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Posts of year 2006

Reactions on CTP versions of Vista and IE7

Reactions on CTP versions of Vista and IE7

Like it or not, but most people who develop websites using Microsoft technologies will suffer from the benefits and pitfalls of Vista and IE7. Since the avalanche is unavoidable, it’s better to getting used to the idea and learn more of what’s behind the corner. Just as with a real avalanche, your knowledge and preparation (maybe even a proper portable jetpack) will save you from a lot of trouble.

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Microsoft Live 2006 tour

Microsoft Live 2006 tour

I just got home from a day filled of Microsoft information. There were sessions on three parts of WinFX: Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF, formerly codenamed Avalon), Windows Communications Foundation (WCF, codenamed Indigo) and Windows Workflow Foundation (WWF). Even though all of them are interesting, my focus lies on Avalon.

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Reflections on MIX06 convention
SXSW convention wrapping up

SXSW convention wrapping up

Today, the SXSW conference is wrapping up and the crowds are leaving the Austin sun. For those of you who doesn’t have the time, need or greed to read hundreds of reports and presentations, I have selected a few of them for your bedtime reading.

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Veerle goes 2.0

Veerle goes 2.0

I usually don’t write about site redesigns, but this is an exception. Veerle has done a major redesign of her blog and the result is absolutely stunning! A perfect example of how one can skip common design rules such as “dark text on light background” and achieve something truly awesome. Prepare your design senses to go zoiiing.

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Reflections from another Depeche concert

Reflections from another Depeche concert

Even though I rarely listen to Depeche these days, they’ve meant a great deal to me for over 20 years. My first experience of Depeche was the vinyl records of “Speak & Spell” and “Construction Time Again” in the early eighties. After the somewhat disappointing Exciter album they returned four years later with an album last autumn.

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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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Gather around the Campfire

Gather around the Campfire

Grown tired of the ancient ICQ web client but doesn’t have the time or need to setup a Sharepoint server? Have a look at the brand new Campfire tool. The admirable 37signals has released another great tool along the lines of Basecamp and Backpack. Simple speaking, it’s like a group chat for business. Being a slick web client, is is used directly in your browser (unless you still use IE 5.x) with cool technology such as Ajax and Ruby.

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Greetings from Moldova

Greetings from Moldova

"But Chisinau is an unexpected gem in the wilderness. Even though Moldova is one of the poorest countries in Europe, the capital has its fair share of impressive buildings and post-Soviet architecture."
New Years Eve in Sydney

New Years Eve in Sydney

"Opera House is seen in front of the massive fireworks in the harbor area, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Harbour Bridge."
I still love you, New York

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."
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."
On the Trans-Siberian

On the Trans-Siberian

"Since the toilets were locked during the seven hour stop, we had to bribe the provodnitsas to use the facilities. Then came the Mongols."

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