Alex Barnett's blog

The blog of Alex Barnett

April, 2006

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    Your browser history as Attention data?

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    Have you thought of your browser history as attention data? I have some thoughts on this. Not all good. Two companies are thinking this way. Tailrank is one. You can go to this Import page and give the site permission to look at your browser history...
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    The Unifying Theory of Web 2.0

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    You know that feeling when something has been staring at you in the face and you don't realize it. And then all of a sudden - bam! There it is! I've just had one of those moments. Quick background. Earlier this year at MSN Search Champs .4, I had...
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    Del.icio.us Inside

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    At Seattle Mind Camp yesterday, Michael Blay Michael Blay , Geoff Froh and I ran a session on the topic of behind-the-firewall tagging. We kicked off by posing questions and letting a free flowing discussion kick off. It was great, lots of interest in...
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    IE7 Beta 2 - come and get it!!

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    IE Team blog : "This evening we released IE7 Beta 2 at http://www.microsoft.com/ie . This release is not the preview or the update to the preview, but the real Beta 2 of IE7 for Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP1, and Windows XP 64-bit Edition...
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    Attention 2.0

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    (I had to call this post something and given this pic, I couldn't resist...) (er, that's Attention two Dot oh, folks...) The Seattle Mind Camp 2.0 Sunday session on RSS and OPML led by Dave Winer was a fascinating hour, spent discussing, well...
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    Visual Studio Express...free!

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    Dan Fernandez, lead product manager for the Visual Studio Express product line has confirmed today that Visual Studio Express (in all its incarnations) will remain free. Excellent move: "You’ve helped make Visual Studio Express a runaway hit, and...
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    Media Center notebook - what would you suggest?

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    Dear reader, I need your help. I'm looking to buy a laptop / notebook as our super-duper Media Center machine at home (omg, did i really just say 'super-duper' ??) . You see, a cute little puppy killed our laptop with a pint of water. ...
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    Windows Live Academic Search (Beta)

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    Inside Microsoft : "This new offering from Live launches with over 6 million records indexed, featuring articles of use to students, researchers and teachers in the fields of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Physics." ResourceShelf...
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    Seattle Mind Camp 2.0

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    Excellent. I've registered to attend Seattle Mind Camp 2.0 taking place April 29 to April 30 (yup, three weeks time!). Chris Pirillo's Lockergnome is sponsoring - I suspect other sponsors will be announced soon. If you can, you should go too, but don...
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    Tagging behind-the-firewall. Questions.

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    Stowe Boyd points (via David Weinberger ) to a discussion regarding the potential of tagging within companies . Tagging behind-the-firewall.... Questions - Who would tag their content? How (with what software) would they tag it? What's in it for the taggers...
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    Niall Kennedy is joining Microsoft.

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    Best news I've heard in a while. Niall Kennedy is joining Microsoft . He's going to be helping the Windows Live team build an RSS / Atom based syndication platform for consumption across devices... "I want RSS and Atom syndication technologies...
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    GestureBank Recorder

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    Steve Gillmor provides some details on how the existing Attention Trust recorder (ATX) relates to GestureBank - the codebase is forking. GTX will be the GestureBank Recorder. Sounds like an IE version of the ATX and GTX recorders are on their way too...
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    'myware' but without the 'my'?

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    I have to agree with Steve Gillmor on this: "All proprietary clouds of data obtained without the users' permission are tainted, and it's my bet (GestureBank) that given a choice between an open pool and any proprietary one, the open pool will implicitly...
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    What would you do with 150 Mac minis?

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    I'm not a Mac owner, but I know plenty of them (I sued to be, many moons ago). If you like / love Macs, you'll like this post by David Weiss who's got loads of pics and info on the Microsoft Mac Lab . What would you do with 150 Mac minis...?
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    Windows Live Mail - 3 million beta testers and counting

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    I've been using the Windows Live Mail beta (the next version of Hotmail) for about a week. I'm not a lone beta tester, as Ben Poon, the WM Live beta program manager points out : "You have more than 3,000,000 neighbors! In an effort to get as...
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    75,000 new blogs a day

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    Technorati's David Sifry reports the blogosphere is continuing its growth rate - doubling every six months. We've now hit 75,000 new blogs a day.
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    Object Orientated Machinery

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    Once in a while I see stuff that reminds me of the creative and ingenious nature of humans. This video shows how predominantly household objects and a few purpose-made objects can be combined to create clever little 'machines' that are fun to watch in...
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    Snail Mail

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    Mark has snail mail .
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    Corpus and the Anatomy of Words, Tags and Clusters.

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    (Warning, this is a highly unstructured, a random-thoughts-externalized-type-post) First a quick definition : "A corpus is a collection of texts of written (or spoken) language presented in electronic form. It provides the evidence of how language...
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    BBC 2.0 - 'Outrageous!'

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    The BBC's Creative Future (aka BBC 2.0) initiative has been well received from what I've read. You see, it's the inevible direction to go, for a while, anyway. Well received except by a nervous few, like James MacManus, an executive director of Murdoch...
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    Microsoft.com Feeds Directory

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    The Microsoft.com Communities Team have been busy developing an RSS (and Atom) based Feed Directory . So what is it? Well, let's think of this way. Microsoft.com is one HUGE site. For all intents and purposes the site can be considered as a multitude...
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    Social Search

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    Business Week has an article outlining some of the 'social search' developments underway at Microsoft. What is 'social searching'?: "Microsoft plans to unveil a question-and-answer social-search tool in the coming months, says Justin Osmer, senior...
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    World Cyber Games

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    The 2006 World Cyber Games (WCG) will be held in the Autodromo Nazaional, Monza, Italy in October and will offer around US$500,000 in prize money. Online and offline preliminaries are scheduled to start in April and will be held throughout 70 countries...
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    RSS, microformats, Live Clipboards and Screencasts

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    Some great posting going on re: microformats / RSS / Live Clipboard. First to point out is Ray Ozzie's update (posted April 1st, but no jokes...) on some of the discussions taking place since the Live Clipboards announcement . Links to more resources...
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    Go and OPML yourself

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    Go and OPML yourself. I did. Why? 'Cause I'm an idiot. A happy OPMLish idiot. - Tags: OPML click to get the big picture
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