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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: 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: Windows Live WiFi - beta testers wanted!

    Laura John (who I used to work with while we were both at MSDN / TechNet), has blogged about something I've not heard of before...Windows Live WiFi: "We provide dial-up access to a ton of users across the United States but we've also been working on a stealth project that we're now ready to Beta...
  • Blog Post: IE7 - RCs, Changes and CSS

    As you probably know by now, Dean Hachamovitch announced this morning that Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate 1 (RC1) is ready for download . So what is the difference between a 'Release Candidate' (RC) and a 'Beta'? Here's the short answer from Dean's post: "A release candidate is fundamentally...
  • Blog Post: On CodePlex, Open Source and Microsoft

    Korby on CodePlex : "My take, from the trenches, is that CodePlex is Microsoft doing what it has always done: quietly supporting the needs and expressed wishes of our most important customers: developers developers developers developers, the fine folks who write the awesome applications that run...
  • Blog Post: Instant IM Translation and other winners

    The Made In Express Contest is reaching its conclusion - there are a total of 10 finalists' projects and now it is time to pick the winners...Who will win? Well, that's really up to you . My personal favorite is the Instant IM Translation . I confess - I've not played with the app - but the idea works...
  • Blog Post: What is not RSS?

    What is not RSS? In case you were wondering.
  • 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: Plugins and Atom for Windows Live Writer

    A few more links for you... 'Hirlpoo West' points out one of the two plugins Tim Heuer has already developed for Windows Live Writer - a plugin that makes it a doddle to insert Flickr images. The other plugin Tim has developed is a Technorati tagging plugin. Also, Danny Ayers should be pleased...
  • Blog Post: Tubular 404

    Tubes not found . via Digg .
  • 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: Wonderful, Wonderful Web (www) - 15 years young

    1991, August 6 : " Tim Berners-Lee releases files describing his idea for the " World Wide Web ." Here is the 'Executive Summary' mail he sent to alt.hypertext Thank you, Sir , for the Wonderful, Wonderful Web. (and to Justin for the reminder).
  • Blog Post: LINQ to Amazon

    Yes, you read that right. LINQ to Amazon . "This example introduces Linq to Amazon , which allows querying Amazon for books using Linq! It uses Linq's extensibility to allow for language-integrated queries against a book catalog. The Linq query gets converted to REST URLs supported by Amazon's...
  • 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: 10 Common ASP.NET Pitfalls

    Classic Digg bait: Keep Sites Running Smoothly By Avoiding These 10 Common ASP.NET Pitfalls: "Here are 10 of the pitfalls that litter the path to releasing your production ASP.NET applications, and what you can do to avoid them. All of the examples draw from my experiences with real companies building...
  • 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: Microsoft teaser campaign for Zune. not.

    Cesar sayz : "folks on the web are saying that it's a Microsoft teaser campaign for Zune. It's not."
  • 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 ...
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