Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 26th Oct 2009 19:28 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Microsoft Anyone who has ever dealt with Microsoft Outlook will know the .pst file format - it's the binary, undocumented file in which all data from Outlook is stored - emails, contacts, calendar, you name it, it's in there. Microsoft has announced that it will release detailed technical documentation on the Outlook .pst data format.
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It's my data
by mksoft on Tue 27th Oct 2009 08:28 UTC
mksoft
Member since:
2006-02-25

I don't get the need for this fake interoperability. It's my data, how come software companies are allowed to hold it hostage ?

The software industry ran wild long enough, time to protect the users/consumers (I'm a developer but a consumer as well).

File formats which hold my data should be published - it's not yours. There's no need for MS' Johnny-come-lately or Apple's harassing of BlueWiki.

You want to publish software which stores data in a custom format ? You'll have to publish the format as well.

My data shouldn't guarantee your business model.

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RE: It's my data
by Karitku on Tue 27th Oct 2009 13:45 in reply to "It's my data"
Karitku Member since:
2006-01-12

I don't get the need for this fake interoperability. It's my data, how come software companies are allowed to hold it hostage ? The software industry ran wild long enough, time to protect the users/consumers (I'm a developer but a consumer as well). File formats which hold my data should be published - it's not yours. There's no need for MS' Johnny-come-lately or Apple's harassing of BlueWiki. You want to publish software which stores data in a custom format ? You'll have to publish the format as well. My data shouldn't guarantee your business model.

Rubbish, you took the easy way and choose something that makes your life easy nobody forced you. I'm sure when leftist econazis come to power they will force all to do like you say, but until then I'm glad that companies freedom to decide what to do. And so has consumers who don't need to buy stuff they don't want, there is always pen and paper.

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RE[2]: It's my data
by sbenitezb on Tue 27th Oct 2009 20:58 in reply to "RE: It's my data"
sbenitezb Member since:
2005-07-22

Unfortunately, IT managers are dumb asses most of the time and people have to live with idiotic software like Outlook. It's not like you have a lot of choice in there.

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RE[2]: It's my data
by mksoft on Tue 27th Oct 2009 23:12 in reply to "RE: It's my data"
mksoft Member since:
2006-02-25

Huh ? I meant "my" as a general case. My OS, development tools and apps are FLOSS (with the exception of flash).

In that case s/my/user/g, and look at the bigger picture.

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