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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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Exploring Chernobyl

"But unlike the movie Chernobyl Diaries, we didn’t find anybody there. Nature had reclaimed the area and the silence was deafening."

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."

Road trip across the American Southwest

"We drove along Route 6, Route 66 and Route 666. If there was a Route 6666, we must have missed that turn."

Eating my way through Basque country

"Not too bad to wash it all down with a local Txakoli, the young white wine typical of the Basque country."

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."

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. "