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German engineering vs iPod nano

You’ve all heard the stories about the extremely sensitive surface of the iPod nano. It’s almost getting scratched by merely looking menacingly at it. Yet somehow, we all seem to like the shiny little carebear while resisting the urge to examine just how fragile it really is in a bare-knuckles fight. What we all want to know is: can it withstand the crushing power of German automobile engineering? Have a look at the destructive stress testing.

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Veerle goes 2.0

I usually don’t write about site redesigns, but this is an exception. Veerle has done a major redesign of her blog and the result is absolutely stunning! A perfect example of how one can skip common design rules such as “dark text on light background” and achieve something truly awesome. Prepare your design senses to go zoiiing.

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Concerning the rich media patent

The San Francisco-based company Balthaser Online has been granted a patent on “Methods, systems, and processes for the design and creation of rich-media applications via the internet”. They claim it covers tools such as Flash, Ajax and XAML when they are accessed over the net. Interesting, since Balthaser was formerly a VP of strategy at Macromedia and used Flash 3 in the late nineties, a couple of years prior to receiving the patent.

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Gather around the Campfire

Grown tired of the ancient ICQ web client but doesn’t have the time or need to setup a Sharepoint server? Have a look at the brand new Campfire tool. The admirable 37signals has released another great tool along the lines of Basecamp and Backpack. Simple speaking, it’s like a group chat for business. Being a slick web client, is is used directly in your browser (unless you still use IE 5.x) with cool technology such as Ajax and Ruby.

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Top developer blogs of 2005

I have read a lot of blog entries concerning web development and more during the last year, most likely over several dozen each day. It sums up to quite a lot of hours invested, and since I unfortunately don’t have unlimited time on my hands, rather the other way around, I have to choose carefully.

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New Years Eve in Sydney

"Opera House is seen in front of the massive fireworks in the harbor area, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Harbour Bridge."

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 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."

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."

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."