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Bill Gates has reportedly been making phone calls to the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Commerce to push the American National Standards Institute to ignore the votes of its advisory committees and vote "yes" on ISO standardizing Microsoft's Open Office XML (OOXML) format, the one in competition with the OpenDocument Format (ODF) pushed by IBM and Sun. Gates reportedly picked up the phone when the last INCITS ballot failed by one vote to support Microsoft. The only trouble with getting the US government involved in voting "aye" is that because of the way OOXML handles XML Scheme the government will have to break its own rules to use it. ... (more)

How AJAX Can Bring Cross-Platform Rich User Interfaces to Web Applications

"Though it's been around for a while, AJAX (Asynchronous Javascript + XML) is now a hot topic in the application developer community because it brings cross-platform rich user interfaces to web applications without having to use products like Microsoft .NET or Macromedia," said Steve Benfield, VP of strategy & technology evangelism at ClearNova, Inc., as it was announced that executives from ClearNova will be championing AJAX  in their session at the South Florida Java User's Group in the Miami area on August 17. The discussion will be led by Benfield - pictured here talking to SYS... (more)

i-Technology & Katrina: Cisco Contributes Financial and Human Resources

"On behalf of the employees of Cisco, we send our deepest sympathy and condolences to all of those affected by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath," said Cisco's president and CEO John Chambers (pictured) as Cisco, its employees and the Cisco Foundation pledged to contribute financial and human resources to aid in relief and rebuilding efforts for those affected by Hurricane Katrina, including a donation expected to be in excess of $3 million. "This has been a crushing blow to the residents of the Gulf Coast and we stand by them, ready to help," Chambers continued. "Speed is of... (more)

Intel CEO Otellini: Katrina Leaves "A Hole In the Human Spirit"

"Thousands dead, families torn apart – a hole in the human spirit is created by a terrible natural event," said Intel's president & CEO Paul Otellini (pictured) yesterday as Intel announced that the Intel Foundation, its philanthropic arm, will make a $1 million donation to the American Red Cross in support of Hurricane Katrina disaster relief efforts. In a communication to Intel employees, Otellini commented on the emotions unleashed by the tragedy: "The thought that major cities will not be inhabitable for weeks or even months is something Americans have never had to face befo... (more)

AJAXWorld Magazine Announces AJAX "Readers' Choice Awards"

AjaxWorld Magazine (ajax.sys-con.com) announced its Readers' Choice Awards to select the "Best AJAX-driven Websites" as well as "Best AJAX Software and Tools" available in the marketplace today. In its 10th year, SYS-CON's Readers' Choice Awards is one of the most prestious award program and is also known as the "Oscars of the software industry." Nominations are now open at the ajax.sys-con.com website. SYS-CON announced the winners and finalists of its 2005 Readers' Choice Awards for SOA, Web Services, Java and XML in total of 47 distinct award categories in January, 2006. More... (more)