Getting into DSLR Photography

Back in May, I briefly fawned over the Sony’s new EVIL cameras, the NEX series. Except at the end of that post, I said that if I were to get a new camera, I’d go for a DSLR. And so for Christmas, I bought myself the Canon T2i. I’m still learning all the ins and outs of the camera, but I thought I should compile a few of the helpful articles I’ve found. More »

Sinfest Speaks ASCII

Here’s today’s Sinfest. For a little background, Slick’s computer was touched by Buddha, and since then has been enlightened. It’s a fun strip in itself, but what struck me was that in the first panel, his computer is speaking binary. Usually, I just dismiss it, since it’s mostly random. But this time, drawn by the groups of four, I decided to investigate. More »

Google Chrome for OS X – Impressions

Two days ago, Google Chrome left beta for OS X. I’m mainly a Firefox user, but I’m always up for trying new and shiny things (especially when they’re free).

Aesthetically, having the tabs animate and move as they open is strangely satisfying. The frequently opened sites (a la Safari) is a welcome sight too. Having a bookmark bar that can hide, revealing itself only when you open a new tab, is a nice touch. However, with the bookmark bar, I would like some more control as to whether or not domain icons are shown or not. In fact, if the bookmark bar could be customized to only show the domain icons (a la Microsoft’s quick launch bar), that would be a pretty cool improvement. As is stands, with the domain icon plus the domain name, my bookmark bar overflows.

Speaking of customization, I would really like an about:config page where I could tweak settings. I’ve grown accustomed to being able to tweak things in Firefox, which is pretty useful. My current settings are as such:

Three Finger Up/Down: Switch tabs
Three Finger Left/Right: Navigate backwards/forwards
Two Fingers: Scroll

The switch tab gesture is pretty important to me; it’s nice to be able to easily and quickly switch between tabs to reference another webpage.

For now, I’ll force myself to get used to Google Chrome and we’ll see how long it lasts before I switch back. I did the same experiment with Safari, but I switched back to Firefox for the lack of gesture customization.

Google TV

Meh, I’m definitely not the target audience for this. I regularly hook up my Blackbook to my TV, connect a wireless keyboard and mouse, and I’m good to go. Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, etc. are all at my fingertips. The intriguing part, though, is that some TVs are going to be built with Google TV. So essentially these TVs become internet devices without having to attach a computer. That’s a pretty neat idea, especially for the non-tech-savvy. The Google TV box, on the other hand, seems like it’s just going to be another cuboid to silently drain energy. Why buy another box when you could hook up a computer to your tv?

But then again, who knows. With Android outselling the iPhone, maybe the Google box won’t be some unremembered product like Apple TV.

1000+

Been busy and I let my general news feed in Google Reader climb over 1000. Tried my best to speed read my way through the headlines tonight, but it’s like climbing a mountain you can’t see the top of. No matter how many times I hit ‘j’ (which advances to the next article blurb), I just can’t see the summit, and so I’m done for tonight. And yet, as I sleep, the mountain will steadily grow; headlines piling up like snow on the frosty unseen peak.