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Posts of year 2003

One night in Bangkok

One night in Bangkok

Khao San Road is one of the most infamous streets in Asia. I walked slowly through a hurricane of street vendors and clouds of fried food, while trying to dodge the crazy tuktuk drivers seemingly coming from nowhere.

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Recycling of literature

Recycling of literature

You have probably read a book and recognized many of the story lines without having read it before. There are certain patterns which are very common in fiction literature and tends to show up in all sorts of colorful disguises.

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Unleash searching in Windows XP

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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Client-side table sorting using DOM scripting

Client-side table sorting using DOM scripting

There are many ways to sort a table containing tabular data. A common approach is to perform the sort on the server using ASP or something similar, maybe out of routine using the same thought pattern as in ordinary desktop applications. An alternative for web pages is to do it with client-side scripting. The big advantage is of course that all activity takes place on the client side, thus avoiding any unneccessary chatting with the server.

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Hello Helsinki

Hello Helsinki

What can you do if you happen to be alone in Helsinki on a Saturday evening? I took a walk to the Senate Square, sat down on the stairs of the white cathedral and enjoyed the sunset while Leningrad Cowboys are building their stage in the square below.

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Invoking Windows Forms controls from the web browser

Invoking Windows Forms controls from the web browser

How do Java applets fit into the world of .NET? The short answer is, "they don’t", but it is possible to achieve a similar design using Windows Forms controls. This short guide assumes that you have some previous experience in web development on the Windows platform.

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Layers of history in Rome

Layers of history in Rome

The eternal city. No place in the world is more worthy of that title. It feels like every corner of the city carries a story. As I roamed the hot alleys, I pondered at the layers of history.

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The road to web standards

The road to web standards

I often get the impression that a lot of people seem to think that web standards enforce boring design. I understand the origin of this misunderstanding but I would say it only depends on who’s doing the site.

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Tales of San Francisco

Tales of San Francisco

As I admired the sunset from the hill above Golden Gate bridge, the city of San Francisco glittered far away in the dying light. This is one of the great cities that everybody knows without even visiting it.

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Genesis

Genesis

As we were standing on the pier watching the sunset, she asked me to start writing a blog. So I did.

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The dark days of Sarajevo

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."
Visions of Singapore

Visions of Singapore

"By extensive use of landfill with sand bought from Indonesia and Cambodia, the bay area has expanded greatly in the last few years and tall buildings pop up everywhere."
Historic locations in Gothenburg

Historic locations in Gothenburg

"Hundreds of houses were quickly build, but unfortunately all of it was burned to the ground in 1611 by Danish forces."
The lakes of Lombardy

The lakes of Lombardy

"The town of Como, largest settlement around Lake Como, attracts a lot of people with big wallets. But I preferred to take the funicular up the mountain to the Brunate region, where you get a much better view of the lake."
Good morning Montenegro

Good morning Montenegro

"One would almost think that all this secrecy was made on purpose to keep the hordes of tourists away. Let them all perish in the crowds of Dubrovnik while the people of Montenegro can enjoy their beautiful country on their own. Or something like that."
Eating my way through Basque country

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."

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