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Posts of year 2006

The art of defeating procrastination

The art of defeating procrastination

Every now and then, there may be a time when you feel your brainpower is diverted towards lesser goals instead of focusing on the issues at hand. A time of procrastination. This phenomenon is not reserved for writers as it may hit everyone doing creative work in any form.

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Google Maps expands in Europe

Google Maps expands in Europe

In addition to previous maps, there is now satellite coverage of several major European cities. Have a look at Mont St Michel, Münsterplatz in Freiburg, San Marcus Square in Venice, Castelgandolfo, the alcazar of Segovia…

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The beauty of simplicity in interfaces

The beauty of simplicity in interfaces

Over the years, we’ve seen the birth and death of several design patterns for graphical user interfaces. One of my favorite acronyms is KISS: “Keep It Simple, Stupid”. It’s valid in an impressive range of creative outlets.

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Breakpoint issues in Visual Studio.NET

Breakpoint issues in Visual Studio.NET

When debugging large projects in VisualStudio.NET, I’ve sometimes noticed that the IDE has suddenly inserted breakpoints at random places in the code. This can be largely confusing, since they does not appear in the list of breakpoints and won’t go away by a simple “clear bookmarks” command. There are several causes and solutions to this issue. Some are common sense while others border on the edge of voodoo.

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Naked designs

Naked designs

Recently the CSS Naked Day was held on the net. A lot of sites in the blogosphere were intentionally stripped of their style clothes, revealing the markup behind it. But I still hear a lot of people in the business who haven’t grasped one of the most fundamental aspects of modern web design: separating structure and presentation.

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Firehoses in SQL Server

Firehoses in SQL Server

While modifying rows in a database with Enterprise Manager in SQL Server 2000 I got an exciting error message: “Transaction cannot start while in firehose mode”. Even though this is better than “Error=47”, I think it would be nice with a bit more information since I assume that not all database workers are fluent with the firehose technique.

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Minor earth major sky

Minor earth major sky

Even though nature is beautiful, very few things inspire me more than large cities, sprawling with buildings in all directions. I love to walk along the streets, synchronize my heartbeat with the city’s unique pulse and feel its energy while immersed by the creative chaos of mankind.

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Join the hive

Join the hive

The interest in online multiplayer games is ever increasing and attracts new gamers every day. Beside giant worlds such as World of Warcraft and Eve Online which requires installation of large amounts of software on the client system there now exists a lightweight alternative.

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Rock star programmers

Rock star programmers

Since coding C# ain’t the most glamorous way of living today, the next step for many ambitious coders is to become a Rock Star Programmer. Fortunately there is a handy guide to browse through before you don your bandana gear and start smoking bananas. If you ever doubted the glamour part, just head over to Rick Strahl’s office for a look.

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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."
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."
Reliving history in Washington D.C.

Reliving history in Washington D.C.

"As I entered the heavily guarded Rotunda in the center, some of the most famous documents in the world laid before me."
Roaming the cobblestones of Istanbul

Roaming the cobblestones of Istanbul

"Inside the church there are still traces of rune inscriptions made during the Viking age by Varangians, an elite guard made up of Scandinavian immigrant warriors."
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."
Having champagne in Champagne

Having champagne in Champagne

"We roamed the damp and chilly tunnels and stumbled upon a large barrel delivered by Napoleon himself."

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