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Friday, August 31, 2007

Microsoft and OOXML

Looks like it has been rejected, for the time being. M$ is calling this a victory, and I'm sure they will be able to spread enough money, or threats around to get the no's, with comments, to vote yes in February.

Looks like Microsoft will stop at nothing to get OOXML standardized. They are now accused of stuffing the ballot box by getting their "partners" to join in and vote yes, even though they haven't had time to sort through the 6000 page document submitted by their payee. It would appear that ethics is not a priority at M$ headquarters. Of course they have a history of getting IP's by buying the company, borrowing code, and outright theft. Only if they get caught will they make excuses for their actions. I suppose this makes sense to a company with the best lawyers, judges, and governmental officials money can buy. Wired has a good article on this debacle here.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Llandudno, Wales

My wife has a penpal in Llandudno and they started corresponding in 1955. We switched over to an internet phone service, and now talk to her every other Saturday, as the call is free. The city has a website here.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Fixin to ramble

I live in North Texas, partially retired, work part-time for Home Depot and run PCLinuxOS as my main operating system. I play games on that piece of crap from Redmond. Been a computer nut since the Commodore VIC 20 came out in 1981.Still have one of them and a Commodore 128D, plus a few older model pc's. They range from a 386 to a dual core intel. I think there is about 21 of them and a couple that don't work.