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Posts of year 2007

Airlines of service past

Airlines of service past

I am haunted by the airlines of service past, to paraphrase Dickens. There is a certain scandinavian airline which has a questionable reputation. Henceforth it will be known as “The airline that must not be mentioned”, or “you-know-who” for short (pun intended). Some years ago, that airline screwed up. Again.

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Moody interactive webradio

Moody interactive webradio

Have you grown tired of Last.fm, Pandora and the rest of the web radio services? Have a look at Musicovery. Apart from the obvious music service, it offers a nice interface for choosing music based upon emotions. Just select a genre, and then select a custom mood based upon four basic moods: Dark, Energetic, Calm and Positive. It also features a visualization of the music path.

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Barcelona bikes

Barcelona bikes

I just came back from the Catalonia region of eastern Spain, where we rented a car and roamed through beautiful Mediterranean villages. In Barcelona, I noticed some people riding red bikes. This is actually called Bicing, a big thing right now. During 2007, over 100 bike stations has been constructed in the city, strategically located near metro and bus stations.

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Release of Visual Studio 2008

Release of Visual Studio 2008

The gates of Microsoft continue to pour new applications into the world. One of the most awaited is the next version of Visual Studio, previously code named Orcas. I mentioned a lot of cool stuff featured in the upcoming version in an earlier post and now Beta2 has arrived with JavaScript IntelliSense for Silverlight. Download VS2008 right away.

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Facebook application gets one million users in a month

Facebook application gets one million users in a month

Craig Ulliott is a web developer from Philadelphia. About a month ago, he developed an addon for the popular site Facebook. Facebook is the second most visited social networking website on the web with over 28 million members. However, Craig didn’t quite expect the success of his creation. Attracting over one million users in less than 30 days, it is now one of the most popular applications on Facebook.

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The modern plague of phishing

The modern plague of phishing

Once upon a time, the so-called Nigerian letters were adopted to online versions by devious spammers. They were basically email versions of advance fee frauds and I suppose that a few people fell for these traditional scams delivered by snail mail. Unfortunately the spammers have evolved along with the rest of the world.

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Moleskines of the world

Moleskines of the world

In the digital society of 2007, I suppose that plain notebooks are on the decline. However, there are times when you don’t want to bring a laptop. This is where the classic Moleskine notebooks enter the scene. Due to the quality and portable format, I find them very useful and always bring one or two with me on all travel occasions.

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Day of the iPhone release

Day of the iPhone release

This is the night when the iPhone is released in America. Are you dying to get your hands on one? Well, get in line. Literally. People are lined up outside the Apple stores, doing live coverage through blogs and podcasts. As expected, it’s more like a show than a sales queue and the media love it.

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The lakes of Lombardy

The lakes of Lombardy

"The town of Como, largest settlement around Lake Como, attracts a lot of people with big wallets. But I preferred to take the funicular up the mountain to the Brunate region, where you get a much better view of the lake."
The streets of Paris

The streets of Paris

"One of the advantages of repeated visits to a place is the leisure pace of awe and discovery while drifting slowly down the worn streets of the French capital."
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."
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."
Exploring Chernobyl

Exploring Chernobyl

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