Archive for June, 2009

22
Jun
09

a nice text editor

I just came across a really neat little application. It’s called jDarkRoom, but even though the name suggest some sort of relation to photography, it’s not. It’s a very simple text editor with a rather unique feature.
When you start jDarkRoom for the first time, it will fill the entire screen with black, removing all menus, task bars, docks and everything. When you start to write, green text will apear using a simple monospace font. The idea is to minimize the number of distractions while you write. It is also the most basic text editor you’ll ever find, featuring only the basic funcitons like open/save, cut and paste, and search functions. Some may consider this a drawback, but for me it is all I ever want.
When I write a piece of text, instead of using a word processor (like Word or OOWriter), I prefer a simple text editor for its pure simplicity. I will usually start to capture the content, adding formatting, graphics and tables later. A word processor distracts me, and I start to worry about formatting and figures as I write, breaking the flow. When I have written things more or less finished, I will paste it into a real word processor for spell checking, layout and formatting. Another good reason why I don’t like writing in word processors are the tendency they have to pause everything for some background task. Not too seldom, I find I have written more than a sentence before the word processor wakes up and start the catching up. The basic text editor is snappy.
This editor is not suitable for coding, but it will probably be my first choice for capturing ordinary text.
You’ll find it here (http://www.codealchemists.com/jdarkroom/), it is written in Java and is available for all platforms. I’ve tried it on both Mac and WinXP, and works fine.
PS.
I may slow down on posting here, not shutting it down completely

I just came across a really neat little application. It’s called jDarkRoom, but even if the name suggest some sort of relation to photography, there is none. It’s a very simple text editor with a rather unique feature.

When you start jDarkRoom for the first time, it will fill the entire screen with black, removing all menus, task bars, docks and everything. When you start to write, green text will apear using a simple monospace font. The idea is to minimize the number of distractions while you write. It is also the most basic text editor you’ll ever find, featuring only the basic functions like open/save, cut and paste, and search functions. Some may consider this a drawback, but for me it is all I ever want.

When I write a piece of text, instead of using a word processor (like Word or OOWriter), I prefer a text editor for its pure simplicity. I will usually start to capture the content, adding formatting, graphics and tables later. A word processor distracts me, and I start to worry about formatting and figures as I write, which breaks the flow. When I’m more or less finished writing, I will paste it into a real word processor for spell checking, layout and formatting.

Another good reason why I don’t like writing in word processors are the tendency they have to pause everything for some background task. Not too seldom, I find that I have written more than a sentence before the word processor wakes up and start the catching up. The basic text editor is snappy.

This editor is not suitable for coding, but it will probably be my first choice for capturing ordinary text.

You’ll find it here (http://www.codealchemists.com/jdarkroom/), it is written in Java, available for all platforms, and it’s free. I’ve tried it on both Mac and WinXP, and works fine.

PS.

I may slow down on posting here, but I don’t intend to shut it down completely.

19
Jun
09

Transition to Norwegian

Sorry about the slow posting, but I’ve finally started my long planned transition to more writing in Norwegian. I have just got a Norwegian blog up and running with a couple of posts, and I guess it’ll be more geeky stuff there along with the photography related. I guess I can’t deny it any longer, I’m a computer and gadget geek as much as I am an “serious amateur photographer”. So the English blogging will probably scale back to more picture publishing and some occasional comments, at least for now.

Also, I won’t deny that having a 2 month old son is putting some restrictions on the web activities, but not as much as I would have expected. He’s really very nice, sleeps well at night.

Anyway, if you read Norwegian you can stop by http://speilbildet.no

If not, just keep me in your RSS reader, who knows when I find the time to post something.

11
Jun
09

WordPress 2.8

Just upgraded to WordPress 2.8, and it works fine (as far as I can tell)

06
Jun
09

Ambigrams is getting some attention

About 2 year back I posted a couple of Ambigrams I made of my own and my, then fiancee, now wifes name. You’ll find them here.

Now they get som google attention again with the release of “Angels and Demons”. Ambigrams are a central part of the plot in that book, and in the film also I presume. The book sucked so hard you won’t believe it, so it shouldn’t be too hard to make the movie better. I acutally enjoyed reading “The daVinci Code”, but “Angels and Demons” was just crap.

Anyway, funny how a movie affects what people googles, and that the stats pick up these things.

06
Jun
09

Back on the streets again

Today I had a good hour on the streets with my 5D and a 50mm lens. It’s been a long time since I used the 50mm now, but it was very pleasant to carry a setup that didn’t scream “PHOTOGRAPHER” two blocks away.

While my Canon zooms, namely the 70-200 f/4L IS, the 24-105 f/4L IS and the 17-40 f/4L are magnificent, they are also huge. That’s a big problem on the street, but even while doing nature photography it’s a problem. Due to some back problems, I am reluctant to carry more than one of those lenses, and even then the setup is heavy on my sholder. Im really thinking more and more of the Pentax gear. So far the starting setup would look something like this.

  • K7 body
  • The kit zoom for family snaps (doesn’t really add much cost)
  • DA 21mm f/3.2
  • DA 35mm f/28 Macro
  • DA 70mm f/2.4

After that, some potential candidates would be

  • DA 15mm f/4
  • DA* 50-135mm f/4
  • DA* 16-50mm f/4
  • DA* 55mm f/1.4

It is always good to have a zoom or two, and the DA* lenses are weather sealed as well, so there is an added benefit.

Anyway, here is some of the pictures from today. Remember, click on them to see a bigger version.




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