Alex Barnett's blog

The blog of Alex Barnett

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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    Here's an OPMLish podcast for you

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    Here's an OPMLish podcast for you, recorded tonight with me , Joshua Porter , Adam Green and John Tropea . It's all about the draft OPML 2.0 spec and a few other things thrown in such as structured blogging, OPML tools, namespaces and microformats...
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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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    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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    Ray Ozzie: 'extend the clipboard user model to the web'

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    Ray Ozzie had an idea he's taking further: "The idea was based on using a simple and consistent user model to wire-the-web that would assist individuals in creating their own mesh of interconnections - both web-to-web and web-to-PC. ...Simply stated...
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    Record-your-own-attention toolkit

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    Now here's an Attention data experiment. This time by J Wynia . "I’ve read several times that if they have age, sex and zip code, they can get really pretty accurate targeting to an individual. So, why is the information about me not easily available...
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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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    'the OPML sketch of who I am and how I got here'

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    As I've already mentioned, I had the pleasure of meeting a certain gentleman by the name of Dennis E. Hamilton earlier this week. He's a fascinating chap. As we were talking it became apparent to me he was a true hacker - one of the originals. Dennis...
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    Amazon Launches Simple Storage Solution (S3)

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    Amazon has been up to some interesting things of late . Its most recent play is the Amazon Simple Storage Solution (S3) , launched just a couple of hours ago. TechCrunch has the details It's not free, but it seems like pretty good value . Any data...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 Web 2.0 uncertainty principle

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    What originally caught my attention was # 7 of Scott Karp's 'You know if you're a geek if you...' But then I read Mark Devlin 's comment on Scott's post: "The Web 2.0 uncertainty principle: If you understand it, you don’t know it." It all...
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    Kids Programming Language

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    Unless you're a kid or teacher, you've probably not heard of the 'Kids Programming Language' ( KPL ). KPL is not a Microsoft language like C# or VB, but a language Microsoft started to support and promote 'officially' last year after some Microsoft...
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    There's good news and bad news...

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    Information aesthetics points out a site that categorizes BBC News Headlines as 'good', 'bad' or neutral" called Mood News : "a linguistic system categorizes news headlines as different 'moods' using keyword scoring from a vocabulary of 160 words...
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    UK online start-ups, where are they?

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    Time to get a little patriotic... Fellow Brit, James Governior, moaned the other day (quite rightly in my opinion) about the lack of gusto and activity happening in the web start-up space in the UK. Now, it may be just a perception thing, but it seems...
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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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    Fun with OPML in ASP.NET

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    ' Fun with OPML in ASP.NET ', by Peter Bromberg . Via Lisa Williams .
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    on10net, live

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    Robert Scoble and Jeff Sandquist explain why on10net is worth checking out. Jeff asked me to test out last week and I loved what I saw. Also, congrats to Duncan - this is the first major product that's shipped with his code since leaving the MSDN team...
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    Brain Computer Interface

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    Seattle PI's Todd Bishop has written up good story on Microsoft Research 's Brain Computer Interface (BCI) project: "Many computer scientists around the world are involved in the same field, commonly known as brain computer interfaces, or direct...
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