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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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A day of reflection

A sunny afternoon three years ago I sat in my office writing code in C++. It was September 11. I happened to catch a newsflash and instantly turned on the TV. Before my eyes was a real-time image I will never forget: a burning tower in the heart of my favorite city on Earth, New York.

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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."

Exploring Chernobyl

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

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."

Aliens in Nevada and New Mexico

"We turned around and went down another dirt road, past countless Joshua trees until our car was covered in dirt and we finally arrived at the Front Gate of Area 51."

The sound of Salzburg

"It is based on the true story of Maria von Trapp, even though I suspect she didn’t go singing alone in the mountain ranges."

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."