Alex Barnett's blog

The blog of Alex Barnett

December, 2004

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    Content ownership, fair use and attribution

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    There is a very lively debate between a blogger, Jason Calacanis and the CTO of Skweezer , a " Web portal that reformats Web pages, searches, and e-mail for handheld devices, such as PDA's, smartphones, and most XHTML-enabled cell phones." At the heart...
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    Podcasting with Curry, BBC article

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    BBC News "Former MTV host Adam Curry explains why "podcasts" are rapidly filling people's music player hard drives." Bad news is that either the /. effect seems to be nailing his server ...or BT seems to be having capacity issues in Guilford .
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    Enter the Grid

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    Mary Jo Foley has a 'scoop' at Microsoft Watch : "Microsoft is working on a skunk-works project that is code-named Bigtop, which is designed to allow developers to create a set of loosely coupled, distributed operating-systems components in a relatively...
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    Marketers still don't get RSS

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    A survey of email marketers concludes that they still don't understand the potential of RSS as a marketing tool. Reported at WebProNews , a WordBiz report claims that although 74% of email marketers are 'familiar' with the term 'RSS', only about 37% had...
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    I love the smell of comment spam in the morning

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    "the biggest technology trends are the ones no one predicts"

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    In a Seattle Times article , tech pundit Paul Andrews looks forward to 2005 ... "Year after year, the biggest technology trends are the ones no one predicts. So quickly does the field change that a blip on the radar can turn overnight into the asteroid...
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    Lenovo to move HQ to NY

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    New York Times reports that China's largest PC manufacturer Lenovo (which purchased I.B.M's PC business) is moving its HQ to New York. "American multinational companies outsource manufacturing to China. Why can't a Chinese company outsource management...
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    Microsoft's CIO interviewed by ZDNet's Dan Farber (video)

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    Ron Markezich, CIO at Microsoft, is interviewed by ZDNet's Dan Farber. ( Video, 22 minutes ) Markezich describes his role as an extension to the product development teams and explain what it's like to be an Alpha to Release to Market (RTM) enterprise...
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    Microsoft Bloggers Face Blog Spam Pinch

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    e-Week covers the misery . (The actual title of the article is 'Microsoft Bloggers Face Search Spam Pinch' , but I'm sure this is an error?...should be 'Microsoft Bloggers Face Blog Spam Pinch' ?)
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    Does Google Have Security Problems Like Microsoft?

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    Preston Gralla at O'Reilly asks 'Does Google Have Security Problems Like Microsoft?' "Why point the finger at Google? To show that Microsoft's security woes are not all of its own making. I've long said that one reason Microsoft software is targeted is...
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    EPIC 2014

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    via Slashdot ... Just seen EPIC 2014 , a beautifully created Flash movie by Robin Sloan describing a possible online future. Speculation inlcudes a merger between Amazon and Google, Googlezon. Get your headphones out.
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    P2P Live TV - Cybersky

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    Via Darknet , Red Herring interviews MR Ciberski , founder of Cybersky TV. Cybersky promises to deliver live TV delivered over a P2P network: "German software engineers Guido Ciberski and Petra Bauersachs are promising to introduce software they call...
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    Comment spamming - it's going to get worse.

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    Time to share my predictions for 2005

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    Time to share my predictions for 2005 ... allofmp3.com gets bigger (and adds an RSS feed) Podcasting buzzes to video content Bill Gates doesn't launch his blog (I hope I'm wrong) My wife starts her first blog (on http://spaces.msn.com , primarily for...
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    Office vs Windows

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    Reuters just published a 'news' item,, more of an analysis than a news item...' Is Microsoft's Office Becoming More Like Windows? ' "...the company's broader strategy is to make Office must-have software by opening up its technologies and fostering a...
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    Netcraft: Comment spamming taking its toll on MT

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    Netcraft has posted 'Hosts Disable Movable Type as Comment Spam Slows Servers' . "Comment spam attacks on Movable Type weblogs are straining servers at web hosting companies, leading some providers to disable comments on the popular blogging tool. The...
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    Newsgroups vs blogs

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    Dana VanDen Heuvel has been blogging the American Marketing Association's seminar on blogging in Seattle. He's posted Microsoft's Robert Scoble take on the difference between newsgroups and blogs , and his 5 reasons why blogging is hot .
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    In-flight broadband approved by FCC

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    Ars technica reports that the FCC has approved in-flight broadband. "In 12 to 18 months, you will be able to read Ars from the comfort of your airplane seat, as the Federal Communications Commission has voted to allow high-speed Internet connections on...
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    Several Predictions for 2005 (updated 23 Dec)

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    As usual, a number of predictions for the coming year start emerging, here are some from around the web: Web Design Predictions 2004 2005 (Poynter.org) - " Minimalism is out; detail is in ." Swanni's 2005 TV Predictions (TVPredctions.com) - " A New Beginning...
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    How to sink CD sales: add CD copy-lock technology

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    IMHO... Will adding copy-lock technology to CDs will help increase CD sales? Probably not. But some apparently think so. Will it help reduce illegal downloading of music? Probably not. But some hope so. Will it cause the law-abiding music buyers to buy...
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    Yahoo! Video Search result examples

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    Steve Rubel informs us that Yahoo! has launched a Beta Video Search engine. "One notable enhancement is that Yahoo! is asking for consumers to submit their video enclosure RSS feeds. Yahoo is continuing to innovate in ways that complement and exceed what...
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    "eBay will someday buy Oracle."

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    ZDNet's Between the Lines : "Well, the week may have started with the announcement that Oracle would acquire PeopleSoft. However, Tim O’Reilly, founder and president of O’Reilly & Associates , has provocatively stated that " eBay will someday buy...
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    Search: the size of the prize

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    Technology Review has an excellent in depth analysis on the Search market, ' What's Next for Google ' . Wirtten by Charles Ferguson, who was the founding CEO of Vermeer Technologies (remember High Stakes, No Prisoners ?)includes a interesting table that...
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    The top 1,000 things to know

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    Seth Godin has posted... "What are the one thousand teachable things that every third grader ought to start learning so she'll know them all before before she graduates from high school?" He has kicked off with 20 , that includes: 7. Evolution...14. Not...
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    Blunkett resigns, but ID Cards move forward

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    David Blunkett has just resigned, but with the Tories stating they'll be backing the the ID Cards proposal, ID cards should go ahead anyway. BBC: Blunkett quits as home secretary BBC: Conservative backing for ID cards
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