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  • Nespresso_Coffee_like_capsules_00

    "Nespresso-like" capsules are quite good, at least to ME!
    From Left to Right: Original Nespresso – Denner Capsules – Casino

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    Denner capsules are individually packed. They are not air-tight as on opening the packing one is greeted with the fragrance of coffee. They are made of plastic  not aluminium for most of it like Nespresso ones.

    The coffee do NOT take longer to fill up the cup, and I use the cheapest Magimix Essenza Nespresso Machine. I will soon make a video to prove it.

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    I bought three different types of the four on offer and they all taste very good and strong with a lot of aroma. You save more or less 25% per cup compare to Nespresso capsules

    Casino capsules  are the one I dislike the most, not enough foam, do not taste like an espresso to me.

    My Conclusions

    Buy one packages of each to try, don’t listen to forums entries around the internetsince a lot of entries are being written by professional blogger paid for manipulating YOU. They are driven among other by Community Manager (and they act in all domains). Try and decide yourself! I will personally continue to buy both brand. I will update this page as soon as I went through more than 100 cups of coffee.

     

    Cheap packaging, but hey why would you like to pay more for a box that will end up anyway in the waste?

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    and the capsules packaging:

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    Others Capsules on the market, not tested

  • canon g9 body
    I've decide to wait a bit before buying a gigantic Reflex (DSLR) camera like the Canon EOS 40D or Nikon D300, mainly since I will never be able to use these formula 1 camera in a so short period of time (I am leaving switzerland in 1.5 months). I've read a lot of forums entries at dpreview.com and found that this camera is a good compromise. So I order a Canon G9. This camera is able to work in full auto mode and has as many manual settings as a DSLR. I am in no way a professionnal photographer, that's why I will just publish here some links and ideas that may help new buyers.

    I've paid
    664 CHF for the body , 141 CHF for the Sandisk Ultra 2 8GB memory card and 44CHF for a Joby tripod = total cost 877CHF (570€). Order at 9 o'clock, delivered at 18:00 (thanks to www.digitec.ch)

    Reviews:
    Dpreview : Canon PowerShot G9  read user reviews
    TheOnlinePhotographer Canon PowerShot G9  review
    LetsGoDigital Canon PowerShot G9 review Bag
    Not even a small bag in the box. Canon has a limited offering, If you can't afford the Cost of Canon's bag, look at LowePro
    canon.DCC-600.bagcanon%20SC-DC55A
    DCC-600                                     DC55

    I recommend you to go with the DC 55, it protect the G9 camera a lot better as seen on this page.

    Battery
    The battery you get from the package is just a shame: 800mAh and it cost between 100CHF (65€) and 141CHF (91€). As seen on dpreview.com Canon Talk, You can spare a lot of money by using generic battery. I've ordered 3 battery (7€ each)  on ebay.de for a total of 21€ . Each battery being rate at 2500mAh -> 3 more times capacity equal to  3 times more fun!
    What You must take into account before buying them on ebay (point 1,2 is common sense):
    1. A well know ebay power seller
    2. Pay with paypal to be protected against fraud
    3. Each battery must have a CE logo
    4. 1 or 2 years warranty
    Memory card
    Sandisk has a 10 years return warranty, Kingston is lifetime. I've choose a 8Gb because I want to order a solid state HD recorder later this week.

