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    Mix06 - that's a wrap!

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    Here's some Mix06 day 2 and 3 pics, links and stuff... Scott Guthrie's presentation went down well - Wallace McClure liked the Atlas features he saw and met up with some Microsoft folks after the Atlas session. eBay's Alan Lewis presented...
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    Windows Live Developer Center, now live

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    The Windows Live Developer Center site is now live at MSDN , where you can find stuff on the MSN Messenger API , MSN Search Web Services and more...
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    Mix06 Day 1

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    I've uploaded a bunch of my Mix06 pics . My favourite is this one of Marc Canter advertising his microformats and structured blogging session he is running later today. Yesterday Marc asked Bill Gates a question around open APIs. I think he liked...
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    New IE7 build ready for download

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    I'm at Mix06. Here's a quick hit - from the IE team: 'New IE7 Build Available at Mix06' "It is build 5335.5 and it is now available for download at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/ie7/ . This build is for Windows XP Service Pack 2 and shows...
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    The Pre-Fighting Philosopher's Problem

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    I mentioned Brian Beckman in my 'What am I doing at Microsoft' post. The following is a sample of what I meant by saying that talking to Brian was like watching one of those Channel 9 videos , from Brian's latest post - The Pre-Fighting Philosopher...
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    10 Random Thoughts. #3 Worry.

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    10 Random Thoughts. #3 Worry. Do not worry about anything that you can not do anything about.
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    The Microsoft paperclip video

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    Quick video Microsoft paperclip - warning - lewd language. Probably been around while but I've not seen it before...here it is . Via guuui.com . - Tags: Microsoft
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    I'm a coffee heathen

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    Have you seen this? I saw it on the shelf at my local Starbucks - it's an 'Iced Coffee' in a can. Tastes better than it looks - on the front of the can it says 'A premium coffee drink with a hint of nonfat milk and sugar'. From the can blurb: ...
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    Mix06 - here I come....!

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    I'm heading off to Mix06 tomorrow. My first time to Las Vegas... Other Microsoft attendees have started making their way down too: PeteL , Visual Web Developer Design View Tester; Cyra Richardson , Program Manager at IE; 'Vibro' Architect Evangelist...
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    10 Random Thoughts. # 2 Repetition engines

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    10 Random Thoughts. # 2 Repetition engines New media is rapidly becoming like old media . 'Memetrackers' (newstrackers) are dragging 'new media' into the land of the repetitive, the shallow and the incestuous. They are not what I meant when...
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    The Next Big Thing is: There is no Next Big Thing.

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    The Next Big Thing is: There is no Next Big Thing. Baloney. I liked Don Dodge's response to the 'there is no Next Big Thing' : "The Next Big Thing does exist...it just doesn't look BIG to IBM. That is a common problem with large companies...
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    What am I doing at Microsoft?

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    I've not blogged very much (at all) about the new role I started about 8 weeks ago, so I thought it was about time I did. In January, I joined the Data Programmability (DP) product group. My official title is 'Community Program Manager'. What this...
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    More OPML experiments

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    Two cool OPML experiments I've come across this morning and wanted to point out. OPML Cloud The first is OPML Cloud , an Alex Bosworth creation. This OPML Cloud is an html + Ajax rendering of the Web 2.0 Workgroup OPML file : The grey represents...
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    The middleman won't go away

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    Via Findory's personalized page , I came across this , which led me to this , which then led me to this and this post by Matt Terenzio , speculating on the future disappearance of infomediaries: "If I want to sell my bike, I expose a blog post with...
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    Nanotech helps blind hamsters (see)

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    BBC reports on another breakthough in the fight against hamsters' hardships: "Nanotechnology has restored the sight of blind rodents, a new study shows." The researchers originally planned to experiment on three blind mice. However, the trio...
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    Help with Tag Hell

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    James Corbett suggests Raw Sugar may help out with the Tag Hell I described a little while ago: "Raw Sugar is already on the case and providing both hierarchical tag clusters and tag similarity detection." I'm playing with now... - Tags...
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    10 Random Thoughts. # 1. The interview.

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    10 Random Thoughts. # 1. The interview. Interviewer: I want you to move Mount Fuji. How are you going to do that? Interviewee: It depends. You have Scope, Resources and Time. You can pick any two. Which two? Interviewer: I'll have Resources...
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    Amazon Launches Simple Storage Solution (S3)

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    Amazon has been up to some interesting things of late . Its most recent play is the Amazon Simple Storage Solution (S3) , launched just a couple of hours ago. TechCrunch has the details It's not free, but it seems like pretty good value . Any data...
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    500 mashups

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    That's right, 500. That's how many mashups John Musser has listed at his ProgrammableWeb site .
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    Microsoft Watch is podcasting

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    Microsoft Watch is now keeping its beady eye on, er, Microsoft, via a weekly podcast . - Tags: Microsoft , podcast
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    RSS + Simple List Extensions for the enterprise

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    Here's a prediction by Charlie Wood : "As more enterprise applications become RSS-enabled, I predict that an RSS reader that doesn't support Simple List Extensions will become as retrograde as a web browser that doesn't support tables ." Charlie...
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    Brain Computer Interface

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    Seattle PI's Todd Bishop has written up good story on Microsoft Research 's Brain Computer Interface (BCI) project: "Many computer scientists around the world are involved in the same field, commonly known as brain computer interfaces, or direct...
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    on10net, live

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    Robert Scoble and Jeff Sandquist explain why on10net is worth checking out. Jeff asked me to test out last week and I loved what I saw. Also, congrats to Duncan - this is the first major product that's shipped with his code since leaving the MSDN team...
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    Fun with OPML in ASP.NET

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    ' Fun with OPML in ASP.NET ', by Peter Bromberg . Via Lisa Williams .
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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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