December, 2004

  • Dare Obasanjo's WebLog

    MSN Spaces Launched

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    From the Microsoft press release MSN Introduces New Communication Service That Enables Blogging, Picture Sharing and More MSN Spaces: More Than a Blog The MSN Spaces beta version is a free service available in 14 languages and 26 markets worldwide. MSN...
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    What Blog Posting APIs are supported by MSN Spaces?

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    I've seen a number of people ask if MSN Spaces supports any web service APIs such as the Blogger API or MetaWeblog API that allow users to post to their blog from applications such as MarsEdit , BlogJet and w:bloggar . This question has been asked in...
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    Google and Open Source

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    In Adam Bosworth's post Where have all the good databases gone he asks the Open Source community to target some problems with relational databases that the Big 3 vendors have seemingly been unable to solve. Krzysztof Kowalczyk has an interesting response...
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    Social Software: Finding Beauty in Walled Gardens

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    Mike Vernal and I are supposed to be writing a Bill Gates Think Week paper about Social Software. However given how busy both our schedules are this may turn out to be easier said than done. For this reason I've decided that I'll continue blogging my...
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    The Value of RSS

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    It seems there's been some recent hubbub in the world of podcasting about how to attach multiple binary files to a single post in an RSS feed In a post entitled Multiple-enclosures on RSS items? Dave Winer weighs in on the issue. He writes This question...
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    XML Heavyweights Migrate to Redmond

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    Since I left the XML team at Microsoft they've gone on an impressive hiring spree. Two people who I'd have loved to work with who have joined up after I left are David Remy : former Director of Product Engineering at Bea Systems , he was responsible for...
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    A Solution to Problems with MSN Messenger Contact Cards and Deleted Spaces

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    Tom has a post entitled MSN Messenger contact card problem where he writes When MSN Spaces first became available, I signed up for a test space, not knowing what I would finally end up with. I liked it and thought it was cool that from MSN Messenger 7...
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    Why MSN Spaces and not MSN Blogs?

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    Steve Hooker has a post entitled Microsoft's Spaces: are they blogs? where he writes Certainly, they are blogs, at least for Joe Sixpack, but why did they call them 'Spaces'? My guess is that they're going to take them deeper into Microsoft land, and...
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    Some Thoughts On the MSN Toolbar Suite Beta

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    It seems December is a good month for new releases from MSN. From Microsoft PressPass we learn Microsoft Introduces MSN Toolbar Suite Beta With Desktop Search , specifically Microsoft Corp. today introduced a beta version of its new MSN® Toolbar Suite...
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    Interested in XML Integration in Conventional Programming Languages?

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    Looking at the calendar I realized that I have two articles due this month, one for my Extreme XML column on MSDN and another that I promised XML.com a few months ago. I was reminded of this by the following excerpt from Ed Dumbill's recent article On...
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    Yahoo's Media RSS and Yet More Syndication Geeks Misunderstanding How XML Works

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    I saw a recent post from Dave Winer berating Yahoo! where he wrote Yahoo is the strangest most jealous and behind-the-scenes plotting and scheming of tech companies. When any of the other "giants" moves in RSS space I get plenty of advance notice so that...
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    Top 5 Things I Dig About MSN Spaces

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    By now it's common knowledge that MSN Spaces became widely available to the general public today. As someone who's currently working on the next iteration of Spaces I've already had time to excercise the existing realease and I've got to day I like it...
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    Censorship and MSN Spaces

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    A lot of people who've heard about MSN Spaces have also seen or heard about the the MSN Spaces: seven dirty blogs post on Boing Boing. In fact that post is so popular it's the first result currently returned by searching Google for 'MSN Spaces' , this...
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    A Note on Deleted Spaces

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    There have been some questions from users of MSN Spaces regarding deleted Spaces which I'll try to answer with this post. The basic problem is that a user deletes a Space (e.g. I delete http://spaces.msn.com/members/carnage4life ) and then either tries...
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    RE:Versioning Web Service Parameters

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    Don Smith continues our conversation on parameters to XML Web Service methods in his post Versioning Web Service Parameters where he writes Dare makes a few comments about one of my previous posts so I thought - in true blogsphere fashion - I'd follow...
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    Using FeedDemon Newspaper Styles in RSS Bandit

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    While taking a lunch break I decided to finish up implementing full support for FeedDemon newspapers in RSS Bandit . With my checkin a few minutes ago it is now possible to use the various custom newspaper styles for FeedDemon in RSS Bandit and vice versa...
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    MSN: The New Hotness

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    I recently started reading the Microsoft Monitor weblog written by Joe Wilcox of Jupiter Research. His blog joins the likes those of Miguel De Icaza and Jon Udell who I can be assured will write a fairly insightful commentary on Microsoft technology announcements...
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    Analysts on MSN Spaces

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    Watching the various kinds of feedback about MSN Spaces has been illuminating. You have the geeks posting about not having enough power user features such as Robert Scoble in his post MSN Spaces isn't the blogging service for me , there are the average...
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