Monthly Archives: April 2001

Coolpix 995 Review

Imaging Resource: Coolpix 995 Review
« What can we say? We were already enamored with the Coolpix 990, and the 995's increased flexibility is even more impressive. Increased zoom range, higher ISO settings, and a bevy of improved features make this camera perfect for any shooting situation. It offers a completely automatic mode for novices, with the convenience of variable exposure control for learning. As your skills improve, the 995 offers more exposure options than perhaps any other camera on the market. Building on the legacy of the Coolpix 950 and 990 designs, we predict that the Coolpix 995 will continue to be a leader in the high-end “prosumer” market. If you're looking for the ultimate in control over your picture-taking, the Coolpix 995 is the camera to own! » [QubeQuorner]

Samba 2.2

developerWorks: Samba 2.2
« In this article, Daniel Robbins explains how Samba 2.2 improves on the already-excellent Samba 2.0.8 to create an incredibly powerful enterprise-ready Unix/Windows integration solution. The new Samba 2.2 offers a host of new improvements, including Windows 2000 client and Windows NT domain controller support, to name just a few. » [QubeQuorner]

PHP Jobs

PHPeverywhere: PHP Jobs
« Good luck finding a job doing PHP as the principal server side language. It is outnumbered 10:1 by MS-based and Java-based jobs. The achilles heal of PHP is that it's an apache module and can't run on MS-based operating systems without running as a CGI. The fact that it can't run as a module to IIS and that there's not a truly usable version of Apache for Windows shows that the open source developers are not serious about making it mainstream. Is mySQL fast on Unix-based operating systems? Sure it is. Can it hold a lot of info? Yes. Is it 10 years behind in its feature set compared to a true RDBMS like Oracle? Absolutely. » [QubeQuorner]

“Don't Make Me Think”: Classics Illustrated does Web Usability

Lighthouse: “Don't Make Me Think”: Classics Illustrated does Web Usability. It makes itself useful to designers by powerfully reinforcing a handful of key ideas that most designers already use. It makes itself useful to the designer's non-designer colleagues by teaching those ideas in a concise but highly engaging style. [Tomalak's Realm]

Which programming language should I learn?

O'Reilly: Which programming language should I learn? “If you read my column, you won't be surprised to see that my final and highest recommendation is Python. It's an easy-to-use programming language with many of the virtues of Perl and PHP–interactive development, RAD, object orientation, and lots of examples of Web use–but it also enforces good programming practices. I wouldn't want you to learn bad habits at a young age (at least, not bad programming habits) that you'll regret when you have to get serious later.”

outliner market

Dave Winer: Ye-hi, the outliner market on the Mac is coming back to life. Here's a really interesting line from the Omni website. “Multiple columns per row — a first for any outliner that we've seen!” Wow. Takes your breath away. MORE didn't do multiple columns, but InfoDepot did. It was their big feature. Frankly, imho, if you design it that way, it's more of a spreadsheet than a thinking or writing tool.

Users beware, one of the lessons of the last round in outlining is that you don't want your ideas locked up in a proprietary format. That's why MORE had lots of import/export capabilities. Before you commit to Omni, ask them to clearly state that your work won't be locked up. OPML is the perfect solution for interchange between programs that understand hierarchies. Keep the market open. It's good to have competition. One more thing, be sure they have a good scripting interface. It's important
[Scripting News]