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The SEO rapper

The standardistas of the world often take a beating, but this time we got reinforcements by the most unlikely ally imaginable: say welcome to the Poetic Prophet a k a the SEO Rapper. This is not an April’s fool joke, but a rap artist singing about web standards and search engine optimization. My jaw is still firmly on the floor. I love this guy.

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Silverlight and accessibility

About a year ago, a friend asked me how Microsoft would obtain world domination with Silverlight, since almost everyone already have Flash installed and Silverlight is yet another browser plugin. The answer was as simple as horrifying: Windows Update. There is no need to worry about such things as user preferences when you control the operating system.

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Are you POSH enough?

I think there is more than enough of acronyms out there, but one cannot deny the power of monikers when it comes to bringing a technology into mainstream focus. XMLHttpRequest was invented in 1998 but very few knew about it. Seven years later, someone came up with the name Ajax and suddenly every marketing department was screaming for it.

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Modern Flash development

The classic attitude towards Flash is that while it is an excellent tool for interactive visual effects when applied properly, it is a pain in the back when it comes to accessibility and semantics. This black-and-white view often leads to arguments between the Flash developers and front-end coders.

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The sound of Salzburg

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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."

Road trip across the American Southwest

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The urban maze of Tangier

"There are exciting things waiting around every corner and my bucket list is long, but the Medina has a mindset of its own regarding time and space."