    Best site found
    Power Shot Valley







    Features
    • 12.1-megapixel CCDcaptures enough detail for photo-quality poster-size prints
    • 6x image-stabilized optical zoom; 3.0-inch LCD display; optical viewfinder
    • Face Detection technology and in-camera red-eye fix
    • 25 shooting modes, including 9 special scene modes; Print/Share button
    • Powered by NB-2LH lithium-ion battery (battery and charger included); stores images on SD or MMC memory cards (32MB MMC memory card included)
    • Type:Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 6x optical / 4x digital / 24x combined zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer System
    • Image capture device type:12.1-megapixel, 1/1.7-inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
    • Total pixels:Approximately 12.4 megapixels
    • Effective pixels:Approximately 12.1 megapixels
    • Lens focal length:7.4-44.4mm, f2.8-4.8 (35mm film equivalent: 35-210mm)
    • Digital zoom:4x
    • Focusing range:Normal: 1.6 feet/50 centimeter to infinity; macro: 0.39 inches to 1.6 feet/1 to 50 centimeter (wide)
    • Autofocus system:TTL autofocus
    • Viewfinder:Real image optical zoom viewfinder
    • LCD monitor:3.0-inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD with wide viewing angle
    • LCD pixels:Approximately 230,000 pixels
    • LCD coverage:1
    • Brightness adjustment:15 levels. Quick-bright LCD.
    • Maximum aperture:f2.8 (wide) to f4.8 (telephoto)
    • Shutter speed:15s seconds to 1/2500 second (settable in Tv and M)
    • Exposure sensitivity:Auto, High ISO Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 equivalent (Standard output sensitivity. Recommended exposure index)
    • Light metering method:Evaluative (control to incorporate facial brightness in Face Detection AF), Center-weighted average, Spot (metering frame is fixed to the center or linked to the AF frame)
    • Exposure control method:Program AE, Shutter Speed-Priority AE, Aperture-Priority AE, Manual; AE Lock, Safety Shift, Auto ISO Shift
    • Exposure compensation:+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
    • White Balance control:Auto, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater), Custom1, Custom2
    • Built-in flash:Auto, Auto w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash Off; FE lock, Safety FE, Slow Synchro, Second-curtain synchro
    • Flash range:1.0 to 13 feet /30 centimeters to 4.0 meters (wide), 1.6 to 8.2 feet /50 centimeters to 2.5 meters (telephoto) (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto)
    • Recycling time:12 seconds or less (battery voltage=7.4V)
    • Flash exposure compensation:+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
    • Shooting modes:Auto, P, Av, Tv, M, C1, C2, Special Scene (Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Sports, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, Indoor, ISO 3200, Kids and Pets, Night Snapshot, Color Accent, Color Swap), Stitch Assist, Movie
    • My colors:Vivid, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Neutral, Sepia, Black and White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Custom
    • Self-timer:Activates shutter after an approximately 2-second/10-second delay, Custom
    • Wireless control:Not available
    • Continuous shooting:Normal: Approximately 1.5 frames per second (fps); AF: approximately 0.7 fps; LV: approximately 0.8 fps (Large/Fine)
    • Storage media:SD/SDHC memory card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus card, HC MMC Plus card
    • File format:Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1
    • Image compression:Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG); Movie: AVI (Image: Motion JPEG; Audio: WAVE (Monaural))
    • Image quality mode:Normal, Fine, SuperFine, RAW
    • Number of recording pixels:Still image: 4,000 x 3,000 (Large), 3,264 x 2,448 (Medium 1), 2,592 x 1,944 (Medium 2), 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 3), 640 x 480 (Small), 4,000 x 2,248 (Widescreen); movie: 1024 x 768 (15 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps/30 fps LP), 640 x 480 (2 hours at 0.5 fps/1 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) available up to 4GB or 60 minutes, 160 x 120 (3 minutes at 15 fps)
    • Playback modes:Still image: Single, Magnification (approximately 2x-10x), Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Resume, My Colors, My Category, Histogram, Index (9 thumbnails), Sound Memos, Slide Show, Red-eye Correction, RAW playback, Resize, Image Inspection Tool; movie: Normal Playback, Special Playback, Editing
    • Erase modes:Still image: single image, select by date, select by category, select by folder, all images; movie: part of movie, all of movie
    • Computer interface:USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B jack)
    • Video out:NTSC/PAL
    • Audio out:Monaural
    • Other:SD memory card slot; direct connection to Canon CP and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable
    • Power source:Rechargeable lithium battery NB-2LH or AC adapter kit ACK-DC20 (AC adapter is optional and not included--must be purchased separately)
    • Shooting capacity:Still image: approximately 240 shots (NB-2LH/LCD on), approximately 600 shots (NB-2LH/LCD off)
    • Playback time:Approximately 420 minutes (NB-2LH) (LCD screen on. These figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when fully-charged batteries are used.)
    • Display languages:English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, simplified/traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian
    • Operating temperature:32 to 104 degrees F/0 to 40 degrees C
    • Operating humidity:10 to 90%
    • Dimensions (W x H x D):4.19 x 2.83 x 1.67 inches / 106.4 x 71.9 x 42.5 millimeters
    • Weight:Approximately 11.29 ounces / 320 grams (camera body only)
    • What's in the box:Canon PowerShot G9 digital camera, lithium battery pack NB-2LH, battery charger CB-2LW, MMC Plus card MMC-32MH, neck strap NS-DC6, Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM, USB interface cable IFC-400PCU, AV cable AVC-DC300




