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Entries of year 2008

Whats wrong with Google Knol

These days, Wikipedia seems to be one of the cornerstones of online information. Google is happily expanding their empire every day and this morning saw the birth of Google Knol, a service quite reminiscent of Wikipedia where the term Knol refers to a unit of knowledge. I usually try to be positive about new ideas, but this one got me wondering.

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The bliss of software installation

It’s rant monday! I’ve been trying to install yet another version of Microsofts SQL Server. Yes, it’s a lot of fun, I’m totally thrilled and all that. However, while progressing through the joyful bliss of installation, it suddenly complains about being unable to install with the short message “Setup failed. Refer to the setup log.”

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Back from Arvika festival

It’s been a couple of years since last time, but it felt good to be back in the forest. The first days were scorchingly hot but the last one surprised us all with a lightning storm that came from nowhere and almost swept the festival away. Incredible amounts of water started to pour down on us. I was fortunately under a roof listening to a band when it started, but I found a video of the mayhem that ensued at the camping area.

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A session with Fredrik Hallberg

This afternoon I went to Elite Plaza and attended a session with Fredrik Hallberg, internet analyst at Bright Media. The theme was how communication and markering has changed after the arrival of the internet, and he covered a lot of topics during a few hours.

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Memories of Skye

The Isle of Skye is one of the most remote areas of Scotland, with the Hebrides archipelago around the corner. Despite narrow roads on hillsides with sharp turns and sheeps on the road, it’s very nice to explore the island by car. The countryside is charming and some places even have coffee.

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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."

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."

Roaming in Valletta

"I passed the statue of Jean de Valette, the 49th Grand Master who laid the foundation stone to Valletta in 1566, to gaze at the golden interior of St. John’s Co-Cathedral, where he is buried in the crypt."

Historic locations in Gothenburg

"Hundreds of houses were quickly build, but unfortunately all of it was burned to the ground in 1611 by Danish forces."

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."

Roaming the cobblestones of Istanbul

"Inside the church there are still traces of rune inscriptions made during the Viking age by Varangians, an elite guard made up of Scandinavian immigrant warriors."