What were they thinking?

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By now the story that AOL has released the search phrases used by over half a million of its users has gone round the web a hundred times. AOL themselves have admitted that they screwed up in letting this data out into the public domain in what was, apparently, an honestly-meant attempt to reach out … Read more

So Much Fanfare, So Few Hits

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Interesting article in Newsweek about whether Google will succeed with its non-search products, and an interesting counterpoint blog post on why it dosesn’t matter. (Thanks to Slashdot for the heads-up)

Going up in the world

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I’m writing this post from 33,000 feet in the air, about half of the way into a flight from London Heathrow to Seattle. My watch (still on London time) says it’s 10pm – the clock on my computer (Seattle time),2pm. So part of me is telling me that I should be getting on with work, … Read more

Another day, another tool…

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My quest for the perfect blogging tool may be of limited interest to anything to anyone other than me, but I’m excited today to learn of the release of Windows Live Writer, a new tool from my colleagues in the Windows Live team which makes it easy (at least I hope so – this is my … Read more

Second Life

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Have just finished watching a very short Channel 4 programme about Second Life – featuring a woman who not only makes a healthy living selling jewellery, flowers and all sorts of other stuff inside the ‘game’, but also met her husband (rendered on-line as a rather trendy-looking blue metallic robot, rendered in real-life as a … Read more

Blogging from Word

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So, I haven’t posted on this blog in a while – must try harder. My only excuse is that I’ve been away on holiday for a few weeks (after finishing at Foviance) and then running around a little getting new laptops etc up and running now that I’m on board at Microsoft. Or maybe it’s … Read more

Seattle-bound

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So here’s some news. After spending the first 36 years of my life in the UK, and the past six working for Foviance (formerly WebAbacus) in London, in October I (and my family) will be off to Seattle for a few years. The reason? A great job opportunity with MSN, as Director of Customer Intelligence. … Read more

The Baroque Cycle

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I have just finished reading the final volume of the majestic Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson. Stephenson is one of my favourite writers – although generally known as an SF writer, his interests encompass commerce, cryptography, the history of science, and a whole lot else. This wide-ranging set of interests is exemplified by the scope … Read more

Microsoft buys DeepMetrix

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In a move that should generate no surprise whatsoever, Microsoft has announced that it is acquiring DeepMetrix, a Canadian web analytics firm. It’s an obvious (and sensible) move to counter the activities of Google, whose own product, Google Analytics, is a useful adjunct to Google Adwords  – as well as having caused the biggest shake-down … Read more

The look of Web 2.0

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Want to know what Web 2.0 will look like? This great collection of Web 2.0 logos is a good place to start. Seems that ‘friendly’ fonts, and the colours orange and green are the very thing for the aspiring Web 2.0 logo designers. Glad to see that the Foviance logo conforms.