web site development, and what people think they know…

To quote Donald Rumsfeld, there’s known knowns, known unknowns, and unknown unknowns. In the case of web development as with many things, some people who use web sites, think they know how easy/hard it is to build them. (Hint: they don’t) Check out this person who needs to hire a programmer yet they already ‘know’ … Read more

Getting the ATI Catalyst Control Center install to work

My nice Dell XPS 420 has an ATI Radeon 2600 HD XT video card in it. Perfectly smooth performance for my needs (I’m no gamer), and it runs my 24″ display at 1920×1200 under Vista just fine. A few months ago I figured I’d upgrade the display driver, and got a new install from the … Read more

Remembering January 28th, 1986

This day contained 2 things burned in my memory. Like many who love NASA and all it has accomplished, I was horrified to learn the Challenger space shuttle blew up a couple of minutes after launch as it rocketed into space. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4JOjcDFtBE Later that day, President Ronald Reagan gave a speech to the nation, that … Read more

Meet Elliott (Blackberry Storm video put on youtube)

So I got a Blackberry Storm recently (love it, although there’s quite a learning curve!). Anyway, it can capture video, which is pretty cool.  So I grabbed a few tiny videos and wanted to see if I could transfer, edit, and publish on youtube. Took two tiny videos, transferred them, imported to Windows Movie Maker … Read more

Browser differences can drive a web developer mad

As a web developer, one important task is testing web pages with multiple different browsers and even different versions of the same browser.  This could drive a person insane, but I’d like to share a couple of discoveries. Trying to be a good developer I’m using ‘div’s more than tables these days, using CSS extensively, … Read more

Stop Vista rebooting automatically!

Ever sit down to your computer which had some stuff running only to find you’re at the login screen (and not just the screensaver password prompt screen)?  Did you lose some work?  I have! No easy option to change this, but it IS changeable. Great blog post here about it: http://softwarex-nz.blogspot.com/2008/01/stop-vistas-update-auto-reboot.html Thank you!

Great Canon 40D shots without computer processing

OK – call me lazy. Tell me I’m not getting the full benefit of my Canon 40D digital SLR camera. Yes I know about RAW files, curves, unsharpening, HDR, etc. But sometimes, well, most of the time, I just want to take pictures and have them look great on screen and printable at anything less than a HUGE print without loads of, ok ANY, computer ‘post processing’.

Little point and shoot digital cameras in decent light situations (i.e., outdoors) take great pictures in most circumstances. But they’re still slow, cannot do shallow depth of field, often don’t have a very wide angle field of view, and to me at least, are generally irritating (except for their size)! Once you’ve seen the quality of pictures and enjoyed the flexibility and range of options and control with an SLR, it’s hard to go back. I know, I tried. Got tired of lugging the Canon 20D and lenses around, sold the lot. But less than a year later, I was ready to throw my Canon point and shoot camera in a fire pit.

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