Alex Barnett's blog

The blog of Alex Barnett

August, 2005

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    Who is the 'Intelligent Designer'?

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    (Warning relating to this post. Chowbay's Food and Article Center advises to maintain proper etiquette while attending dinner parties: one should, " try to avoid heavy subjects such as politics and religion.". I'm going to stay out of the politics ...
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    Win an Xbox 360 every 10 minutes (u.s. only)

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    Only in the US I'm afraid... Pepsi is running a sweepstakes competition, giving away an Xbox 360 every 10 minutes until 10/31/05. Starts 8/28/05. "To play, consumers will collect codes found under the caps of Mountain Dew and other participating...
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    Web 1.0 and Web 2.0

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    James Governor provides his thoughts on the never-ending discussion around the definition of Web 2.0 . Following James' format , here are the differentiating characteristics between the Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 concepts as I see them: ...
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    about the cricket: I can't help myself

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    Sorry, I can't help myself... England are on the verge of defeating Australia in the fourth Test to go 2-1 up in the 5 match series...For those not familiar with the game of cricket, I should explain why I'm staying up to watch the drama of the Test unfold...
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    Cricket update: my condolences to the Aussies

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    Thankfully, we scraped through , 2-1 in Ashes - the greatest contest in cricket - with one to play. If we hadn't won, I think I would have joined the local Flying Spaghetti Monsterism movement and start worshiping the noodles. Like Thurya and Adam...
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    Why?

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    rethink(ip) has a nice post on parenthood:: "I have a three-and-a-half year-old son. All the parents reading this post now immediately understand the title. Why Daddy? Why? Why? Why? After ever explanation…he fires it right back at you...
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    If you love RSS...

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    So about all this RSS vs. Feeds naming brouhaha , what can I say? I love RSS. I've been banging on about RSS like a crazy man for last two and half years . But emotions have no place in this debate. When I first heard about the IE ...
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    Vonage to IPO?

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    ZDNet and WSJ are reporting that the VoIP firm Vonage is planing an IPO to raise $600m, after having raised $400m with VC cash. If this is true and works out, Skype will need to make its move soon. Either by its own IPO or by acquisition . What seems...
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    Geo-targeting on MSDN and Technet

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    The MSDN & TechNet Product Group (MTPG - the group I'm in) has made Geo-targeted local headlines live for 10 markets on both MSDN US and TechNet US Homepages. The local headlines are provided by Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India...
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    Xbox 360 prices official

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    From the Microsoft's press release "Ending weeks of speculation about which upcoming video game platform will give gamers the most bang for their buck, today at the German Games Convention, Microsoft Corp. revealed that consumers can get their...
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    Google Talk - review

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    The new Google IM / VoIP beta client ' Google Talk' is reviewed by Download Squad . via Goolge Rumours . Update: Google Talk now live . Am playing with it. ping me: alexbarnett gmail Also, remember the speculation in January 'Google phone'...?
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    Gartner conclusion on RSS - wrong.

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    According to Gartner's report, Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies , RSS will be useful for content that is 'nice to know' rather than 'need to know' (via Silicon Republic ). The report is described as an IT buzzword hype scorecard which assesses...
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    Google News via RSS

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    Charlene Li: "Google now has the ability to add RSS/Atom feeds from Google News . Users will have the ability to add three types of feeds: 1) Google News section feed; 2) Google News search results feed; and 3) feed from a customized news page. Interestingly...
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    RSS search engines

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    Search Engine Watch has published their second part of a series of articles on RSS The latest piece takes a look at the specialized RSS search tools that help you locate content in blogs and feeds: " Many people mistakenly refer to RSS search...
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    My Blogday

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    2 mins to 12:00am, Aug 31. Just made Blogday . So without further ado and breaking all the rules, I recommend the following 11 (not 5) blogs to you that are unlikely to be already in your opml: Bill Higgins , works at IBM Global as a systems engineer...
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    MSN Phishing Filter released

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    Inside Microsoft tells of news that MSNs Phishing Filter add-in is available for download for US only see update below . The filter requires MSN Search Toolbar with Windows Desktop Search and Microsoft Windows XP SP2, IE 6 or later Microsoft Monitor...
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    Foldershare - love

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    Found, played and coughed up for a licence tonight for Foldershare , a P2P fileshare service that makes file/folder syncing really easy. It works. Very well. Now eyeing one of these Iomega external drives - it runs Foldershare natively. Plug the beast...
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    Is it wrong to love Microsoft?

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    Classic Slashdot: ' Is It Wrong To Love Microsoft? '.
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    My hard disk

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    Frank Arrigo shows off his hard disk . Here's mine (also using SequoiaView ).
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    Bill Gates Musical

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    Oh - my - giddy - aunt. Inside Microsoft : "Yes, there is actually a musical opening next month about the lives of Bill Gates, Paul Allen and Steve Jobs. Nerds: A Musical Software Satire , opens September 20 with eight performances at off...
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    Video, video

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    Search Engine Watch : "The folks at MSN Virtual Earth have publicly released this very funny video clip that has the MSN Butterfly (as portrayed by Steve Lombardi, Program Manager, of MSN VE)" Peter Horsman (Microsoft Holland) sent me a link to a video...
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    MSN Messenger 7.5 released

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    Andre de Costa points out MSN Messenger 7.5 is available for download here : "The MSN Messenger team have just released version 7.5 of the client to the masses. Among the new features are Dymanic Backgrounds and Voice Clips. Dynamic Backgrounds...
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    Kiwi website manager required

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    Gretchen points to a fun video (wmv) advertising a website manager role for the Microsoft New Zealand subsidiary ...
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    Atom 1.0 specs published

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    (I could have sworn I did this earlier today! ;-). A new feed spec is announced, this time by Tim Bray: Atom 1.0: "It’s cooked and ready to serve. It doesn’t have an RFC number yet, but this is officially Atom 1.0 ( HTML here ). Here...
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    Jobs tips

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    Josh Ledgard provides 5 tips for being successful at Microsoft . "1. Remember to ingore your email" :-) Update: Gretechen Legdard (Josh's wife) reminds me of an often quoted tip inside Microsoft: "It’s better to ask for forgiveness...
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