Archive for August, 2008

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Links 08/28/2008

August 28, 2008
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Links 08/14/2008

August 14, 2008
  • Open standards are widely considered to have significant economic and technological benefits. This has led many governments to consider mandating open standards for document formats. Document formats are how a computer stores memos or spreadsheets. Governments are moving away from Microsoft’s proprietary DOC format to open standard document formats, such as the OpenDocument Format (ODF) and Office Open XML (OOXML). The belief is that by shifting to open standards, governments will benefit from choice, competition, and the ability to seamlessly substitute different vendor implementations.

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  • Although the OWF does point out that they are not competing with these other standards bodies, but rather “The communities we’re working with are currently coming together in a very ad-hoc fashion, and if we can help them have clean intellectual property, it makes it easier for a community to take their open specification to a standards body.” But others are less convinced that there is a need for yet another standards organization. As Dare Obasanjo points out, the usual suspects of W3C and OASIS do charge fees (sometimes these can be high, but there are individual memberships usually around $500) but is cost a necessary or sufficient reason to start up yet another group? Especially when the IETF has been around since 1992

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  • Graphics and games engineers angered by the delayed OpenGL spec and threatening to adopt Microsoft’s DirectX have been asked to hold out a little longer for promised changes.

    Neil Trevett, president of the cross-industry Khronos Group leading OpenGL, told The Reg on Tuesday that his consortium hoped to start the process of streamlining OpenGL with version 3.1.
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    Trevett also personally hopes OpenGL 3.1 can be delivered in six months’ time, as opposed to the two years it took to craft 3.0, which was released on Monday.

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Links 08/12/2008

August 12, 2008
  • But for many executives who compete with Microsoft, the Silverlight strategy recalls a U.S. antitrust case in which Microsoft was found guilty of using its market muscle to stifle competition from the Web.

    By bundling Internet Explorer with the Windows operating system, Microsoft destroyed Netscape Communications, Explorer’s main competitor. But it also incurred the wrath of the U.S. Justice Department and embroiled itself in an antitrust lawsuit.

    Now Microsoft is taking on another rival, Adobe, whose Flash media player is by far the dominant technology for streaming interactive content and video. Adobe, based in San Jose, California, controls roughly 99 percent of the market for streaming software. Windows Media, from Microsoft, and Quicktime, from Apple, trail.

    “Silverlight is obviously mostly about Flash and competing with Adobe,” said John Lilly, chief executive of Mozilla, the developer of the open-source Firefox browser.

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  • There is one standard for digital mobile TV in Europe, as the European Commission decided five months ago. Despite that, service providers are still opting for their own methods instead, and even the EC is already planning an alternate route.

    Even though the European Commission formally decided last March that DVB-H will be the single mobile digital television standard for Europe, private operators charged with the task of determining how to build a business model around DVB-H services may be drawing a blank, and are believed to be considering quitting altogether.

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Links 08/06/2008

August 6, 2008
  • The 1394 Trade Association today announced the adoption of the first global standard for networking digital content over coaxial cables using Ultra Wideband (UWB) communications. The new 1394 Over Coax standard is designed to enable the industry’s fastest whole-home network in a multi-supplier ecosystem featuring protected high-definition and multimedia content.

    The 1394 Trade Association’s “no new wires” home networking standard provides for data rates up to 800 Megabits per second, enabling a high-speed multimedia home network that can work with all 1394 and IP-enabled devices over coax wiring. The MAC/PHY layers specified in the new standard are available now in a new chipset from Pulse~LINK using its CWave® UWB technology. CWave features guaranteed Quality of Service (QoS) and data rate performance never before achieved over existing in-home coax cabling.

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Links 08/01/2008

August 1, 2008
  • The group behind development of FireWire, the IEEE, has approved the new IEEE 1394-2008 specification that gives support for better bandwidth of up to 3.2Gbps.

    In an attempt to maintain compatibility between different evolutions of FireWire, the revised specification combines and incorporates all previous IEEE 1394 standards developed since 1994.

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