Alex Barnett's blog

The blog of Alex Barnett

November, 2005

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    US and UN "Deal reached on managing the Internet"

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    SiliconValley.com: "A U.N. technology summit opened Wednesday after an 11th-hour agreement that leaves the United States with ultimate oversight of the main computers that direct the Internet's flow of information, commerce and dissent. ...Negotiators...
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    Ray has a brand new blog

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    Microsoft's CTO (and the man behind 'Microsoft's Web 2.0 Manifesto' ), Ray Ozzie, has started his latest blog effort at MSN Spaces : "As a matter of fact, there's a fun little project that several of us (inside and out) have been playing with for...
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    Ajax / Atlas / Virtual Earth screencast

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    Dan Goldfarb : " Dan has put together a very cool video tutorial for ASP.NET "Atlas " -- definitely worth checking out..." The sceencast shows use of Virtual Earth APIs too. Tags: ajax atlas virtualearth
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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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    APIs yesterday, APIs tomorrow

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    Tom Evslin provides a historical perspective on the renewed interest in APIs and looks forward to how they are driving the next generation internet: "Becoming a platform will be the road to fame and glory - not to mention riches - for many Web 2...
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    Microformats primer

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    Garrett Dimon has a good primer on microformats . The article provides the basics, some examples and scenarios: "We’ve already covered the benefits of microformats being human-readable, but what about “machines”—you know, search engines?...
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    Truveo video search. It works.

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    Bambi Francisco: "Search is the No. 2 activity on the Web behind e-mail. As every searcher knows, it's not perfect, especially when it comes to video search. Truveo is a new video search engine. Truveo founder Tim Tuttle gave me his elevator pitch...
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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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    Groceries via RSS

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    Neville Hobson picks up on Tesco's email blitzing of its customers (the UK supermarket sends around 16-20 million emails a month) and a single, measly, RSS feed (Deal of the Day) . "This is Tesco's toe in the water for RSS, I would imagine. Tesco...
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    TV via RSS + Bit Torrent

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    Steve Rubel : "Someone has figured out a way to subscribe to TV shows on Bit Torrent and pull them down as an RSS feed."
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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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    OPML freaks

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    Raymond M. Kristiansen is an OPML freak . That's a good thing. Both Raymond and Christian are using OPML editor to publish their blogs . They are pioneering - it is not easy and they're feeling the pain involved in trying new stuff out . Kosso is doing...
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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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    Cookies - Half Baked?

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    Jay McCarthy brings up the topic of one oldest pieces of browser technology, the cookie, and suggests it is time for a tune up . Is that so mad? Given the current cookie spec is over 10 years old , Jay may have point. I wonder what Lou Montulli...
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    Video of Xbox 360 being opened: hardcore geek porn

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    You know, when the video of an Xbox 360 box being unpacked from its shiny new packaging makes Digg front page you have to wonder...is this hardcore geek porn?
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    Do not talk about GYM

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    #1 - The first rule of GYM is, you do not talk about GYM . #2 - The second rule of GYM is, you DO NOT talk about GYM . #3 - If someone says stop, goes limp, taps out, the GYM is over. #4 - Two GYMs to a fight.
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    dubdubdub

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    This is Broken : 'www' abbreviation.
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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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    H2.0 and 'the party to end all parties'

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    It is with dubious pride that I announce that this blog has joined the new Hack 2.0 Workgroup . The Hack 2.0 Workgroup is a network of sub-premium weblogs that hack content exclusively about the new generation of the Web. Other illustrious...
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    Uneasy listening

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    I had a bit of time offline today. Gave me a chance to listen a bunch of the podcasts I've been saving up for a little while. Of those I heard, I recommend these three to listen to and absorb. If you're looking for some easy listening Richard Clayderman...
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    Microsoft's Web 2.0 Manifesto

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    In case anyone is wondering whether Microsoft has been paying attention to the disruption that some call (I do) Web 2.0 ... The most recent Memo from Bill and Ray makes interesting reading to say the least (courtesy of Dave Winer ). Ozzie's Memo is...
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    Memerorandum hack - the return

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    This is getting embarrassing. The Memerorandum hack story has returned once more to the make the front page of Memeorandum (pic below). It made on for a little while but then disappeared. It is now back, with even more links to those referring to the...
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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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    I love the Internet because...

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    Her name is Kate : "I love the Internet because it is easy to share knowledge in a personal, compelling, easy-to-understand, multi-media format."
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    MetaWeblog API for MSN Spaces, beta

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    MSN's Dare Obasanjo is inviting beta testers to the implementation of the MetaWeblog API for MSN Spaces : "Yesterday I sent out mail to a few dozen beta testers to let them know that we had started the beta of our implementation of the MetaWeblog...
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