Gary Edwards of the Open Document Foundation has a fascinating post on the important of Microsoft Office compatibility to the success of the ISO-approved Open Document formats.
It is in places a rare voice of sanity:
People continue to insist that if only Microsoft would implement ODF natively in MSOffice, we could all hop on
…continue reading OOXML vs ODF: where next for interoperability?
For a while now I’ve been puzzling over what exactly is meant by the term “Rich Internet Application” or RIA. Microsoft wants the initials to stand for “Rich Interactive Application” but it is losing that battle – see this great post by Dare Obasanjo. It is Adobe’s term, but it has never been clear to
…continue reading Now I understand what a rich internet application is
According to the BBC, gaming giant Electronic Arts is fed up with having to code the same game three, four or five times over. That’s the downside of the console wars – several incompatible systems.
The article says that streamed server-based games will be increasingly important.
A few observations. First, the PC is the nearest
…continue reading Flash, Silverlight the future of video games?
The rock stalwarts in The Who have come up with their own scheme for selling music in the Internet era.
Fans are invited to join a subscription scheme from November 5th. For a fee of $50.00 per annum, you get an exclusive live CD, access to an online forum, streaming video of concerts “from every
…continue reading The Who: another take on how to sell music online
The good news: I’ve successfully upgraded two machines from Ubuntu 7.4 (Feisty Fawn) to the new 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon). I followed the instructions here. The bad news: neither upgrade was without incident.
I’ll start with the server. I use this for SlimServer and for experimenting with interesting Linux-based software; it has no GUI installed.
…continue reading Gutsy Ubuntu and Precipice Computing
Adobe’s Chief Software Architect Kevin Lynch announced today at Adobe MAX Europe that the BBC will use the Flash runtime for its iPlayer application, which enables UK viewers to download and play broadcasts for up to a week after their initial airing. In a short announcement, he said that the BBC will use Adobe’s technology
…continue reading BBC to use Flash, Adobe streaming for iPlayer