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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    That's one hairy lobster

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    The BBC reports: "A US-led team found the animal last year in waters 2,300m (7,540ft) deep at a site 1,500km (900 miles) south of Easter Island, an expert has claimed." What surprises me is how quickly they found a hairy lobster expert. -...
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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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    '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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    eBay invests in Meetup.com

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    I checked my mail just now and got a message from the CEO of Meetup.com , Sott Heiferman, explaining that his company has just closed an investment round with eBay. He doesn't say how much, and stresses that they've not been acquired. Here's the relevant...
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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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    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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    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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