Friday, 24 June 2005
Dean Hachamovitch of Microsoft is presenting here right now. They are showing Internet Explorer 7 for the first time in public.

Longhorn <3 RSS. They are betting big on RSS. Throughout Windows, RSS is there. For end users as well as developers. They've done some extensions.

Syndication is powerful and amazing, Dean says. Microsoft has figured that out. Nowadays RSS feeds are everywhere. Microsoft is working to get on the train.

First "Browse," then "Search." Now, "Subscribe."

On Build 5087 of Longhorn, first IE7 public view. If there's a feed on a page, IE7 let's you click an orange button to preview the feed, and then you can parse through it for content using search.

One button is used to either bookmark a page or subscribe to a feed - depends on context of what your viewing.

Search RSS results in MSN search. Nice.

By the way, this build of IE7 is nice and clean. Not too shiny. But IE7 is a bit of an aside in this presentation - its all about the RSS extensions.

Common feed lists: Sync your aggregator's feed list with the system list.

Platform: Goal is to take care of a lot of the complexity in the platform to simplify it for both the developer and the end user.

RSS entended - calendars. For each event, create an item and enclose an icalendar item (.ics file). Subscribe and you've got a calendar set up in outlook that you can view side-by-side. The idea here is to provide a common feed list at the platform level, and making every application aware and capable of consuming. Apps can understand and deal with RSS feeds. ICS files are understood universally by calendaring apps - its not just for Outlook.

Another example: Photoblogs. Provide the platform plumbing to allow consumption of the content - title, text, image enclosure. They made a screen saver slide show using this, which captions each image in a rotation. The platform handles things like handling the network traffic, parsing and subscribing.

Lists: Microsoft's approach to lists is one where I have different types of lists where the list type has class-a meaning. Extentions to RSS allow a publisher to define a feed specifically as a list, and to describe the data in that feed.

Example: Wish list at an online store. Amanon wish lists with RSS feeds. I want to subscribe to it. If I do that, and the list changes (like the list owner removes items, re-orders thems, etc), RSS today can't handle that. The new extention (one tag) allows the needed functionality.

Using namespace extensions you can add metadata (like EXIF, book info, etc). But how do you know what to do with that new data once you have it?

If a content publisher declares certain item types appear in a list, I should be able to filter and sort on certain data. Simple controls allow the web service to define how the data is experienced. This is a little hard to understand, until you realize all the content manipulation is all on the client, and you can munge the list any way you want as a developer.

I think its obvious how this will work into, say, SharePoint. That will be cool.

And the Simple List Extensions specification, which extends RSS 2.0 will be open and licensed under a Creative Commons license. Anyone can use it anywhere. Nice. for more, and today at noon the spec will be available to view.

Code will be in developers' hands at PDC 2005.

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Friday, 24 June 2005 10:23:13 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Thursday, 23 June 2005

I have a dog that's such a spaz he can't even remember how to play fetch. I have a cat that apparently thinks she's a dog. She plays fetch incessantly with this stupid play mouse. I throw it, she runs, she gets it, she brings it back drops in in front of me, and stares at me til I throw it again. She gets all upset if I don't.

Wash. Rinse. Repeat. It never stops.

What a weirdo.

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Thursday, 23 June 2005 06:39:50 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Tuesday, 21 June 2005

I don't actually know Lee, but hey - he's going to Gnomedex, lives in Seattle, and he's throwing a party at his place on Thursday afternoon before it starts. He invited the entire Intarweb, so he must be cool. Just doing my part in viral marketing. 

Should be interesting. Eric seems to think so, too. Heh...

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Tuesday, 21 June 2005 21:43:39 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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I'll be heading up to Seattle on Thursday (one of my favorite cities and a quick 2.5 hour drive from my place) where I'll be catching up with all sorts of friends and people I have not seen for some time at Gnomedex 5.0, a confluence of geeks from around the world.

Email me if you'll be there and want to meet/catch up - - or call me on my cell - 503-970-1753. I'm arriving Thursday afternoon at around 4 or so.

It's going to be quite a get-together this year - the schedule looks like the makings of a great show, and I hear there are some as-yet unannounced things that should gain some attention.

I'll be blogging some of the fun stuff that happens there. With so many interesting and cool people from so many interesting and cool places/companies, I'll have to fill this weblog up just to be able to remember it all when it's over with.

Podbot_geffectsInteresting Gnomedex link of the day: Podcasting ROBOT to be released at Gnomedex

Heh. Cool if real, funny even if not.

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Tuesday, 21 June 2005 20:57:35 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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MSN Local is live, and it's interesting:

The MapPoint visuals are pretty much what you'd expect, and the satellite imagery, at least in the are where I live, is not as good a Google Maps (not even close). Looking forward to more from Virtual Earth later this year.

In other news, a comparison of Technorati, Google and Yahoo! Search. (via Jeremy Zawondny)

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Tuesday, 21 June 2005 06:33:00 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Sunday, 19 June 2005

My friend and coworker Scott Hanselman has updated his Ultimate Developer and Power User Tools List for 2005. All techies and geeks (especially developers) should check it out:

Scott's list is close to famous, and for good reason. He's quite the ultimate power user. I sometimes stand over his shoulder to watch him work (he tells me he's twice as productive when I watch, is that weird or what? Heh...), and so I get to see him use all these tools in terific ways now and then.

Head on over and see what I mean.

One of these days I am going to publish my list of IT and security tools. It is a completely different list, but still interesting and useful.

Hmmm... Anyone know of a good blog posting tool for the Blackberry that would interface MT/Blogger APIs using the GPRS connnection? That would definitely make my list. Emailing this entry from a 737 (on the ground, so don't start with me) is cool, but a richer interface would be nice.

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Sunday, 19 June 2005 20:44:53 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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