On the new Redmond corporate communications checklist we recently seem to find an entry for: bashing Rob Weir and IBM. Jason Matusow, the most well-tempered one of the Microsoft bloggers still insists on the CDF. A nouveau nice propaganda postulate: The "IBM cloud" (Czernobyl can you hear me… or did they coin the phrase watching a movie like this)
IBM is SOOOOOO attached to ODF as the one-and-only document format, that they are going to translate it into <gasp> another format so that it can fit into "the IBM cloud" - in other words, into the rest of their business model.
At the end of the article, IBM is quick to try to distance themselves from Edwards and what is said in the article. It could be, because the points made in the article would seem to completely contradict the arguments they are making in favor of ODF.
Gary Edwards who carved out the collapsed OpenDocumentFoundation contributes great comedy:
"Good catch Jason. My guess is that IBM really wanted us to shut down the Foundation before the peasants with pitchforks, drunk with ODF blood lust and euphoria, turned on CDF+, savaging a great work out of ignorance and fever pitched anger. All of which IBM is responsible for. …I've come to this conclusion. IBM is pissed because they are competing in the cloud against both Microsoft and Google! What they didn't want disclosed to Google is their reliance on W3C CDF +, and the fluid, application specific Lotus Symphony conversion possible between ODF and CDF+. So they had to thread this needle; discrediting the Foundation through a slanderous and corporate defamatory process that started with their goon squad skating out onto the ice wearing the deceptive pink tights of a Hamlet wannabe spouting renaissance intellectual type platitudes. Sure when some guy in pink tights skates out onto the ice, you don't stop to think he's a hard core goon wielding an iron club, wanting to take your head off. It's impossible to take such a joke seriously. And then bang, the guy in pink tights who thinks he's a modern day Hamlet, a clown in the guise of an anti disposition, whacks you upside the head with lies and slander, and takes you out.
Now, Brian Jones, another Microsoft Blogger for Open XML:
IBM’s Rob Weir makes it clear… he wants war
Well, apparently IBM didn't like that message. Even today they still believe they are in a war. A couple days ago I had a blog post where I voiced my surprise that IBM's Rob Weir (head of the ODF technical committee), was attacking the ISO and Ecma for their discussions about setting up a plan for maintenance of the Open XML format after it's adopted (assuming the National Bodies are happy with the proposed resolutions this spring). … I can't believe you feel comfortable throwing around crazy statements like this Rob… sounds like the type of propaganda you hear from someone looking to wage war. It needs to stop.
Why did you choose to oppose Open XML's adoption in ISO? Why did you do so much work to find issue with Open XML during the fast track process rather than during its development within Ecma? You guys are Ecma members, and could have had a positive impact on the spec if you had wanted to. Instead you guys took your 300,000 person strong workforce and mobilized it with one mission and one mission only (kill Open XML). It was hilarious seeing some of the meetings where there would be a few IBM guys with no technical knowledge at all, but they had your template of 200+ issues and the talking points. They couldn’t explain any issue in detail, but they would still demand that it was a problem and that Open XML should be rejected. It’s hilarious how many issues you see show up in numerous National Body comments that are just word for word copies (spelling mistakes included) of the IBM hit list. What about the incidents like where an IBM employee actually wrote the official document for a country that he wasn’t even associated with? Come down off your ivory tower man, it’s just silly.
So we now have Rob Weir from IBM hard at work trying to find a way of turning the positive into a negative. …. I was pointed to this blog post by Rob Weir (IBM) on the recent batch of proposed resolutions to NB comments posted on Ecma's website, and while I rarely have the energy to read an entire Rob Weir post, I gave it a shot. He opens by claiming the following: "First, Microsoft has managed to get JTC1 to clamp down on information". Theater at its finest… Of course Rob knows that Microsoft has no say in this process at all.
Of course. Rob is evil.
Why is Rob evil? Your contributions please.
NoOOXML granted the first award to Microsoft. It is time for a new competition. What can you make up? Why is IBM's OOXML comment digger Rob Weir EVIL. For instance:
Rob Weir is not evil, he is just sooo double faced, this guy is a tinkypinky clown. He talks about ODF and openness but what happened to IBM's OS/2? On the internet we find a petition for open source OS/2. Does IBM listen to these angry customers left in the cold? Does Rob put a fullsize banner on his frontpage to support their campaign? No, these villains have no intentions whatsoever to support open source, it is all about Rob-bery from the community. Rob and his punchcard connection want to lock all the sources in their ivory tower, to keep iron fisted control of their IBM cloud. Unlike Microsoft IBM was never concerned about longterm preservation and backwards compatibility. They supported the Nazis to kill but Rob has no right to kill Open XML and spill his dirty slander over a …
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