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Entries of year 2003

Unleash searching in Windows XP

Every operating system worth the name has a built-in feature which enables the user to search for files in the file system. Good old Windows 2000 had a search function that worked in a predictable way, so the one in XP should work at least as good as the W2K one, right? Wrong.

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Client-side table sorting using DOM scripting

There are many ways to sort a table containing tabular data. A common approach is to perform the sort on the server using ASP or something similar, maybe out of routine using the same thought pattern as in ordinary desktop applications. An alternative for web pages is to do it with client-side scripting. The big advantage is of course that all activity takes place on the client side, thus avoiding any unneccessary chatting with the server.

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Featured stories

Bunker safari

"The area contains 54 excavated bunkers along with gun emplacements, scattered around the town’s most visible landmark."

The dark days of Sarajevo

"The city survived on the edge of annihilation and has started to recover, but the stone walls still seem to cry out in lament of all the horrible things they have seen."

The sound of Salzburg

"It is based on the true story of Maria von Trapp, even though I suspect she didn’t go singing alone in the mountain ranges."

Eating my way through Basque country

"Not too bad to wash it all down with a local Txakoli, the young white wine typical of the Basque country."

On the Trans-Siberian

"Since the toilets were locked during the seven hour stop, we had to bribe the provodnitsas to use the facilities. Then came the Mongols."

Aliens in Nevada and New Mexico

"We turned around and went down another dirt road, past countless Joshua trees until our car was covered in dirt and we finally arrived at the Front Gate of Area 51."