Tech Blogs at ZDNet – Did you say Lakoff? or UBL?

Tech Blogs at ZDNet – Did you say Lakoff? or UBL?

The following absolutely informative Blogs at ZDNet

are found at

Between the Lines – “the blog for discriminating IT buyers” by Dan Farber and David Berlind. A recent posting suggest that the just released Mozilla Firefox 1.0 may be a safer, better choice for browsing than Internet Explorer.

We are staunch Microsoft IE (Internet Explorer) users so we remain skeptical about newbies on the browser landscape. Often the hype does not match the expectations. The first thing about Firefox that disturbs us is the non-intuitive placement of the integrated Google search box being in the far upper right hand corner of the browser. You might call this “mouse-stretching”. We have the Google toolbar with a properly sized input box (much too small in Firefox) in IE and this is far preferable.

Steve Gillmor’s InfoRouter has postings on the blogosphere and his recently coined term “podosphere” for podcasting.

George Ou has postings on security matters and writes about e-mail, spam, viruses and gateway protection as follows:

“…the number of unprotected e-mail domains that remain is shocking.

Unfortunately, too many IT geeks believe that users shouldn’t be so gullible and should learn to defend themselves. This is exactly what spammers count on to accumulate their hordes of zombies that are ready to launch spam or DoS (Denial of Service) attacks at their command, because there will always be a percentage of users who are completely helpless. If your organization or ISP doesn’t scan for viruses at the gateway, it’s time to demand change now.”

Russell Shaw brings us IP Telephony and his November 9, 2004 posting on the just issued FCC ruling on VoIP:

“The Federal Communications Commission declared today that a type of Internet telephony service offered by Vonage Holdings Corp. called DigitalVoice is not subject to traditional state public utility regulation.

The Commission also stated that other types of IP-enabled services, such as those offered by cable companies, that have basic characteristics similar to DigitalVoice would also not be subject to traditional state public utility regulation.”

Dana Blankenhorn and Joe Brockmeier keep us up to date on Open source, where and a recent post refers to the theories of Berkeley linguist, George Lakoff, according to which open source should try to get away from the term “intellectual property” since copyright infringement is less than that and actually has to do with “a limited right, granted for a limited term”.

Hear, hear, all advocates! Lakoff’s linguistic studies have led him to teach “that the way to win an argument is to control how the argument is described [framed].” This is no small potatoes, as a coming LawPundit posting on Lakoff will demonstrate.

Britton Manasco and Joe McKendrick present Service-Oriented IT and tell the e-business world on November 10, 2004 that:

“It’s official: UBL, or Universal Business Language, has been unleashed as a standard. On Monday, the standards group OASIS gave its final blessing to UBL, version 1.0, which functions as a standardized document format. As explained by CNET’s Martin LaMonica, UBL is meant to make it easier to turn paper records into electronic ones and, ultimately, easier to share documents, such as purchase orders, between organizations doing business online….

Some proponents, including Jon Bosak, distinguished engineer with Sun Microsystems and a founder of XML, says UBL ‘could take over the world.’ …

UBL simply automates purchase orders and invoices – nothing more, nothing less, Bosak says….”

A UBL v1.0 package in ZIP-format can be downloaded here:

“The downloadable package for UBL Version 1.0 contains ca 244 files including: (1) XML schemas for eight basic business documents: Order, Order Response, Order Response Simple, Order Change, Order Cancellation, Despatch Advice, Receipt Advice, and Invoice; (2) a description of the generic order-to-invoice procurement process within which the UBL document types are designed to operate; (3) a library of more than 400 reusable XML data elements from which the UBL document schemas are constructed, complete with definitions based on the ISO/TS 15000 Core Components Technical Specification; (4) a description of the UBL 1.0 development methodology; (5) UML diagrams of the overall UBL data model and its constituent component packages — Address Package, Contract Package, Delivery Package, Document Reference Package, Hazardous Item Package, Item Package, Party Package, Payment Package, Procurement Package, Tax Package; (6) Document assembly diagrams showing the relationship between each of the UBL document types and its constituent components; (7) Excel and OpenOffice spreadsheets showing the data models of each of the UBL documents and the UBL component library; etc.”

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