Archive for May, 2002

Digital vs. 35mm shoot-out

Thursday, May 23rd, 2002

I found an interesting write-up on Norman Koren’s website about digital versus 35mm cameras.

He arrives at similar conclusions as the author of the Luminous Landscape does when it comes to the Canon D60, and backs it up with some interesting tidbits of information as well. Basically, Norman says that the quality of the new digital cameras actually are comparable now, thanks to the lack of grain.

He also just happens to have some interesting stats on the Epson 1270, the printer I own.

Neat stuff. I think I’ll have to hunt down a D60, a large Compact Flash card, and a few nice lenses. (:

Limitations of the C3030Z

Tuesday, May 21st, 2002

I recently found a page on that shows off some of the limitations of the Olympus C3030z, the camera I currently use.

Between problems like those and the fact that my camera has always had issues reading flash cards off and on, I’m really looking forward to getting a new camera.

Mmmm… Canon D60

Next time you go out to eat…

Monday, May 20th, 2002

Forget about the smoke. The next time you’re at a sit-down restaurant, make sure you are seated in the no terrorism section.

Spider Wars

Saturday, May 18th, 2002

I finally made it out to the movie theater this morning and saw both Spider-Man and Star Wars II. Both are good movies, and each are the type of movies that are great on the big screen.

I do have to say that my favorite two parts are where Yoda uses his lightsaber to duel the Green Goblin, and also when Spider-Man shot Jar-Jar with his webbing. (Joking)

Hmm… maybe I shouldn’t have seen both on the same day. *smile*

Seriously, both movies rocked. You should see them if you haven’t already.


Monday, May 13th, 2002

I’m probably one of the last people with a web page and multiple e-mail addresses who still has not seen Spider-Man. Everyone keeps telling me how it is actually a good (if not great) movie.

What do you think? Should I go see it? Hit the link and post some comments about the movie (no spoilers please!) and why you think I should spend $7.50 to stare at a wall in a dark, crowded room for a few hours. *g*

Site theme updates

Monday, May 13th, 2002

I am now using "BlueClouds" as the default theme for my website. Also, I have updated the "WebBlagh" theme.

Both, and more, can be found under the pref area.

Good-bye Rep.

Sunday, May 12th, 2002

I have left Sawfish in the dust. Having recently switched to Metacity, I have found that I am actually loving it.

It’s great! Metacity has the least amount of crack of any usable window manager I’ve seen. It works; it’s fast; and it uses GTK+. However, not everything is roses right now — for instance, there is no graphical configuration unless you count using gconf-editor. The window manager is new and currently in development, so what do you expect? *smile* Still, I find that either passing a command line to change a variable or to use gconf-editor is easier than editing a text file in some esoteric format or hunting down one option with a funny name amongst 5,327 others also strangely (and inconsistantly) named.

For what it’s worth, other people (hi Trae!) are switching away from Sawfish too.

Personally, I like the fact that it works right, "out of the box", supports some keybinding modification, has the ability to change to sloppy focus mode, and has all the advantages of using GTK+2 (internationalized and anti-aliased fonts, double-buffering, et cetera).

Anyway, it’s a promising window manager and I think I like where it’s going (and it’s usable for me right now, too!). It’s not on all my computers yet, but it’s also development software at the moment (lumped in there with the Gnome2 stuff, which is also really nifty).