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…


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….


Taglocity 1.0 for Outlook

I blogged about a tagging tool for Outlook 2003, Taglocity, when it went to beta earlier this year. Well, the team has released Taglocity 1.0! Congratulations to David and his team. It’s cool. Check out Mike Gunderloy’s review of the beta and a Taglocity demo screencast.


Programming Language Trends and more

Tim O’Reilly’s series of posts on book sales are giving up lots of interesting data and trends from the Nielsen Bookscan’s top 3,000 Computer Books report (means: all publishers not just O’Reilly sales, but US sales only). Yesterday’s post was no different in terms of juicy data. This is the 3-year programming language market share trend (my…


What is Web 2.0?

Assaf @ has the answers.


If you like microformats and RSS you will love this.

If you like microformats and / or RSS you’ll love it. If you don’t know about microformats and / or RSS you need to watch it. Channel9 interviews Matt Augustine and Paresh Suthar about Live Clipboard and Simple Sharing Extensions (SSE).


Syndicated search engines broken – Part II

A few days ago I grumbled at the poor state of the search engines specializing in syndicated (RSS’d or Atomized) content. Today, Michael Marshall Patrick is enthusiastically supporting a proposed standard by Bloglines that is trying to solve an apparent problem: ““Everything you blog goes on your permanent record!” How many times have we heard…


Syndicated content search – still broken

For a few months now, Randy Charles Morin has been tracking and grading the performance of search engines specializing in syndicated (RSS’d or Atomized) content. These search tools can be invaluable when you are trying to keep track of what customers, partners, influencers and press are saying about your product. Now, having customers use your…