Alex Barnett's blog

The blog of Alex Barnett

August, 2004

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    My new Smartphone

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    I got my new Smartphone this week, and am so happy! The SPV C500 is an upgrade my SPV E200 and is working like a dream. See BBC " Boom times ahead for smartphones ".
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    What makes RSS readers so compelling?

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    UI Designer asks what it is that makes RSS readers so compelling . He gives is own reason: "Previously I had bookmarked about 15 sites that I visited on a daily basis, usually in the evening. I'm now easily monitoring 105 sites and it seems to be as easy...
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    Microsoft.com homepage redesign

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    Some blogs picking up on the new homepage design at Microsoft.com . Stop Design Photo Matt Digital Web Updated ( 28/08/2004): Microsoft Monitor Meyerweb.com
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    RSS Usability

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    Via Lockergnome , some useful tips on RSS usability .
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    Get ready for Windows XP Service Pack 2

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    Microsoft is preparing to release a free update for Windows XP that provides better protection against hackers, viruses, and worms. The best way to ensure you get Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) when it is released is by turning on Automatic Updates today...
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    Geography lessons for Microsoft employees

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    A Guardian article reports that Microsoft has now: "...launched geography classes for its staff to avoid further bloomers which have caused embarrassment and cost money on a grand scale. He said that as a geographer himself it was depressing that Americans...
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    Macromedia Flash 7 install base - US 66.7%, Europe 81%, Asia 76.9%

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    I don't know how many times the question comes up about the install base of Flash on browsers , so here we go. As of June 2004: Flash 6 was at 94.1% in US, 96.4% in Europe and 92.4% in Asia. Flash 7 was US 66.7%, Europe 81% and Asia 76.9%. Growth seems...
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    In schools, blogs are the new bulletin boards

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    At ZDNet : "School Web sites are labor-intensive and are left up to administrators and teachers," said Mr. Grunwald, whose consulting firm in Washington focuses on the technology link between home and school. "With blogging intended to be a vehicle for...
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    RSS Weather

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    As a Londoner, now I can get depressed by RSS Weather . Thanks to David in sunn y ier Sydney Brisbane..grrrr.
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    Testing, Testing, 1,2,3

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    You dev? You test? You PM? You are 'client'? Then you need to check out The Braidy Tester (Making developers cry since 1995)...here are some of my favourite posts from his blog: New kid on the blogk "I am a Test Technical Lead, which means I set the technical...
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    Request from student - help on blogging survey

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    I got this mail via my blog...if you have 5 mins, please help this student from Plymouth Portsmouth (thanks Andrew) University doing research on bloggers. Was painless... Comments from Alex Barnett blog: Sender: Haiyan Url: http://www.blogcn.com/User12...
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    Infothela: A Passage To Indian Villagers (through a PC and Wi-FI)

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    Technology Review has a wonderful story on some great work going on to provide new opportunities to the people of rural India. I love this: "In Bithoor, which is mired in tradition and poverty, Sharma's parents plan to take her out of school in about...
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    Blogwars - Real takes on Apple via campaign blog (update: backlash - it is going wrong)

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    (Via Steve Rubel's Micro Persuasion ) "Real has launched weblog as a tool to help it fight its musical PR war with Apple...no RSS feed though :-( " May the blogwars begin... (Update: Big backlash going on - petition went wrong...very wrong)
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    UK - If More Digital, Then Less What? Displacement theory?

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    Consumers in the UK are lapping up more and more electronic media and communications services according to the new " Communications Market 2004 Report ," published last week by Ofcom , regulator for the UK communications industries (TV, telco, wireless...
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    Skype Gives Telcos a Wake-Up Call

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    ""One day, we will look back and wonder why we ever paid for phone service, in the same way that we now look back and wonder why we ever paid for e-mail," says Steve Jurvetson, a managing partner at venture-capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson. His firm...
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    Nanotech promises internet 100 times faster

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    (Via Roland Piquepaille ) Canadian researchers have shown that nanotechnology can be used to pave the way to a supercharged Internet based entirely on light. The discovery could lead to a network 100 times faster than today's. "Using a new hybrid material...
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    Not Bill Clinton's blog, but close

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    I stumbled on to the Clinton Presidential Center , huge site and great resource. No blog yet, but if Bill Clinton were to start one it would probably be hosted there. I searched and found the transcript of a speech Clinton delivered in Blackpool, UK at...
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    ASP.NET site of the week

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    Inspired by Frank's ASP.NET Site of the day , I want to know which are the GREAT sites running ASP.NET out there today...They don't have be the big commercial sites, but I am looking for the cool, innovative, funky or smart...something that stands out...
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    ZDNet: Positive reaction to XP SP2

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    ZDNet article on review of XP SP2: "Security company F-Secure has reverse-engineered SP2, a process the company compares to taking apart a virus or worm to see how it functions, and the company's initial reaction is very positive. "They have implemented...
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    Genomic SETI: The truth is inside us?

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    Paul Davies , author of Mind of God is Professor of Natural Philosophy in the Australian Centre for Astrobiology at Macquarie University has proposed that the Genome@Home project could be extended to analyse human DNA for sign of genetic 'messaging' by...
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    Microsoft speak

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    So, quite a few people have been raising the issue around the use of the word ‘so’ by people at Microsoft, so I just wanted to pick up on that thread and in fact extend that out to discuss our taxonomies and usage of the English language in...
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    MSDN Channel 9 - My favourite videos

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    MSDN's Channel 9 has a bunch of interviews with Microsoft peeps...I thought I'd share with you my favourites (chronological order, lastest at top): Iain McDonald answers the question: "What's the biggest suprise that will come out of Microsoft in the...
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    Web Pages That Suck - Microsoft.com?

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    To be honest, I'm not sure what Vincent Flander's is going on about at webpagesthatsuck.com . He mentions a redesign on the Microsoft.com homepage : "This page makes the Daily Sucker because it talks about how they've improved Microsoft.com by redesigning...
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    CIO Jury: Corporates get blogging bug

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    From Silicon.com . "While the phenomenon of web logs – or blogging – as it's more commonly known, has largely been confined to internet-savvy enthusiasts, IT business leaders are starting to wake up to its business potential. A blogging...
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    eBay serves 1 billion XML (read - Web services) queries per month

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    "As pointed out by Information week magazine , there are 50,000 developers signed up for Amazon Web Services program, and 8,000 companies and individual programmers enjoying membership in eBay API program. There are roughly 600 application built on eBay...
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