platform.
- Docvert, an online REST service for converting Microsoft Word documents into ODF format.
- I know someone was asking for this a few months ago — A Microsoft Works import filter for OpenOffice.
- Office Migration Planning Manager (OMPM) allows bulk conversions of legacy Office binary documents to OOXML. Does anyone have something similar for ODF? Not just bulk conversion, but detection and reporting of possible conversion problems as well.
- The eXtensibility Manifesto has some good schema design advice, including: #3 “Design of a data model focuses on all stakeholders’ requirements for the data.” #6 “Designs or components are not reinvented, but rather are leveraged where possible.”
- “[Expert Witness] Alepin…alleged that the company [Microsoft]had subverted developers who used Microsoft’s version of Java ‘thinking they were developing multi-platform applications, but were actually developing Windows-specific applications’ “. From PC Pro News.
- The Case For ODF — a recent presentation from OpenOffice Community Manager Louis Suarez-Potts.
- “Office 2007 lacks some features of earlier versions of Office, and so it can’t fully support some Office files created in earlier versions. For example, Word 2007 cannot open Word files that contain multiple document versions, a feature supported by Word prior to Word 2007”. Anyone know what else is missing? From Directions on Microsoft.
- A few months old — European Cities Do Away with Traffic Signs. Does anyone know how this has turned out?
- Dashed Lines and their uses.
- David Berlind over at ZDNet: “To me, Ecma is not a standards body. As evidenced by the DVD situation (which is ridiculous if you ask me), it’s little more than a puppet with a pipeline through which vendors can pump their proprietary technologies into the ISO standardization process (avoiding the rigor that should normally be applied to anything up for consideratoin as an ISO standard). As such, the ISO is sort of a joke too.”
- “One trouble spot we encountered using Vista’s Explorer metadata organization tools was the lack of support for some of the file types we commonly use. For instance, JPEG files happily take attributes under Vista, but PNG files do not. Along similar lines, Vista would not apply metadata to files we had created in the OpenOffice.org format. And, strangely, our attempts to apply metadata to documents created in OpenOffice.org—in Microsoft Office format—were greeted with an error message.” From eWeek.
- What is a standard, according to David Rudin, Microsoft’s official Standards Attorney? “A technical specification that enables interoperability between different products and services and is either 1) intended for widespread industry adoption or 2) has achieved wide spread industry adoption.” This is a nice write-up.