Alex Barnett's blog

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September, 2005

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    SyncToy for Windows XP, free download

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    Major Nelson spotted this free new SyncToy PowerToy at Microsoft.com's Download Center . I've just finished the set up and synchronized my laptop pic and mp3 files with my spanking new Buffalo Network Storage Center . It works. I'll do the same with...
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    How RSS thickened my Long Tail

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    I did an experiment this morning. I analyzed my blog traffic/views using all the data since December 2003. For some reason I haven't done this before. I wanted to see how closely my page views traffic looked like the Long Tail . I got more than...
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    the positive side of having a deaf left ear

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    Nick Bradbury created the application that has transformed my internet-use behaviour - FeedDemon (RSS / feed reader). Nick has recently gone through some tough times and has shared his journey on his blog. I find his openess humbling. He's just had...
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    British English words not used in American English

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    Groovy Mother points to a Wikipedia list of British English words not used in American English . Since moving to Redmond, I've had to learn some of these the hard way. Recent examples of words I've used in conversation and got back a blank stare...
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    Xbox 360 bundles back in stock at Costco (US)

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    (Update: 2 Oct 2005: Steve just pointed out the Costco offer is now closed.) Happy days. Just ordered my Xbox 360 (a belated birthday present) at Costco . :-) Bundle includes: Xbox 360 Game Console Wireless Controller...
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    eBay agrees to buy Skype, but why?

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    It was only a couple of weeks I wrote of Skype 's need to 'get on with it': "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...
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    10 reasons companies don't care about Accessibility

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    Christian Heilmann has written up a good piece at Digital Web Magazine on the reasons companies struggle to deal with and invest in online Accessibility . His 10 reasons companies don't care about Accessibility: It’s the Law But There’s None...
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    Scoble to throw a chair. I'll film it.

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    A bit of Sunday night action over at Channel 9...most entertaining. Robert Scoble has offered to join in the fun : " I think I'll film a video of ME throwing a chair. Heh" Nice, but I should point out that this will be difficult to do. You can...
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    14 million blogs, 1.4 billion links between them

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    James Cherkoff pinged me and let me know of a BBC Radio 4 programme broadcast, Shop Talk , where he was invited to take part in a discussion on corporate blogs earlier this week. Listened to it this morning and enjoyed the show (is available for streaming...
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    Virtual Earth hacks

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    Virtual Earth hacks for MSN Virtual Earth , using Virtual Earth APIs . 3 hacks of note: Pocket Earth, is a client for the Smartphone and Pocket PC (download .cab file ) Movie Finder , by Dare Obasanjo Flash Earth ...
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    more Mystery Meat Navigation

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    Friday night, waiting for flight from Seattle airport - on my way to London. Been a manic, manic week, but all good. Got round to my RSS reader just now (actually experienced RSS withdrawal symptoms the last 36 hours). Felt a like a little...
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    Digital Image Suite 2006 free trial for download now

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    I have a personal copy of Digital Image Suite 2006 and use almost daily. It has a whole bunch of editing features for pics and the library-type functionality for quick viewing (including video), organizing and sorting. Why am I telling you this random...
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    Google feed / blog search follows MSN, - avoids confusion

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    Poalo Valdermarin has noticed the Google feed crawler is pinging his blog (via Dave Winer ) The user interface to the results is Google Blog Search , currently in beta (live last night). ( This follows MSNs feed search going live earler this month...
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    RSS. Outlook. Integrated.

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    Jupiter's Michael Gartnerberg : "RSS support in Office is nice. Not only does the system track RSS via subscriptions in IE 7 (and has an RSS gadget built into the new Vista Sidebar) but Office supports RSS as well. Outlook finally adds integrated...
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    What is the Web 2.0 Matrix?

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    I like this new simple matrix / interface into the Web 2.0 APIs directory John Mussey of ProgrammableWeb has put together. (I blogged the directory couple of weeks back ). One thought: this format works well if you have two axes (two APIs recombined...
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    Documenting my home network

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    I have no idea why I have bothered to diagram and document my home network, but since I have, here it is... Buffalo LinkStation Network Storage Center My most recent acquisition is Buffalo LinkStation Network Storage Center , a 120GB drive connected...
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    World's smallest XP machine

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    GamersCircle : "The model 01 is an astoundingly small, full-featured Windows XP machine, it weighs only 0.88 pounds and measures 4.9" x 3.4" x .9"" MobileTechReview has more info. Designed & manufactured by OQO .
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    My inane cricket posts

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    I'll refrain from cluttering this blog with my inane cricket posts. I'll use this one instead , (RSS here ).
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    tired / wired marketing

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    Mike Manuel points to this WOMMA post that provides this tired / wired chart describing the differences between old-school marketing and cluetrain marketing . Update, the chart was created by the folks at 'Creating Passionate Users' blog, thanks to...
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    Nerd TV goes live

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    NerdTV is live now , a new weekly online TV show by Robert X. Cringely . No RSS feed to subscribe to though :-(
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    Extending IE

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    Eric Law over at the IE blog shares his interest and resouces for extending IE . "IE provides a number of mechanisms that permit software developers to extend the browser in powerful ways. You can add: Toolbar buttons Tools menu items ...
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    MSN launches MSN adCenter, paid-search service

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    Press release at PR Newswire announces MSN's new paid-search service, MSN adCenter: "NEW YORK, Sept. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today, Yusuf Mehdi, senior vice president of the MSN(R) Information Services & Merchant Platform division, opened...
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    Web 2.0 Meme Map and Microsoft

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    Tim O'Reilly posted this great Web 2.0 meme map of over at Flickr . (via Web 2.0 Show ) The text in the middle box is interesting. In the spirit of the mash-up (or is it 'mash up'?), I've taken the liberty of adding Microsoft related links to these...
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    Microsoft., 30 years old (again)

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    Microsoft is celebrating its 30th anniversary at the company’s annual meeting today (sadly I'll not be there - in Paris - but will try to view the internal webcast). Red Herring "The annual meeting at Safeco Field in Seattle is expected to draw...
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    My first and last day in LA (PDC)

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    Went to the PDC in LA yesterday as we had an internal meeting there. Flew over in the morning, had meeting (went well), flew back in the evening, and that was that. Met some interesting people though. Here are some pics: Drive from the Airport...
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