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Entries of year 2004

A day of reflection

A sunny afternoon three years ago I sat in my office writing code in C++. It was September 11. I happened to catch a newsflash and instantly turned on the TV. Before my eyes was a real-time image I will never forget: a burning tower in the heart of my favorite city on Earth, New York.

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George Lucas does it again

In a galaxy not so far away the Star Wars OT has finally arrived in a eagerly anticipated DVD collector’s box. However, the owls are not what they seem. Be aware of the fact that these versions are the special editions, re-released in 1997, clotted along with new horrific modifications. Why does the box say 1977/1980/1983 when it’s actually the special editions from 1997?

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Typing data by hand

I remember the old days when young people sat hooked in front of a TV screen manually copying a lot of assembly code from a printed listing in a magazine. Just imagine typing thousands of lines like “DATA 0E, 1F, 3C, 2D, 45, 2F, 63, 3A, 0F, 21, 54, 8F, FF, FE, 31, A0” and so on. I was one of them.

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Having champagne in Champagne

"We roamed the damp and chilly tunnels and stumbled upon a large barrel delivered by Napoleon himself."

Conquering Machu Picchu

"A life-long dream came true this morning, as I stood upon the mountain looking down at Machu Picchu. I felt like some strange mix between Indiana Jones and a small boy, gazing down upon the final treasure of the Incas."

Sessions in Seville

"I end my journey in front of the tomb of Columbus, located inside the world’s largest Gothic cathedral."

The lakes of Lombardy

"The town of Como, largest settlement around Lake Como, attracts a lot of people with big wallets. But I preferred to take the funicular up the mountain to the Brunate region, where you get a much better view of the lake."

I still love you, New York

"Now I’m back and our roles are somewhat reversed. Like River Song and the Doctor, we meet again under different circumstances."

Roaming through Banff

"Even though the main town is surrounded by mountains with names such as Sulphur Mountain, it is as far away from Mordor as one could imagine."