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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Google: San Fran will enjoy free 300kps wif-fi anywhere in the city

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    Has Google just increased the value of every property in SF? Om Malik has some very interesting news: breaking…. Google is making a bid to build a San Francisco-wide free wifi network , according to company officials. The company today filed documents...
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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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    Where to start with Amazon web services (AWS)

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    What is the Amazon Web Service (AWS)? From Amazon's AWS site (now rebranded Amazon E-Commerce Service (ECS)): "exposes Amazon’s product data and E-Commerce functionality allowing developers, Web site owners and merchants to leverage the data and...
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    Legalities of RSS feeds syndication

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    Denise Howell interviews (mp3) Bob Wyman (CEO of PubSub ) about the thorny subject of the legalities of RSS feeds syndication.
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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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    Microsoft to enter Web 2.0

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    CNET has reported of Microsoft plans to open up the up the APIs for developers to build new, cool stuff upon MSN and other Microsoft online properties. Although the article describes the move as taking an aim at Google, I think it is really much more...
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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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    Coffee machine hacks

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    You've heard of Virtual Earth hacks and Amazon hacks . Well, welcome to Coffee 2.0 and the Coffee machine hacks (and before you say it, no, we're not talking java...). Via Digg (love this comment on the Digg post: "This is different then the soda...
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    RSS - more exponential trends

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    Andrew Lampert points out more RSS exponential trends: "TechCrunch is reporting on the recently released Feedburner statistics that show the growth of Feedburner subscribers and managed feeds over the last 18 months. Both show clearly exponential...
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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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    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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    I have a feeling I'm going disappear up my own singularity on this one...

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    I have a feeling I'm going disappear up my own singularity on this one. oh well.... Some frothing going on . Dare : "The meme map is visual indication that "Web 2.0" has joined "SOA" as a buzzword that is too ill-defined to have a serious...
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    Wi-Fi hotspots: 100,000 before the start of 2006

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    Silicon.com reports on the estimated number of wi-fi spots globally by end of 2005 . "The number of Wi-Fi hot spots looks set to break the six-figure barrier by the end of the year, according to analysts. A new report from research firm Informa...
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    Start.com out of beta...feedback coming in...

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    Start.com blog spills the beans... "primarily driven by your feedback, here are some of the highlights: feed read/unread support more/fewer headlines auto-refresh for feeds many improvemens on: look and feel feed subscriptions...
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    WEB2.0与Web1.0的区别是什么?

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    "Web2.0到底是什么,它与Web1.0之间存在哪些区别,什么样的网站可以称之为Web2.0?这些问题似乎现在还没有一个大家比较公认的答案。del.icio.us上的 Web2.0标签 中也可以看到很多各式各样的网站,到底Web2.0为什么是Web2.0,它的特性是什么,收集整理了一些人的观点,作为自己学习的资料。 文章较长,就不在首页放全文了。" More here . (Btw, I posted this from 34,00 feet on flight...
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