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Developer Week in Review: Google Goes Yardsaling

Developer Week in Review: Google Goes Yardsaling
By James Turner
August 18, 2011

We learned that Google liked Motorola products so much they decided to buy the company, that social media has a dark side, and that C++ isn't ready to join Sanskrit in the dead languages section just yet.

The Book Industry Study Group reviews ISBN standards

The Book Industry Study Group reviews ISBN standards
By Jenn Webb
January 20, 2011

As ISO ISBN standards are developed for the digital age, the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) is looking over results from a new ebook ISBN study.

The Book Industry Study Group reviews ISBN standards

By Jenn Webb
January 20, 2011

As ISO ISBN standards are developed for the digital age, the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) is looking over results from a new ebook ISBN study.

What should happen with OOXML/ODF after the i4i patent?

By Rick Jelliffe
March 24, 2010

Alex Brown has a recently blogged on Document Format Standards and Patents. Some points of interest: Alex expects the customXML feature should be taken out of the new OOXML Strict (the dialect of OOXML which represent what National Bodies actually...

Fake real-time blog from JTC1 Meeting, Nara, Japan

By Rick Jelliffe
November 21, 2008

ISO/IEC JTC1 (the international standards body that looks after Information Technology standards) has just published two documents from its recent meetings in Nara, Japan. Along with the publication of IS29500 today, these represent a kind of line being drawn underneath the OOXML episode. JTC1 also addresses the "one standard" issue but needs to go further on reform of accelerated processes like the contentious "fast-track" submission.

OOXML standards finally published and available free!

By Rick Jelliffe
November 21, 2008

I am delighted to see that the free site for ISO publicly available standards finally has the OOXML standards available:

Katie Rose in Chiaroscuro

By Harold Davis
September 27, 2008

Katie Rose was sleeping upstairs. The room was dark, except for a low-watt lamp that illuminated part of her face. I shot this handheld, high ISO (ISO 1,600) photo in low light conditions to take advantage of the wonderful chiaroscuro light (not to mention the angelic baby). Chiaroscuro refers to a lighting situation in which there is an extreme contrast...

The Cathedral and the Bazaar and Standards

By Rick Jelliffe
September 23, 2008

The job of standards to promote bazaars. The large monolithic standard is anti-market, however scaffold technologies and small modules are pro-market, which is not to say they necessarily have any commercial appeal. How do we apply these ideas (parallelism, human scale, scaffolding, modularity, evolvability) to standards, and particular to standards development and adoption?

Plan A, Plan B, Plan C, Plan D, the CONSEGI Declaration, and the Brazilian suppression

By Rick Jelliffe
September 11, 2008

I think that underneath the IT bigwigs' comments is the ghost of Plan A: an avoidance of responsibility by procurement or policy makers by invoking the authority of ISO as the reason why a standard should be adopted as a strategy to disentangle from Microsoft and go open source. However, since that was a dodgy proposition to start with (i.e. the invocation, not the disentangling), withdrawing it actually withdraws nothing.

Blossoms and Sensitivity

By Harold Davis
March 3, 2008

I've written about using noise for aesthetic purposes. I've also explored the possibility that noise generated by boosting a camera's sensitivity (ISO) will become a historical artifact and thing of the past. I've also explained my strategies for effective noise post processing. It's time to take a look at a technical challenge that decreased noise generation at higher ISOs solves....

Processing Noise

By Harold Davis
February 15, 2008

I've been shooting in low light at ISO 6400, partly on the grounds that my Nikon D300 is remarkably low noise, and partly on the grounds that noise can be used as part of the aeshetic of an image. My photos of the jellyfish in the aquarium tanks at Monterey are examples of this kind of high ISO work. However,...

Noise As a Historical Artifact

By Harold Davis
January 12, 2008

In my spring release from O'Reilly Light & Exposure for Digital Photographers, I show that image noise can be used creatively. This material is in the ISO and Noise chapter. For example, the noise in this close-up capture of a tiny Lobelia flower is what makes the photo interesting. View large size. Photoshop Nyet: see my blog entry for backstory...


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