  • This page was last modified on Mon, 16 Aug 2004 17:06:24 GMT

    SUSE 9.0
    a desktop review
    My experience installing Linux and some throughts...
    When you finish this article, You may want to read the round 2 HERE

    GNU Free Documentation License - Copyright (c) 2003 Walter Cédric.

    Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document
    under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
    or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation;
    with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover
    Texts. A copy of the license is included in the section entitled
    "GNU Free Documentation License".

    -> this page is getting bigger and bigger with the time, I will also start soon a SUSE section and divide this page into smaller sections.

    I decide to buy the professional edition instead of downloading all cd from ftp.suse even if I have a 2MB internet line. You must support company like Suse or Mandrake which develop linux distributions and buy their package. All versions or patchs can be acquire freely and download from their FTP or HTTP mirror..

    If you still hesitate about Linux, I would recommend You to try a Live Eval of Linux. A live eval is a set of applications and a fully functionnal Linux (nearly 2Gb) compressed on 1 CD and It does not require a hard disk to start!

    * Knoppix live cd, the fastest and first version, highly recommended since Divx, DVD, NTFS drive are recognized as default.
    "KNOPPIX is a bootable CD with a collection of GNU/Linux software, automatic hardware detection, and support for many graphics cards, sound cards, SCSI and USB devices and other peripherals. KNOPPIX can be used as a Linux demo, educational CD, rescue system, or adapted and used as a platform for commercial software product demos. It is not necessary to install anything on a hard disk. Due to on-the-fly decompression, the CD can have up to 2 GB of executable software installed on it." fromwww.knoppix.net

    You can use knoppix and have a home on USB disk. K, Knoppix, Configuration, Create Persistent home dir, then boot with the option:
    knoppix home=scan

      *Gnoppix live cd
    "Gnoppix is a linux live cd based upon Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 (woody). It can be compared to Knoppix but GNOPPIX uses GNOME as desktop environment." from
    http://www.gnoppix.org/faq/index.html
    * Suse live cd which did not convince me at all, this bootable cd take too much time and user interaction to initialized itself: more than five minutes are required. Moreover NTFS drive are not recognized.
    * Mandrake Move live cd was developed to work with a USB stick to save user data permanently. This is another step for Linux, you can take any PC in the world, insert this CD, restart it and have a runnable Linux system and tools you're familiar with.
      * Pclinux review
    "PCLinuxOS 2K4 Preview 4 is a live Knoppix style cd based on Mandrake 9.2 that runs entirely from a bootable CD. Data on the CD is uncompressed on the fly, allowing up to 2 GB worth of system and programs on one CD
    including a complete X server, KDE 3.1.4 and Gnome 2.4, and large packages like OpenOffice 1.1final and Mozila 1.5 plus plugins. Since it runs solely off the CD, PCLinuxOS makes an excellent portable Linux demo or system rescue disk, but its completeness makes it a good general purpose desktop as well. PCLinuxOS should work on most modern computer hardware. Recommended memory to run is 256mb or more."
      * GeeXbox turns your PC into a dedicated media player. It boots a version of the Linux kernel, and then uses the popular mplayer to allow you to play DVDs, VCDs, or regular audio CDs. It also allows you to play pretty much any multimedia file from your hard drive, and can mount Samba shares as well. Best of all, the ISO is a mere 4.3 megabytes...
    Download it HERE
      After knoppix...welcome flonix
    "a linux system that can reside on a USB key!!!! (use less than 60Mo). It is based on knoppix and let you start linux everywhere if you can boot on USB!
    You can:
    - play dvd, burn CD, watch and edit pictures, scan, browse internet,
    word processing, sync a Palm PDA,
    read PDF files, start a webserver and more....
    read more here:
    http://linuxdocs.tuxfamily.org/flonix/doc/wakka.php?wiki=EnPresentation

