Moving my blog

OK, so I moved my new Alex Barnett blog to here for a number of reasons, explained here at my, er, new blog.


Sir Tim: Calm Down 2.0

This is what The Register said Sir TBL said about Web 2.0: “You should thank Tim Berners-Lee. Not just for giving us the web, but for articulating what’s gone wrong in the lexicon and thinking of Silicon Valley. Hopefully, his standing in the web community will serve as a rallying cry for right-thinking individuals and true visionaries,…


Windows Live QnA service – public beta

Congrats to Betsy and the team: the Windows Live QnA service is now in public beta. I’ve been on the private beta for a little while and turned to it for help for a couple of things when I got stuck. One example was asking for good seafood restaurants in Seattle. I tried out one of the recommendations and was not let…


RSS feeds, OPMLs and Grazr

Kevin Briody of the Windows Live team has published the RSS feeds he subscribes to as OPML files for your feedreader. Some good feeds worth checking out there, including a bunch of Windows Live individual employee and team blogs. Kevin, one way of displaying these as a blogroll is to use Grazr. Below is your OPML file for the…


Windows Live WiFi – beta testers wanted!

Laura John (who I used to work with while we were both at MSDN / TechNet), has blogged about something I’ve not heard of before…Windows Live WiFi: “We provide dial-up access to a ton of users across the United States but we’ve also been working on a stealth project that we’re now ready to Beta…


IE7 – RCs, Changes and CSS

As you probably know by now, Dean Hachamovitch announced this morning that Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate 1 (RC1) is ready for download. So what is the difference between a ‘Release Candidate’ (RC) and a ‘Beta’? Here’s the short answer from Dean’s post: “A release candidate is fundamentally different from a beta. With the exception of a very…


On CodePlex, Open Source and Microsoft

Korby on CodePlex: “My take, from the trenches, is that CodePlex is Microsoft doing what it has always done: quietly supporting the needs and expressed wishes of our most important customers: developers developers developers developers, the fine folks who write the awesome applications that run on (and by extension, convince people to buy) our platform products.” Talking…


Instant IM Translation and other winners

The Made In Express Contest is reaching its conclusion – there are a total of 10 finalists’ projects and now it is time to pick the winners…Who will win? Well, that’s really up to you. My personal favorite is the Instant IM Translation. I confess – I’ve not played with the app – but the idea works for me. In…


What is not RSS?

What is not RSS?  In case you were wondering.


Tag, Tags, Tagging, Categorization, Classification and Laziness

Clearly a classic post on the topic of tagging, but I’ve not seen it before: A cognitive analysis of tagging (or how the lower cognitive cost of tagging makes it popular), by Rashmi Sinha: “The rapid growth of tagging in the last year is testament to how easy and enjoyable people find the tagging process….