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Posts of year 2006

Concerning the rich media patent

Concerning the rich media patent

The San Francisco-based company Balthaser Online has been granted a patent on “Methods, systems, and processes for the design and creation of rich-media applications via the internet”. They claim it covers tools such as Flash, Ajax and XAML when they are accessed over the net. Interesting, since Balthaser was formerly a VP of strategy at Macromedia and used Flash 3 in the late nineties, a couple of years prior to receiving the patent.

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Ajaxian redemption

Ajaxian redemption

Ok, maybe I sounded a bit harsh in my latest post. In my humble opinion, Ajax is actually a great technology when applied in a proper manner. For instance, have a look at the latest version of Windows Live Local. They stuffed a van with ten cameras and drove along the streets of San Francisco and Seattle, capturing over 10 million images for each city!

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Ajax for the masses

Ajax for the masses

This morning I read an article, which complains about Swedish web sites being outdated since they’re not using “new” technologies such as Ajax. First, Ajax is not exactly new, since the technology has been around since 1998.

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IE7 Beta 2 available

IE7 Beta 2 available

As mentioned earlier, the eagerly awaited release of IE 7 is getting closer. Even though I certainly won’t use it as my main browser, it is very interesting from a developer’s point of view. Now that the preview of beta version 2 is out, let’s have a look.

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Turkish culture issues in .NET

Turkish culture issues in .NET

I came across a very fishy bug which seemed to occur only for Turkish locales in Windows. It turned out that case sensitivity was the culprit and both Rick Strahl and Scott Hanselman had written about the issue a few months ago. The Turkish alphabet seems to have different meanings for upper and lower case versions of the letter “I”.

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Razzie and Oscar nominees 2006

Razzie and Oscar nominees 2006

Time for the Razzie Awards 2006! I remember last year when Halle Berry actually showed up to accept her award for Worst Actress in Catwoman. The starting field is not as great (or bad) as last year, but there are a few gems such as Jessica Alba (nominated Worst Actress for both her invisible role in Fantastic Four and her role in Into the Blue), Burt Reynolds (also nominated twice!), Paris Hilton and of course the uncanny Uwe Boll as Worst Director.

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Movie horizon of 2006
Synthklubben premiere evening

Synthklubben premiere evening

It has been a very dark autumn with the all-too-early demise of my favorite club Plasticity, as well as the death of Spacelab, Killing Music and Synthbar. However, there’s finally a new hope, rising from the ashes with a combined cast from previously mentioned clubs, bearing the somewhat obvious name Synthklubben.

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SAMA lineup gets a boost

SAMA lineup gets a boost

The 2006 edition of SAMA (Scandinavian Alternative Music Awards) just got a boost as Das Ich, VNV Nation, Iris, Spetsnaz and Seize has joined the lineup of De/Vision, Strasse and Sturm Café.

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Top developer blogs of 2005

Top developer blogs of 2005

I have read a lot of blog entries concerning web development and more during the last year, most likely over several dozen each day. It sums up to quite a lot of hours invested, and since I unfortunately don’t have unlimited time on my hands, rather the other way around, I have to choose carefully.

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