Archive | June 22, 2005

JOHO nails it: ‘ I’m not keeping up with your blog’

David Weinberger blogs:

No, I’m not keeping up with your blog.
I would like to. I really would. I like it and I like you.

But we’re now well past the point where any of us can keep up with all the blogs worth reading from the people worth keeping up with. Even with an aggregator.

I just can’t do it any more.

And that goes double for those Fox bloggers who changed the address of their RSS feeds and expect me to notice I’m not seeing any postings from them showing up in a news aggregator. You know who you are.

No Open Source Avalon nor Indigo should be no surprise

OSNews tries to ignite a controversy with Microsoft Puts OSS Roadblock on Avalon and Indigo. “Novell’s Mono open-source group had been successful in porting Microsoft’s .Net Framework, but Microsoft is insisting its Avalon and Indigo intellectual property rights requires that any attempt to produce open-source versions of these two will require licensing.”

I’m surprised this is news. Microsoft was pretty clear, I thought, in making their common runtime environment a standard (that’s what Mono has been building, if I understand correctly), and pushing C# out to a standards body for more support. But to suppose that meant Microsoft was giving away the whole tool chain, or even all of the layers of software needed to generate a Windows-style app on a competing platform, was näive at best. Microsoft is not out to lead by example, set industry standards and then beat its competition by having the best product.

I’d welcome hearing from other people who were expecting something else.

NeoOffice/J 1.1 released

Slashdot notes At Long Last, NeoOffice/J 1.1 Released. VValdo writes “After nearly five years of development, NeoOffice/J has made it to its first stable release. NeoOffice/J 1.1 is a Mac OS X-integrated office suite based on 1.1.4 that includes word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and drawing applications. Key Macintosh features include a standard Mac OS X installer, a native Aqua menu bar, use of the native printing system, full clipboard support, drag-and-drop, Mac “command” key shortcuts, mouse scrolling, integration with major Mac email clients and native support for Mac fonts. ”

As I’ve mentioned previously, I’ve been using the NeoOffice/J since January, and I’ve been really pleased with it. The functionality of meets my needs – basic spreadsheet, word processing and presentations – and the more advanced features, like Draw and PDF output, make it a world-class competitor.

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