Alex Barnett's blog

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August, 2005

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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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    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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    Pandora: simple, instant, responsive

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    I've been testing out Pandora the last couple of evenings, as my sister still hasn't yet replied to my email asking her to recommend some new CDs I should get (hello sis! ;-) I love the interface to this service: simple, instant and responsive...
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    Orlowski is at it again...

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    JD Lasica, author of Darknet (very good btw), despairs with Andrew Orlowksi's latest contribution at the Register: "Andrew "hatchet job" Orlowski of UK's The Register is at it again , this time with yet another wildly uninformed blast at Creative...
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    WinFS beta 1 released

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    Robert Scoble has uploaded the WinFS video to Channel 9 . Haven't seen it myself yet, only just heard! Check out the WinFS team blog too - this post is by Quentin Clark e the director of program management for WinFS. " It’s a big milestone...
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    OSDL cries fowl?

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    ZDNet's Joe Brockmeier tries to explain that not having a joint research project between OSDL and Microsoft is a good thing. I'd say ( usual disclaimers apply ) that not having this independent research done is a bad thing for anyone interested in acquiring...
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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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    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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    Infuencers - 87% use RSS

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    A small survey taken by Nooked indicates how RSS is ubiquitous among key influencers . "The Nooked - Influencer survey set out to establish if key influencers - journalists, analysts and bloggers – are using RSS to collect information for analysis...
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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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    Build a simple RSS reader control

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    Peter Bernhardt shows how to build an RSS feed reader control that you can add to your website. Peter uses Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition Beta for the article. (btw, posting this might seem a little random...last night I was IMing with a chap...
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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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    Now, that's what I call Windows!

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    Things get even sillier ...Windows the MP3 (3 MB) . Thanks to Dan for the pointer.
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    How not to implement RSS

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    Rok Hastrik, author of 'Unleash the Marketing Power & Publishing Power of RSS' , has written up a good case study on how not to implement RSS . The subject of the piece is AdAge.com , a marketing publication. Bottom line? If you try to subscribe...
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    Berners-Lee not happy

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    Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the Wonderful Wonderful Web, in an open letter published on the W3C site has lambasted the US Copyright Office over its insistence that certain online forms can only be submitted using IE. I agree, that's lame. From...
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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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    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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    My hard disk

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    Frank Arrigo shows off his hard disk . Here's mine (also using SequoiaView ).
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    Invented conflicts

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    Love this post by Adobe's John Nack , regarding some recent articles claiming Microsoft's Acrylic is a Photoshop/Flash/Illustrator/FreeHand/Fireworks/etc killer. "If I were Microsoft, I'd be deflecting these assertions like crazy. Why? Because ...
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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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    A Further Five Numbers

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    Simon Singh continues his Five Numbers series on BBC 4 Radio: This time Singh explores 1 (the most popular), 2, 6 (the pivot), 6.67 x 10^-11 (or G), and 1729 (the first of the “Ramanujan numbers”). Probably best to start with the original Five...
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    something most curious...

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    I.T Vibe spots something most curious... " Origenxbox360.com is a site that contains a single page of flash showing a tree, a green bunny, and a numerical countdown in the background. Gamers familiar with Microsoft's previous viral marketing campaigns...
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    Windows 95 - 10 years on

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    Joe Wilcox points out that tomorrow , August 24 2005, is the 10th anniversary of the Windows 95 release. Joe takes a trip down memory lane... "Those were the days when Microsoft got aspirational marketing right and for the right audiences. For...
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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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