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    Microformats Panel

    I still haven’t seen a good general session on microformats . I’m thinking it’s because any one given microformat is so simple that you can’t really fill more than about ten minutes talking about it. So this panel was about six or seven different microformats...
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    Michael Kunivsky and Matt Cottam on Sketching in Hardware

    For a while, I really didn’t understand where this session was going. Michael spent a bunch of time on the issues of user experience design that I’m not familiar with. I still don’t know why he was talking about the Cuddle Chimp . But then he started...
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    Rod Smith on Do It Yourself IT

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    This post is a combination of Rod’s short keynote and his breakout session I went to right after lunch. Rod’s meta point is that lots of enterprise applications don’t get built because they aren’t affordable to write. Chris Anderson would call this the...
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    Assorted Remaining ETech Day Two Keynotes & Sessions

    Jeff Han on Multi-Touch Interfaces This was a cool demo, but was basically a live version of the associated video that made the rounds on the web a few weeks ago. There’s huge potential here, but he kept doing the same zoom in and out demo over an over...
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    The So-Called Attention Economy

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    I’m just going to come right out and say I don’t “get” this attention economy. I mean, I understand the problem of information overload which seems to be at the root of this attention stuff. But is it an economy? Whenever someone gets going on attention...
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    Felix Miller on The Musical myware

    Felix is from last.fm , which I haven’t used. However, I’m definitely going to give it a try after seeing Felix’s talk. Last.fm is all about harnessing collective intelligence for music. The basic idea is that you install a plugin to your music player...
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    Dick Hardt on Who is the Dick on My Site

    This is a sequel to Dick’s now-famous Identity 2.0 talk. He’s definitely had an influence on this crowd – the two speakers after Dick used a similar presentation style. However, what I didn’t realize from watching the Identity 2.0 talk is that it’s much...
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    Felipe Cabrera on Amazon's Mechanical Turk

    Felipe’s a good guy (I knew him when he was at MSFT) but this session wasn’t anything exciting because it’s all old news. There are some things humans are better at than computers, typically things involving judgment such as “which is the best picture...
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    Ray Ozzie on Simple Bridge Building

    Ray has posted extensively about his session this morning, but if you haven’t read it the basic idea is “How do we bring the copy and paste paradigm to the web?” Sure, for this crowd he might have been better off saying “the UNIX pipe paradigm”, but the...
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    ETech Day Two

    So I ended up writing four and a half pages of thoughts on day two, so instead of one big-ass post, I'm going to break it up. Of course, I was distracted by the death of my laptop during the morning keynotes. Plus, any notes I have of the session up until...
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    ETech Day One

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    Of course, I my copious notes are on my dead laptop, so this is all from memory. Granted, it was only yesterday and my memory isn't THAT bad (yet). Rael Dornfest on the Attention Economy You know the old saying if you can't say something nice, don...
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    Off to Emerging Tech

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    I flew down to San Diego for the Emerging Technology Conference today. I'm here thru Thursday which is the longest I've been gone from home since TechEd last year. And I'm only home eight days before heading off to SPARK and MIX for an even longer trip...
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    SPARK Weblog

    In preperation for SPARK later this month, we (i.e. the Architecture Strategy Team) has set up a SPARK Blog . So far it's mostly links to a few people talking about SPARK, but it's also appears to be an opportunity to use the work "SPARK" whenever possible...
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    Tim's Wannabe Five

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    I don't know how I missed this before, but Tim Bray blogged about not inventing XML languages over a month ago. This comment is right on the money: "The value of a markup language is proportional approximately to the square of the number of different...
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    Thoughts on Mashup Camp Day 2

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    I was able to catch an earlier flight home last night (which was itself delayed, but still got me home an hour and a half earlier than expected). Combined with the work that piled up while I was gone and I haven't gotten around to the rest of my thoughts...
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    Thoughts from Mashup Camp Day 1

    I don’t sleep well on the road so I’m exhausted. I’m going to post a couple of quick thoughts and then hit the sack. It was great to see Ward . When he got up to suggest a session topic he got a round of applause. I went to the morning session...
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    Reinventing the List

    Marc Canter seems pretty excited that Songbird is going to support XSPF. While Marc has written about it many times, I had no idea what it was. It's the XML Shareable Playlist Format (pronounced "spiff"). It's designed to be simple and open and built...
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    Yet Another AJAX Toolkit

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    Hot on the heels of my post about the AJAX toolkit spectrum comes news that Yahoo! has released their own AJAX toolkit as well as a very cool web page design pattern catalog . Some non-surprises: The Yahoo! toolkit has it's own animation library...
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    Thoughts on the AJAX Toolkit Spectrum

    Last week, Dion wrote about the spectrum of AJAX tookits . He ended with a question, wondering which end of the spectrum will dominate? Will it be lightweight composable toolkits like prototype , script.aculo.us or Dojo ? Or a more comprehensive toolkit...
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    Web 2.0 Evolution

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    In his now-famous talk , Dick Hardt describes Identity 2.0 as inevitable. As in "coming for sure, but not here yet". I wonder how much of Web 2.0 is here now, and how much is inevitable? And furthermore, how much can we generalize about the future of...
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    Latest Architecture Journal

    It's been a while coming, but the print subscriptions of The Architecture Journal are underway. I got my copy of Journal 6 in the mail today. It's not online yet, but you can get the back issues and sign up for your own free print subscription on the...
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    SPARK is Out of the Bag

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    As part of the new job , I'm involved in the planning a workshop called SPARK, which Dion Hinchcliffe blogged about this morning. (Dion also writes a blog here - bringing the total to three - so I created a combined feed just to keep track of all the...
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    New DSL Toolkit Drop

    I have been so focused on Web 2.0 stuff that I've been reading a bunch of new blogs and disregarding the old ones I used to read. So I didn't realize until today that the DSL Tools team released a new drop last week. According to Gareth , the highlights...
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    Flash, the Other White Meat

    When I wrote yesterday about the Browser as VM , I made the point that extensibility is difficult as we have four major browsers and multiple OSes to deal with. What Web 2.0 company is going to be willing to bet on a proprietary extension implemented...
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    Browser as Virtual Machine

    Note: this is the first in a series of Web 2.0 entries. I know I’m on record as hating the term Web 2.0 , but as I wrote in that post, I do belief there is a fundamental shift underway in computing. The industry is calling this Web 2.0, and I can either...
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