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Posts of year 2006

Google buys Measure Map
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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It’s alive!

It’s alive!

The server maintenance took a while longer than originally planned since I ran into every single error known to man. I was actually quite amazed that so many components could cause so much trouble at the same time. The only thing that worked flawlessly was the power chord… Finally all cable gremlins and software spirits seems to be in place again. Sorry for the downtime.

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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. 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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Securing the mink garden

Securing the mink garden

With a lot of visitors per day to this site, excluding an average of 90 written spam entries the same day, it takes some toll on my web garden. Due to several reasons I’ve decided to momentarily increase the level of protection on this site.

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Movie horizon of 2006
There’s a new club in town
SAMA lineup gets a boost
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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Good morning Montenegro

Good morning Montenegro

"One would almost think that all this secrecy was made on purpose to keep the hordes of tourists away. Let them all perish in the crowds of Dubrovnik while the people of Montenegro can enjoy their beautiful country on their own. Or something like that."
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."
Roaming through Banff

Roaming through Banff

"Even though the main town is surrounded by mountains with names such as Sulphur Mountain, it is as far away from Mordor as one could imagine."
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."
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."
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."

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