Technorati Tags: Why Do Bad Ideas Keep Resurfacing?

So I just read an interesting post about Technorati Tags on Shelley Powers’s blog entitled Cheap Eats at the Semantic Web Café. As I read Shelley’s post I kept feeling a strong sense of deja vu which I couldn’t shake. If you were using the Web in the 1990s then the following descriptions of Technorati…

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News Stories Confuse Me: Microsoft Won’t Bundle Desktop Search with Windows

I noticed an eWeek article this morning titled Microsoft Won’t Bundle Desktop Search with Windows which has had me scratching my head all morning. The article contains the following excerpts Microsoft Corp. has no immediate plans to integrate desktop search into its operating system, a company executive said at a conference here this weekend. …Indeed,…

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One Click Subscription: The World is Full of Bad Ideas

I had promised myself I wouldn’t get involved in this debate but it seems every day I see more and more people giving credence to bad ideas and misconceptions. The debate I am talking about is one click subscriptions to RSS feeds which Dave Winer recently called the Yahoo! problem. Specifically Dave Winer wrote Yahoo…

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Article Idea: Processing XML in the Real World

Coincidentally just as I finished reading a post by Tim Bray about Private Syndication, I got two bug reports filed almost simultaneously about RSS Bandit’s support for secure RSS feeds. The first was SSL challenge for non-root certs where the user complained that instead of prompting the user when there is a problem with an…

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Folksonomies, Taxonomies and Metacrap

I’ve been doing a bit of reading about folksonomies recently. The definition of folksonomy in Wikipedia currently reads Folksonomy is a neologism for a practice of collaborative categorization using simple tags in a flat namespace. This feature has begun appearing in a variety of social software. At present, the best examples of online folksonomies are…

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My C-Omega Article Published

My article on Cω is finally published. It appeared on XML.com as Introducing Comega while it showed up as the next installment of my Extreme XML column on MSDN with the title An Overview of Cω: Integrating XML into Popular Programming Languages. It was also mentioned on Slashdot in the story Microsoft Research’s C-Omega.  I’ll…

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A Look at Some of the Negative Feedback on rel=”nofollow”

If you’ve been following the blogosphere you should know by now that the Google, Yahoo! and MSN search engines decided to start honoring the rel=”nofollow” attribute on links to mean that the linked page shouldn’t get any increased ranking from that link. This is intended to reduce the incentive for comment spammers who’ve been flooding weblogs…

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MyMSN Supports RSS and Atom Aggregation

It had to happen sooner or later. MyMSN now supports adding RSS or Atom 0.3 feeds as content sources for your home page. RSS/Atom content modules can be customized to show articles from up to 1 day old to up to 365 days old, display from up to 1 article to up to 30 articles and…

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Desktop Search: Solving the Wrong Problem as Quickly as Possible

Derek has a post entitled Search is not Search where he alludes to conversations we had about my post Apples and Oranges: WinFS and Google Desktop Search. His blog post reminds me about why I’m so disappointed that the benefits of adding structured metadata capabilities to file systems is being equated to desktop search tools…

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MSN Search Supports RSS

Its begun to spread around the blogosphere that MSN has added support for RSS to a couple more of its web offerings. Yesterday on the MSN Search weblog, Brady announced that there are now RSS Feeds for Search Results on the MSN Search beta site. The URL below returns an RSS feed containing the first 20 items for a search for ‘rss…

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