Alex Barnett's blog

The blog of Alex Barnett

December, 2005

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    MSN Messenger history visualization

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    MSN Messenger history visualization : "an interactive data visualization displaying the timeline of several textual conversations simultaneously, enabling the discovery of utterance lengths & specific reoccuring keywords. the application reads...
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    Attention and Identity, Podcast Part 2

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    Here is Part 2 ( mp3, 27mins 26mb ) of the two-part Attention and Identity podcast recorded with Joshua Porter , Dick Hardt, CEO of Sxip and Kim Cameron, chief identity architect at Microsoft . Part 1 (background) ( mp3: 29 mins, 28mb ) Part...
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    Blog plagiarism

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    Steve Rubel has complained that there are two sites reproducing his blog posts without permission. One of the sites, Advertising news & Information, has posted his complaint on its blog, automagically, I presume. Earlier this week I mentioned that...
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    PowerPoint to OPML

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    Interesting. Came across Charlie Wood's post this morning about a new service called opmlworkstation.com . Jim Moore's RSS Labs is the team is behind the new venture ( the same crew behind opmlsearch.com ): "Why convert PowerPoint into OPML?...
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    Attention and Identity with Dick Hardt and Kim Cameron, Podcast Part 1

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    A couple of weeks ago Joshua and I had a conversation about attention data (as podcasts ). In that conversation we kept touching on the topic of online identities and their management, so we thought we'd invite two pioneers of the identity space, Dick...
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    Another OPML Editor (supports SSE)

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    MindJet unveils an OPML Editor product that supports SSE: "The Mindjet Labs has just released a new Mindjet MindManager Pro 6 OPML Editor . The Editor enables users to open, edit, and save Outline Processor Markup Language (OPML) files in MindManager...
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    'I was in the pub the other day...'

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    I loved the start to Johnnie Moore's latest post , and then it got better: " James Cherkoff and I were in the pub yesterday, celebrating a recent success... to say nothing of marking the birth of his first born, daughter Maggie." Congratulations...
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    The weather? Toast.

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    Information aesthetics : "a toaster that parses meteorological information from the web & then browns bread with an image of what weather to expect, readable & consumable on the way to work"
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    This is your life (in OPML)

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    Steve Sloan : "OPML allows us to organize all of our content, and the content of anything else that can be linked to into hierarchies that make it easy to find information by topic. And, we get to choose the topics and those hierarchies can be linked...
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    How company blogs can improve consumer relations

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    Chris Anderson, ex-editor of Editor in Chief of Wired magazine and chief pusher of the Long Tail meme ran into some issues relating to Xbox 360 as a Media Center extender. The bad news is that the usual support channels weren't able to help out. The good...
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    'the chance of a standard being adopted is inversely proportional to its complexity'

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    George Moromisato of the Microsoft RSS team : "the chance of a standard being adopted is inversely proportional to its complexity" Bingo.
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    Virtual Earth v2 APIs for Windows Live Local

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    Alex Daley has posted news that the MSN Virtual Earth site (now called Windows Live Local) will go 'live' on the web tomorrow (Thursday, December 8th). Press release here , coverage here and here . When it goes live (it hasn't yet!) you'll find...
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    Going to the rsstroom will never be dull again

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    Thanks Tommy , I now know what I'd like in my Christmas stocking this year - an rsstroom reader. DJ Spyhuner has the 'scoop' : "The 'rsstroom reader' is a bathroom gadget that prints news feeds onto your T-P - that's right, your TOILET PAPER...
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    Quote of 2005?

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    I think this a gem. Seattle PI reports that Francisco Pinto Balsemao, the head of the European Publishers Council, said: "consumers were drawn online by free content but this needed to change" Isn't that just lovely. A great way to wrap up...
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    Xbox Live Dashboard, the screencast

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    John Porcaro points to a screencast created by Amanda Murphy showing off the Xbox Live Dashboard. Tags: screencast , xbox 360
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    RSS and PR

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    Dr. Georg Kolb, a VP at PR firm Text100 emailed me this evening regarding a post I published in October. In a nutshell, I had criticized some of the advice George was quoted to have given about RSS communications in this 06 Oct PR Week article ('Technology...
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    Debugging Microsoft.com

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    Channel 9 video : "Chris and Jeff debug one of the largest Web sites in the world: microsoft.com. Millions of pages. More traffic than Slashdot.org. A huge data farm. We have an interesting conversation about how they do it all." Via, er, Slashdot...
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    The Ricky Gervais podcast

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    You might know Ricky Gervais from the original UK Office comedy series . Behold, The Ricky Gervais podcast . This is going to be a hit. " Episode 1 December 5 2005 In which Ricky, Steve and Karl discuss ...the pros and cons of technological...
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    How to make your own web mashup

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    John Musser : "Have you ever looked at a mashup and thought you’d like to try your hand at making one someday? But perhaps you weren’t entirely sure where to begin, or, since you’re busy, how to get from concept to completed mashup quickly? Then...
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    7 reasons 2006 will be a big year for HTML

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    Danny Ayers: 7 reasons 2006 will be a big year for HTML , in reference to this . Danny, very good. ;-) Have updated the 2006 predictions post accordingly.
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    OPML 中文

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    OPML in Chinese, or OPML 中文 . Via my del.icio.us inbox . Tags: OPML
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    Simply fired

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    Time for some weekend fun. SimplyFired.com is running a competition . How do you win? You need to send in an 'amusing' video relating to a termination experience. I'm entering the contest, but not with a video of my own. I'm nominating this real...
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    RSS / Podcast Hijacking

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    Top Tech News: "Extortionists now have a new type of victim to pick on: podcasters. U.S. podcaster Eric Marcus has fallen prey to a hijacker who has diverted his really simple syndication (RSS) feed and is allegedly demanding money to release it...
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    Streaming attention

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    Universal Gadget : "I can imagine using my OPML and other feeds to display things I’m interested in, such as tailored Amazon products I might want to buy that are on sale and new content on the sites I like to get my information from. I can imagine...
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    Scoble meets Doug Englebart (video)

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    Robert Scoble had the good fortune of having dinner with Doug Englebart a couple of weeks ago. Luckily for us he recorded some of it on video to share with us . "Douglas Englebart, the inventor of the computer mouse that we all take for granted...
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