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Entries of year 2007

City under siege

I was leaving my apartment this morning and walked north along the narrow streets. Suddenly I heard a voice somewhere shouting “Nooo! I’m innocent!” (though in juvenile Swedish). I then saw two soldiers in camouflage uniforms running across the intersection with assault rifles and heavy comm gear.

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The perils of airline security

Is it just me and my imagination, or is airline security becoming more irrational every day? For instance, consider the security check before boarding. It is adamant and removes all nail scissors regardless of size, but as soon as you board the aircraft, the steward gives you a glass bottle with a smile and offer you to buy more in the taxfree. A molotov coctail kit can be yours for a few bucks. In fact, there are sharper plastic knives in the air than there are penknives on the ground.

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The spinning wheel of software

The wheels of software development spins ever faster. It’s like a car with no brakes, where someone keeps pressing the accelerator. I love new technology and enjoy every second of the ride, but sometimes I wonder if the car will crash and burn or just keep accelerating for eternity.

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Microsoft reveals .NET code

Today it was revealed that Microsoft will release the sourcecode to parts of the .NET Framework. It will likely occur during the shipment of VS2008 and .NET Framework 3.5. This means you won’t have to peek through disassemblers such as Reflector any longer to understand what’s going on under the hood (yes, the .NET Framework libraries are unobfuscated and the IL can be reverse-engineered).

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EPiServer CMS getting closer

The very popular content management system EPiServer is about to get a major upgrade to version 5. For some reason the name has been chosen as “EPiServer CMS”, but at least it’s better than “EPiServer 2007” or “EPiServer Ultimate”.

The first release candidate version was released during spring and I’ve been working a lot with the RC3 version during the summer. Last week, the RC4 version of EPiServer CMS was released and it might actually be the final release if we’re lucky.

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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."

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."

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."

Good morning Montenegro

"One would almost think that all this secrecy was made on purpose to keep the hordes of tourists away. Let them all perish in the crowds of Dubrovnik while the people of Montenegro can enjoy their beautiful country on their own. Or something like that."

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."

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."