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A Periodic (P)review Of Leaping Forward

By: Johan

Saturday, April 8

Photo Phun

I've been impressed with the Kodak EasyShare DX7440 ever since I bought it in December 2004. It wasn't particularly cutting edge at the time but its 4 megapixel, 4x optical zoom capabilities have served me well and still offer me great pictures. The DX7440's advanced settings are way out of my not-even-a-hobby-photographer's comfort zone but they offered me some impressive pictures nontheless. Here a couple of cool shots I wanted to show off.

First of all, inspired by a Makezine feature, my transparent background:

Lounging with a Powerbook is fantastic! If I had the patience to play a bit more with the lighting etc. I could make it virtually see-through.

[Edit] Played a bit more, inspired by this great shot. Got my transparent desktop aligned pretty well eventually though my arm to hand transition gives it away (see shadow and lighting of the two).

Then some air-hockey fun. The blacklight illuminates the little white disc. Keep the shutter open and follow its trajectory...

Next a shot with that same camera but taken by my friend Sander, this is the famous London landmark the Tower Bridge. It took a few snaps before we got the lighting settings correct but the results are pretty impressive I thought.

Even under water it did its job very well... Disclaimer: No photographers were harmed during the making of this blog post.

Only joking :) Shot safely from behind 10cm thick plexiglass.

I've got three 15" LCD screens lined up on my desk at the office, that should make for an interesting 'transparent desktop' project. I'll try to do so sneakily and wait till someone notices...

What do you think of my photography skills?

Thursday, April 6

Bad Google! Silly Browsers!

A pet peeve is a minor annoyance that can instill extreme frustration in an individual. Typically each person has several pet peeves that aggravate them more than the average person. Another person may not react as negatively or at all to the same circumstance.

Wikipedia:Pet Peeve

Here is one of mine... Google Accounts

What a mess! Adwords, yes. Analytics, yes. Froogle, yes. AdSense, no. And because browsers remember login and password by root domain only, you can't save your AdSense username & password together with the AdWords credentials, unless they happen to be the same (bad idea). So I end up having to re-type my AdSense username and password when I load the bookmark, every single friggin' time. :( !!!

So, bad Google for using sub-folders, rather than subdomains.

Silly browsers for not recognizing that google.com/adsense isn't necessarily the same as google.com/adwords.

And why keep me signed in when I'm done with Analytics and start Googling stuff? I don't want you to know what I search! Certainly not when I log in to AdWords with my Pro Client account...

On the Browsers' plus side, this post was made from Camino and despite the fact it also features the abovementioned annoyance, it is blazin' fast and really looks the proverbial bollocks. That'll be the end of FireFox on my Powerbook then...