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Obama in PhotoSynth

45 years ago, a man named Martin Luther King stood in front of the Lincoln memorial and spoke to 250 000 people. He said “I have a dream” and today a part of this dream come true as the first non-white president swears the oath on the opposite site of the National Mall with the Lincoln memorial in sight.

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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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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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Online life after death

Even though I generally loathe the commercialized term Web 2.0, I believe social interaction on web sites is most often a very good idea. We create a lot of digital content today and it’s a fun thing for others to view and explore. We upload photos to Flickr, connect with friends on Facebook, write blogs, play games in online worlds and much more.

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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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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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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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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."

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."

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."

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."

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."