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    Here's an OPMLish podcast for you

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    Here's an OPMLish podcast for you, recorded tonight with me , Joshua Porter , Adam Green and John Tropea . It's all about the draft OPML 2.0 spec and a few other things thrown in such as structured blogging, OPML tools, namespaces and microformats...
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    Several Predictions for 2005 (updated 23 Dec)

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    As usual, a number of predictions for the coming year start emerging, here are some from around the web: Web Design Predictions 2004 2005 (Poynter.org) - " Minimalism is out; detail is in ." Swanni's 2005 TV Predictions (TVPredctions.com) - " A New Beginning...
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    Microsoft speak

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    So, quite a few people have been raising the issue around the use of the word ‘so’ by people at Microsoft, so I just wanted to pick up on that thread and in fact extend that out to discuss our taxonomies and usage of the English language in...
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    Let's REST!

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    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...
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    Syndicated search engines broken - Part II

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    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...
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    YouTube video - How to - using Windows Movie Maker

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    A video on how to make a YouTube video using Windows Movie Maker, on YouTube , made using Windows Movie Maker ...
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    How RSS thickened my Long Tail

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    I did an experiment this morning. I analyzed my blog traffic/views using all the data since December 2003. For some reason I haven't done this before. I wanted to see how closely my page views traffic looked like the Long Tail . I got more than...
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    the positive side of having a deaf left ear

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    Nick Bradbury created the application that has transformed my internet-use behaviour - FeedDemon (RSS / feed reader). Nick has recently gone through some tough times and has shared his journey on his blog. I find his openess humbling. He's just had...
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    Web 1.0 and Web 2.0

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    James Governor provides his thoughts on the never-ending discussion around the definition of Web 2.0 . Following James' format , here are the differentiating characteristics between the Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 concepts as I see them: ...
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    Reading Lists (OPML) podcast: Danny Ayers and Adam Green

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    Last year Dave Winer started to push the idea of Reading Lists for RSS . More recently, the idea of Dynamic Reading Lists and Feed Grazing (or Grazing Lists / Glists) has been kicking around. Its likely that Reading Lists support will become a common...
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    Several Predictions for 2006

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    Last year I collated several predictions for 2005 . It turned out to be quite a popular post. So I've done the same for 2006. I'll update this page for a while as December brings out the crystal balls. Several Predictions for 2006 Predictions...
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    Seattle Mind Camp OPML (Validated)

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    I've created my first 'OPML Validated' OPML file. Whee! Its a collection of RSS feeds I've crawled around for blogs/sites of attendees going to next week's Seattle Mind Camp , the brainchild of Andru Edwards (featured in today's Seattle PI ). I...
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    The Unifying Theory of Web 2.0

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    You know that feeling when something has been staring at you in the face and you don't realize it. And then all of a sudden - bam! There it is! I've just had one of those moments. Quick background. Earlier this year at MSN Search Champs .4, I had...
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    about the cricket: I can't help myself

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    Sorry, I can't help myself... England are on the verge of defeating Australia in the fourth Test to go 2-1 up in the 5 match series...For those not familiar with the game of cricket, I should explain why I'm staying up to watch the drama of the Test unfold...
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    Marketers still don't get RSS

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    A survey of email marketers concludes that they still don't understand the potential of RSS as a marketing tool. Reported at WebProNews , a WordBiz report claims that although 74% of email marketers are 'familiar' with the term 'RSS', only about 37% had...
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    Firefox is secure, FUD?

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    How many times have you heard, "hey drop IE, it is full of security holes. Try Firefox, it is secure."? I'm not saying IE hasn't had its own problems, but Firefox has had security holes in past, has security holes today and will in the future. To say...
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    Blog from 'down under'

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    Mark Baartse from Microsoft Australia has started his own blog at http://www.joykicksdarkness.com/blog/ . The blogging software Mark is using, Seabeach, is a blogging app developed using .NET 1.1, C# and SQL Server 2000...Mark is using InfoPath as...
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    What shall i eat tonight? You decide, please.

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    Right. Family is away, I'm not going to cook. I need to eat, so a take-out is in order. The options are: Chinese: Spring rolls, Sweet & Sour Pork, Rice. Indian: Lamb Jalfrezi or chicken korma, rice, nam bread. Wendy's: Burger &...
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    Del.icio.us Inside

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    At Seattle Mind Camp yesterday, Michael Blay Michael Blay , Geoff Froh and I ran a session on the topic of behind-the-firewall tagging. We kicked off by posing questions and letting a free flowing discussion kick off. It was great, lots of interest in...
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    Attention engines not just for the geekosphere

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    The attention conversation keeps going. Latest post by Scott Karp : "The idea that we’re living in an “attention economy” is nothing new. But unless the media/technology industry starts listening to Umair and focuses on creating new ways to help...
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    Enterprise Tagging

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    Since posting the Del.icio.us Inside and Tagging behind-the-firewall posts, I've been pinged left right and center by a bunch of tagtastic people (both inside and outside Microsoft) regarding the topic of tagging within the enterprise / business context...
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    Beginning of the Attention Engine race

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    Wow, I missed this the first time around... Megite is going letting me do what I've been asking Memeorandum (or enyone else that will listen) to let me do for ages - to pivot off my own OPML file. The feature isn't switched on for everyone yet, but...
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    Using OPML 101 - Screencast

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    As you might have noticed, I'm getting all excited about OPML , so I've created this OPML 101 screencast (Flash movie). The screencast is meant to be an introduction to OPML (what it is) and then goes into a number of different uses and applications...
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    Google Base live: I've uploaded RSS and OPML files

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    Ok, it is live now. I just uploaded an opml file into Google Base. I wonder what will happen. It'll take an hour to get published. This is part of the Base bulk upload functionality that allows you to upload XML: RSS 2.0 , RSS 1.0 , Atom 0.3 .....
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    RSS meets Longhorn

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    A bunch of RSS news relating Longhorn news will start emerging: Robert Scoble : "I just posted the hour-long interview I had with Microsoft's Longhorn Browsing and RSS team. More shortly after the announcements get made." I'm going to update...
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