    * can be download freely

    Test system:

    One more time, here is my system, The Linux experience you will have is very depending on hardware (and also drivers).....

    Mainboard Nvidia Nforce 2 ASUS A7VN8X deluxe
    2 integrated ethernet card
    6 USB - 2 Firewire
    On Board soundcard
    Harddisk IBM 120Go UDMA 133 (primary master)
    Harddisk IBM 80Go UDMA 133 (primary slave)
    CDR/RW 16x IDE noname
    Geforce FX 5600 256Mb MyVivo Athlon XP 1700 overclocked at 3200 with my watercooling
    512Mb DDR Dual Channel mode PC3200 (new)
    SUSE Linux 9.0 and the KDE 3.1.4 desktop  

    My Background:

    Can be read HERE and my experience with Linux? I am using Cygwin with ssh at work to connect to the HPUX development system, deployment, release management is done with ANT and bash scripts.So I am only a user but I use to write some FAQs in the past when I was using Linux at highschool (a small part is reproducedHERE, sorry it is in french ).

    My collegues ofXDreamTeam have installed a SUSE on a dual AMD64 Opteron server, and they will write a review soon.

    Some sentences you may hear about Linux:

    Linux user interface is ugly, Xp is better!
    Who can still says this?, look at this KDE 3.2 pictures

    (click to enlarge). KDE default user interface for Ark Linux, Conectiva, Knoppix, Lindows,
    Lycoris, Mandrake Linux, SUSE Linux, TurboLinux and Xandros.

    Moreover you can choose another desktop manager, instead of KDE, a lot of people prefer Gnome. If you still can't live without Windows, try this windows manager under linux http://www.xpde.com/index.php

    Suse (or Linux in general) is difficult to use!
    Not so much, in fact the tool YAST: "Yet Another Setup Tool" do a great job when dealing with the configuration of your computer, softwares and hardware can be configured in a hierarchical control panel. I found it even better than the equivalent of "Windows world". What can be disturbing is the organisation of files and program on disk. I would say that someone who never use Windows before will have the same learning curve and encounter more or less the same difficulties with linux, the only drawback I see is that no so much friends can help you (and give you tools for which you have no licence ;-) ) since Linux as a desktop is not so much floating around. Now if you are a Windows user like me (since 10 years), you will encounter some difficulties, I prefer to say "forget some bad Windows habits", like

    • Windows make no differences between upper and lower case filename, but Linux does! which is normal because we also make this distinction when we write letters and office documents.
    • Windows use drive letter and this is a pain to maintain especially when you need to configure software, Linux use a directory base mapping, symbolic links can be created on files or directories. Example: 2 documents folders can have different name but point to the same folder:
      For example you have a website which is located in a directory "MywebsiteV1.12" and you want to have only one reference in all program that use your homepage (typically in configurations files), all you have to do is to open a terminal and type:
      ln -s MywebsiteV1.12 httpdocs

      and use everywhere httpdocs instead of the path to MywebsiteV1.12in configuration files. The same apply if you want to alias office documents or media files (reference the same file under different names but always use the same target)
      this is a lot more powerful than the Window's shortcuts.

    • Windows has a limited command line size, and limited number of subdirectories.
    • Even on XP, you must sometimes restart your PC because the program XX has freeze and can not be terminate.
      Bill Gates said in an interview: "instability do not come from Windows itself, but merely from applications installed" For Me, a good OS must protect the user/itself from system crashing, XP isn't good at this, Linux is a little better.
      On Unix a # kill -9 pidProcess has a lot of chance to succeed and you can even restart some part of the system, without restarting the whole (restart the network server or the soundcard). Try also CTRL-ALT- ESC to kill graphically a process!

