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Posts of year 2007

Silverlight dominates at MIX07

Silverlight dominates at MIX07

The MIX conference is currently held in Las Vegas, just as last year. The reports are pouring in and they mostly contain the word “Silverlight” in one way or another. Flash is the most popular choice for graphics-intense presentations on the web today.

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The dancing globetrotter

The dancing globetrotter

Matt Harding was a game designer at ActiVision who got tired of his work. Four years ago, he decided to do what many of us dream of but never get around to: He simply quit his job and traveled around the world.

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Realistic subway maps

Realistic subway maps

I recently wrote a post about free subway maps. As we all know, good subway maps are a visual guide to the system and not by any means an accurate map of the real city. What seems close on a tube map could very likely be a large distance in the real world.

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Return of the flatshade polygon cubes

Return of the flatshade polygon cubes

During the golden age of demo coding, people were in awe if you managed to produce a large 3D cube in 50 fps. These were the days before graphical APIs so you had to write everything by hand, including line drawing routines and polygon clippers. To avoid hardware limitations, there were illusion tricks to create a seemingly endless parade of cubes across the screen.

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Adobe launch CS3 today
Silverlight: the artist previously known as WPF/E

Silverlight: the artist previously known as WPF/E

Not very surprisingly, Microsoft has dropped the horrible codename “WPF/E” and chosen an easier name for their upcoming “Flash killer” technology. But I didn’t expect it to be “Silverlight”? It sounds too much like “Flash” to my ears. On the other hand, I suppose “Blue and white electromagnetic discharge” was unavailable for registration. Anyway, I’m happy that the new name lacks an “X” as well as a year number.

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Scaling Twitter
Is Microsoft dead?

Is Microsoft dead?

I just read an article by Paul Graham entitled Microsoft is dead. He claims that Microsoft is no longer a threat to other companies and mentions four things that supposedly killed the company: Google, Ajax, broadband and Apple.

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The legacy of Internet Explorer

The legacy of Internet Explorer

About a year ago, I was involved in a report predicting the future of browsers and operating systems. Today I had a look at browser statistics for March 2007. IE7 is up to 30%, at the expense of IE6 going down to 48%. Firefox is the eternal number two, with 14% of the market.

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Nine Inch Nails clever marketing

Nine Inch Nails clever marketing

I just got back from a Nine Inch Nails concert in Stockholm. It was so great I started to cry. But even more interesting than the concert is the marketing hype surrounding this tour. It all started with letters in concert t-shirts from the current tour, spelling out a domain name: iamtryingtobelieve.com. A visit to this odd site introduces the mystical substance “parepin”, a fictional additive supposedly added to the water in the future.

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Sessions in Seville

Sessions in Seville

"I end my journey in front of the tomb of Columbus, located inside the world’s largest Gothic cathedral."
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."
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."
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."
A journey through Iran

A journey through Iran

"I woke up freezing on a Persian rug with aching back. Behind a corner I saw the damned rooster that kept me awake during many hours."
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."

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