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Entries of year 2008

The year in cities

I love to spend time in cities, immersed by the creative chaos of mankind. This year I’ve seen a fair share of them: Tokyo, Marrakech, Ulaan Baator, Novosibirsk, Seoul, Amsterdam, Beijing, Inverness, Irkutsk, Kyoto, Moscow, Oban, Perm, Incheon…

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Immersive movie experiences

Yesterday I went to see the U2 3D movie at cinema Roy, which has been reopened and refurnished with 3D equipment. While I’m not the biggest U2 fan in the world it was still quite entertaining to wear the silly 3D glasses. At one point some in the audience joined in the applause and I almost did as well.

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Relocated VPP folders in EPiServer R2

One of the new features in EPiServer R2 version is the relocation of system folders. In previous versions they were stored in the same folder as the other site related files, but now they seem to be installed in Program Files by the new Installation Manager. I fail to see the benefits of this. For safety and security reasons, deployers seldom have complete access to areas such as Program Files.

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Bill Gates on my doorstep

As I’m writing these lines Bill Gates is sitting in a church a few hundred meters away. Bill is attending the wedding of Charles Simonyi and a girl from my hometown Gothenburg. Simonyi is one of the main responsible for abominations such as Word and Excel, and also the man behind hungarian notation (are you still using it?).

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Intellisense for jQuery

JavaScript has gone from hottie to dinosaur to hottie again. The revival of latter days is mostly due to the Ajax technique, but another important factor is the emergence of competent, lightweight framework libraries. One of the most popular is jQuery and even my brilliant colleagues seems to think well of it, so if you’ve lived in a cave for a few years it’s time to face the sunshine.

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Morrissey proven wrong

I usually never write about politics, but this is an exception. In the song “America is not the world” from 2004, Morrissey sings: “In America, the land of the free, they said, and of opportunity, In a just and a truthful way But where the president is never black, female or gay”

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Alone in Kyoto

Some people might call me a movie buff, but today was one of those days when I deserve that. I have walked alone in the streets of Kyoto, visiting temples and shrines at a leisurely pace, just like Scarlett Johansson’s character in Lost In Translation. I even listened to the song “Alone in Kyoto” by Air on my iPod, featured on the movie soundtrack as the music played while she walks around.

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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 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 lakes of Lombardy

"The town of Como, largest settlement around Lake Como, attracts a lot of people with big wallets. But I preferred to take the funicular up the mountain to the Brunate region, where you get a much better view of the lake."

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."

The sound of Salzburg

"It is based on the true story of Maria von Trapp, even though I suspect she didn’t go singing alone in the mountain ranges."

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. "