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Posts of year 2006

The ecosystem of Web 2.0

The ecosystem of Web 2.0

I held a presentation yesterday about Web 2.0, the technology involved and some of the social aspects of it. Fortunately, the most reoccurring question from the audience was how all this fit in with the real world. That is a perfectly valid question.

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Technology and modern user experience

Technology and modern user experience

When you work with software and user experience, a lot of interesting things are discovered. For instance, it feels like the tolerance of issues with software is much lower than say five years back, despite the fact that people in general are a lot more computer savvy today.

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Favorite cover songs

Favorite cover songs

For every band there is a cover band. A lot of people hate cover versions of their beloved songs, since cover bands often manage to mess up a perfectly good song. However, there are some versions which bring forth new dimensions to a song. Here are some of my favorites.

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Fighting back the spam

Fighting back the spam

It is with great regret I’ve decided to install a CAPTCHA tool on this site. For those of you who don’t know what it is, have a look at the comment area field below, displaying a word. From now on, you have to type that word in the text box to post your comment.

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The evolution of games

The evolution of games

When I was young, computer games were widely considered to be merely a toy for children. We were the first generation who played a lot of computer games and the adults were just waiting for us to grow up, so we would stop this childish act and adopt to the normal society. Instead, it was the society that changed.

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IE7 has arrived

IE7 has arrived

The day we’ve all been waiting and dreading for has arrived – final version of IE7 is now available for download. This is one of the biggest changes for web developers in several years. But thanks to all the hype surrounding IE7 for the last year, no one is really jumping off the wagon to download it. But now that it’s here, let’s have a look.

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Web 2.0 and social overload

Web 2.0 and social overload

If Ajax was the most overused and misunderstood web term of 2005, I would guess that Web 2.0 is the equivalent for 2006. I see it everywhere and I hear everyone talk about it, but most seems to miss the point anyway. There are Web 2.0 companies popping up everywhere and web sites are flooded with mirrored logos and other trendy graphics, without any real sense of coherence.

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The closure of XHTML elements

The closure of XHTML elements

If you have followed the crowd and abandoned HTML for XHTML, you may have noticed that some elements needs to be closed in your markup. The reason is that XHTML is simply a reformulation of HTML in XML syntax. It’s a subtle but very significant difference between HTML and XHTML.

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The evolution of coders

The evolution of coders

When I was a pup, programmers looked like Santa Claus and chewed trees for breakfast. Or something like that. Coding used to be a lot harder with tons of restraints and limitations. Anybody still remembering pointers and explicit memory allocation with malloc?

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9-11: Blogosphere five years later

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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Exploring Chernobyl

Exploring Chernobyl

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

Conquering Machu Picchu

"A life-long dream came true this morning, as I stood upon the mountain looking down at Machu Picchu. I felt like some strange mix between Indiana Jones and a small boy, gazing down upon the final treasure of the Incas."
Wazzup in Vaduz

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."
Alone in Kyoto

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."
Getting lost in Yazd

Getting lost in Yazd

"Navigating on random while surrounded by staring old men, pointing their crooked fingers at the Godzilla Viking in surprise. It feels like I’m walking around in Mos Eisley."
The urban maze of Tangier

The urban maze of Tangier

"The old Medina is full of fascinating gates and narrow alleys, where I blend in like Moby Dick at a NIN concert."

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