GeoCities was considered revolutionary for its time, being one of the first free hosting services on the internet and one of the first to sort domains via their topic, e.g. finance, travel or fashion. Unfortunately, as the popularity of GeoCities took off the topics available for hosting became many, and the site increased in complexity. The purchase of GeoCities by Yahoo in 1999 only served to make this growing problem even greater. By April 2009, Yahoo ceased accepting new registrations for the GeoCities service. In June, the company announced that the service would finally be closed in October this year. That day has come.
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Förra gången var hösten 1985. Jag hade precis flyttat till Stockholm och gick för att se Sverige-Västtyskland spela VM-kval. Jag stod på ena kortsidan och när första halvlek var slut hade jag från nära håll sett två bollar rulla imål och Västtyskland ledde med 2-0. Sverige behövde minst oavgjort för att ha en chance att gå till VM så chanserna var små nu.
Men så gjorde Dan Corneliusson 2-1 och hoppet tändes. Trots många chanser stod det dock fortfarande 2-1 efter 90 min. Då kommer Mats Magnusson in, Sverige får till ett anfall till och Torbjörn Nilsson får fram en stickare till Mats som gör 2-2. Maken till jubel får man leta eftet och hela publikhavet föll rakt ner mot målet. Så småningom dabbade sig Sverige mot Tjeckoslovakien så det blev inget VM ändå.
Derbyt då? Jodå, det var en riktigt bra match, Hammarby bjöd upp till dans i synnerhet i andra halvlek. Men till slut drog AIK det längsta strået och är nära SM guld nu medans Hammarby ligger sist i Allsvenskan. Vi får se på onsdag hur det går för de båda.
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From 20 November 1985, here's the first Windows boot screen featuring the old Microsoft logo. Key fact: you couldn't overlap windows in this version - they were all tiled. Interestingly, Microsoft still supported Windows 1.0 until the end of December 2001. Seriously.
While an earlier version (2.03) emerged in 1987, it wasn't until 1988 that Windows 2.1 properly arrived, in the form of the 286 and 386 versions. The not-so-different boot screen also features the new Microsoft logo. The first versions of Word and Excel ran on Windows 2.0. You could also overlap windows. Which was good.
Into the nineties and Windows 3.0 shows plenty of signs of graphical improvement - indeed the graphics were much improved from 2.x. The MS-DOS Executive file manager was replaced with the Program Manager (which remained a feature of Windows 3.1).
The first version to include Minesweeper, Windows 3.1 (codenamed Janus) was released in 1992 and contained advanced personalisation and featured 32-bit disk access. It also introduced the Windows flag to the boot screen for the first time.
Windows for Workgroups 3.11
Windows for Workgroups saw the light of day in October 1992 and featured native network support and sharing. It was an essential for business back in the early nineties. I don't know about you, but these boot screens look almost like a step back from Windows 3.0!
Introducing the clouds! Windows 95 (codenamed Chicago) was a great leap forward in terms of productivity and introduced THE INTERNET, albeit in limited fashion. It was seriously better looking than earlier versions of Windows and was seriously successful as a result. It laid the graphical foundations (if not the codebase) for the Windows we still use today.
1996's Windows NT became a staple of companies worldwide until it was replaced by the mighty Windows 2000. From memory, it really wasn't that stable, but had great security features.
June 1998 saw the release of Windows 98, an OS with a surprising number of users even today. Continuing the clouds theme from Windows 95, Windows 98 introduced improved USB support through the 1999 Second Edition and ushered in the Windows Driver Model.
Truly a version of Windows to look back on with fondness. Like NT, Windows 2000 has a long industrial legacy. Though you'll find Windows XP running most businesses today, Windows 2000 is still used widely.
So you thought Windows Vista filled you with anger? You obviously didn't use Windows ME, an operating system that emerged in 2000. It included several improvements from Windows 2000 but otherwise it was rubbish - like its boot screen.
2001's Windows XP (codenamed Whistler) brought improved security and robustness by moving across to the NT codebase, incorporating huge driver support and releasing both Home and Professional editions. In 2006, IDC believed there were over 400 million copies in use.
