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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: Sir Tim: Calm Down 2.0

    This is what The Register said Sir TBL said about Web 2.0: "You should thank Tim Berners-Lee. Not just for giving us the web, but for articulating what's gone wrong in the lexicon and thinking of Silicon Valley. Hopefully, his standing in the web community will serve as a rallying cry for right...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live QnA service - public beta

    Congrats to Betsy and the team : the Windows Live QnA service is now in public beta. I've been on the private beta for a little while and turned to it for help for a couple of things when I got stuck. One example was asking for good seafood restaurants in Seattle . I tried out one of the recommendations...
  • Blog Post: Tag, Tags, Tagging, Categorization, Classification and Laziness

    Clearly a classic post on the topic of tagging, but I've not seen it before: A cognitive analysis of tagging (or how the lower cognitive cost of tagging makes it popular) , by Rashmi Sinha : "The rapid growth of tagging in the last year is testament to how easy and enjoyable people find the tagging...
  • Blog Post: Taglocity 1.0 for Outlook

    I blogged about a tagging tool for Outlook 2003, Taglocity , when it went to beta earlier this year. Well, the team has released Taglocity 1.0 ! Congratulations to David and his team. Click here to watch the Taglocity screencast ' href="http://www.taglocity.com/" rel=lightbox> It's cool....
  • Blog Post: Programming Language Trends and more

    Tim O'Reilly's series of posts on book sales are giving up lots of interesting data and trends from the Nielsen Bookscan's top 3,000 Computer Books report (means: all publishers not just O'Reilly sales, but US sales only). Yesterday's post was no different in terms of juicy data. This is the 3-year...
  • Blog Post: What is Web 2.0?

    Assaf @ Supr.c.ilio.us has the answers .
  • 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: I have invites for Windows Live QnA...

    Well, lucky me and lucky you. Betsy , Krista and co have been good enough to let me have some invites to give away for the Windows Live QnA Beta (hidden behind a beta door right now) If you’ve not heard of this service, check out this summary by TechCrunch . Now, I’ve only got a few, so first come...
  • 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: Using the Flickr API with .NET

    MSDN's Coding4Fun has a good intro article on playing with the Flickr API using Flickr.Net API library : "the actual mechanics of communicating with Flickr are relatively simple. The hard part is coming up with the idea for a groovy new application." For inspiration, have play with 'the best...
  • Blog Post: A crack in this fine social scene?

    John Udell has raised a point triggered by the Share Your OPML (SYO) OPML experiment that I've not even come close to thinking about regarding the 'my data' meme. "I presume there is no longer any argument about data export. If I contribute to blip or mefeedia or dabble , I'll expect to be able...
  • Blog Post: PLOJ or POJ?

    In the age of Ajax this and Ajax that, just remember - for some things, plain old Javascript ( PLOJ ) may be all you really need. Or is it POJ ?
  • Blog Post: Here comes the widgetsphere

    Deirdre Molloy of NMK has noticed something...and I like it... She's got the details , so I won't repeat here... ...but if you know the UK online scene at all , the names Bowbrick (my blogdaddy ) and Pope ( recently in Seattle ) should be familiar to you. And if they aren't today, they will be...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live buggy

    Nah, not that kind of buggy, this kind of buggy:
  • Blog Post: Amazon S3 / MSDN

    Jeff Barr shows off some highlights regarding the Amazon S3 service I blogged about a little while ago. It turns out that Microsoft's MSDN Direct Student Download program is one of the customers using the Amazon S3 service. From a press release : "We needed a storage and delivery solution that...
  • Blog Post: Enterprise tagging - off to the races...

    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, retrieve, and reference information useful for...
  • Blog Post: LibraryThing - it's not just about getting YOUR data IN...

    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 my learning a few SQL Server things, I got the data...
  • Blog Post: microformats viewer

    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 the viewer directly using http://www.xformats.org...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth *Interactive* SDK

    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 tab click away." You might provide the most wonderful...
  • 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: Feedback on Live Messenger

    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, given the Yahoo IM plugin news : "I quickly...
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