Final stages of the office documents standards war

If you close your eyes and stay in silence for a few minutes you will hear the echo of the fight engaged by Microsoft against Google and IBM (with many more smaller allies) to dominate the future of office documents. I’m now following from the distance and there is so much dust it’s impossible to…

The power of interoperability (and geo-information)

I love geo-information.’  I still work on GIS, every now and then (I’ve just finished a project to map damages in Venetian buildings together with Politecnico di Milano and others) and it’s so much fun.’ ’  It’s great when you can integrate data from different sources and make sense of different phenomenons. The Venice application maps…

Celebrating Document Freedom Day 2008

A group of free software organizations and companies declared today the Document Freedom Day, a day dedicated to the promotion of Free Document Formats and Open Standards in general. Data lock-in is a very serious issue for knowledge based economy and knowledge workers. All we do is collect data to elaborate information and create knowledge.…

PyCon2, la conferenza italiana dedicata a Python

Dal 9 al 11 Maggio si terrà  a Firenze la seconda edizione di PyCon, conferenza dedicata al linguaggio di programmazione Python.’  È stato pubblicato il call for papers. Da aggiungere in agenda, anche per il keynote di apertura da parte di Richard Stallman.

Everybody loves iPhone

To confirm that Jobs got everything (not!) right, Sybase jumps on the iPhone bandwagon for enterprise users. Sybase on Tuesday said it’s adding Apple iPhone support to its suite of mobile middleware, making it possible to access IBM Lotus Domino or Microsoft Exchange e-mail servers through a secure environment. May I just add that Funambol…

Business schools should teach micro-management

I had a laugh today reading an article about Steve Jobs management style from Leander Kahney. As a business school student the article made me think of all the different management styles existing. Jobs is a control freak, a micro-manager, almost a maniac. Will Eisner praised micro-management too at last World Business Forum in Milan.…

Evento: Copyleft, Open Source, innovazione e creatività  alla Sapienza

Domani, 18 Marzo alla Facoltà  di Scienze della Comunicazione della Sapienza di Roma ci sarà  un incontro sul tema della creatività  nell’era di Internet che affronterà  le tematiche del software libero e delle licenze libere per i contenuti creativi. Durante l’incontro verrà  presentato il film* “La Repubblica del Software”, Free, Open Source Software nella Pubblica…

Give the GNU GPL an ‘A’, as in Affero

The GNU Affero General Public License v3 is now officially an ‘open source’ license, approved by the Open Source Initiative. Funambol started the approval process of the best license available to protect copyleft, and business based on it, from predatory practices. Fabrizio (Funambol’s CEO) celebrates the sweet victory on his blog mentioning the ‘strange’ coincidence…

Il Comune di Milano regala Microsoft

Come funziona sta cosa? Il Comune di Milano “regala” a tutti i suoi cittadini residenti i prodotti non interoperabili di un monopolista? Il servizio è sperimentale, gratuito e ti permetterà  di utilizzare tutti i servizi di Windows Live tra cui: account di posta, messaggistica istantanea, avvisi, calendario ed eventi, spazio di condivisione e collaborazione… Mi…

Microsoft is changing focus, will it change attitude?

I’ve placed a bet that Microsoft will change radically its business model when Gates will leave his chair to Ray Ozzie, so I was trying to get a clue from Ozzie’s speech at the MIX last week. I wasn’t too impressed by his keynote, though, it was too much in the old known ‘corporate style’,…