Alex Barnett's blog

The blog of Alex Barnett

September, 2004

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    RSS not ubiquitous, yet.

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    Rick Bruner at Business Blog Consulting gives ' One (Percent) Reason Why Not to Switch From Email to RSS' . The general gist is right - the debate should move away from RSS v Email and move to how RSS can become part of the marketing mix. In the article...
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    Winnable Solitaire - the great indie software start-up experiment

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    Erik Sink has started an experimental project to understand the world of micro-ISVs, or 'indie software developers (software companies that are comprised of only one person) He's outlined the project in an MSDN article "Exploring Micro-ISVs" and is providing...
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    Personalised RSS feed & web UI from MSDN UK

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    During my trip to Redmond last week, we launched MSDN Connection in the UK . The concept is simple enough: tell us what languages and technologies you are interested in and we'll aggregate the corresponding MSDN content for you . You can consume it 2...
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    Spam? I don't have spam, I use RSS ;-)

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    Spam? I don't have spam , I use RSS ;-)
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    Microsoft B2B Site Case Study

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    (Via Digital Web Magazine ) "In February 2004, Microsoft UK launched Advisor, an extranet targeted at business and technical decision makers in the mid-market. Alex Barnett (er, that's me!) shares lessons learned from the Advisor development process about...
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    Don't Lock the Taskbar

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    UI Designer mentioned that he has moved his taskbar to the top of his desktop rather than leave it in the default position at the bottom of the screen. I tried this out myself a few years ago and have stuck with it ever since - less mousework to do since...
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    Spammers Using Sender ID

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    Technology Review's Simon Garfinkel picks up on an article published at Infoworld . "Spammers have started publishing their own Sender ID records, allowing their email to speed through anti-spam filters, according to this IDG News Service article. Sender...
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    Dynamic RSS Feeds and Bandwidth Consumption

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    Nick Bradbury's take (author of FeedDemon RSS reader ) on the RSS bandwidth concerns . "This sounds simple enough, but there's a big problem here: many high-traffic RSS feeds are created dynamically through server-side code, and the HTTP server won't...
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    Eyetrack III study - text speaks louder than pictures

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    Via Robert Scoble: " Poynter does scientific study on how people read Web sites Everytime Poynter Institute does EyeTrak research they change how people design media. This time they use their fancy eye tracking machines to look at how people read Web...
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    Jeremy Allaire, distracted: Internet Video

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    Macromedia's Jeremy Allaire has been distracted by TV, very distracted in fact. His last blog posting was in April ' Distracted...by TV ' until this week (5 months later) where he posts about the very same: ' The Internet of Video '. April 20 2004 Distracted...
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    On the interplanetary net there is no "now"

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    Vint Cerf gives an interview for BBC's Click Online (transcript and video) where he shares his thoughts on the interplanetary net. He points out the lag issue - an interesting design constraint for future interactive service designers... "When you get...
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    Internet2 sets new record: 6.63 gigabits per second

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    From Digital Media Europe : " Scientists at CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research), the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), AMD, Cisco, Microsoft Research, Newisys, and S2IO have successfully tested a new internet2 land-speed record...
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    RSS: The GPRS KillerApp

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    (Via New Mobile Computing ) "With a little bit of marketing RSS on the cellphone could be the next KillerApp " If you have a Smartphone you can get mobile RSS today .
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    Vote or Not..the solution to voter apathy?

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    The guys who brought you Hot or Not, now give you a decent reason to vote - the opportunity to win $100K. At Vote or Not , they are giving away $200k...Why? Because it'll be the best $200K's worth of marketing dollars they have probably spent...but they...
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    Blogspats - the fog of blogwars

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    Nick Bradbury points to a posting by Douglas Rushkoff ' the real threat of blogs ' . I then saw a previous posting 'Bloggers Ad Nauseum' where the subject of whether or not it is 'right' to accept ads on a blog is discussed somewhat passionately... When...
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    Maths holy grail could bring disaster for internet

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    I really have no idea how plausable this is...From Future Now : " Riemann Hypothesis and the future of e-commerce We rarely get to write about higher mathematics here, but the Guardian Unlimited's cryptic headline , "Maths holy grail could bring disaster...
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    RFID and Privacy

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    Microsoft describes (word.doc) key privacy issues around RFID use, and presents recommendations to address these issues. Abstract: In this article , Microsoft illustrates how privacy threats can arise from RFID, and enumerates the key threats in various...
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    Gates explains Longhorn changes

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    ZDNet interview with Bill Gates on Longhorn. Robert Scoble has posted a load of related blogosphere links on the Longhorn news. Also, see C hris Sells' What WinFX on Down-Level Windows Means for Developers - article describes how bringing WinFX to Windows...
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    UK turning into nation of gamers

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    A couple of articles referencing a new report on the games market. Highlights: BBC: UK turning into nation of gamers Over the last six years, the UK market for games grew by 100% and was worth a record £1,152m in 2003, according to a report by analysts...
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    Case study on effect of a blog to the bottom line

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    Marketing Sherpa has published a case study on the effect of a blog to the bottom line (btw: the article is only open for public access through September 17) . The company in question is T-Shirt King . "RESULTS: Site sales tripled during 2003, and have...
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    40% of Internet households interested in purchasing Portable Media Centre devices

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    From WindowsForDevices.com ...( Via IT Facts.biz ) : The Diffusion Group's Consumer Interest in Portable Media Centers suggests that more than 40 percent of Internet households will be interested in purchasing PCM devices, while 10 percent will "definitely...
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