Monthly Archives: September 2007

RIP, my friend!

It is a sad day for me to be told that Dr Cheok passed away suddenly. A good personal friend as well as a person who championed open source in government. As the Director of the MINDEF CIO Office, he … Continue reading

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Buying votes is being enthused?

Just saw a quote here attributed to Craig Mundie as being “enthused with the number of countries who voted Approve”. Perhaps he has deniability. Perhaps he has layers that protect him from the rest of the shenanigans that run his … Continue reading

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Interesting take on the Malaysian Abstain vote on ooxml

I think that the comment by Minister JJ in Malaysia is vague enough and hard to nail down where the sentiment is. On the one hand, the Malaysians have gone ahead with many ODF projects, and M$ countered with a … Continue reading

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Happy 25th anniversary SITF!

What a party! Everyone won a prize tonight. The SITF held their 25th anniversary event at the Marina Mandarin ballroom. Got there a little late – actually very late – for I mistook the location for the original Mandarin Hotel … Continue reading

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Microsoft FAILs in their vote buying – hurray!

It is nice to say that in the headline. Their moneytheistic mindset has failed. I have said previously that I would be happy to see OOXML fixed before becoming an ISO standard. But those ethically-challenged Microsofties just do not understand … Continue reading

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Erlang and Ruby

The ITSC organized ::code::XtremeApps:: contest has drawn in a significant number of participants (at the close there were 92 teams!). The contest centers on building apps for the web using one or more of the following: Ruby on Rails, Google … Continue reading

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Singa^WRedmondpore votes Yes with Comments

I am saddened and disappointed to acknowledge that my country Singapore voted “Yes with Comments” to the broken OOXML proposal. This inspite of a strong “No with Comments” recommendation from the IETC (the XML TC). The voting at the council … Continue reading

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