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December, 2005

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    Several Predictions for 2006

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    Last year I collated several predictions for 2005 . It turned out to be quite a popular post. So I've done the same for 2006. I'll update this page for a while as December brings out the crystal balls. Several Predictions for 2006 Predictions...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Internet addiction is a 'real phenomenon'

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    Smart Mobs : "In Pennsylvania there are even "cyberwidow support groups" for partners of those having online affairs, treatment for addiction to auction site eBay and behavioural counselling to help clients wean themselves off the web. Internet...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    My apologies to Gabe / Memeorandum

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    Gabe Rivera of Memeorandum left a couple of comments for me to wake to this morning. They relate to my antics a few weeks ago. Hacking Memeorandum 101 Hacking Memeorandum - the Screencast Memeorandum hack - the return I think it is only...
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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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    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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