Archive for February, 2005

Upgraded to WordPress 1.5

Wednesday, February 16th, 2005

I just upgraded to WordPress 1.5. (There are some good reasons to do so.) Everything seems nice so far.

Right now, I’m just using the default theme. I plan to customize things sometime in the near future.

Update: Official announcement is out.

Hula Hoopla

Tuesday, February 15th, 2005

Have you seen Planet GNOME lately?

Hula logos everywhere!

"Hula H" logo
Here’s one more, just for fun.

Hula, Open Source mail and calendar server

Tuesday, February 15th, 2005

Today, Novell has announced Hula, a new Open Source project based on NetMail’s code. Hula is a calendar and mail server.

The Hula Logo

I designed the logo, the website, and the web interface for Hula itself and worked with a bunch of great developers while doing so. It was a lot of work and quite fun to help make this project a reality.

Even though it was announced just a few hours ago, it is already generating some buzz in the news — and many people (including those on the new IRC channel #hula, on are psyched.

Nat has a lot of info about Hula on his blog.

Also, check out the screenshots.

Something is still broken…

Saturday, February 12th, 2005

Due complications related to the server move, my email to does not currently work. Until it does (which should be soon, hopefully), anyone who needs to contact me can do so by using my work address (first name at or my gmail account (first name, last initial at

Galleries and directory browsing are back!

Saturday, February 12th, 2005

I spent this past night working on my photo gallery and directory browsing. Both now work once more. In fact, I have made a bunch of improvements to the photo gallery — it’s much quicker, looks nicer, and has progressive rendering.


New server!

Friday, February 11th, 2005

I’d like to thank the great people at for hosting my website for so long. is now hosted over at on a box in Utah.

My image gallery is currently broken (although the thumbs work), so please be patient about that. I’ll get it working soon enough — and when I do, you’ll be able to see some of the pictures I took while I was out in Utah. (They’re already uploaded and ready to go. You’ll see a notice in this space on my ‘blog about it when everything is fixed.)

If you notice any other quirkiness (other than the image gallery and the file browser — which includes the screenshots and wallpapers — not working), please let me know. I’ll try to have it all fixed within a day or two.


UV or not UV?

Monday, February 7th, 2005 has an answer to that age old debate: Should you use a UV filter or not?

Several good points are made — the practice of using a UV filter is an age-old one and was valid by all measures a while ago. Today, however, it seems the lenses are made to withstand a lot more.

I have had a time when a UV filter most likely saved my lens. Shortly after purchasing my D60 (a few years ago), I took it out on a test-shoot. The light outdoors was dimishing, so a default focus assist beam (which I have since turned off, as it is almost entirely useless) flashed while I was focusing. An insatiable firefly mistook my D60 for another of its kind and tried to mate with my camera. “Thunk!” The bug would’ve smashed into my lens, but the sturdy UV filter blocked it from doing so.

Now the odds of something that peculiar occuring are pretty slim. For oddball cases, I imagine that’s why there is camera insurance. Most anything that could break the lens with a UV filter on could also break a lens not wearing a UV filter.

I think I’m going to try not wearing a UV filter on the front of my camera’s lenses for a while — and possibly will pick up some of those nifty MRC filters mentioned in the article for weather conditions.