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A word on Yahoo pipes

The name choice is obvious for all UNIXers out there. UNIX Pipes is a great command line way of routing output of one tool as input for another tool. Yahoo pipes is doing the same thing with RSS feeds. With a few clicks you may sort, count and combine feeds at your leisure. Think of it as a feed construction kit.

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Adobe CS3 icons

So, the CS3 icons are out. The idea here is to use colors as information carriers and group the icons into families. Ryan Hicks, Experience designer at Adobe says “Their elegance comes from how the entire desktop brand system works as a whole. The more Adobe apps you have, the better the system works”.

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The ecosystem of Web 2.0

I held a presentation yesterday about Web 2.0, the technology involved and some of the social aspects of it. Fortunately, the most reoccurring question from the audience was how all this fit in with the real world. That is a perfectly valid question.

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9-11: Blogosphere five years later

Five years ago, the world changed forever and the web changed with it. Remember what Google looked like on that day? It is a reminder of the crippled state of the web on that fatal day, when the large news sites were down due to unprecedented traffic. The sites adopted after a while and offered a slimmer interface with less images to download, but people had already started searching for answers in other places.

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The simplicity of RSS

During the last years, feeds have gone from nerd stuff to essential channels of information. Among other, I’ve been using the excellent web application Bloglines every day for several years now to keep track of my favorite news sources out there. My current list includes about 50 feeds that I subscribe to, with another 50 that are read occasionally.

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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. "

Greetings from Moldova

"But Chisinau is an unexpected gem in the wilderness. Even though Moldova is one of the poorest countries in Europe, the capital has its fair share of impressive buildings and post-Soviet architecture."

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."

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."

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."