Alex Barnett's blog

The blog of Alex Barnett

February, 2006

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    C# interview questions

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    Mark Wagner has collated some interview questions (with answers) you might be asked if you were interviewing for a C# dev role. via Del.icio.us, via DiggLicious , via John Tropea .
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    Reading Lists (OPML) podcast: Danny Ayers and Adam Green

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    Last year Dave Winer started to push the idea of Reading Lists for RSS . More recently, the idea of Dynamic Reading Lists and Feed Grazing (or Grazing Lists / Glists) has been kicking around. Its likely that Reading Lists support will become a common...
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    Beginning of the Attention Engine race

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    Wow, I missed this the first time around... Megite is going letting me do what I've been asking Memeorandum (or enyone else that will listen) to let me do for ages - to pivot off my own OPML file. The feature isn't switched on for everyone yet, but...
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    Solving Tag-Hell

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    Backup Brain recently highlighted one of the problems with the tagosphere - the 'which tag do I use' problem. I say 'one' of the problems, because there are at least three tagospheric problems that are creating a Tag-Hell: 1. When in content tagging...
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    The real 'meme' trackers are yet to be invented

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    The word 'memetracking' or ('meme tracker') has been used to describe services such as Memeorandum , Megit , Tailrank and Chuquet . I can't call them 'memetrackers'. I like them, they're useful sites and all that, but they aren't 'meme' trackers. ...
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    How many feeds do you subscribe to?

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    How many RSS feeds do people subscribe to? This is one of the questions Wolfgang Bartelme asked his blog (feed?) readers and he's got 86 responses so far. As Chris points out the average seems number of feeds being subscribed to as reported within...
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    Attention podcast : Attention with Steve Gillmor, Joshua Porter and Alex Barnett

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    When Joshua Porter and I started our non-formal podcasting efforts a while ago, we made list of the people we'd want to have on our 'show' and talk to. High on both our lists was Steve Gillmor . So we were thrilled when he accepted our invitation to...
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    My brand spanking new OPML blog

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    I've finally got my shiny new OPML blog up and running . It's powered using Dave Winer's OPML Editor . Not much to see yet - it's rough, but it's ready...I've been meaning to get this sorted for ages but had fun and games on my machines...am rolling...
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    'Imagining the Internet' and Information Overload

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    While driving to and from work today (including a detour for the ubiquitous drive-thru caffeine fix malarkey) I had the opportunity to listen to a presentation downloaded from IT Conversations called 'Imagining the Internet'. Loved it. The presentation...
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    Attention engines - screencast

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    I created a quick screencast to show what I mean by the term ' Attention Engines '. Before I sign out for the night, I wanted to share some quick thoughts on others' recent posts discussing the Attention space. Don Dodge asks : "So, who are...
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    State of the Attention Problem

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    Technorati's David Sifry has posted the latest of his regular updates providing a bunch of stats and analysis on the blogosphere's development. The bottom line is that the number of blogs created, according to Technorati, continues to double about...
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    Ajax and Virtual Earth tutorial

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    The Virtual Earth blog has posted some info on the first of a three part tutorial on Ajax and Virtual Earth . "Upon completing this simple tutorial you’ll have a mapping application built with the Virtual Earth map control that utilizes AJAX to...
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    Just when I thought it was safe not to blog about OPML

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    Just when I thought it was safe not to blog about OPML and RSS, along comes Technorati to spoil my sabbatical with their favorites feature. Here are *some* (50) of my favorite blogs/sites . Almost all are webbish / tech-type blogs and sites. Others...
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    Optimal OPML Browser

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    More cool OPML stuff. James Corbett and Adam Green have pointed out a new web-based OPML file browser called Optimal , created by Dan MacTough . I like love it because Optimal: Honours the file hierachy with collapsable outlines Provides links...
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    My Del.icio.us bookmarks in my RSS feed

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    I've spliced my Del.icio.us bookmarks into my Feedburner generated RSS feed . If it annoys you, let me know. It is set to publish only once a day (if I've bookmarked anything, that is) so shouldn't be spammy. These are bookmarks I actually use...
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    Skype chats as RSS feeds

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    I love this. Jaanus, a Skype employee, listened to the Attention podcast I recorded with Nick Bradbury of FeedDemon and Kevin Burton of Tailrank . "At Skype, we’ve always been toying with the idea of attention management. You already see elements...
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    Software I Use

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    James Governor posted another Declarative Living post , including a link to Alex Bosworth's Software I use page on Swik. For some reason, I thought this was a good idea - I'm bizarrely partial to the documentation of my stuff. Examples include my home...
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    Podcast charging $ monkey *#$!f%! news

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    I suppose it was a no-brainer to predict that the Ricky Gervais podcast show was going to be a hit. He's the other no-brainer: charging $7 (or £4.50) a month for the next series of podcasts is a show-stopper. (via hashdot ). Who thought of that...
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    New Live.com Service: Street-Side (Preview)

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    Michael Arrington at TechCrunch has more details plus screenshots : "Microsoft’s Live.com is launching a preview version of a new service called Street-Side today (link will be live around 12 PST today). Street-Side will augment the Live Local service...
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    Web 2.0 - fluff?

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    Fellow Web 2.0 Workgroup member Dion Hinchcliffe and two Microsoft architects Harry Pierson and Michael Platt have blogged about SPARK, a plannned series of high-level forums hosted by Microsoft on the topics of SOA, Software as a Service, Web 2.0, and...
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    (RSS + SSE) + OPML + Reading lists = Attention?

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    Steve Rubel has nice idea: "What I would love to see in the coming months is a tool that uses SSE and reading lists to implement the wonderful features in Stumbleupon right inside an RSS reader. Here's another way to picture it. What if users had...
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    About my past

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    Kent had a bit of a surprise to find that he was related to Meryl Streep . So I tried to find out more about my own past over at myheritage.com . This is what turned up: Funny thing is, I bought Tracy's 2005 album just last week. I didn't...
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    Response to the Attention Problem

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    Joshua Porter gave a talk recently 'Web 2.0 - Leveraging the Network' . He has published the slide deck that accompanied the talk and I ran through it this morning...I wish I could have attended, it looks great. I guess I'll have to ask him to go through...
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    Highly targeted Ajax advertising

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    Context is everything. - Tags: Web 2.0 , Ajax , Advertising
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    Ajax Scribble application with ASP.NET Atlas

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    The Code Project has a good tutorial showing how to create an Ajax Scribble application with ASP.NET Atlas . Via Ajaxian . - Tags: ASP.NET , .NET , Ajax , Atlas
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