    Why choosing Linux now?

    http://www.mandrake.tips.4.free.fr/switchsuccess.html A very good article, how you can switch with success and what your motivation can be

    Here are the personal reasons why I am switching to Linux, You may find a lot of website which may present You better arguments:

    • Suse (replace with any Linux distribution) come with a lot of applications (= packages) to do almost everything, not all of them are of the same qualities, or can be compared to commercial applications, but in linux world they do not require any licences! (some of them are freeware, giftware, shareware through)
    • I want to live in a world where, I can search and solve problems instead of restarting the machine which is for me not a solution....(I am a developer and like challenges, restarting is like loosing a race fsor me) yeah as today 16.12.2003 I am FREE with LINUX, even if this freedom will have a cost (a relative complexity in usage at the beginning)
    • Virus threat, less virus are living in Unix world. At least till today.
    • You can still run Windows and Linux together thank to a great multi boot menu (no System commander, Partition Magic, old text based LILO required)
    • Real Multi users system, program are running with user right privileges.
    • Linux is gaining market place, I do not want to loose connection with the market reality.
    • The community is extraordinary! they develop at a speed never seen before, even If I am convince that too much project are started and do the same things with more or less success . Look at Mono (.NET platform on Linux) which already support 99% of .NET ASP. Ximian (acquired at the beginning of 2003 by Novell and Suse) will continue to support the effort of Mono development.
    • Linux is modular, there is like 120 distributions, 30 are dying per year and are replace instantly. Look at Flonix (Linux on a USB stick 64Mo, burning, browsing internet, webserver, GUI), or Knoppix ("From zero to GNU linux in five Minutes") this is great. Linux can be start on nearly all plattform (portability) and does not require good machine (Windows Longhorn will require 1Gb of memory (dixit Microsoft) so understand 2Gb to work flawlessy).
      Linux was first developed for 32-bit x86-based PCs (386 or higher). These days it also runs on Compaq Alpha AXP, Sun SPARC, Sun UltraSPARC, Motorola 68000, PowerPC, PowerPC64, ARM, Hitachi SuperH, IBM S/390, MIPS, HP PA-RISC, Intel IA-64, DEC VAX, AMD x86-64 , CRIS architectures. This includes Handled, celullar phone, gaming station like Xbox, Dreamcast.
    • Everything is free, thanks to the open source community: Apache is the best/most used webserver, Tomcat the best servlet runner. Of course, the open source community has to find now a economical model. I am convince that developing is like speaking, you can not stop people to talk or think.
    • Each days, I enjoy the use of CygWin under windows (for developing or maintaining this homepage), combining unix tools like: grep, sed, awk, and others...using ssh is now natural and I am feeling sad when I must start the poor Windows command.com terminal.
    • I am using products from the open source coomunitysince 3 years now, at work: mainly the Apache Fundation and their frameworks, at home a lot of tools: virtual dub, videolan, GIMP,... and this all under Windows 2000. I am totaly satisfied by these tools, so why not replacing also windows by a totally free and open source system.
    • I can install Suse Linux everywhere (on all PC I have, currently 3 desktop) and has no annoying licence scheme or registration process and even give it to friends as long as I give it for free.
    • There is a difference between "choice" and "apparence of choice", before choosing an OS (Operating System) was easy:

    - On one side Windows, which cover more than 90% of the market, is shipped with new PC, has many softwares of good qualities. All your friends (normal users not geek), companies or your office, are certainly running under Windows. This is good but you do not install Windows because it is your choice, you install it because it is common to install it.

    - On the other side, alternatives OS: Mac, Linux, BeOS (I am also a big fan of BeOS) are installed by people who want to try something different, (remember the moto "think different" from Mac corp). Geek users accept some instabilities because they want to improve the system, or even help at the source code level. End users give a try or installed it at home because they discover it at their universities.

