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Posts of year 2007

The last SAMA

The last SAMA

The first SAMA was held in 1998. Ten years later, the time had come to close this chapter of music history and visit the very last SAMA. All in all, it felt like the last night with the gang. Alexander Hofman was conférencier, repeating his job from the first one in 1998. Covenant won the award for Best Artist of the year, just as they did in 1998. Anyone spotting a pattern here?

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Thoughts on Connection07

Thoughts on Connection07

Connection07 was held at Stadsmuseet, one of the very few web conferences held in Gothenburg. Of course, compared to the large global conferences such as MIX and @media, this is a bit smaller.

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Do we need conferences?
Celebrities of the web

Celebrities of the web

What is it that make someone famous in the computer world? I don’t speak about “famous” as in Bill Gates or Steve Jobs here, but rather normal people who for one reason or another gets recognition for their work. To be recognized in the developer community twenty years ago meant a lot of hard work.

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Google provides data storage for Hubble
Adobe Apollo vs Microsoft WPF
Report from Microsoft Live 2007
Visual Studio Orcas is getting closer

Visual Studio Orcas is getting closer

I have been using various blends of Visual Studio since 1998. Back then, we coded C++ in version 6.0 and thought we were happy. Four years later, Visual Studio .NET (version 7.0) came along and made most of us say goodbye to unmanaged development environments.

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Modern Flash development

Modern Flash development

The classic attitude towards Flash is that while it is an excellent tool for interactive visual effects when applied properly, it is a pain in the back when it comes to accessibility and semantics. This black-and-white view often leads to arguments between the Flash developers and front-end coders.

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Creating CSS Control Adapters

Creating CSS Control Adapters

I often experience a gap between the drag-n-drop ASP.NET cowboys of Visual Studio and standards-aware CSS developers. The cowboys produce fast results in a fire-and-forget environment and couldn’t care less for the quality of the HTML output, which in turn drives the standardistas insane.

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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."
Eating my way through Basque country

Eating my way through Basque country

"Not too bad to wash it all down with a local Txakoli, the young white wine typical of the Basque country."
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."
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 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."
The fairytale castles of Sintra

The fairytale castles of Sintra

"The Portuguese town of Sintra is famous for many beautiful castles. Palácio Nacional da Pena is arguably the most stunning of the lot. "

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