Alex Barnett's blog

The blog of Alex Barnett

April, 2006

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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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    Tag-centric UI

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    Matt McAlister has put together his first screencast showing some of the various tag-centric navigation systems he's found of interest. The examples he uses are good pointers to some of the emerging IA trends we'll see incorporated into more and more...
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    Snail Mail

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    Mark has snail mail .
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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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    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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    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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    Reality Commercials...

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    By way of Steve Bowbrick , I came across Mark Cuban's idea : Reality Commercials. "I would make commercials live productions. Thats right, live commercials. Straight out of the 1950s . Its not a technical challenge. Its easy. Its not a creative...
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    Joshua. Dad. Cool!

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    Joshua - congrats !! She's beautiful. btw. i think i found a bug in your comments feature. keep it. i like it ;-)
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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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    10 Random Thoughts. #4 The Social Enterprise

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    10 Random Thoughts. #4. The Social Enterprise Jack: " How can my company take advantage of the social software thing that's going on?" Jill: "Experiment." - More 10 Random Thoughts .
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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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    Some Crazy OPML hits

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    There is so much going on in the OPML space. Hard keeping up. Some Crazy OPML hits for you: Lisa Williams - The Blog on My Keychain (update: here's another post along the same lines by Matt Mower) Crazy Cool Grazr uses Bela Labovitch - New...
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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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    'You can buy software, but you can’t buy *community*.'

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    Timothy O'Brien begins his analysis of the acquisition of JBoss by RedHat with a thought provoking opener: "You can buy software, but you can’t buy “community”." Discuss .
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    VS Express - what do you want?

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    Our next version of Visual Studio (the next version of the product is known internally as 'Orcas') is getting built out. John Montgomery, a PM in the VS team, is looking for feedback - specifically on how the Express editions of the product could be...
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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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    Information overload in 1848

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    Information overload in 1848: "In 1848 the New York businessman W.E. Dodge was already feeling the effects of always-on connectivity:“The merchant goes home after a day of hard work and excitement to a late dinner, trying amid the family circle...
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    Transparent desktop

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    First time I've seen this new transparent desktop wallpaper download . The amazing thing is that it works everywhere.
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    Ruby.NET

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    As some other Microsoft bloggers have noted, this ' Ruby.NET ' project looks very interesting... So, is this a rogue project? Is Microsoft freaking over this? I don't think so... From the 'Acklowledgement' section of the project info page : ...
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    Interview with Dr Flakenstein

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    John Battelle has an interesting interview with Gary Flake (A.K.A "Dr Flakenstein"), Technical Fellow at Microsoft and Founder & director of Microsoft Live Labs (see manifesto here). - Tags: Microsoft , MSN
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    Semantic web heads - 'More doing, Less theorizing'. Please.

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    The Guardian takes a look at where we are with Tim Berners-Lee's semantic web. Conclusion? Not very far given the promise of the idea. So far. In the article there seems to be some kind of aha! expressed by TBL - enough theory already! "Berners...
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    Animated conversation

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    What is this? Conversations visualized. This clip (.wmv) shows the pattern below in motion. " CYCLONE.SOC brings together two contemporary phenomena: - severe weather, the project uses weather data that charts the emergence and progress of...
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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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    '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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    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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