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.


I’ve not met Frank, but I know about his shirt.

I’ve not met Frank Arrigo in person, but I know about his shirt. In the latest episode of  the ‘Frank and His Shirt’ reality show series, the hunt is on for an apparent posuer. The background to this rather potracted saga is a story unto itself, even getting press coverage in the local IT rags (local = Australia…


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…


Top 10 Ways to Light Up Your Windows Vista Apps

Somasega introduces the ‘Top 10 Ways to Light Up Your Windows Vista Apps’ 1. Follow the Windows Vista style guidelines2. Enrich the user experience3. Enable users to visualize, organize, and search4. Run securely5. Design for reliability and manageability6. Establish a customer feedback loop7. Build for connected systems8. Bring data to the user with RSS9. Make…


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…


Private equity buyouts and crack

Mitch Ratcliffe spotted a column published ealier this month on the FT. The article, written columinst John Plender, proposes that a leveraged buyout of Microsoft by private equity bankers would be a good thing. As Mitch points out, this scenario would be a good thing for the private equity bankers and er, that’s pretty much it. I can’t…


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…