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Posts of year 2009

Sun and mud at Arvika festival
Marilyn Manson at Metaltown

Marilyn Manson at Metaltown

The onslaught of summer heat has arrived in the city and it’s festival time. I missed Marilyn Manson last time he was in Gothenburg, but this time he performed at the Metaltown festival, on a pier so close I would have heard it from my balcony so I just had to be there. It was quite entertaining but I think Manson has passed his prime long time ago and the last two albums are rather dull.

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Spotify increases bitrate

Spotify increases bitrate

I use Spotify on a daily basis and I think that the premium account without commercials is worth every penny. A few days ago the Spotify team announced that premium users can now increase streaming bitrate up to 320 kbit/s using Ogg Vorbis.

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Visual Studio tips for web developers

Visual Studio tips for web developers

I’ve used Visual Studio in its various incarnations since 1998 and despite all short-comings I still think it’s one of the most powerful IDEs out there. There are many people who are introduced to Visual Studio today, so here are some small beginner’s tips I want to share to new ASP.NET developers.

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My top cities of the world

My top cities of the world

For some reason, I often tend to end up in large cities during my travels. While nature is bold and beautiful, there is something alluring about old man-made cities where people have been living for generations and every corner has a history. These are my favorite ones.

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Stack Overflow through the rear mirror
The final Tinitus

The final Tinitus

This weekend I visited the last ever edition of Tinitus festival. The lineup was strong and the festival had been extended to two days. We defied the sunny spring weather of Stockholm and descended into the dark fog of Münchenbryggeriet for the 10th year edition of Tinitus.

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In the eyes of Google all sites are created equal
The Ipred onslaught

The Ipred onslaught

Today the new Ipred law will go into action. I really wish it was just a tasteless April’s fool joke, but unfortunately it is the bitter truth. It was initially a directive from the European Union made in 2004, now interpreted and transformed into a Swedish law.

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Intellectual theft

Intellectual theft

Rick Strahl is one of my favorite bloggers. Recently he discovered that some moron was stealing all his articles and placing them under own name on another blog. Unfortunately, this is nothing new and I’ve seen it happen to talented designers such as Dave Shea on several occasions. And it pisses me off every time.

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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."
Road trip across the American Southwest

Road trip across the American Southwest

"We drove along Route 6, Route 66 and Route 666. If there was a Route 6666, we must have missed that turn."
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."
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."
Historic locations in Gothenburg

Historic locations in Gothenburg

"Hundreds of houses were quickly build, but unfortunately all of it was burned to the ground in 1611 by Danish forces."
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."

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