The Iron Man movie is all about programmers. Being challenged and have to invent something that will make you get rid of hand work, the adventure of a project, to mold, test and debug, and the joy of having a prototype inspiring the next perfect design. Just don’t miss it. The metal man movie has […]
Many developers are clamming that good specifications are more important than standards, specially now that the OOXML process opened to the public the dungeons of ISO processes and how the organization produces standards. This is a clear example on how ISO’s reputation is compromised.
But unfortunately “ISO standards” are what governments tend to use. These are the words they put in their Request For Proposals when they are going to buy things. These “ISO standards” are the words they use to claim how they’ll interoperate and trade across borders. And also how public institutions will interoperate with private institutions. Over time, it defines also how private institutions use technology.
There was an ISO/IEC/JTC1 meeting in Oslo, Norway wednesday and the local community protested against OOXML and demanded more integrity in ISO’s processes. I couldn’t agree more. Photos by Martin Bekkelund. More info on Zak Greant’s blog.
This is my first post in the new WordPress 2.5. Upgrade was as easy as: $ cd avi.alkalay.net $ svn sw http://svn.automattic.com/wordpress/tags/2.5/ Everything worked without any changes, including my experimental content-optimized Plasma theme. The new WordPress has lots of improvements, specially in the administration part and I recommend it.
Dear Mr. Kimura,
Attached please find a letter from Mrs. María Teresa Saccucci, Standardization Manager of FONDONORMA (Venezuela) through which Venezuela wishes to modify its position on DIS 29500, Information technology – Office Open XML file formats from “Approval with comments” to “Disapproval with comments”.
Finally Jomar, one of the brazilian delegate that went to OOXML’s BRM in Geneva has started to tell all the dirty little details of what really happened in that meeting and the surreal modus operandi of how 120 people can discuss 1027 issues in 5 days. Have fun in english and portuguese. Oh, and talking […]
It is now official. Brazilian vote was decided by consensus of the entire technical team, including Microsoft crew’s: OOXML does not deserve to be an international ISO standard. Our first vote, in august, was also NO, due to the same reasons: OOXML is an awful specification. That outcome was expected because we simply followed the […]
Can Open Source Software be more ubiquitous than this ? A few days ago I was playing extensively with Apple’s iPhone, investigating each sub-menu and little details. There is a section listing legal stuff and software being used with each license. GPL, LGPL, BSD and other Open Source licensed software rule the iPhone. Some I […]
One of the most critical and discussed points of the whole OOXML subject is how the specification lets you include binary proprietary information. Let me show you how it happens with a piece of an OOXML document, the red-marked text is the problematic part (see for yourself, §22.214.171.124, paper page 4,813, lines 7–13): <v:shape> <o:ink […]
The title was the phrase written in a CD left in a Crown Plaza Hotel room I stood this days. Its excellent content is a relaxation program with very soft music to listen and do after you go to bed and before you fall asleep, with the aim to make you sleep better. I found […]
This is an example of an old Excel bug that was transported to OOXML for “compatibility” reasons. In new OOXML, there are several non-standard ways to represent dates. The main one is this, that requires that 1900 is a leap year contradicting the Gregorian calendar, used for centuries now. More info on this in a […]
Around early 1995 I was thinking about to stop eating meat. I thought that would do good for my body and my mind. Then I was waiting in a room, randomly took a book and randomly open it in the part that finally defined my decision. Later a saw many people becoming vegetarian because of […]
This is a numerical photography of what is the Microsoft Office Open XML wannabe specification: 6063 pages written in 12 months Only 6 months of analysis pointed 3500 issues that span from intellectual property, to standard date & time representation, to malformed XML definitions, to binary proprietary bits 3500 issues where summarized in “only” 1027 […]
After a long study of months I found this method to be the best way to rip/encode or backup my DVDs. The resulting digital file uses the best standards and technologies (as H.264, MP4, Matroska, AC3 etc), looks practically lossless to human eyes and has reasonable good file size (about 1 to 1.4GB per movie).
A few days ago I saw a post in Google Blog with Google’s position regarding the document format war. Google supports OpenDocument Format. The post also provides some short documents with Google’s findings (2 pages) and sample of technical issues unresolved in OOXML (4 pages). This is a fast reading for who wants to understand […]
I found Dell’s Digg-like IdeaStorm site today while having a look on Doc Searl’s January 2008 LJ Index. This is a great example of Web 2.0 in action, together with similar sites as IBM’s Innovation Jam. It shows how Linux is highly rated by everybody, as a top request amongst these ideas. Check Linux rank […]
The state of Paraná, here in Brazil, is the first to have laws that specifically promotes the use of OpenDocument Format. This is a free translation of such law: All public companies and institutions under the state of Paraná administration will adopt, preferably, open formats for creation, storage and public availability of digital documents. We […]
Web 2.0 is about people. Its a global party where human beings exchange knowledge, experiences, information and even emotions. Yesterday I saw the Xanadu movie again with ELO’s All Over the World, a good-vibe song from the 80’s that still has very current lyrics that explain what people are doing in our 2008’s Web 2.0. […]
I just listened to an excellent interview with Gary McGraw, a security guru, in the Software Engineering Radio, and I suggest software developers to hear it too. Some points he touched: Software security is about how to approach computer security if you are a developer or a software architect. Security problems come from 2 points: […]
The website Music from Brazil just published an audio-interview/podcast/MP3 with brazilian acoustic guitar player Ulisses Rocha. Includes stories and full wonderful songs. Available in portuguese, english and spanish.
This is a reply to David Nielsen’s “OOXML and Microsoft” post. Since comments are closed there, I am writing here. David, there is nothing wrong in Microsoft opening such an important spec. We should welcome this step. But there are several things that we should take care here: There is already an approved, open, internationally […]
I remember the days when I was configuring DNS and DHCP for a small home network with only 2 or 3 computers. This is not needed anymore since the invention of Zeroconf. As Wikipedia says, “is a set of techniques that automatically create a usable IP network without configuration or special servers. This allows inexpert […]
Some time ago, my New Yorker cousin came to visit Brazil and I wanted to make sure she was leaving with her iPod full of brazilian specialities. A few weeks later we exchanged this conversation by e-mail. “Im listening to music you sent me while writing (I really like Joyce!…although right now im listening to […]
I am sort of away this days because I got a new laptop. Check it out. My previous laptop was a IBM Thinkpad T40, Pentium M, 512MB RAM, 1024×768 screen size, CD-RW, Cisco WiFi/b, no bluetooth. Served me well for 4 years. The new one is a Lenovo Thinkpad T61, Intel Centrino Pro (dual core), […]
Some evil ISPs implement traffic shaping to specifically limit BitTorrent bandwidth. This brings slower downloads to you and your peer. All modern BitTorrent clients have encryption capabilities but most of them came disabled by default. Please configure your client to encrypt connections. You will have faster downloads even if your ISP does not limit your […]
Man, this is the coolest thing I discovered this month. Before what I am going to show you now, the only ways to transfer data from your computer to your mobile device was to send an e-mail to yourself and read it in your cell, or through bluetooth, or infrared. There is a new thing […]
A sophisticated mobile device can do more than just play MP3s or make calls. I had a lunch with a friend that hacked his iPhone to work in Brazil. Many people are doing that (or paying somebody to do it for them) around here. And he showed me something very interesting. The component that causes […]