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Entries of year 2003

Recycling of literature

You have probably read a book and recognized many of the story lines without having read it before. There are certain patterns which are very common in fiction literature and tends to show up in all sorts of colorful disguises.

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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

Alone in Kyoto

"I tried my best to sneak across the building, but the floor revealed me each time. I suppose I would make a lousy ninja."

Roaming in Valletta

"I passed the statue of Jean de Valette, the 49th Grand Master who laid the foundation stone to Valletta in 1566, to gaze at the golden interior of St. John’s Co-Cathedral, where he is buried in the crypt."

The streets of Paris

"One of the advantages of repeated visits to a place is the leisure pace of awe and discovery while drifting slowly down the worn streets of the French capital."

Chilling in Chile

"My weary feet has reached Valparaiso. After almost a month of traveling across the South American continent I realize that this is as far south as I will come, due to weather conditions."

Getting lost in Yazd

"Navigating on random while surrounded by staring old men, pointing their crooked fingers at the Godzilla Viking in surprise. It feels like I’m walking around in Mos Eisley."

The fairytale castles of Sintra

"The Portuguese town of Sintra is famous for many beautiful castles. Palácio Nacional da Pena is arguably the most stunning of the lot. "