Alex Barnett's blog

The blog of Alex Barnett

January, 2006

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    Even *I* think this is a little extreme...

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    Even *I* think this is a little extreme... "When I found out my wife was pregnant, I immediately set up a blog for the kid. I already know that he wants to get any of my attention, he’s going to need an RSS feed." Via Groovy Mother - Tags...
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    Atomic MSDN blogs

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    Tim, it's great you noticed that the MSDN blogs gen Atom 1.0 as well as RSS 2.0 feeds, but...this has been the case for nearly two years a year, as is probably the glitch you point out ;-)
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    4 plugs in one post - beat that.

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    My wife was given a business card by Shel Israel at the Naked Conversations party last week, and she loved the card. 'I want one of these for Unwind ' she said (ok, this is another blatant plug for her business - she provides Chair Massage for companies...
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    Well, here goes for the second time around

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    Bubble 2.0 - the signs are there if you look for them. Remember First Tuesday ? I never attended, but heard all the legendary stories of latecomers to the web party pitching the loons with the cash. Well, here goes for the second time around : ...
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    My data

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    No time to comment on this post by Seth Goldstein , but wanted to point it out: "Is there a legitimate mechanism for me to house my data such that nobody, neither individual, corporate or governmental can access it without my consent?" - Tags...
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    Attention engines not just for the geekosphere

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    The attention conversation keeps going. Latest post by Scott Karp : "The idea that we’re living in an “attention economy” is nothing new. But unless the media/technology industry starts listening to Umair and focuses on creating new ways to help...
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    Classic anti-Web 2.0 postage

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    I wanted to write up an example anti-Web 2.0 post, but Harry Pierson did it for me: "First off, it’s a pure marketing buzzword. It was originally coined as a conference name " blah, blah, blah "Secondly, I think it’s wildly arrogant to claim...
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    Professional tag gardeners now a reality (for now)

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    Earlier this month James Governor predicted that professional tag gardeners would emerge from the tagging eco-system. Today, Michael Arrington and Pete Cashmore (on Wednesday) report that p rofessional tag gardening prediction is now a reality . ...
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    If he's an edge case, I'm an edge case.

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    Surfing through Flickr this morning - I took the plunge and paid for a full account so I can have more sets. I've uploaded the second day's pics from MSN Search Champs . One of the pics is of Robert Scoble's Shakespearian soliloquy: 'I'm not an edge case...
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    Jim Alchin and his blogging dinner

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    Jim Alchin , Microsoft's co-president of Platform Products & Services Division, had the opportunity to meet some of San Francisco's smartest bloggers at a dinner organized by Robert Scoble . Tara Hunt, one of the attendees posted: "Somehow...
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    Hottest Microsoft bloggers

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    Microsoft Watch has put together a list of the Microsoft blogs they recommend : "When we first started monitoring the Microsoft blogs almost three years ago, there were so few that we easily could list them all on this site. Now there are well in...
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    Others' thoughts on Attention

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    Craig Barnes of Attensa has posted some thoughts after hearing the Attention podcast I recorded with Nick and Kevin last week . "Ideally we’d like to get online with Alex and explain what we have essentially already implemented that goes far beyond...
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    RSS, OPML + SSE - Tutorial and Samples

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    The RSS Team blog : "We’ve received lots of requests – both from the community and from within Microsoft- for samples, samples, samples of SSE code in action. We heard you. Here is a tutorial outlining “SSE 101” with accompanying samples." -...
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    Alas, MSN Search Champs is over

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    Alas, the fourth MSN Search Champs is over. Although I'm at Microsoft, I'm not an MSN'er, so I had two reasons for being there. The first was that I was invited by Brady Forrest as he wanted my feedback on aspects of the MSN products in development...
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    I think I'm going to start dreaming in outlines.

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    Anne 2.0: "I think I'm going to start dreaming in outlines." - Tags: Attention , OPML , dreaming
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    Microsoft announces Live Labs

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    Dr. Gary Flake, Technical Fellow at Microsoft and the man responsible for bridging Microsoft Research (MSR) and MSN, announced Live Labs this morning at the MSN Search Champs event: "Earlier today at the Search Champs event I announced the formation...
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    MSN Search Champs podcast - Privacy conversation

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    I attended the MSN Search Champs today....and what a day. Given the recent news and concerns around the data MSN Search, Yahoo and AOL provided to the government, there was a session set up where the 57 bloggers / online experts at MSN Search Champ were...
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    Netflix, the Long Tail and baloney

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    If you happen think the Long Tail is load of baloney then consider this snippet from yesterday's NY Times article : "At NetFlix, the online DVD rental company, for example, roughly two-thirds of the films rented were recommended to subscribers by...
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    IE7: Native XMLHTTPRequest object (er, that's the Ajax thing)

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    Sunava Dutta, Program Manager in the Internet Explorer team posts : "I’m excited to mention that IE7 will support a scriptable native version of XMLHTTP. This can be instantiated using the same syntax across different browsers and decouples AJAX...
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    Microsoft Expression ('Sparkle') ready for download

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    Microsoft Expression Interactive Designer ("Sparkle") is available for download . From the Expression team's new blog . " So, first, what is Expression? Microsoft Expression is a suite consisting of three products each intended for use mainly...
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    MSDN TV has some 'Atlas' / AJAX goodness

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    MSDN TV has some AJAX goodness to show off: "Nikhil Kothari provides a brief overview of ASP.NET "Atlas", a framework to build rich Web apps on top of ASP.NET 2.0. The demo shows an app that uses the new server controls from the December CTP to...
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    the issue at hand

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    Chris from Touchstone : "The issue at hand is not how to get a user’s attention information (that’s easy) but rather how to help the user manage what their paying attention to across all the things they care about – both local and in the cloud....
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    If I came across a 'semantic web', what would it look like?

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    If I came across a 'semantic web', what would it look like? Would I know it was semantic web just through my using it? What signs would I look for?
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    RSS business models: full text or partial feeds?

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    To provide full text or partial feeds, that is the question. Well, that's the question if your revenue model depends on online advertising: page views, CTRs and CPAs. In his latest podcast show, Steve Gillmor, a writer / blogger for ZDNet asked...
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    Star Wars, faithfully reproduced in ASCII

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    Star Wars, faithfully reproduced in ASCII . Via Brad Feld .
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