Alex Barnett's blog

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December, 2005

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    OPML, the Attention lense

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    James Corbett : "...by sharing an OPML based Reading List Piaras would be providing an "attention lense" which could be applied to many services going forward. Take Kevin Burton's TailRank for instance. It allows me to build my own Memeorandum and...
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    Musical Attention

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    Ed Batista of the AttentionTrust: " Last.fm is one of my favorite " attention data " use cases. After installing their plugin, your iTunes playlist metadata is shared with Last, which creates a set of charts that depict your listening habits, a...
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    Why I'm not missing London...

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    Why I'm not missing London...tube hell.
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    Web services 101 - REST vs SOAP (or 'Simple' vs. 'Complex')

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    Richard MacManus outlines the difference between REST and SOAP Web Services . Bottom line: one is 'Simple' the other is 'Complex'.
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    Outsourcing life decisions

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    Back in June I asked my blog readers to help me decide what to eat one night...I was stuck, not sure whether to go for either Chinese, Indian, Wendy's, KFC or Pizza. One concerned commenter pointed out that none of the above were particularly healthy...
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    Zen

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    I'm off to catch a plane soon. Long-haul flight, so need something to do. Instead of lugging CDs around (believe it or not this is how I have listened to podcasts while on the road, so sad) I decided to get digital. (!) Went to the Circuit City...
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    What is a modern marketer?

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    What is a modern marketer? Riya has a modern marketer called Tara Hunt . Her official title is Online Marketing Manager at the start-up that's still in Alpha, but she's done it all on a shoestring - when you don't have a $100 million dotcom marketing...
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    Blogware interop scenarios

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    Here are the scenarios I care about when it comes to blogware interop : Background (these are scenarios , I'm not actually in this situation!): I run a blog. It runs ok, the software misses some features, but I'll make do, because I have so much...
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    Well, it is time for a change for me.

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    Well, it is time for a change for me. On January 16th I'll be starting my new job (moving outside of MSDN and TechNet team but still within Microsoft and still at Redmond) within the Data Programmability (DP) team (within SQL / WinFS). I'll blog more...
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    MIX 06

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    Gerardo Dada points out a new Microsoft event taking place in Las Vegas, MIX 06 : "Microsoft is organizing a new event called MIX 06 in Las Vegas on March 20-22nd, 2006. A lot of things are going on the web including new business models, new technologies...
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    Structured Blogging podcast Part 2

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    Joshua has posted the second part of the Structured Blogging podcast with Marc Canter and Joe Reger. Tags: structured blogging , microformats , semantic web , Blogging , Web2.0 , RSS
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    Sir Tim Berners-Lee is now blogging

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    Sir Tim Berners-Lee is now blogging . Via Justin Thorp .
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    Time names Gateses, Bono 'Persons of 2005'

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    Bill Gates, and his wife, Melinda, were named Time magazine’s “Persons of the Year” along with Irish rocker Bono for being “Good Samaritans”: “For being shrewd about doing good, for rewiring politics and re-engineering justice, for making mercy...
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    My memecloud (of old)

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    I found this sitting in my archive somewhere. It's a sketch I drew up in August 2002 and published to an old blog (since died), called 'memecloud'. This was my 'memecloud' - a collection of memes that were dominating my thought-space at the time. I...
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    10 tips for dating a geek

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    Emily Hambridge has advice for those wanting to date a geek . My favourite: \5. If you love him you will be standing by with a lot of caffeine. Yup. Via Jack William Bell .
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    My top 20 web moments of 2005

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    Richard MacManus continues the end of year wrap-ups with his Top 10 Web 2.0 Moments . In a nutshell : 10. Ask Jeeves buys Bloglines 9. The Return of Amazon (Mechanical Turk and Alexa Web Services) 8. Microsoft embraces and extends RSS with Really...
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    Structured Blogging podcast with Marc Canter and Joe Reger

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    You might have heard of the Structured Blogging initiative announced earlier this week by Marc Canter and others...there was certainly plenty of buzz and reaction to the news , but not all the reaction was rosy . So Joshua Porter and I thought we'd...
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    Ray Ozzie: 'the platform of the Internet really is the data'

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    ACM Queue has published an interview with Microsoft's CTO Ray Ozzie. Worth a read. " WK Tim O’Reilly, founder of O’Reilly Media, coined the phrase “the architecture of participation,” meaning a lot of amateur and casual programmers piling on and...
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    IE RSS icon - 'we'll follow Mozilla'

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    The Microsoft RSS team has an update on the RSS icon to be used in future versions of IE. How they came to the decision may surprise some: "My last post shared some of our conceptual designs of the feed icon and expressed some of the criteria that...
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    It is *my* Attention data and identity

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    Assaf has provided a thought-provoking post about Structured Blogging . He discusses merits of XML / HTML vs. Microformats and has other critisisms of Structured Blogging (SB). I've quoted this portion of his post (my bold) because it really nails...
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    On importance and authoritativeness

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    I've waiting for an excuse to point to the Fat Cyclist (I'm not being offensive - that's the blog's name). Anyway, the excuse for blogging about Fat Cyclist today is that the blog's author has now realised that he is in fact more important and authoritative...
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    Darknets vs. Lightnet

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    Jason Boog interviewed J.D. Lasica and Lucas Gonze last week for his Darknets vs. Lightnet piece in Publish , studying the ways that online publishers will interact with the Napster generation. The Lightnet meme is gaining momentum...It has been interesting...
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    2006 - a Structured Blogging year?

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    Jeff Clavier covers the Structured Blogging initiative announced yesterday: "Marc Canter is on stage to announce the launch of StructuredBlogging.org , a non-profit initiative supporting the development and deployment of micro-formats in blog posts...
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    Michael the monopolizer

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    Technorati's Niall Kennedy has posted about their experimental server called Technorati Kitchen : "an area where we can post projects we have been working on that we do not feel are ready for integration on the main site. The first project available...
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    IRSS - Individualized RSS

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    Unfortunately I wasn't able to attend Rok Hrastnik's RSS Industry Night Roundtable (Rok invited me but I couldn't make it - he got way better than me - I put him in touch with Sanaz Ahari of Start.com and Sean Lyndersay of the Microsoft RSS team who are...
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