Alex Barnett's blog

The blog of Alex Barnett

October, 2005

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    Substandard user experiences, by default

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    I've in been in rant mode the last couple of days , not just writing them, but have enjoyed reading them too. Here's a good rant by Mark Baartse - 'the fault of defaults' is all about how crap user exepriences (that's the technical term) in software...
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    'Microsoft Needs to Say No to Web 2.0'

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    I simply have to have a quick rant regarding Mary Jo Foley's best anti-Web 2.0 shot : "Redmond is looking to extend its applications with Web-based services. But that's as much Web 2.0-ness as Microsoft needs. Microsoft wants, in the worst way...
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    RSS usability (again)

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    Robert is getting aggravated (aggregated?) by all the various RSS subscription logos cropping up everywhere. I have all the logos on my blog (or a lot at least). Why? Because the vast majority of those that use RSS don’t event know it . I agree...
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    opmlmanager.com - I like it a lot

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    I want to let you know of a brand new OPML service that's gone 'tentatively live' but is worth checking out if you are playing with OPML. Created by Bernard Flach and Peter Overbleeke the service is called opmlmanager.com and I like it a lot. I've...
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    Make Firefox Look Like Internet Explorer

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    Make Firefox Look Like Internet Explorer . Why? 'cause you can. (alt. reason for me: when I'm presenting demos to the VPs I don't *have* to switch to IE ;-) via Digg .
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    Yet another positive of having a deaf ear

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    Further to my ealier post providing thoughts on the bright side of being deaf in one ear , George (who'd been conscripted to go the Greek army for the next 9 months) brings us news that there is yet another positive side to this auditory ailment: ...
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    Seattle Mind Camp OPML (Validated)

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    I've created my first 'OPML Validated' OPML file. Whee! Its a collection of RSS feeds I've crawled around for blogs/sites of attendees going to next week's Seattle Mind Camp , the brainchild of Andru Edwards (featured in today's Seattle PI ). I...
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    Sometimes I just don't know why things are the way they are

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    (Weekend rant, off topic:) Sometimes I just don't know why things are the way they are. About a month ago I needed to hire a car while doing business in the UK. As part of filling out the paper work I was asked to provide my driving license...
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    The variation of seven

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    Below is a picture of the IE team. Not all of them, just those based at the India Develoment Center (IDC) . Apart from their lovely smiles, I noticed something completely trivial about this picture - the number of different ways each has chosen to...
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    MSDN and Microsoft.com years ago

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    Trip down memory lane anyone? - 9 years ago...(sorry, these links seem to work intermittently) MSDN Online (hey look - 'Personalization' !) Microsoft.com (hey look - 'select your country' ) - 5 years ago MSDN Online (hey look, 'Customize...
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    recommendation systems + tagging = ?

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    In the first of a series of posts, Rachmi Sinha explores the progress made in the realm of collaborative filtering, recommendation systems and the implications of tagging: "So are tags and collaborative filtering a marriage made in heaven? It's...
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    ClearType improvises your accuteness at cognicating worlds

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    ClearType improvises your accuteness at cognicating worlds. Hear .
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    OPML Validator - beta

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    Davie Winer releases a beta of OPML Validator. . "Because it's a beta, you shouldn't depend on the results."
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    Digg (the 'Slashdot killer') receives $2.8m

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    John Tintle : Today it is being reported that Internet start-up company, Digg ( digg.com ) has received 2.8 million dollars in venture capital from some big-name investors, including Omidyar Network, the outfit led by eBay co-founder Pierre Omidyar...
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    How to Hack RSS and Atom Feeds

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    Useful intro article: How to Hack RSS and Atom Feeds "How To: From the ExtremeTech book, Hacking RSS and Atom , we give you the scoop on RSS and Atom Feeds, and explain how to build an aggregator, route feeds to your inbox, and subscribe to multimedia...
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    Search Engine for sale on eBay ++ Update - sold for $101,000

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    Remember this ? The search engine was was finally sold for $101,000 yesterday on eBay. Via Loren Baker .
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    the Blogosphere in 2010

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    Dave Pollard crunched the numbers : "1. By 2010, the blogosphere will be read in aggregate as much as the American press. 2. We will have to produce 30 times as much as the American press, to get the same readership . 3. Even if current growth...
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    I have no idea what this means

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    Dan Farber : "Gartner makes a prediction that by 2015, over 100 leading companies will have made or saved at least $10 million due to networked creative intelligence, which leverages virtual communities to create new sources of information and value...
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    you say 'potato', she says 'vegetable', I say 'ingredient'

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    Metadata is a funny thing. It is one of those topics (subjects?) that gets people to froth at the mouth from time to time. The reason it seems to wind people up so much (at least those in the business of making information navigable) is that we're all...
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    Into the bubble 2.0: Proceed with caution

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    Henry Blodget (who was at the heart of the last dotcom bubble ) advises we all proceed with caution in a Guardian article today : "So why can't we all load the boat with net stocks, make back the money we lost five years ago, and retire rich...
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    Xbox 360 for Dummies

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    Duncan Mackenzie points to Xbox 360 for Dummies . Topics covered include hooking up Xbox 360, taking advantage of HDTV and Dolby capabilities, using built-in digital video recording and wireless functions (see comments below), storing media files, playing...
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    How to report splogs and RSS spam

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    Nicole Lee at Wired urges us all to fight the splogs and RSS spam (RSSpam?): "... for the community's sake, when you notice a splog -- report it. If the splog is on Blogger, you can easily report it by clicking the Flag button on the top right...
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    Telepathethic?

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    Robert Scoble made me laugh out loud today: "Tim O’Reilly is sitting next to me. For the past hour he was typing furiously. So, I just visited his blog to read what he was writing." It reminds me of story I was told last week. Someone (not from...
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    no smoke and mirrors, just 606 takes

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    James Torio points to a simply stunning Honda TV ad . Not new, but if you've not seen it you really should. After seeing the ad you may very conclude that there is some cgi giggery-pokery going on. As James explains, no smoke and mirrors were involved...
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    Microsoft, microsoft

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    John Carroll : "Microsoft microsoft microsoft microsoft microsoft microsoft microsoft, microsoft microsoft microsoft microsoft-microsoft microsoft microsoft microsoft microsoft microsoft microsoft microsoft microsoft. Microsoft microsoft microsoft...
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