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Going to Golden Bay

Bird waiting to board the ferry to Picton:

Bird and the ferry

Our new wheels (and Bird relieving himself in the background):

The new wheels

Roseneath, Wellington, Sunday, January 13th, 2008

Golden Bay

The Mighty, moored near Cousteau’s Calypso:

The Mighty, moored near Cousteau’s Calypso

Toilet on top of the Tasman memorial in Golden Bay:

Toilet on top of the Tasman memorial in Golden Bay

Toilet on the Abel Tasman memorial

Ligar Bay, there was a penguin swimming near the beach:

Ligar Bay

Tash and Bird:

Tash and Bird

Roseneath, Wellington, Sunday, January 13th, 2008

Flags at half mast for Sir Ed

flags at half mast for Ed Hillary

You can sign the condolences book in the Beehive too.

Roseneath, Wellington, Saturday, January 12th, 2008

KDE 4

KDE 4 released! w00t…!

Roseneath, Wellington, Saturday, January 12th, 2008

Question: RTF is a standard, true or false?

Answer: False.

To be honest with you, I’m surprised. I’d never considered this before, I guess I have always assumed that RTF was a standard. In fact, it is not a standard at all. Rob Weir has an enlightening post that summarises the issues surrounding RTF and OOXML. Found on Slashdot, you can lose yourself for a while in the comments.

According to Wikipedia:

The Rich Text Format (often abbreviated to RTF) is a proprietary document file format developed by Microsoft in 1987 for cross-platform document interchange. Most word processors are able to read and write RTF documents.

Using Linux exclusively at home I’ve become really interested in (and frustrated by) standards for exchanging information other than HTML. The Webstock committee are constantly sending various documents around and trying various formats (we have three Mac users, two Windows users and moi on Linux). We use various tools (including Word docs, Excel spreadsheets, Basecamp, Google docs, and so on), but there isn’t a decent non-proprietary way to share data. We are using RTF more and more as it’s light weight and it works for our documents. We’ll continue to use it, but I was amazed to discover that Microsoft can change RTF whenever they like.

Rob Weir again:

This should sound familiar. OOXML is nothing more than the preferences of Microsoft Office. Whenever Word changes, OOXML will change. And if you are a user or competitor of Word, you will be the last one to hear about these changes. ISO does not own OOXML. Ecma does not own OOXML. OOXML, in practice, is controlled and determined solely by the Office product teams at Microsoft. No one else matters.

Roseneath, Wellington, Friday, January 4th, 2008

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