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Posts of year 2007

New wonders of the world

New wonders of the world

About 2300 years ago, a list of seven wonders were compiled. The so called wonders of the world were spectacular man-made constructions located around the Mediterranean. They were the Khufu pyramid of Giza, hanging gardens of Babylon, colossus of Rhodes, lighthouse of Alexandria, temple of Artemis, statue of Zeus in Olympia and mausoleum of Maussollos.

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Safari for Windows

Safari for Windows

Today, the WWDC 2007 was held in San Francisco and the keynote was delivered by Steve Jobs. I followed the transcript live by MacRumors thanks to a blogger in the audience, and afterwards the keynote was made available as Quicktime stream (check it out, and don’t miss the blunt Ballmer bashing).

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Return of Ostindiefararen

Return of Ostindiefararen

After two years at sea, the large ship Ostindiefararen today reached it’s final destination, my home town Gothenburg. It had sailed from Gothenburg to Guangzhou (Kanton) in China, visiting the ports of Recife, Cape Town, Jakarta, Shanghai and many more on it’s voyage.

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One community to rule them all

One community to rule them all

Internet 2007. There are tons of communities available and all aspire to be the global center of networking. Without a large user base, there cannot be a community. Most net-active people have an account with at least one of the popular communities, and some (ahem) have an account for most of them. But a lot of active community users are fed up with registering on dozens of different sites and rebuild their personal profile and friends list over and over again.

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Movable Type becomes Open Source

Movable Type becomes Open Source

Today it was announced that the next version of well-known blog authoring tool Movable Type will be available as open source. This may be a good move, since competitors such as WordPress and ExpressionEngine has culled a fair amount of MT users during last year.

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Analyzing your web stats

Analyzing your web stats

For every web site, statistics are vital to understand your visitors. Now and then I have a look at the stats for this site, and one of my favorite things is to examine which keywords people searched for in order to arrive here.

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Increased speed in global cities

Increased speed in global cities

I am currently sitting in a hotel room in Oslo, restoring mind and body after interesting lectures during daytime and a lot of urban walking in the evenings. One of my favorite things to do is to explore large cities by foot. Marvel at the shifting architecture, discover interesting people, smell the bakery and tune in to the local pace of life.

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Are you POSH enough?

Are you POSH enough?

I think there is more than enough of acronyms out there, but one cannot deny the power of monikers when it comes to bringing a technology into mainstream focus. XMLHttpRequest was invented in 1998 but very few knew about it. Seven years later, Jesse James Garrett came up with the name Ajax and suddenly every marketing department was screaming for it.

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Confessions of a digger

Confessions of a digger

It’s the day after the bomb and the dust has just settled. Yesterday, the front page of Digg was cluttered with articles related to the HD-DVD key story. On the surface, it was nothing new there.

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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."
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."
Roaming in Valletta

Roaming in Valletta

"I passed the statue of Jean de Valette, the 49th Grand Master who laid the foundation stone to Valletta in 1566, to gaze at the golden interior of St. John’s Co-Cathedral, where he is buried in the crypt."
Aliens in Nevada and New Mexico

Aliens in Nevada and New Mexico

"We turned around and went down another dirt road, past countless Joshua trees until our car was covered in dirt and we finally arrived at the Front Gate of Area 51."
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."
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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