Alex Barnett's blog

The blog of Alex Barnett

March, 2006

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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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    500 mashups

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    That's right, 500. That's how many mashups John Musser has listed at his ProgrammableWeb site .
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    Microsoft Watch is podcasting

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    Microsoft Watch is now keeping its beady eye on, er, Microsoft, via a weekly podcast . - Tags: Microsoft , podcast
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    RSS + Simple List Extensions for the enterprise

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    Here's a prediction by Charlie Wood : "As more enterprise applications become RSS-enabled, I predict that an RSS reader that doesn't support Simple List Extensions will become as retrograde as a web browser that doesn't support tables ." Charlie...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    '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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    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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    Windows Live Search, with Macros!

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    The Windows Live news just keep coming....this time it's Windows Live Search, with Macros! Nathan over at Inside Microsoft takes a look ... Microsoft Gadgets has a collection of them to play with.... Brandon LeBlanc created two Macros himself...
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    More on Origami. This time on Channel 9.

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    More on Origami. This time on Channel 9 . "Otto Berkes is the architect (now general manager) behind the Ultra-Mobile PC team, code-named Origami. We have a conversation about Origami and the vision behind it. More on what was announced today is...
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    Project Origami team blog

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    You may or may not have come across the Origami buzz in the last couple of weeks... Well, the mastermind behind the campaign, a chap called 'Dustin', has posted a quick explanation of the campaign and its planning over at the Project Origami team blog...
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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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    Live.com upgrade

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    Tailrank , Memeorandum and Megite (no permalink, sorry) have a bunch of links to posts relating to the Live.com news .
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    'There are no back doors into Vista'

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    Niels Ferguson, developer & cryptographer within Microsoft's System Integrity team posted earlier this week : "Two weeks ago BBC News published an article speculating about a possible “back door” in BitLocker ( http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics...
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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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    Pet Shop Boys protest at ID cards

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    Pet Shop Boys protest at ID cards . We're saved.
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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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    Annotated Reading List

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    As Matt Terenzio has noticed, Adam Green is playing with some dynamically generated OPML files he's creating using a variety of services. Adam call the current output an Annotated Reading List . During the development process he discovered some 'undocumented...
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    A bunch of blogs.msdn.com/* bloggers

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    This was a fun night - a bunch of blogs.msdn.com/* bloggers having dinner last week. Left to right: Josh Ledgard , Gretchen Ledgard , Alex Barnett (er, me, focusing on food...), Raymond Chen (who apparently writes like a girl ), Betsy Aoki (who apparently...
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    O'Reilly's ASP.NET 2.0 Training Center

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    You can now get advice from top O'Reilly and Dr. Dobbs Journal experts and authors on the brand new ASP.NET 2.0 Training Center . It is sponsored by Microsoft, but as Tim O'Reilly points out , it's not just ASP.NET pitch: "What's particularly...
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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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    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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    Cool little Greasemonkey script - it fixes MSDN titles

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    Julien Couvreur has cool little Greasemonkey script - " MSDN Fix Titles" . It, er, fixes MSDN titles. So the titles are more usable. And readable. Which is cool in one way, but another way, it is uncool in that it is needed in the first place. Anyway...
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