    This was before, before mean "Linux without good support of hardware ( I remember installing Mandrake 9.0 and fighting 10 minutes to find a USB driver for my Microsoft mouse), without good desktops manager (Now this time is over thanks to KDE and Gnome), without a huge base of applications" Now this is slowly changing, On the server side, there is already a big change, HP, IBM and major actors are now committed to Linux and that is great. Now you have the choice, because now you can hesitate between Linux and Windows and/or even dual boot both (It has never been so easy as today because dual boot is integrated in many Linux distributions)

    SUSE home for the version 9.0 is http://www.suse.com/us/private/products/suse_linux/i386/index.html
    SUSE has a page which present 10 reasons to choose Linux Suse http://www.suse.com/us/private/products/suse_linux/i386/10_reasons.html
    SUSE has also a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page here: http://www.suse.com/us/private/products/suse_linux/i386/faqs/index.html

    Choose a file system
    ext2 or ext3 or ??? a good articles can be found here:http://www.linux-mag.com/cgi-bin/printer.pl?issue=2002-10&article=jfs

    Installation

    Great menu everywhere for installing the OS, 10s after having insert the CD (and choosing a resolution with F2 - default is 1280x1024), the linux Kernel is loaded and guide you through the installation process.

    Personnaly what I dislike is the number of "package" (understand application, with strange name and strange revision number) given, like 10 tools to do the same task...I know I do not want to see any new Microsoft take the advantage under linux, but why the open source community does not concentrate on GUI. A user will remember that the GUI was horrible even if the program has done its job. That is my point of view. As a developer, I do not care but as an end user....

    I decide to install everything, this take nearly 3 Gb of hard disk, Yes it is much but do not forget that XP take alone 1.2Gb without any office, photoshop, and so on. In this case the installation took 37 minutes, too long? You can also send complaint to hard disk manufacturer!

    The partition manager compute the best option depending on your configuration, in my case I reserved 80Gb for Suse but on my secondary disk. By default linux want to modify the primary disk (and move windows data if needed), I switch to manual mode and only say click on "use everything" of the second disk. YAST then install then a small graphical boot manager on disk 1. This allow me at boot to start Windows if it is needed.

    One page display a resume of all settings choosen, you may change the value of each section by clicking on the topic title. No technical words at all, You must only choosing some options in selection boxes.

    Due to the huge number of Linux tools, you must also deal with 5 cd or one double face DVD, each disk may copy data during 15 minutes depending on options you have selected. (I forget to say that my CD drive is an old 16X). The estimated time to complete installation is quite accurate.

    After completing the first disk the system restart and continue on CD2, a windows show you the list of package copied in realtime, you must just wait (Suse is made of more than 7000 packages or programs).

    The system asks then for the root password, You can use the whole keyboard layout (letters, numbers, special characters) except accent (éà è) and umlaut (öüë), I choose a highly complex root paswword and write it down, till I have time learn it. Some word about security, program on unix system are running under user privileges, that mean that a potential virus MAY only destruct your data, and no data of others users (most of Unix virus try to replace some binary executable to gain a higher level access or may install a trojan horse)

    The 2 integrated networks card were detected automatically (mainboard ASUS nforce 2 desluxe has a 3COM and Nvidia 100MB network card),

    The system then ask if you want to download new packages and security upgrades from internet. This is higly recommended. No compagny in the world can ship a perfect code, this is True even in Linux world. I am pretty convince bugs handling is better in opensource paradigm, because nearly all users can see the source code (OK, I admit NO all users are developers, but there is a lot of great skilled developer which in their spare time review code, not to speak about university students which may have a lot of time :-) ). On the other side, take any business compagny:

    • They first try to reproduce the bugs and know how many users are affected (which is OK),
    • Worse, They try to minimize effects resulting of a bug (to avoid some political problems with clients, but correct the bug as fast as possible in the background),
    • They speak about money all the time (but I am happy to get paid as a developer ;-) ), can we ship in delay? can we not correct this for the next release?

    In opensource world, Linux developer consider this as a hobby and may try to correct everything or at least move the delivery date.

