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Entries of year 2007

After IE7 comes IE8

Microsoft are infamous for their product names. My latest favorite is “.NET 3.0”, which really is the .NET 2.0 framework with a few addons. I wonder how they come up with these names? Locking themselves up in a conference room and starts to brainstorm? “What do we call our Flash killer? How about Blue and white electromagnetic discharge? No, something shorter. Silverlight?”

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Why we travel

I’m currently sitting in a train traveling northeast. It is a Sunday evening in November, the month when this part of the world is covered by a cold blanket of gloom. I lift my eyes and have a look at my fellow passengers. People are travelling around the globe more than ever before.

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IE6 die hard

IE6 is harder to eliminate than John McClane but now it seems to get a push towards the gorge by Microsoft themselves. It appears that IE7 will be classified as a critical update in Windows Update, meaning that it will be installed on even more machines than before but more importantly, even users with pirate versions of Windows may install it without the need for validating their license.

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Online life after death

Even though I generally loathe the commercialized term Web 2.0, I believe social interaction on web sites is most often a very good idea. We create a lot of digital content today and it’s a fun thing for others to view and explore. We upload photos to Flickr, connect with friends on Facebook, write blogs, play games in online worlds and much more.

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A journey through Iran

"I woke up freezing on a Persian rug with aching back. Behind a corner I saw the damned rooster that kept me awake during many hours."

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."

Exploring Chernobyl

"But unlike the movie Chernobyl Diaries, we didn’t find anybody there. Nature had reclaimed the area and the silence was deafening."

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."

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 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."