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Entries of year 2006

Mission Impossible: ToDo-list

In this time and day, I suppose we all got some sort of ToDo-lists that more or less tend to grow larger for every passing day. ToDo-lists are not a vicious thing by nature. It’s how we handle them that matters. Think of it as a box of chocolates. You can stash all sorts of goodies in it, but there is an upper limit on the amount before it gets full. If you then try to put even more goodies in the full box, they will probably all get mashed. Same thing goes for your daily life.

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Unleash Firefox today

A friend asked me why I use Firefox instead of Internet Explorer 6. For a few seconds I was kind of baffled. Is there a reason not to use Firefox? IE is infamous for its inadequate web standards support and it is constantly a thorn in my side, but that’s probably an issue that doesn’t concern end users, only us web developers who have to struggle with it every day. But even apart from standards, there are several things to Firefox that improves the browsing experience.

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The simplicity of RSS

During the last years, feeds have gone from nerd stuff to essential channels of information. Among other, I’ve been using the excellent web application Bloglines every day for several years now to keep track of my favorite news sources out there. My current list includes about 50 feeds that I subscribe to, with another 50 that are read occasionally.

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WinFX renamed to .NET Framework 3.0

As expected, WinFX has now officially been renamed to .NET Framework 3.0. It contains the same lovely ingredients as its previous incarnation: WPF, WCF, WWF and now also WCS (Windows CardSpaces, previously known as InfoCard). However, don’t forget that the .NET Framework 2.0 CLR is still lurking beneath all this… Microsoft has a wonderful tradition of confusing developers with their naming choices (ActiveX, anyone?), and this must be one of the worst I’ve seen in a while.

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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."

Visions of Singapore

"By extensive use of landfill with sand bought from Indonesia and Cambodia, the bay area has expanded greatly in the last few years and tall buildings pop up everywhere."

Wazzup in Vaduz

"Vaduz Castle is overlooking the town from a hill, a short walk from the center. It’s really a postcard view with the alps in the background, which I’m sure the prince enjoys as he sips his morning coffee while towering above his loyal subjects."

New Years Eve in Sydney

"Opera House is seen in front of the massive fireworks in the harbor area, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Harbour Bridge."

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. "

Road trip across the American Southwest

"We drove along Route 6, Route 66 and Route 666. If there was a Route 6666, we must have missed that turn."