Alex Barnett's blog

The blog of Alex Barnett

June, 2006

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    Coping with Information Overload (video)

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    About four weeks ago I made my way over to ZDNet's studios in San Francisco to be interviewed by Mike Elgan for DevSource and discuss a number of topics close to my heart. The video (15-ish mins) is now published. Mike asked me about microformats ...
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    Create BOT for Live Messenger, win cool stuff.

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    Via Frank La Vigne - if you're into AIs and help / KB systems here is just the challenge for you (devs and ISVs from around the world are eligable, not just US, which is nice...) "Robots or "BOTs", are software programs that you can add to MSN®...
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    Live Clipboard + microformats + RSS (SSE) + Microsoft Outlook screencast

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    Matt Augustine (works in Ray Ozzie's Concept Development Team) presented a demo at the Supernova 2006 conference in the "Decentralizing Data" workshop, moderated by Tantek Celik . The demo, available here as a screencast , shows how to leverage Live...
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    Microsoft Announces Plans for July 2008 Transition for Bill Gates

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    Wow.... "Bill Gates will transition out of a day-to-day role in Microsoft effective July 2008 to spend more time on his global health and education work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and will continue to serve as the company’s chairman...
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    Gillette. The Best a Geek Can Get?

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    I lost my shaving stuff somewhere between London and Seattle last week. So I went off to the local shop and was confronted by an array of choice. I've been a Gillette 'man' for as long as I can remember shaving. So when I looked at the Gillette shelf...
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    Enterprise tagging - off to the races...

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    TechCrunch outlines some of the features in a new product out there developed called ConnectBeam . It was just matter of time before someone ran with the Tagging behind the firewall idea. From the page describing ConnetBeam's benefits: Bookmark...
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    A thrill meeting Bill

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    After the live webcast breaking the news that Bill's transition will complete in July 2006, there was an internal meeting (called 'Townhall meetings) with Bill explaining to Microsoft employees the reasons behind his decision and the plans moving forward...
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    Vista - Media Center (Beta 2) review

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    Lots of luscious screenshots in Krunker.com's comprehensive review of Windows Media Center Preview in Vista Beta 2. Remember I told you that a very cute puppy nearly lost its life moments after it knocked a pint of water onto our laptop? Well...
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    IE7 Beta 3 (more RSS goodness)

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    Microsoft's RSS team blog has this news . " IE7 Beta 3 is here ! We’ve snuck in some goodies in the feed reading user experience based on your Beta 2 feedback" The post provides details on the new RSS-related features. More feedback sought. ...
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    Good luck Scoble.

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    Wow. I just heard the news and read his own confirmation that Robert Scoble is off to pastures new. Holy crap Robert! I'm a bit stunned actually. I knew the day would come, but didn't think it would happen so soon. Only last week I was London and...
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    My musical attention (data)

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    Earlier this month I mentioned that at the Content 2.0 event I asked LastFMs product manager, Matthew Ogle about the ability to export my data out of the system so it could be plugged into another. After all, the music I listen to, for how long and when...
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    Feedback on Live Messenger

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    Some cool demos at On 10 of the new Live Messenger . Chris has some more great feedback for our product teams. Don Dodge sees Live Messenger as further evidence of Ray Ozzie's infuence. AMCP Tech blog agrees . Jesse asks the team about plugins,...
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    This town is addicted.

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    One of the joys of moving to this part of the world is the traffic. Now, everything is relative, and of course the Seattle area isn't free of jams, but it's a million miles (well, about 4799 actually) from the nightmare that is London. I live and work...
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    MSDN API

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    I like this. A lot. MSDN now has a web API into the MSDN and TechNet Publishing System (MTPS) MSDN2 (not 2.0 ;-) library. 2.0 ;-) Craig Andera has the details, but the bottom line is this: the MSDN document library is enormous (and I mean...
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    microformats viewer

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    This is no ordinary blog post . It has embeded microformat content, but you won't see it. This is the same page rendered in a 'microcontent viewer' created by Jason Kolb , so now the microformat content renders in the browser. You can either hit...
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    Content 2.0 wrap up

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    The Content 2.0 event in London this week was great fun. Most of the focus revolved around user-generated content and 'modern marketing'. The day was kicked off by Marc Canter's energetic preaching on a wide range of topics including Structured Blogging...
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    Open Source and Lip Service

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    ZDNet's Dana Blankenhorn points out the facts that Jason Matusow's blog hasn't been updated since May 24 (a whole 20 days!!!) and Scoble's leaving of Microsoft , and therefore proof positive that Microsoft has no interest in the open source community...
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    Is WinFS dead?

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    Quentin Clark has posted an update to the WinFS update and answers some of the questions that came since the post on Friday . It's a Q & A format to help clarify some of the speculation flying around over the weekend and today . And yes, the...
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    LINQ, ADO.NET and Entities

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    In case you missed it, Somasegar (Microsoft's VP of Developer Division) blogged today about some of the LINQ and ADO.NET innovations planned for the next version of Visual Studio (Orcas). It's getting some attention already... Techworld : ...
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    LibraryThing - it's not just about getting YOUR data IN...

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    Good to see LibraryThing getting a nice write up in the WSJ (via techmeme ) I've mentioned the service before as a good example of how you can get the data out that you put in . This is my profile on the site and a page of my catalog . As part of...
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    Virtual Earth *Interactive* SDK

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    How cool is this? Carter Maslan points to the Virtual Earth Interactive SDK : "The SDK is organized by the things you want to do , and each of those things is correlated to a live running sample, source code, and reference documentation - all one...
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    LINQ and ADO.NET Entities (Channel 9)

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    Sam Druker (my boss's boss's boss, on the left) and Anders Hejlsberg talk about the May CTP of LINQ , Entities and the future of ADO.NET on Channel 9 . This was Duncan Mackenzie 's first Channel 9 interview since joining the C9 team as a dev. I...
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    On XSLT and LINQ to XML...

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    Yesterday Mike Champion (on XML team in Data Programmability) wrote up a post answering the question: 'Why does the world need another XML API?' The question is a summary of some the feedback we've heard regarding XLinq LINQ to XML . Mike explains...
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    Ground floor: 1

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    Via Postbubble I came across standpedia . It is provided by the same team who developed standpoint . I've just had a play with standpedia and I like it. Rather than try to explain what it does , here is a pic of what I created at standpedia: ...
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    MSReadr (or, RoboScoble)

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    The Windows Live product teams have a number of blogs, some hosted on MSDN and others on MSN Spaces. Now you can keep up with all these in any one of four ways. 1. Subscribe to a single feed Atom or RSS flavor) that aggregates the various posts...
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