Archive for April, 2008

The Real World Makes Programming Less Fun

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

Programming can be a great hobby. Anyone can do it, there are lots of good, free tools, and you can “scratch an itch” – write something that you need yourself. Hacking for fun is a great way to learn more about the computer you’re using, and is just an interesting mental exercise. Let’s say you […]

Why I’m Not Using .NET

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Now that I’ve been posting things on Twitter, I notice I have a few followers. And the followers I have are mostly .NET developers. I was a bug .NET proponent a few years ago, but I haven’t actually written any C# code in a long time now, and I thought I’d talk about why. There […]

Camera Buffer

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

We were out and about yesterday when a photo opportunity presented itself that actually managed to saturate the image buffer in the 40D. I had to stop and wait while some of the images were flushed out to the CF card. High speed shooting is the only way to capture a toddler jumping in a […]


Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Almost a year ago, I wrote about Twitter: The only reason it’s interesting is that it’s reached a critical mass – but it’s so obviously *not* got staying power that I’m amazed so many people are so interested in it. It’s fun to play with for a little while, but I seriously doubt people are […]

Winter’s Finally Almost Over

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

Finally, the last remnant of the giant snow bank should be melting away today. Before: After: It’s great to be able to see the neighborhood again.

Baby Monitor Technology

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

We’ve been using this video baby monitor that we received as a gift until just recently, when it started to die. Random bursts of static while you’re trying to sleep are just no fun. It’s an analog device, so the camera part is simply broadcasting audio and video at 900mhz, and the receiver picks up […]

Photoshop Express

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

In case you missed it, Adobe has released Photoshop Express. Express is basically a Flex based version of something like Flickr or SmugMug, and so far, looks promising. It doesn’t really have the feature set to compete with the existing sites yet, but it’s only a first release and it’ll be interesting to see where […]