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Entries of year 2007

Airlines of service past

I am haunted by the airlines of service past, to paraphrase Dickens. There is a certain scandinavian airline which has a questionable reputation. Henceforth it will be known as “The airline that must not be mentioned”, or “you-know-who” for short (pun intended). Some years ago, that airline screwed up. Again.

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Moody interactive webradio

Have you grown tired of Last.fm, Pandora and the rest of the web radio services? Have a look at Musicovery. Apart from the obvious music service, it offers a nice interface for choosing music based upon emotions. Just select a genre, and then select a custom mood based upon four basic moods: Dark, Energetic, Calm and Positive. It also features a visualization of the music path.

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Facebook application gets one million users in a month

Craig Ulliott is a web developer from Philadelphia. About a month ago, he developed an addon for the popular site Facebook. Facebook is the second most visited social networking website on the web with over 28 million members. However, Craig didn’t quite expect the success of his creation. Attracting over one million users in less than 30 days, it is now one of the most popular applications on Facebook.

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The modern plague of phishing

Once upon a time, the so-called Nigerian letters were adopted to online versions by devious spammers. They were basically email versions of advance fee frauds and I suppose that a few people fell for these traditional scams delivered by snail mail. Unfortunately the spammers have evolved along with the rest of the world.

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Moleskines of the world

In the digital society of 2007, I suppose that plain notebooks are on the decline. However, there are times when you don’t want to bring a laptop. This is where the classic Moleskine notebooks enter the scene. Due to the quality and portable format, I find them very useful and always bring one or two with me on all travel occasions.

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Day of the iPhone release

This is the night when the iPhone is released in America. Are you dying to get your hands on one? Well, get in line. Literally. People are lined up outside the Apple stores, doing live coverage through blogs and podcasts. As expected, it’s more like a show than a sales queue and the media love it.

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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."

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."

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."

Alone in Kyoto

"I tried my best to sneak across the building, but the floor revealed me each time. I suppose I would make a lousy ninja."

The urban maze of Tangier

"There are exciting things waiting around every corner and my bucket list is long, but the Medina has a mindset of its own regarding time and space."

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."