going online with this website, I have had two cameras. The first
was a $215 Kodak DX3215, 1 megapixil and 2X zoom,
with proprietary batteries at $10 a pop, with little staying power.
I went to a propreitary charger, which was about $50 with special
batteries. Then the zoom broke and I limped along for a while.
Now it rides in my book bag, out of sight and out of mind.
second camera has been a jewel, a $350 (list $400) Fuji
FinePix 3800 with 3 magapixils and 6X zoom, which is
wonderful for outdoor stuff. Indoors, forget it, unless you use
the flash and a tripod. This model had the highest zoom in its
price range a year ago when I bought it. I recommend this camera.
prefer building my boxes rather than paying Dell or the cow crowd.
I'm running an ECS Elitegroup motherboard, 512
megabites of RAM, and a 1.4 gigabite AMD processor.
Total cost, minus a bunch of boards and stuff on hand, was about
$200. It's enough to run Dreamweaver MX, which
I use for web page design and execution.
2000 Professional, not because I like Bill Gates, but
because I own too much expensive Windows-based software to comfortably
switch to Linux, which I have been playing with off and on for
a long time.
will say this about Windows 2000 -- it is stable and reliable
beyond anything else I've used, including Millennium Edition,
Win95, or Win3.1.
2000 is the last operating system ala Gates that you can install
without dailing the mothership for an unlocking serial number,
restricting you to one box per cash outlay for an OS. Don't know
what I'll do when Windows 2000 won't cut it for me, but I expect
to get several more years out of Win2000. I'll burn that bridge
when I get to it.
you're surfing the Internet without a personal firewall and antivirus
software, you might as well take your most treasured possessions
and leave them out in the rain. I use Zone Alarm
and Norton Antivirus.
and Internet Explorer. I use Internet Explorer
when I want to make online purchases, especially, but also in
general, now, too, because of my website work. Opera is superior
as a power surfing tool. I use the paid version instead of the
adware version. I used to use Netscape but now I only remember
cursing it and then walking away about three years ago.
one that I would recommend -- The
Cluetrain Manifesto, by
Doc Searls and others.
are Conversations. So