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Steve Ballmer Live in Zurich October 4, 2007

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Today I attended the “The global designer conference - Expression around the Clock” which takes place in 10 major cities worldwide (Auckland, Bangalore, Kairo, Mailand, Mexico City, Moskau, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Toronto) and luckily also in Zurich in the Swissotel. One can say that the event in Zurich was special compared to the other cities because the keynote speaker was Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft.

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Diano Marina – Nice – Monaco – San Remo (Part 1) October 2, 2007

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During the last short trip or - as Tim Ferris would call it – mini retirement we visited the famous Côte d’Azur and Riviera of Flowers. The first stop was Diano Marina where we stayed 3 nights at the Piccolo hotel.

Diano Marina

The Gulf of Diana is one of the most important tourist areas in the Riviera of Flowers and Liguria. The name Diano Marina derives from the ancient devotion to the Roman Goddess Diana. The small town has a 3.5 km long sand beach with lots of bars, restaurants, night clubs, shops and hotels. It is located 90 km …

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Furkajoch to Portlahorn (2011m) September 21, 2007

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A very convenient hiking trip is from the Furkajoch via “Blauer See” or “Sünser See” to the Portlajoch. The views and the landscape is very impressive. It is a perfect half day trip and it makes you feel better in the afternoon because you have done something for your health. The air is very clean and fresh in this height and the temperature in autumn is perfect.

On the way back you have the opportunity to hike to the Portlakopf as well, which is about 20 minutes longer. It took us 4 hours with a longer rest on the Portlajoch (all in all about 6km). The best starting point is about 500m after the Furkajoch where enough parking opportunities are. From there you walk to the Portlaalp and then you can follow the signs.

The following HDR picture shows the “Blauer See”. I think they call it that way because the lake reflects the blue sky.

The profile shows that you are making about 400 meters altitude difference which is not much on a distance of 3 km.

BlogRush – A new syndication idea September 19, 2007

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Probably you have already heard of BlogRush the last days. The idea is pretty cool and it seems that it works because the site BlogRush.com had tremendous traffic increases based on current alexa statistics.

The basic idea is to drive traffic to your site and in an ideally way this increase could be exponentially. All you have to do is to include the BlogRush widget – which is completely free - on your site and register. During the registration you have to give your name, email, URL of your site and most important a category for your blog and your RSS feed. There is a nice tutorial video on their website.

After you have included the widget you see 5 posts of other blogs which are in the same category as your blog….

BlogRush is the brainchild of Internet entrepreneur John Reese from income.com.

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Blogging as a full-time job ? July 17, 2007

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A few bloggers have monthly incomes that are far beyond your imagination. I found an article in BusinessWeek about 14 top bloggers who make a lot of money with their blog. Check out the four most impressive blogs.

Beastie Boys in Locarno July 15, 2007

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On the 11th of July we went to the Beastie Boys concert in Locarno, Switzerland. The festival was called Moon & Stars 07 and during one week several different acts took place in the evening. Peter Gabriel, Zuccero, Avril Lavigne, P!nk and Muse were also part of the event at the Piazza Grande in Locarno.

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Review: Trump 101 July 10, 2007

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One of the last books I read from Donald Trump is “Trump 101″. Roughly said, it’s a summary of his insight’s and advices on how to succeed. Each chapter – and there are 33 – consists of a small introduction into a special topic, a part which is called “Coach Trump”, a part where interesting questions and answers from his blog are discussed and same chapters have included a sort of diary where Trump describes his daily activities in the week where his son Barron was born.

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Photo Exhibitions July 9, 2007

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The World Press Photo 07 in Amsterdam was the third photo exhibition I visited after “Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2006” in Sydney and “Gregory Crewdson” in Winterthur.  The annual World Press Photo Exhibition was officially opened in Amsterdam and can be seen until March at venues around the globe. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the destinations. At the 14th of september the exhibition will be in Zurich and I think I will visit it a second time.

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Bear Grylls – Rocky Mountains June 29, 2007

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This time he parachuted near the Canadian border into a remote area of the Rocky Mountains. He had a timeframe of 5 days to find civilization. These days he was on his own with no spare clothes, map or even a knife.

This was the second time where he had problems with the landing. He got stuck in a tree top, about 60 feet above the ground. His only chance was to use his emergency parachute which brought him closer to the ground. After he took some of the parachute lines for later use he jumped… 

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Remix07 in Zurich – Part 2 June 24, 2007

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Day 2 – June 19

The next morning the keynote speech WPF and Silverlight: Creating designs that will Captivate not Intimidate users from Paul Dawson was really impressive. Paul talked about the new thinking of web content. People want to cut out the rubbish content during their web surfing which means that browsing via RSS feeds is getting more and more popular. Using RSS feeds for getting and overview is much more effective and has less “noise” of unwanted content. A nice way to look at this trend I think.

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Review: The Art of Happiness (Part 3) May 30, 2007

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This post is about inner worth and the difference between happiness and pleasure.

Inner Worth

A sense of inner worth is very important these days. Not just that you have a inner worth but also the source of it plays a major role. The best thing you can do is to gain strength from multiple sources and not just a single one.

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On the Lot May 28, 2007

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A new tv series started last week called “On the Lot”. So far I like the show, it’s a kind of apprentice-style show with challenges and eliminations each week. The producers are Mark Burnett (who also produces The Apprentice with Donald Trump) and Steven Spielberg. The winner of the show earns a $1-million development deal at Dreamworks.

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Bear Grylls – Desert Island May 22, 2007

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Desert IslandFinally I had time to watch a new episode of Man vs. Wild. This time Bear Grylls jumps out of a helicopter 2 miles from a desert island away. Except his knife and the clothes on his body he has nothing with him.

Swimming the 2 miles is very exhausting and the best way to save the energy is by swimming sideways. The waves are getting very strong closer to the shore and then you definitely need the energy….

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Backyard nature May 20, 2007

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The summer is almost here and the dragonfly season starts. Last weekend I went to the small pond in the backyard of a friend to take some pictures of the surrounding nature.

I used the Canon 100/2.8 macro lens and the Sigma 135-400 zoom lens to take some close-ups. Most of the time it’s very difficult to get sharp pictures with the zoom lens at 400mm because it is not a very fast lens. But I was lucky that day, the light was perfect and bright enough.

For some shots I tried the tripod with the Canon 100/2.8 to get some real 1:1macros. Using this lens at a reproduction scale of 1:1 is very very tricky. Moving the lens just a few millimeters back and forth defines which elements will be sharp. So imagine that you just set up the tripod, the camera and the lens in the very best position and you want to take a picture of a small insect which is constantly moving around :-)

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DotNetNuke for my site ? May 16, 2007

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Recently I “converted” my website www.oxymoron.li from ASP.NET 1.1 to the new version ASP.NET 2.0 with the DotNetNuke Framework. It wasn’t that easy as I expected. Setting up a new site was quite easy but transfering the site from the developing server to the production server was more tricky because the security settings were different. I also switched from MS SQL Server 2000 to the MS SQL Server Express 2005 version where all my users and permissions were different. But now the site is running and I am satisfied with the result. Most of the free modules of DNN are quite good and flexible but the gallery module is for me inefficient. I like to see the EXIF information and also the GPS tracks of my trips which is not support in the DNN module. So I had to use my own module which is integrated with a iFrame. I am looking forward to develope my own DNN gallery module in the near future…

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