Alex Barnett's blog

The blog of Alex Barnett

November, 2005

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    OPML = Attention Data, Attention Engines and Tailrank - podcast with Kevin Burton

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    Although we met briefly last week, Kevin Burton and I didn't manage to get enough time to discuss some of the things on our mind at the time, so we got a Skype call together and posted it as a podcast (.mp3, 42mb) . We focused the discussion around...
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    Recording Skype calls, II

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    Pete Cashmore (hey - when do I get on your blogroll? ;-) asked what I used to record yesterday's Skype call / podcast with Kevin (the sound quality is good). I had previously used this set up , but as you can see it is v.fiddly and requires lots of...
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    Using OPML 101 - Screencast

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    As you might have noticed, I'm getting all excited about OPML , so I've created this OPML 101 screencast (Flash movie). The screencast is meant to be an introduction to OPML (what it is) and then goes into a number of different uses and applications...
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    Loser Generated Warning Label

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    Loser generated using the Warning Label Generator , via Assaf and Richard .
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    Microsoft proposal: Simple Sharing Extensions for RSS and OPML

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    (Updating with reactions, below) - Dave Winer : " Microsoft has unveiled a new proposal called SSE, which stands for Simple Sharing Extensions for RSS and OPML. ... So we need some way to share subscriptions between different applications...
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    Attention podcast part 1, Joshua Porter and Alex Barnett, part 1

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    This is the first of a two part podcast Skype chat with Joshua Porter and I ( part 1: .mp3, 43mb, 45mins ). Part 2 tomorrow. (update, here it is ). Joshua is a little faint to hear at first, gets a bit better later though, sorry about this. Notes...
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    Google Base live: I've uploaded RSS and OPML files

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    Ok, it is live now. I just uploaded an opml file into Google Base. I wonder what will happen. It'll take an hour to get published. This is part of the Base bulk upload functionality that allows you to upload XML: RSS 2.0 , RSS 1.0 , Atom 0.3 .....
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    Finding the Signal in the Noise: An Attention Gap Analysis

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    Jon Burke at Technology Review has written a short article that reminded me of something I've been meaning to write about for some time now: "While most of these services claim they'll simplify your life by imposing some kind of order on your news...
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    Hacking Memeorandum 101 - the screencast

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    It worked . I've now created screencast- Hacking Memeorandum 101 trying to explain what is going on with this Hacking Memerorendum business . Btw, two new posts out there since Tara's and mine. (more updates at the bottom of this post) The first...
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    Hacking Memeorandum 101

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    Tara has some advice for the Memeorandum 'star' wannabees, a 5 point plan: Get quoted saying something quite controversial Squawk about the quote Get a whole bunch of attention for squawking about that quote Watch your Memeorandum star...
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    Tailrank - the Attention Engine

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    I owe Nathan Weinberg a big thanks for pointing me to Tailrank . He describes it as "like Memeorandum , but with a real search engine, ads and links to various other things." There's one thing that Nathan doesn't mention that is the killer: it allows...
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    OPML sampling

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    One of the nice things about sharing our OPML is the ability to sample feeds you've not tried before, but this can be hard work. Example: Pete Cashmore and Chris Anderson (editor of Wired) have made their RSS feed subscriptions available for others...
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    Hypertext and the next 15 years

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    In case you missed it, 15 years ago today : "It was only in 1990, on November 13, that Tim Berners-Lee, the British-born scientist widely credited with inventing the web, sent the first hypertext document through cyberspace" In the same Timesonline...
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    Attention.xml and OPML, why not?

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    Dave Wilkinson : "More thoughts on OPML - I have been thinking about one of the uses of OPML. OPML can be used to store and share structured data. With self-referenced links to additional information, and then further reference to that referenced...
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    tracking my Xbox 360 delivery via RSS

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    I've blogged parcel tracking via RSS before , but I've actually got a UPS package I want to track via RSS . Tha package is my belated birthday present, the much antipicated and much blogged Xbox 360 . Be HERE! Tomorrow morning perhaps?
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    eBay APIs: Innovation without barriers

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    Just days after announcing its RSS news , now eBay has confirmed that it is dropping their charges for use of their APIs. This is big news, and as Josh says, a huge Web 2.0 announcement. eBay's developer program is already hugely successful. Today...
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    OPML and the road to Attention data: Progress

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    Steve Gillmor informs us of Dave Winer's OPML namepace news: "Basically, I think OPML should have a way to include elements from other namespaces, much as RSS 2.0 does. Developers should, whenever possible, use capabilities that are already in use...
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    'new thing on the eBay platform: RSS Feeds'

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    Alan Lewis , works eBay as a technical evangelist in the eBay Developers Program. He's got some good news for the lovers of RSS: "the coolest new thing on the eBay platform: RSS Feeds. With eBay Stores that enable RSS, you can now subscribe to a feed...
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    Attention, Cars and OPML

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    I had a chance Skype call with Joshua Porter (thanks Richard for connecting us). I've been following Joshua's blog for a while. We got talking about some of each other's recent posts that interested us, this one of his particular: Attention, Buying...
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    Corante Network

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    Well, it is all pretty 'live' now , so I'm safe to blog. I am of course referring to the launch of the Corante Network . Steve Bowd Stowe Boyd does a good job of explaining it all, as does Hylton Jolliffe ... Om Malik explains the fuss is about. ...
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    Sunday morning, some place in south Seattle

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    Sunday morning, some place in south Seattle. The nearest open Starbucks was around 10 miles away last night, but I made the trip anyway with another coffee die-hard Tara Hunt . Venti Latte was good after a dense day of discussion, debate and discovery...
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    2006 will be a tagtastic year

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    Greg Prosl pinged me about a video sports service he has just launched: BroadbandSports.com . The interesting part for me at least is the tagging side. I can tag the videos with any tag I like ( Del.icio.us -syle) and browse and search videos by tags...
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    Halo 2 on the 360

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    Russell Beattie tried out Halo 2 on his new Xbox 360: "the killer app of the 360 is the same killer app of the original: Halo. It’s just fun and works just like it should, and now it looks better than ever. Cool stuff."
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    Open letter to Chris Law and Paul Martino

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    The creators of WSFinder, a wiki-based directory of web services and APIs that people are using to create mash-ups, are working on a new project that caught my eye - WSRelater. WSRelater is a recommendations web service that enables a website to...
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    Conversations on Attention, OPML and Attention.xml

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    (If you're really not up for reading this, or want more thoughts, you can listen to my podcast (.mp3, 10mb) I recorded this morning. BIG thanks to Lisa (OPML fan :-) for hosting the file . More related podcasts / conversations listed below) Attention...
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