Why proprietary data formats are bad:
bq. “You should have the right to own your own information. It’s your intellectual capital and you worked hard to produce it for your citizens. Sun doesn’t own it, Microsoft doesn’t own it, you own it, and that means it should be living in a nice, long-lived, non-proprietary data format that isn’t anyone’s competitive weapon.
>> ‘Tim Bray’:http://www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/200x/2004/06/09/ScienceStreet
And that’s why open source is the future. If nobody but Henry Ford _(and Daimler etc.)_ knew how to make cars and they refused to publish technical manuals than cars would be extremely expensive and we’d still be riding horses.
Interesting discussion at ‘Scoblezier about this’:http://radio.weblogs.com/0001011/2004/06/11.html#a7735. See the ‘comments thread’:http://scoblecomments.scripting.com/comments?u=1011&p=7735&link=http%3A%2F%2Fradio.weblogs.com%2F0001011%2F2004%2F06%2F11.html%23a7735.
bq. Possibly because you may want to communicate with someone who can’t deal with that format. At the point where you need to send data to someone else, and that person can’t/won’t accept your proprietary format – your effective productivity drops.
>> James Robertson
bq.. *With each move, a lot of that cleverness gets whittled away.* I end up with a text file of contact details because, really, in the end, that’s what I carry from machine to machine to pda to ipod. I could attach a lot of extra, really interesting data to that, but it’d never make it from one app to the next. A JPEG of my friends face and her birthday are just temporary blips as that data moves into a cool new app, gets these things added, then has them stripped away as they move into the next app.
One solution to this is to always stay with one app: and that’s definitely something MS have provided for, and works *really* hard to provide. It just wasn’t a behaviour I saw much of in the people I spoke to. I don’t think that’s generally true; but who knows? Maybe as time goes on, it becomes more true for more people. People didn’t believe there could be another app on the desktop in 1994. A year later, there was the browser, gurning away on their screens? How much of your past life did you manage to get into OneNote? How much will make it from OneNote to whatever you use next (if you don’t stay with OneNote)?
>> Danny O Brien
fn1. Insert your favourite application here.