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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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    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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    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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    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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    IE7 - RCs, Changes and CSS

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    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...
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    No such thing as a disruptive technology

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    According to PC Magazine’s John Dvorak there is no such thing as a disruptive technology. “The concept of disruptive technology goes to the top of my list as the biggest crock of the new millennium...There is no such thing as a disruptive...
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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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    Why RSS matters in the marketing world

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    After spending over 5 months researching the subject of RSS marketing, Rok Hrastnik has finally released his new e-book, 'Unleash the Marketing & Publishing Power of RSS' . Why RSS Matters in the Marketing World The reason this guide matters and will...
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    Windows Live QnA service - public beta

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    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...
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    I've not met Frank, but I know about his shirt.

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    I've not met Frank Arrigo in person, but I know about his shirt. In the latest episode of the 'Frank and His Shirt' reality show series, the hunt is on for an apparent posuer . The background to this rather potracted saga is a story unto itself...
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    Windows Live WiFi - beta testers wanted!

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    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...
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    Private equity buyouts and crack

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    Mitch Ratcliffe spotted a column published ealier this month on the FT. The article, written columinst John Plender , proposes that a leveraged buyout of Microsoft by private equity bankers would be a good thing. As Mitch points out, this scenario would...
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    I still love the smell of comment spam in the morning.

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    I love the smell of comment spam in the morning. I did then , I do now.
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    British English words not used in American English

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    Groovy Mother points to a Wikipedia list of British English words not used in American English . Since moving to Redmond, I've had to learn some of these the hard way. Recent examples of words I've used in conversation and got back a blank stare...
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    How much information?

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    I love this time of year. It gives me chance to get through some of books I've been been meaning to read and some podcasts I've been eager to listen to. One of these books is The Social Life of Information , originally published at the end of the last...
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    Moving on.

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    Alex Barnett here...a quick one: This will be my last post on blogs.msdn.com as I'm leaving Microsoft at the end of March 2007. If you're still subscribed to my RSS feed on blogs.msdn.com/alexbarn please note this blog won't be updated again from March...
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    IBM running 3600 internal blogs

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    James Robertson points to a post by CorporateBlogging.Info claiming IBM is running 3600 internal blogs: "Through the central blog dashboard at the intranet W3, IBMers now can find more than 3,600 blogs written by their co-workers. As of June 13...
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    Top 10 Ways to Light Up Your Windows Vista Apps

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    Somasega introduces the ' Top 10 Ways to Light Up Your Windows Vista Apps ' 1. Follow the Windows Vista style guidelines 2. Enrich the user experience 3. Enable users to visualize, organize, and search 4. Run securely 5. Design for reliability and...
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    1 line in XAML

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    Tim Sneath asks : "What's the most impressive WPF demo you can construct in a single line of XAML? Can you improve on these?"
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    RSS not ubiquitous, yet.

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    Rick Bruner at Business Blog Consulting gives ' One (Percent) Reason Why Not to Switch From Email to RSS' . The general gist is right - the debate should move away from RSS v Email and move to how RSS can become part of the marketing mix. In the article...
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    RSS, microformats, Live Clipboards and Screencasts

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    Some great posting going on re: microformats / RSS / Live Clipboard. First to point out is Ray Ozzie's update (posted April 1st, but no jokes...) on some of the discussions taking place since the Live Clipboards announcement . Links to more resources...
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    Web 2.0 Design Patterns (or Principles)

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    Chris Anderson must think I'm stalking him or something...I keep pointing to his posts. But if he keep writing such great stuff, what else can I do? Yesterday Chris wrote around how the Long Tail relates to the definition of Web 2.0 (see Tim O'Reilly...
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    75 million RSS users?

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    I just noticed the BBC.co.uk website is promoting RSS on its homepage. Not just at the footer but within prime real estate. It me got me thinking... According to the Nielsen//Netratings April 2005 data the BBC site (all properties, including the...
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    Attention podcast: RSS feedreaders and aggregators

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    I asked two of the RSS industry's leading lights to join me for a call and share their perspective on the question of where Attention is going with respect to RSS feedreaders and aggregators: Nick Bradbury creator FeedDemon , part of Newsgator (Nick also...
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