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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    my Flickr network

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    My Flickr network seen through Flickr Graph .
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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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    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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    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, 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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    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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    '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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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