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  • Blog Post: Moving my blog

    OK, so I moved my new Alex Barnett blog to here for a number of reasons, explained here at my, er, new blog .
  • Blog Post: RSS feeds, OPMLs and Grazr

    Kevin Briody of the Windows Live team has published the RSS feeds he subscribes to as OPML files for your feedreader. Some good feeds worth checking out there, including a bunch of Windows Live individual employee and team blogs. Kevin, one way of displaying these as a blogroll is to use Grazr . Below...
  • Blog Post: What is not RSS?

    What is not RSS? In case you were wondering.
  • Blog Post: Good luck Niall :-(

    Well, I just read Niall's post explaining that he is leaving Microsoft . Niall was recruited in April to help the Windows Live team build an RSS / Atom based syndication platform for consumption across devices. Like Scoble , I'm sorry to see Niall go. Niall really grokks the RSS / syndicated space...
  • Blog Post: If you like microformats and RSS you will love this.

    If you like microformats and / or RSS you'll love it. If you don't know about microformats and / or RSS you need to watch it. Channel9 interviews Matt Augustine and Paresh Suthar about Live Clipboard and Simple Sharing Extensions (SSE).
  • Blog Post: Syndicated search engines broken - Part II

    A few days ago I grumbled at the poor state of the search engines specializing in syndicated (RSS'd or Atomized) content. Today, Michael Marshall Patrick is enthusiastically supporting a proposed standard by Bloglines that is trying to solve an apparent problem: "“Everything you blog goes on...
  • Blog Post: Syndicated content search - still broken

    For a few months now, Randy Charles Morin has been tracking and grading the performance of search engines specializing in syndicated (RSS'd or Atomized) content. These search tools can be invaluable when you are trying to keep track of what customers, partners, influencers and press are saying about...
  • Blog Post: Let's REST!

    A bunch of links to RESTful resources I've collated here and there - should be a good starting point to get a handle on some of the basics of REST, with links to example APIs / documentation as well as some posts ReprESenTative of the discussion in this space, plus some bonus randomly related stuff ...
  • Blog Post: OurSS

    ehehe...
  • Blog Post: More FeedBurner statcrunching

    As you might know, I like to keep an eye on my Feedburner / RSS / Aotm / feeds stats . Neville Hobson has just shared some of his Feedburner stat data and I thought it was interesting how similar some of the trends are compared to mine. Some differences too. Around 47% of Neville's subscribers...
  • Blog Post: IE7 Beta 3 (more RSS goodness)

    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. If you have previous IE 7 Betas installed you need...
  • Blog Post: My musical attention (data)

    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 I listen to it, user-defined tag and ratings, is...
  • Blog Post: Live Clipboard + microformats + RSS (SSE) + Microsoft Outlook screencast

    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 Clipboard + RSS Simple Sharing Extensions (RSS+SSE...
  • Blog Post: Coping with Information Overload (video)

    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 , tagging , information overload , OPML , attention...
  • Blog Post: Go and microformat stuff! ('cause it's going to happen anyway)

    JasonKolb, rightly in my humble opinion, is getting excited by the potential of the microformats , RSS and the clipboard (mRc?) combo (if you have no idea what I'm talking about, read on): "With the looming rise of the clipboard to transport XML, disguised as a text and using Microformats, the...
  • Blog Post: 50% of you are sub'd the 'wrong' feed

    Cori asked me a good question a couple of days ago - Why do I encourage subscribers to sub to this feed of mine, rather than the other default feed the blogware provides? 3 reasons: 1. I can't splice in other feeds from other services I use to into the default feed. Example, my feedburner feed...
  • Blog Post: Live.com and OPML

    New feature ( among others ) on Live.com : "- OPML Request: can I export my rss feeds that I’ve subscribed to on live.com in OPML format? You can now do this: click on add stuff -> ‘advanced options’" This may not seem like a big deal, but I think this is significant in its own little...
  • Blog Post: Attention 2.0

    (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, RSS and OPML and more. In the room were around...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft.com Feeds Directory

    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 / network of hundreds of sites with common UI...
  • Blog Post: MSDN TV - Extending RSS with Simple Sharing Extensions (SSE)

    A little while ago, Amyloo suggested that Microsoft has gone a bit quite on the RSS + SSE front. Amy - I found something for you: check out this new video with the RSS team talking SSE ... "Paresh Suthar and George Moromisato talk about the creation of the Simple Sharing Extensions (SSE) specification...
  • Blog Post: RSS 101 screencast (en française)

    Claire Ulrich has created a French voiceover version (.avi) of the my RSS 101 screencast . Bon apetit. Claire Ulrich a créé une version française de commentaire (.avi) du mon screencast de RSS 101 . Enjoy. - Tags: RSS française screencast
  • Blog Post: RSS + SLE (real world) examples

    Sean Lyndersay over on the IE team blog posted about the RSS Simple List Extensions (SLE) and how they are being used today. (Note you need IE 7 to see the SLE functionality in-browser. Since not everyone will (or can) try out the IE7 beta, I've created some screenshots so you can see what all this...
  • Blog Post: I'm getting one of these.

    Shawn reminded me of something I showed him this week. The t-shirt , that is. I'm ordering too.
  • Blog Post: The middleman won't go away

    Via Findory's personalized page , I came across this , which led me to this , which then led me to this and this post by Matt Terenzio , speculating on the future disappearance of infomediaries: "If I want to sell my bike, I expose a blog post with the classified ad or auction details and sit back...
  • Blog Post: RSS + Simple List Extensions for the enterprise

    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, let me see what I can do re: your request at...
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