Mark Bower

Random thoughts on Collaborative Apps, Social Software and SharePoint in the Enterprise

June, 2007

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    Mashup Journalism

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    Sometimes I am really impressed by the BBC. Despite its image as stodgy, old fashioned Auntie Beeb, there really are some very creative and forward-looking people working there. Right now BBC news are running an experiment in mashup journalism. As well...
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    Download: Arsenal's Vista Gadget

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    Looking through my referrer logs yesterday I noticed lots of hits from people looking for Arsenal's Vista gadget. When I wrote about it , it wasn't available for download. So if you have come here looking for a download, you can find it over here . ...
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    Free Copy of Office 2007 Professional Edition

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    Darren is offering a free copy of Office 2007 Pro for the first person with a boxed copy of Office 95 or earlier they want to swap.
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    Taxonomy in a Digital World Part 3

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    Continuing my notes from Everything is Miscellaneous . I have also discovered a video presentation of some on the main ideas from the book here . Chapter 5 - The Laws of the Jungle Here the author argues that the physical limitations of organizing...
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    SharePoint Designer Workflow Tips

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    I spent some time this week creating workflows in SharePoint Designer. I have done SharePoint workflows in Visual Studio before, but this was my first time using Designer. I was surprised at how powerful it is, and yet also confused at several points...
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    Taxonomy in a Digital World Part 2

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    Continuing the notes I have made on Everything is Miscellaneous ... Chapter 3 - The Geography of Knowledge This chapter examines the Dewey Decimal system of classification. It shows how the system is skewed based on the 19th Century American-Christian...
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    Safari on Windows - What's that all about then?

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    Surprise announcement today on the Beeb got my attention. Immediate thought - what the heck are Apple up to here? My current best guess is that it is designed to shift Apple Mac hardware. Maybe the reasoning goes like this: We have millions of happy ipod...
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    Taxonomy in a Digital World

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    Amazon delivered me a copy of David Weinberger's Everything Is Miscellaneous at the weekend. I love the dedication in the front of the book "To the Librarians" which I sense is written with some irony. To his credit Weinberger manages to make a book...
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    What Makes a Great Mashing Tool

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    My post yesterday on Excel as an early example of a tool for creating mashups got me thinking about the attributes of a great mashing tool. Here's my list: Ability to get data from a variety of different data sources/services Support for a variety of...
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    Open XML SDK CTP

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    Blatant snip from the press release: Today at TechEd we announced the availability of the Microsoft SDK for Open XML Formats – June 2007 Technology Preview, which will be downloadable for free from the Open XML Developer Center as well as at this URL...
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    The Mashable Enterprise

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    James Dellow wrote last week on spreadsheets as an early mashup tool . I totally agree, and I don't think it was the first. Before RSS and web services provided a standard way to access data, ODBC was the defacto mechanism inside enterprises. In my book...
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