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December, 2005

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    My 2006 predictions

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    Right, enough cataloging of everyone else's 2006 predictions ...with about 4 hours to go before the start of my 2006 (flakey drum roll please)...I now unveil my own, er, predictions... My Eleven Techie / Web and One non-Techie 2006 Prediction(s) ...
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    Unzen again...

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    For Christmas I bought myself a Zen Microphoto (well, technically I received it as present). At first I was pretty happy with it, but things went awry. Four things specifically. First, the Microphoto touch controls were useless. And I mean useless...
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    Long Tails and Zipfian distribution

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    Chris Anderson has posted on the relation between the Long Tail and the Zipfian distribution . It reminded me of a comment Jakob Nielsen wrote in response to my Long Tail post ( 'How RSS thickened my Long Tail' ). Jakob wrote: "It's quite...
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    Who would you have for dinner?

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    Erid Dolecki asks : "If you could choose two people to have dinner with, each on their own on different evenings, who would they be and what would you have for dinner?" What a great question. Now, before I answer, I want to make clear that I...
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    I'm blogging this at 36,000 feet

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    I'm blogging this at 36,000 feet. No dramas though . If it goes pear-shaped between now and touchdown, I'll let you know .
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    Dave Winer is up to something new for 2006

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    Via Kevin I heard that Dave Winer is up to something new for 2006 ...OPML at the heart of it is seems....
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    Stars of CCTV?

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    The Stars of CCTV? "When the Austrian government passed a law this year allowing police to install closed-circuit surveillance cameras in public spaces without a court order, the Austrian civil liberties group Quintessenz vowed to watch the watchers...
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    'This appeared to be some kind of sealed fish or meat product, certainly not a state-of-the-art MP3 player.'

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    "This appeared to be some kind of sealed fish or meat product, certainly not a state-of-the-art MP3 player." A story about an iPod and some kind of meat .
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    2005 predictions, how did I do?

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    As Business Week's Rob Hof has noticed , I've been trying to keep up with all the 2006 predictions going on this month. But it's no good if you look forward, only not to look back, and see how you did in retrospect. If you see what I mean. So, here...
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    Microsoft's Social Computing Group

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    Bernarn Moon writes up an interview he had with Lili Chen , Microsoft's Social Computing Group group manages and discussed with her some of the cool stuff her group is working on in the space of social computing, blogs, virtual worlds and a couple of...
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    Microsoft in 2005

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    Beta News has a good review of 2005 from a Microsoft perspective - it reminds me of how much has been going on this last year including some major product lauches (Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005, Xbox 360, Windows Live, 64-bit Windows, MSN Spaces...
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    'Most people don't even know what a rootkit is, so why should they care about it?'

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    "Most people don't even know what a rootkit is, so why should they care about it?" -- Thomas Hesse, president of Sony BMG's global digital business division This and other gaffes of 2005 .
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    Podcast feedback

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    David Swedlow has posted his reaction to a couple of podcasts he's been listening to that Joshua and I put together.. On the Structured Blogging podcast : "But here's what I notice the most about this last podcast: no Attention! What the hell...
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    How much information?

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    I love this time of year. It gives me chance to get through some of books I've been been meaning to read and some podcasts I've been eager to listen to. One of these books is The Social Life of Information , originally published at the end of the last...
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    the meaning of five nines

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    Phil Wainewright provides a reminder of what all these nines mean : 99.5% — 43.76 hours (an entire working week, and more) 99.7% — 26.30 hours (more than three working days) 99.9% — 8.77 hours (more than one working day) 99.95% — 4.38 hours...
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    Wonderful Writeable Web

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    Bob Wyman on Tim Berners-Lee's ('TBL' - father of the Wonderful, Writeable Web) first blog post : "The idea of a read/write web had been motivating the work of many hypertext developers like TBL long before the web was born. But, the last 10 years...
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    my Flickr network

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    My Flickr network seen through Flickr Graph .
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    RSS Aggregation in Outlook 12

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    Michael Affronti, Microsoft's Outlook program manager: "RSS Aggregation in Outlook is aimed at providing the user with a consistent look, feel, and experience while interacting with RSS feeds and related information. While RSS can be a complex technology...
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    Pro-am revolution

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    I met up with some interesting people last night in London. I did a quick straw poll and asked what percentage of the RSS feeds they subscribed to were generated by professional writers (by professional writers I meant news organizations, journalists...
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    my tag cloud

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    Here's my tag cloud, ripped from my Technorati profile page . API ... Attention ... attention.xml ... AttentionTrust ... Blogging ... identity ... microformats ... opml ... opmlfreak ... opmlwishlist ... RSS ... screencast ... semantic web ... SSE...
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    Trended search data

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    Google's Yu Chen has posted info about how see you can view your trended Google search data: "To use it, you have to turn on Personalized Search and be signed in to your Google Account while you search. (If you don't have a Google Account, it's...
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    Don't talk and drive

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    Don't talk and drive. Well, don't talk about stuff that's hard to talk about, that's the message that Dave Munger's post conveys about how the cognitive demands of conversation can affect our awareness of the world around us. So much for effective...
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    the Del.icio.us Lesson

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    Joshua Porter is continuing the Structured Blogging (SB) conversation with Joe Reger . In thinking through what it will take for SB will take off or not, he's come up with an acid test, what he calls the Del.icio.us Lesson - "From now on I’m going...
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    I've become predictable

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    I've become predictable. At least that's what Paul Montgomery says - he's laid out his 2006 predictions , one of which includes me ranting on about one of my favourite topics, attention, and one of my favourite thinkers on the topic, Steve Gillmor . He...
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    visualizing conversations

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    Anjo Anjewierden has analyzed some interelated blogs posts and drawn up the data - the visualization of blog conversations. "Left to right is time (the data was 2004 posts of KM bloggers ). Top to bottom is chronological order of a blogger entering...
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