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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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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."

Having champagne in Champagne

"We roamed the damp and chilly tunnels and stumbled upon a large barrel delivered by Napoleon himself."

Memories of Skye

"The countryside is charming and some places even have coffee."

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."

Wazzup in Vaduz

"Vaduz Castle is overlooking the town from a hill, a short walk from the center. It’s really a postcard view with the alps in the background, which I’m sure the prince enjoys as he sips his morning coffee while towering above his loyal subjects."