Alex Barnett's blog

The blog of Alex Barnett

June, 2006

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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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    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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    Wiki - word of the week (www)

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    Everyone's getting a wiki this week. First MSDN (well, last week), then eBay . Who's next? Update, June 14 : Dion Hinchliffe has a look at the MSDN Wiki offering. Makes a good point re: Firefox.
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    MSDN does wikis

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    Yesterday Somasegar (who runs the Developer Division at Microsoft) announced the beta version of the MSDN Wiki - allowing customers to contribute to Microsoft’s developer documentation. "In the MSDN Wiki beta , you can add code samples and content...
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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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    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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    today

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    As you may have noticed, I'm taking some time off the blogging thing. I'm also in London now for the Content 2.0 event on Tuesday and taking a few days 'vacation' as part of the trip. At Content 2.0 I'm involved in the panel debate 'Search and Enjoy...
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