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    Sometimes I just don't know why things are the way they are

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    (Weekend rant, off topic:) Sometimes I just don't know why things are the way they are. About a month ago I needed to hire a car while doing business in the UK. As part of filling out the paper work I was asked to provide my driving license...
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    Solving Tag-Hell

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    Backup Brain recently highlighted one of the problems with the tagosphere - the 'which tag do I use' problem. I say 'one' of the problems, because there are at least three tagospheric problems that are creating a Tag-Hell: 1. When in content tagging...
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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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    Transparent desktop

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    First time I've seen this new transparent desktop wallpaper download . The amazing thing is that it works everywhere.
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    Sir Tim: Calm Down 2.0

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    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...
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    Loser Generated Warning Label

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    Loser generated using the Warning Label Generator , via Assaf and Richard .
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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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    RSS feeds, OPMLs and Grazr

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    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...
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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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    Web 2.0 Meme Map and Microsoft

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    Tim O'Reilly posted this great Web 2.0 meme map of over at Flickr . (via Web 2.0 Show ) The text in the middle box is interesting. In the spirit of the mash-up (or is it 'mash up'?), I've taken the liberty of adding Microsoft related links to these...
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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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    Xbox 360 bundles back in stock at Costco (US)

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    (Update: 2 Oct 2005: Steve just pointed out the Costco offer is now closed.) Happy days. Just ordered my Xbox 360 (a belated birthday present) at Costco . :-) Bundle includes: Xbox 360 Game Console Wireless Controller...
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    Moving my blog

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    OK, so I moved my new Alex Barnett blog to here for a number of reasons, explained here at my, er, new blog .
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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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    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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    RSS Future - Distributed marketing and the solution to spam?

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    A perfect storm has emerged for marketers using email and dm vehicles in particular. The 2 main factors are: unsubscribe numbers are on the increase due to spam and poor targeting the new EU directive moving to an opt-in contact basis (the rest...
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    Screencasts archive

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    Using RSS 101 - Screencast Using OPML 101 - Screencast Using Technorati and Tags 101 - Screencast Hacking Memeorandum 101 - Screencast Mum, you want to know where I live? Watch this screencast Google Autolink behavior screencast RSS...
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    Nameplanet - my nomination for worst customer support

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    I'm going to nominate Nameplanet , a webmail provider Kate (my wife) uses, for the worst customer support for any online-based company. Kate was unfortunate enough to delete her entire inbox after a new IA was launched. She's tried mutliple times to...
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    A History of MSN

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    Paul Thurrott provides a three-part historical look at MSN : " So here is the story of MSN's rebirth as an Internet services powerhouse. In part one, I quickly examine the convoluted history of MSN, which has been repurposed and re-imagined repeatedly...
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    Enter the Grid

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    Mary Jo Foley has a 'scoop' at Microsoft Watch : "Microsoft is working on a skunk-works project that is code-named Bigtop, which is designed to allow developers to create a set of loosely coupled, distributed operating-systems components in a relatively...
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    About Bill Gates' Think Week

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    If you've not heard about Bill Gates' Think Week, you should read today's WSJ article that gives you an insight into his 'a seven-day stretch of seclusion he uses to ponder the future of technology and then propagate those thoughts across the Microsoft...
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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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    RSS users worldwide at 275 million? Ubiquitous RSS is almost upon us

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    If you're only going to read one sentence of this post and have the remotest interest in RSS, then take this away with you: the number of RSS users in the UK and US is now at a staggering 72.8 million...worldwide this is 275 million (s ee estimate details...
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    Who is the 'Intelligent Designer'?

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    (Warning relating to this post. Chowbay's Food and Article Center advises to maintain proper etiquette while attending dinner parties: one should, " try to avoid heavy subjects such as politics and religion.". I'm going to stay out of the politics ...
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    20 thoughts on Attention

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    I've been carrying a number of thoughts relating to Attention and rather trying to create a huge essay, I've decided just to offload these as a partially random list. Would be great to get your feedback, discussion, agreement and brutal rebutal. ...
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