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King of the Internet

It had to come to this. With the explosive growth of the world-wide net we all love and hate, sooner or later we would have a conflict regarding the control of it. The issue, in short, is that George W Bush would prefer to remain the sheriff of the internet.

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The web of tomorrow

It’s quite fascinating, really. The last ten years has seen the web transform from a geek amusement to vital channel for public service. At that time almost no one knew what a web page was, let alone had one. I remember searching for Jean Michel Jarre links for my humble personal site about eleven years ago. The search result was about ten, containing sparse discography information in plain text format.

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Kottke unleashed

One of my favorite writers on the web, Jason Kottke, has recently decided to quit his daytime job and focus on writing for his site kottke.org. This is a bold step and should be encouraged. He’s asking for donations to make this possible.

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What we do in life echoes in eternity

Sorry, this is not an entry dissecting the movie Gladiator, but there is a sort of connection. Every day millions of people write about very personal issues on the public internet. Their dreams, joys and sorrows – all in a splendid mix of human expressions. People have been keeping daily diaries and emotional journals for as long as the discovery of writing, but diaries with a potential audience of five billion readers is a phenomenon that was quite uncommon prior to the advent of the hypertext browsers a decade ago.

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Unleash searching in Windows XP

Every operating system worth the name has a built-in feature which enables the user to search for files in the file system. Good old Windows 2000 had a search function that worked in a predictable way, so the one in XP should work at least as good as the W2K one, right? Wrong.

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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."

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."

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. "

Having champagne in Champagne

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

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."

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."