Archive for February, 2003

Successor to the D-60

Friday, February 28th, 2003

It seems that the next version of the DSLR Canon EOS line is out. It is called the Canon EOS-10D, and it is pretty much like the D60 (which I have), but without the minor annoyances. It also boasts a boatload of new features.

To top it all off, the MSRP is $2,000 with an estimated street price of $1,500. That’s about $800 or so cheaper than the D60.

Sigh. At least the D60 is still a nice camera. None of the features of the 10D are killer features in comparison, but each one is of a "that would be nice to have" sort. Oh, and the camera is a good deal faster, especially when it comes to auto-focus. Also, the new camera has the same number of pixels, but the quality is ever-so-slightly a tad bit better.

Mousey comic

Friday, February 28th, 2003

When I say "mousey" (in the title), I’m not talking about Mickey.

Check out a recent Bizarro comic. Great stuff.

Building a better DOS

Thursday, February 27th, 2003

The folks over at the FreeDOS32 project are working on building a 32-bit verision of DOS.

It’s essentially a 32-bit kernel which will grow to include true multitasking, support for multiple filesystems, native 32-bit software support, and a host of other features. They plan on recycling a good bit of code from the FreeDOS project and also from the Linux kernel.

Pretty wacky stuff.

Mister Rogers

Thursday, February 27th, 2003

I found out this morning the Mister Rogers of Mister Roger’s Neighborhood had just passed away.

I remember watching the show as a kid.

Closer to the present, I recently heard a segment on "This American Life" (one of the more popular PRI radio shows on NPR). They even have the episode archived so that you can listen to it through RealPlayer.

Speaking of Mister Rogers and NPR, "Morning Edition" did a segment today and has posted the transcript with a few related links on their website.

You can read more about Mister Rogers’ philosophy from misterrogers.org.

Also, if you happen to have kids who watch the show, be sure to read PBS Kids’ helpful hints for parents.

End of next week?

Thursday, February 27th, 2003

I called the body shop yet again and they told me that at best, it will be the end of next week. I’ve been without my car for two months now. I guess I will have to keep bumming rides off of very nice individuals. *smile*

Oh, at least the "ice storm" this time around was just cold rain — this means that there are less damaged cars to interrupt the body shop than what there could have been.

Why on earth does it take so long to get a car fixed and to have the insurance do their part? Surely this can’t be the norm — can it?

Interesting lunch

Tuesday, February 25th, 2003

Today, a few of us from the office went out to lunch at a Mongolian BBQ restaurant. We tossed various ingredients into our bowls and waited for the cook. Before he took our food and placed it on the doughnut-shaped stovetop, my friends from work told me about the big gong. "Since this is your first time here, you have to bang the gong!" they exclaimed. I shrugged, walked over to large, circular musical instrument, picked up the gong stick, and hit the gong a bit off-center. It made a really loud sound.

When the guy behind the counter finished roasting our chosen edibles on the large, flat ring of a metal stove, we walked over to the table selected for us by the hostess.

All four of us began eating as the waitress kept bringing glass after glass after glass filled with either water, tea, or ice cubes. It was rather amusing. Four people and something like twelve glasses full of stuff on the table.

We continued eating and couldn’t help but overhear a large crowd at the table directly behind us talk about topics which included: Linux, Debian, Red Hat, and digital music (mp3s and oggs). All four of us at the table silently grinned at each other as we ate our meals. I was quite a peculiar experience especially around the moment I heard the group talking about "Bluecurve", the family of themes I designed for Red Hat.

We just wanted a nice, calm lunch, so we decided to talk mostly about things other than computers and work.

It was definitely a worthwhile meal full of nice conversations, good food, a loud gong, and some unexpected eavesdropping.

More wintery weather?

Tuesday, February 25th, 2003

Just when it started getting warmer, the weather seems to be proving the groundhog accurate.

Yes, more snow, sleet, and ice is on its way to the triangle area yet again. Wow.