Microsoft Reaches Out to Open-Source Community

A Microsoft lawyer says the company wants to build bridges with the open source community. Eric Raymond sums up what needs to happen:

“Nobody in the open-source world expects Microsoft to open-source their core products; given their business model that would be insane,” Raymond said. “But, realistically, they could do some important things. One, open up their file formats. That is, fully document things like the Microsoft Word and Windows Media formats, and make a binding promise not to sue people who write software to interoperate with them,” he said. “Two, put down the patent weapon. Do as IBM has, and offer their software patents under royalty-free, paperwork-free license to open-source projects. Three, support open technical standards, rather than sabotaging them. Microsoft has a history of destructive meddling at organizations like the IETF and W3C, and of attempting to hijack standards like Kerberos by making them dependent on proprietary ‘extensions.’ Simply not doing this would be a huge improvement.”

The Sony Librie

Kottke gets a look at the Sony Librie electronic ink e-book reader and loves it. I actually like reading books on the crappy 160×160 display on my Sony PDA so this thing would be a dream for me.

Todd Harrell Celebrity Mix

Todd Harrell Celebrity Mix
The 3 Doors Down bassist picks his favorite tracks.
1. Love Removal Machine – The Cult
2. That Smell – Lynyrd Skynyrd
3. Long Haired Country Boy – Charlie Daniels
4. Highway Song – Blackfoot
5. Funk #48 – James Gang
6. Photograph – Def Leppard
7. Free Bird – Lynyrd Skynyrd
8. Cat Scratch Fever – Ted Nugent
9. Them Bones – Alice in Chains
10. Creep – Stone Temple Pilots
11. Theme From The Dukes Of Hazzard (Good Ol’ Boys) – Waylon Jennings
12. No Rain – Blind Melon

Jimmy Chamberlin’s Hit List

Jimmy Chamberlin’s Hit List:
The Smashing Pumpkins’ drummer selects his most influential tracks from the Rhapsody catalog.
1. Lost In The Supermarket – The Clash
2. Bargain – The Who
3. Power To The People – Curtis Mayfield
4. Dreaming – Blondie
5. Fever – Peggy Lee
6. Wouldn’t It Be Nice – The Beach Boys
7. The Lovecats – The Cure
8. Flesh For Fantasy – Billy Idol
9. Well You Needn’t – Thelonious Monk
10. Shiny Happy People – R.E.M.

The Killer’s Celebrity Playlist

The Killer’s Celebrity Playlist:
1. Tiny Dancer – Elton John
2. Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley
3. In Your Room – Depeche Mode
4. Drive – The Cars
5. Just What I Needed – The Cars
6. Under Control – The Strokes
7. Speedway – Morrissey
8. The Chauffeur – Duran Duran
9. Six Different Ways – The Cure
10. President Gas – The Psychedelic Furs
11. D. J. – David Bowie
12. Life On Mars? – David Bowie
13. Jeepster – Marc Bolan & T. Rex
14. Spanish Bombs – The Clash
15. Private Life – Oingo Boingo