Alex Barnett's blog

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    It's the Feed Standard Stupid

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    The quicker the marketing industry can develop standard usage and reporting metrics around RSS (and other similar xml feed standards), the better. The current situation, where online 'media properties' owners (including portals, publishers &...
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    1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89...in Flash

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    Nice, simple, flash animation... Via Antenna : "Anyhow, Dean Allen has put together a concise, extremely clear explanation called What the Hell is the Fibonacci Series? ."
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    Windows Media Connect 2.0 released

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    Sean Alexander has a great blog covering digital media. Sean is a Group Program Manager at Microsoft focussed on Windows Vista consumer market. He's just posted the news that Windows Media Connect 2.0 has released and is now available for download...
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    Microsoft's Kim Cameron outlines Infocard, new federated identity initiative

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    Via ZDNet 'Between the lines' : "Kim Cameron , Microsoft’s architect for digital identity (including Active Directory) and one of the key pioneers of metadirectories, talks with Scott Mace about lessons learned from Passport and Microsoft’s new Infocard...
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    Hacking Google Suggest

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    FeedDemon's Nick Bradbury spots Adam Stiles' post 'How Google Search Works' ... "At its simplest, Google Suggest is javascript code that looks at what you are typing in the Google search box. When you press a key, GS phones home and passes the current...
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    Go and microformat stuff! ('cause it's going to happen anyway)

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    JasonKolb, rightly in my humble opinion, is getting excited by the potential of the microformats , RSS and the clipboard (mRc?) combo (if you have no idea what I'm talking about, read on): "With the looming rise of the clipboard to transport XML...
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    My 2006 predictions

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    Right, enough cataloging of everyone else's 2006 predictions ...with about 4 hours to go before the start of my 2006 (flakey drum roll please)...I now unveil my own, er, predictions... My Eleven Techie / Web and One non-Techie 2006 Prediction(s) ...
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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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    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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    Winnable Solitaire - the great indie software start-up experiment

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    Erik Sink has started an experimental project to understand the world of micro-ISVs, or 'indie software developers (software companies that are comprised of only one person) He's outlined the project in an MSDN article "Exploring Micro-ISVs" and is providing...
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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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    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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    Microsoft proposal: Simple Sharing Extensions for RSS and OPML

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    (Updating with reactions, below) - Dave Winer : " Microsoft has unveiled a new proposal called SSE, which stands for Simple Sharing Extensions for RSS and OPML. ... So we need some way to share subscriptions between different applications...
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    Ning, money and the writable web

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    John Montgomery asked earlier this week about Ning : "Not to complain or anything, but I don't get Ning . For the past fifteen minutes, I've been clickning through hotornot-like scenarios. Some of them are hysterical (try "Which driver has the...
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    R.I.P Microsoft? Baloney.

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    Mary Jo Foley pointed out an article that I thought was a little odd to say the least. "It seems to have become trendy to sound the death knell for Microsoft these days. I guess I'm not quite as much of a purveyor of doom and gloom when it comes to the...
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    Prince Charles to marry Camilla

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    Completely off topic here, but Prince Charles is to marry Camilla Parker Bowles in April according to BBC News. Nothing to link to yet, but will update. Update III Confrimed now that Camilla won't be queen, but will be titled HRH Duchess of Cornwall....
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    Jacob Nielsen: what about RSS?

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    Jacob Nielsen's written up a look-back article on the 10th anniversary of his widely read Alertbox column series. Nielsen as succeeded in being the customer advocate regarding the usability of sites, and while I don't always agree with his views, I...
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    Programming Language Trends and more

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    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...
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    Bibliomeme

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    Ok, here goes. As per Philo's suggestion: 1. Grab the nearest book. 2. Open the book to page 23. 3. Find the fifth sentence. 4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions. "If paradoxes could pop up so easily in...
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    Microsoft, 30 years old

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    As I'm in Redmond this week, I'm allowing myself get a little nostalgic (I've only been with the company less than 3 years, but hey)...here are some links relating to Microsoft's 30 years. The PC Timeline at PC Museum : "April 1975 Bill Gates and Paul...
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    Attention podcast part 1, Joshua Porter and Alex Barnett, part 1

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    This is the first of a two part podcast Skype chat with Joshua Porter and I ( part 1: .mp3, 43mb, 45mins ). Part 2 tomorrow. (update, here it is ). Joshua is a little faint to hear at first, gets a bit better later though, sorry about this. Notes...
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    Steve Rubel BW picture caption competition

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    OK, Friday silliness starts here. Steve Rubel is featured in an article of the current edition of Business Week, 'Blogs Will Change Your Business' . I saw this pic, and thought...let's have a daft caption competition! OK, I go first: "Steve...
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    Personalised RSS feed & web UI from MSDN UK

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    During my trip to Redmond last week, we launched MSDN Connection in the UK . The concept is simple enough: tell us what languages and technologies you are interested in and we'll aggregate the corresponding MSDN content for you . You can consume it 2...
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    My RSS Reader (FeedDemon) banned from Slashdot...the beginning of personalised RSS?

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    "Your RSS reader is abusing the Slashdot server. You are requesting pages more often than our terms of service allow. Please see the FAQ link for more information" I'm apparently nailing the Slashdot servers with my RSS reader requests to the point...
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    Microsoft's Rob Mensching to present at OSCON

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    If you've got advice, let him know - he's asking for it .
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