When
· Naughties
· · 2003
· · · December
· · · · 03 (4 entries)

Temptation · Via Dela­cour (an ex­cel­lent piece by the way), a point­er to the new Le­ica Dig­ilux 2, al­so on the hot-news page at Steve’s Digi­cams. Oh my good­ness.
 
Paint Shop Pro for Windows · Th­ese days, I’m in heavy scan­ning (see al­so On Time) mod­e, which means that I’m us­ing Win­dows a lot (and al­so, should you be a reg­u­lar read­er, that there are too many pho­to es­says in your fu­ture). The down­side is Windows’ egre­gious­ly ug­ly choice be­tween cartoon-bright and battleship-grey colours, plus this id­i­ot­ic no­tion that each Win­dow should car­ry its own menu around so you can see eleven at a time each wast­ing pre­cious screen real-estate even though no­body can pos­si­bly deal with more than one at a time... but I di­gress. The nice thing about this pro­cess is that I’m spend­ing some qual­i­ty time with Paint Shop Pro, a to­tal­ly ex­cel­lent and ridicu­lous­ly cheap soft­ware pack­age from JASC (of which com­pa­ny I know noth­ing). Should you be a Win­dows us­er and by some chance not al­ready have Paint Shop Pro on your com­put­er, run not walk to your near­est Web Brows­er and buy it al­ready. In terms of putting what you need to do all the time un­der your fin­ger­tips and let­ting you do a whole lot of se­ri­ous pho­to en­gi­neer­ing in a big hur­ry, noth­ing comes close. In par­tic­u­lar, Adobe Pho­to­shop (and I’m not gonna put a link here, be­cause Adobe’s Web site doesn’t make it easy to link to it, what’s wrong with them?) doesn’t come close in ease of use. Hav­ing said that, Pho­to­shop has some se­ri­ous­ly cool stuff that’s prob­a­bly cost-effective for me giv­en that I’m try­ing to get se­ri­ous about pho­tog­ra­phy, but in terms of easy-to-get-the-job-done, it’s poor by com­par­ison. Any­how, in case it’s not al­ready clear: Win­dows + Pic­tures = Paint Shop Pro. Go get it.
 
On Search: Robots · Robots—also known as spiders—are pro­grams that re­trieve Web re­sources, us­ing the em­bed­ded hy­per­links to au­to­mate the pro­cess. Robots re­trieve da­ta for all sorts of pur­pos­es, but they were in­vent­ed most­ly to drive search en­gi­nes. Here­with a tour through Robot Vil­lage ...
 
This Is War · Just now, a cou­ple of spams that made it through Mozil­la were in the in­box, and I missed slight­ly with the bold swipe of the mouse to group-select ’em for era­sure and ac­tu­al­ly se­lect­ed one, which brought it up in the mes­sage pane, a pitch for strap­less bras. Sud­den­ly my com­put­er was talk­ing to me: “For years, wom­en have struggled...” then my fin­ger reached the Del key and it was gone. Lau­ren raised an eye­brow at me from across the room and when I ex­plained said “I think we’ve just hit a new low.” She’s so diplo­mat­ic.
 
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