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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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What we code in life echoes not in eternity

When I go to old cities such as Rome, I see ancient buildings everywhere. Some were erected over two thousand years ago and still stand before my eyes. But when future historians and archaeologists will rediscover the year of 2007, it is unclear if they will find anything. Perhaps a bunch of shopping malls and concrete freeways scattered across the landscape. But there will likely be less traces of our digital achievements.

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Technology and modern user experience

When you work with software and user experience, a lot of interesting things are discovered. For instance, it feels like the tolerance of issues with software is much lower than say five years back, despite the fact that people in general are a lot more computer savvy today.

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The evolution of games

When I was a boy, computer games were widely considered to be merely a toy for children. We were the first generation who played a lot of computer games and the adults were just waiting for us to grow up, so we would stop this childish act and adopt to the normal society. Instead, it was the society that changed.

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The evolution of coders

When I was a pup, programmers looked like Santa Claus and chewed trees for breakfast. Or something like that. Coding used to be a lot harder with tons of restraints and limitations. Anybody still remembering pointers and explicit memory allocation with malloc?

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