Alex Barnett's blog

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March, 2006

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    Microformats Podcast

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    Microformats Podcast Here's a great podcast for you. All about microformats ... Joining me are Tantek Çelik , Dan Connolly and Rohit Khare . I think it's safe to say these guys know a thing or two about the web and microformats. As usual, show...
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    RSS 101 screencast (en française)

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    Claire Ulrich has created a French voiceover version (.avi) of the my RSS 101 screencast . Bon apetit. Claire Ulrich a créé une version française de commentaire (.avi) du mon screencast de RSS 101 . Enjoy. - Tags: RSS française screencast
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    RSS + SLE (real world) examples

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    Sean Lyndersay over on the IE team blog posted about the RSS Simple List Extensions (SLE) and how they are being used today. (Note you need IE 7 to see the SLE functionality in-browser. Since not everyone will (or can) try out the IE7 beta, I've created...
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    Geometry Wars - video nuts.

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    I've been playing Geometry Wars (Evolved) on my 360. It got to the point where I thought 'this is just getting impossible!'. Too many nasties trying to do me in... So I hunted around for how I might improve and came across these videos by some total...
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    My 6 predictions on microformats

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    Joshua Allen helped organize the microformats and structured blogging unofficial session at Mix this week with Marc Canter and Tantek . Joshua has posted 6 predictions on the topic of microformats that are worth a read (thanks to Tommy for the pointer...
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    I'm getting one of these.

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    Shawn reminded me of something I showed him this week. The t-shirt , that is. I'm ordering too.
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    On Jigsaw

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    On Jigsaw, what Michael said .
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    Recommendation and the Harry Potter Problem

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    Greg Linden used to work at Amazon. From time to time he'll recount one of his 'early days at Amazon' stories on his blog giving some insight into the development challenges in building the world's largest online shop. In his latest post , Greg...
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    Mix06 - that's a wrap!

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    Here's some Mix06 day 2 and 3 pics, links and stuff... Scott Guthrie's presentation went down well - Wallace McClure liked the Atlas features he saw and met up with some Microsoft folks after the Atlas session. eBay's Alan Lewis presented...
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    Windows Live Developer Center, now live

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    The Windows Live Developer Center site is now live at MSDN , where you can find stuff on the MSN Messenger API , MSN Search Web Services and more...
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    Mix06 Day 1

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    I've uploaded a bunch of my Mix06 pics . My favourite is this one of Marc Canter advertising his microformats and structured blogging session he is running later today. Yesterday Marc asked Bill Gates a question around open APIs. I think he liked...
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    New IE7 build ready for download

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    I'm at Mix06. Here's a quick hit - from the IE team: 'New IE7 Build Available at Mix06' "It is build 5335.5 and it is now available for download at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/ie7/ . This build is for Windows XP Service Pack 2 and shows...
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    The Pre-Fighting Philosopher's Problem

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    I mentioned Brian Beckman in my 'What am I doing at Microsoft' post. The following is a sample of what I meant by saying that talking to Brian was like watching one of those Channel 9 videos , from Brian's latest post - The Pre-Fighting Philosopher...
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    10 Random Thoughts. #3 Worry.

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    10 Random Thoughts. #3 Worry. Do not worry about anything that you can not do anything about.
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    The Microsoft paperclip video

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    Quick video Microsoft paperclip - warning - lewd language. Probably been around while but I've not seen it before...here it is . Via guuui.com . - Tags: Microsoft
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    I'm a coffee heathen

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    Have you seen this? I saw it on the shelf at my local Starbucks - it's an 'Iced Coffee' in a can. Tastes better than it looks - on the front of the can it says 'A premium coffee drink with a hint of nonfat milk and sugar'. From the can blurb: ...
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    Mix06 - here I come....!

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    I'm heading off to Mix06 tomorrow. My first time to Las Vegas... Other Microsoft attendees have started making their way down too: PeteL , Visual Web Developer Design View Tester; Cyra Richardson , Program Manager at IE; 'Vibro' Architect Evangelist...
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    10 Random Thoughts. # 2 Repetition engines

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    10 Random Thoughts. # 2 Repetition engines New media is rapidly becoming like old media . 'Memetrackers' (newstrackers) are dragging 'new media' into the land of the repetitive, the shallow and the incestuous. They are not what I meant when...
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    The Next Big Thing is: There is no Next Big Thing.

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    The Next Big Thing is: There is no Next Big Thing. Baloney. I liked Don Dodge's response to the 'there is no Next Big Thing' : "The Next Big Thing does exist...it just doesn't look BIG to IBM. That is a common problem with large companies...
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    What am I doing at Microsoft?

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    I've not blogged very much (at all) about the new role I started about 8 weeks ago, so I thought it was about time I did. In January, I joined the Data Programmability (DP) product group. My official title is 'Community Program Manager'. What this...
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    More OPML experiments

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    Two cool OPML experiments I've come across this morning and wanted to point out. OPML Cloud The first is OPML Cloud , an Alex Bosworth creation. This OPML Cloud is an html + Ajax rendering of the Web 2.0 Workgroup OPML file : The grey represents...
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    The middleman won't go away

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    Via Findory's personalized page , I came across this , which led me to this , which then led me to this and this post by Matt Terenzio , speculating on the future disappearance of infomediaries: "If I want to sell my bike, I expose a blog post with...
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    Nanotech helps blind hamsters (see)

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    BBC reports on another breakthough in the fight against hamsters' hardships: "Nanotechnology has restored the sight of blind rodents, a new study shows." The researchers originally planned to experiment on three blind mice. However, the trio...
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    Help with Tag Hell

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    James Corbett suggests Raw Sugar may help out with the Tag Hell I described a little while ago: "Raw Sugar is already on the case and providing both hierarchical tag clusters and tag similarity detection." I'm playing with now... - Tags...
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    10 Random Thoughts. # 1. The interview.

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    10 Random Thoughts. # 1. The interview. Interviewer: I want you to move Mount Fuji. How are you going to do that? Interviewee: It depends. You have Scope, Resources and Time. You can pick any two. Which two? Interviewer: I'll have Resources...
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