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Entries of year 2006

Veerle goes 2.0

I usually don’t write about site redesigns, but this is an exception. Veerle has done a major redesign of her blog and the result is absolutely stunning! A perfect example of how one can skip common design rules such as “dark text on light background” and achieve something truly awesome. Prepare your design senses to go zoiiing.

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Reflections from another Depeche concert

Saying that you listen to Depeche Mode is like saying that you listen to Beatles. Even though I barely listen to Depeche these days, they’ve meant a great deal to me for over 20 years. My first experience of Depeche was the vinyl records of “Speak & Spell” and “Construction Time Again” in the early eighties. Their first collection “The Singles 81-85” was released in 1985 and I was hooked for good.

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Concerning the rich media patent

The San Francisco-based company Balthaser Online has been granted a patent on “Methods, systems, and processes for the design and creation of rich-media applications via the internet”. They claim it covers tools such as Flash, Ajax and XAML when they are accessed over the net. Interesting, since Balthaser was formerly a VP of strategy at Macromedia and used Flash 3 in the late nineties, a couple of years prior to receiving the patent.

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Ajax for the masses

This morning I read an article in the magazine Computer Sweden and grew somewhat irritated. The article complains about Swedish web sites being outdated since they’re not using “new” technologies such as Ajax. First, Ajax is not exactly new, since the technology has been around since 1998. It’s very hyped, yes, but that is a completely different thing.

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Gather around the Campfire

Grown tired of the ancient ICQ web client but doesn’t have the time or need to setup a Sharepoint server? Have a look at the brand new Campfire tool. The admirable 37signals has released another great tool along the lines of Basecamp and Backpack. Simple speaking, it’s like a group chat for business. Being a slick web client, is is used directly in your browser (unless you still use IE 5.x) with cool technology such as Ajax and Ruby.

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Featured stories

Vineyards of southern France

"Not far from Sauternes is the village of Saint-Émilion, also a famous wine region but what got me hooked was their impressive limestone caves."

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."

Greetings from Moldova

"But Chisinau is an unexpected gem in the wilderness. Even though Moldova is one of the poorest countries in Europe, the capital has its fair share of impressive buildings and post-Soviet architecture."

Reliving history in Washington D.C.

"As I entered the heavily guarded Rotunda in the center, some of the most famous documents in the world laid before me."

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."

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."