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Entries of year 2005

UltraEdit uses deprecated toolbar

UltraEdit is one of the best text editors out there and I have recently spent some time using version 11. It has a lot of features that will aid the development process, such as Unicode/UTF-16 support and code folding, in addition to the excellent functions already delivered in previous versions.

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Speaking URLs with Typo3

I’ve been using Typo3 for a while and since it’s a fairly advanced system with many pitfalls, I would like to share some of my experiences concerning speaking URLs to other Typo3 users. The configurations I describe are more like guidelines, not written stone tablets from beardy deities.

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Bon is dressed in black

The latest issue of Bon magazine features a homage to Depeche Mode, where 15 of the world’s leading creators have been asked to interpret a song by the band, resulting in 50 pages of black fashion. Even though the 200 pages in total mostly consists of commercial advertising it’s still quite entertaining.

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Attack of the Leonids

It’s time for the annual meteor shower from the Leonids. Unfortunately this year’s Leonids are likely to be a big disappointment since they are scheduled to peak tomorrow when the moon is just past full, thus flooding the sky with bright light. Their display will be weak and affected by the intensive moonlight.

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No retirement in sight for Stallone

Now this was among the most unpredictable news I’ve heard in a while. After a decade of really awful productions (not that any of his eighties’ movies are any good, either), Stallone returns to the basics and goes for a revitalization of the two characters that made him famous: Rocky Balboa and John Rambo. That’s right, say hello to Rocky 6 and Rambo 4. Unfortunately this is not a joke.

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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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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."

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."

I still love you, New York

"Now I’m back and our roles are somewhat reversed. Like River Song and the Doctor, we meet again under different circumstances."

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."

Exploring Chernobyl

"The soundtrack of the day was Radioactivity by Kraftwerk, as we rolled into Chernobyl this morning."

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."

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