Italian proponents of the use of free and open source software by public administrations are protesting a decision by the town of Pesaro to switch from using OpenOffice to a proprietary cloud-based office solution. They say the city has garbled the cost calculations and omitted a required software assessment study.
2016/11/24: Last week I attended the Paris Open Source Summit, were I saw things as interesting and diverse as autonomous tractors, Open Source legal support and “degooglized Internet” visions. Here, I am only going to describe one other moment of POSS 2016, about two other arguments I care a lot about, and on which I wouldn't mind working again, even if these days I am mostly busy with Digital DIY
Read this book from the beginning One of the two articles of faith that Eric Kriss and Peter Quinn embraced in drafting their evolving Enterprise Technical Reference Model (ETRM) was this: product
My last post - Why Johnny Can't Format [a book] attracted enough attention (over 900 reads so far, plus many comments, tweets, and other social media pass-along) that I thought those th
One of the big frustrations of writing a book is that while Microsoft Word can be used for creating and formatting a book, it's a real pain in the neck for ordinary mortals to use it for that
Create a new spreadsheet using Microsoft Office 2013 or Microsoft Office for Mac. I am using the Italian version on one of the very first ASUS ZenBooks, running Windows 7 (fully updated) with 4GB o
The rants and raves of Simon Wardley on Evolution, Technology, Economics and Business
Office 2013 will, after years, finally fully support Open Document Format, Adobe's PDF, and, oh yes, Microsoft's own Open XML document standard.
Last week, Microsoft published the binary file formats for Office. These formats appear to be almost completely insane. The Excel 97-2003 file format is a 349 page PDF file. But wait, that's not all there is to it! This document includes the following interesting comment: Each Excel workbook is stored in a compound file. You
Microsoft has announced that it will, for the first time, support the strict version of its own "Open XML" standard in Office 2013. It will join new ODF 1.2 and PDF support in Microsoft's office suite.