Yeah, it's interesting isn't it? God knows what Microsoft was thinking, but it only succeeded in making this crap-looking and basic screen. It probably wanted to save on boot-up time or something.
Windows 7 introduces this animation, which appears before the log-in screen, but once again there's no boot screen in the traditional sense. But it does look really quite nice, as does Windows 7 itself.
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Hösten har kommit med besked nu och det är minusgrader varenda natt. I veckan som gick kom det t o m några snöflingor en dag och vinterjacka, mössa, halsduk och handskar har kommit fram. Senare idag ska jag klippa håret och det känns dumt nu när man har nytta av långt hår men så är det när man planerar dåligt.
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Venkatraman Ramakrishnan is a structural biologist at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge. He was honoured alongside Thomas Steitz and Ada Yonath for their work on ribosome, which has been crucial in the development of new anti-biotics, says The Royal Swedish Academy. The ribosome 'reads' DNA and translates the code to make the body's tens of thousands of different proteins, thus building and controlling life at the chemical level.
The researchers used a method called X-ray crystallography to pinpoint the position of hundreds of thousands of atoms that make up the ribosome.
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In 1966, Charles Kao made a discovery that led to a breakthrough in fiber optics. He carefully calculated how to transmit light over long distances via optical glass fibers. With a fiber of purest glass it would be possible to transmit light signals over 100 kilometers, compared to only 20 meters for the fibers available in the 1960s. Today's telephony and computer technology is very much based on this discovery, as fiber optics became the bread and butter for surface base broadband commuications.
In 1969 Willard Boyle and George Smith invented the first successful imaging technology using a digital sensor, a CCD (Charge-Coupled Device). Digital photography has become an irreplaceable tool in many fields since and the invention can today be found in digital cameras and space technology.
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The three scientists have solved a major problem in biology: how the chromosomes can be copied in a complete way during cell divisions and how they are protected against degradation. They have shown that the solution is to be found in the ends of the chromosomes the telomeres — and in an enzyme that forms them — telomerase.
The long, threadlike DNA molecules that carry our genes are packed into chromosomes, the telomeres being the caps on their ends. Elizabeth Blackburn and Jack Szostak discovered that a unique DNA sequence in the telomeres protects the chromosomes from degradation. Carol Greider and Blackburn identified telomerase, the enzyme that makes telomere DNA. These discoveries explained how the ends of the chromosomes are protected by the telomeres and that they are built by telomerase.
If the telomeres are shortened, cells age. Conversely, if telomerase activity is high, telomere length is maintained, and cellular senescence is delayed. This is the case in cancer cells, which can be considered to have eternal life. Certain inherited diseases, in contrast, are characterized by a defective telomerase, resulting in damaged cells. The award of the Nobel Prize recognizes the discovery of a fundamental mechanism in the cell, a discovery that has stimulated the development of new therapeutic strategies.
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Champions League continue this week with one or two upsets. For me and my fantasy team it went better then matchday 1. More points scored, better then average and gaining a few thousand points in the overall table. My heart tells me to put Ibrahimovic as my captain but for some reason he has problem scoring in CL, it was the same last year. Maybe I should change to Luis Fabiano instead, he seams to be going like a clock work. I manage to do some good transfers and that's good too. Hopefully, matchday 3 will continue that way - we will know more about that in two weeks or so.
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William went 5 months the other day and Katharina started school. So much happening this autumn. September so far has been a lovely month with nice and resonably warm weather considering the season. I hope it stays like that.
Now I will take a rest until somebody wants to play with daddy again :)
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Like last year I entered a team into UEFA Fantasy Football competition and got an ok start. Not as good as last year when I scored 54 points but 42 is still not bad, and all my players scored points so I'm looking forward to the next round in two weeks.
Speaking of autumn, one can tell the summer is gone for this time now. It's colder outside, the trees are getting more and more yellow and the mornings are no more sunny. But the summer of 2009 was great and I feel refreshed for the autumn and winter to come. I think it will be a nice autumn as well, at least I hope so.
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