At Seattle Mind Camp yesterday, Michael Blay Michael Blay, Geoff Froh and I ran a session on the topic of behind-the-firewall tagging.We kicked off by posing questions and letting a free flowing discussion kick off. It was great, lots of interest in the topic.Dave Winer attended and described the session as a ‘intense lightning-fast discussion’….


Off to Seatle Mind Camp 2.0

I’m heading out the door to Seatle Mind Camp 2.0.  Will post from there. Here’s a thank you to all the sponsors: Diamond Sponsor   Premium Sponsors Sponsors – Tags: MindCamp2.0

Corpus and the Anatomy of Words, Tags and Clusters.

(Warning, this is a highly unstructured, a random-thoughts-externalized-type-post) First a quick definition: “A corpus is a collection of texts of written (or spoken) language presented in electronic form. It provides the evidence of how language is used in real situations, from which lexicographers can write accurate and meaningful dictionary entries.” The Oxford English Corpus uses…


Lara on the Xbox (Bling stylee)

The Graniad reports on Lara’s appearance on the Xbox (Bling stylee): “the Xbox marketing team in Germany has really thrown down the gauntlet with an Xbox 360 that shows Lara Croft, created by sticking on 43,000 small crystals (or possibly 36,000 — the Microsoft Games Global Marketing team’s blog has both numbers). Apparently it’s worth…


I think, therefore I am logged in.

I think, therefore I am logged in. Wired: “Researchers at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, are exploring the possibility of a biometric security device that will use a person’s thoughts to authenticate her or his identity. …Their idea of utilizing brain-wave signatures as “pass-thoughts” is based on the premise that brain waves are unique to…

BBC 2.0 – ‘Outrageous!’

The BBC’s Creative Future (aka BBC 2.0) initiative has been well received from what I’ve read. You see, it’s the inevible direction to go, for a while, anyway. Well received except by a nervous few, like James MacManus, an executive director of Murdoch’s News International company. (ok, time to point out my disclaimer…). This AP report sums it up…


Microsoft, The Innovator’s Dilemma and Wallop

Don Dodge, director of business development in Microsoft’s Emerging Business Team, has shared some interesting thoughts around the Wallop news: “Wallop is an interesting case study for corporate research, innovation, and the business realities of bringing new products to market inside a $40B company. The Innovators Dilemma by Clayton Christensen explains why large established companies…


IE7 Beta 2 – come and get it!!

IE Team blog: “This evening we released IE7 Beta 2 at This release is not the preview or the update to the preview, but the real Beta 2 of IE7 for Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP1, and Windows XP 64-bit Edition. Simply: please try it.”


Scenario-Based Planning (or, How to Avoid Making Peanut Butter)

In my new role, I’m learning loads about the way the product teams plan, design and build products at Microsoft.For the Data Programmability team (which now also includes the XML Team) our products and technologies have two ‘ship vehicles’, SQL Server and Visual Studio. (Update: Tommy rightly prods me and reminds me that the team…


Experiments with Amazon S3 Storage

Some very cool experimentation going on with Amazon S3 Storage. Just check out Jeff must be delighted with all this play.