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Entries of year 2003

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

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

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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Featured stories

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."

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 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."

Wazzup in Vaduz

"Vaduz Castle is overlooking the town from a hill, a short walk from the center. It’s really a postcard view with the alps in the background, which I’m sure the prince enjoys as he sips his morning coffee while towering above his loyal subjects."

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."

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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