    Back to the installation, I choose stand alone, because I do not want to use this linux box as a server. In Mandrake, this is a little better, since you can choose the security level: (Mandrake install may activate the firewall for You during the install), or block installation of some packages which can help a hacker (like ssh, webserver, VNC).

    I strongly recommend You to deactivate auto login, security come always at a cost, I do not want that somebody simply restart the computer to gain access to my data and read private documents: Yes you will have to enter your password at each restart. Password is limited to 8 characters...which is somehow strange The password length is limited to 8 character because the default password encryption methd is set to DES (most compatible but SUSE also allow md5 or blowfish which have no length limit but at the cost of more cpu power and the loss of backward compatibility across other systems or old software). You can change this underYast - Security and Users Password settings

    Finally the release note of suse 9.0 is displayed, You can read it to be sure that nothing has changed since the manual printout.

    YAST, then dectect hardware and set a graphical resolution.

    ATTENTION, always use the test button to validate any refresh rate and resolution before applying changes, otherwise you may have a black screen at the next logon! If it ever happen, the only way is to reboot and choose "safe mode", logging as root, go to /etc/X11 and open the file X86Config....or rename the previous backup done by YAST (backup named X86Config.YAST). I have also done this mistake

    Choose "safe mode" in booting menu
    logging using user root
    # cd X11/etc
    rename the old X86Config to X86Config.old
    # mv X86Config X86Config.old
    then restore the YAST backup if it exist
    # mv X86Config.YAST X86Config
    CTRL-D
    or type Exit
    restart the PC

    Manual upgrade of all drivers to the their latest status
    In my case I went to www.nvidia.com and download all latest rpm (rpm are like setup.exe in windows world),

    To resume: Suse has now a very good and reliable installation system. YAST is now mature, detection of most hardware is good (at least on my system). I think it is even easier to install SUSE than an equivalent Windows system, mainly because partiioning is better support in YAST

    How to install RPM

    There is many ways to install RPM. In facts, choose the one you prefer. Note that you must be loogged as root to install any application.

    Method 1: With Konqueror: click on RPM filename and after the download completion right click and choose "install packet with YAST"
    Methhod 2,3,4,5 can be found on this page http://portal.suse.com/sdb/en/2002/04/wessels_packageinst.html

    Install divx codecs and drivers

    For some legal issues, SUSE can not deliver Divx drivers in the distribution, but they can be download at www.divx.com/divx/linux/
    This internet page propose binary version of all major Linux program http://packman.links2linux.org

    One of the best player can be found at www.xinehq.de , Caffeine (installed as default) is only a frontend GUI and use the runtme libs from Xine.

    Emulation

    You can use one of the following to use some of your windows applications: www.winehq.comand for directX games www.transgaming.com (even without recompiling the game!!!) and this even without installing Windows! Vmware www.vmware.com is a commercial alternative but required a fully licensed windows images. MORE TO COME...

    Killer apps

    These applications are installed as default,
    Open Office (OO), which can open nearly all Microsoft office documents, GUI is not as good as MS Office but it do the job. Some powerpoint made with MS Office have some strange alignment, but MS Office represent correctly document created with OO.
    GIMP a program for manipulating 2D images (like photoshop), run also on Windows because of the porting of GTK (open source 2D library)

    from www.gimp.org in about the GIMP

    This is only a very quickly thrown together list of GIMP features. This is only the tip of the iceberg.

    Full suite of painting tools including Brush, Pencil, Airbrush, Clone,etc.
    Tile based memory managent so image size is limited only by available disk space.
    Sub-pixel sampling for all paint tools for high quality anti-aliasing
    Full alpha channel support
    Layers and channels
    A Procedural Database for calling internal GIMP functions from external programs as in Script-fu
    Advanced scripting capabilities
    Multiple Undo/Redo (limited only by diskspace)
    Virtually unlimited number of images open at one time
    Extremely powerful gradient editor and blend tool.
    Load and save animations in a convenient frame-as-layer format.
    Transformation tools including rotate, scale, shear and flip.
    File formats supported include gif, jpg, png, xpm, tiff, tga, mpeg, ps, pdf, pcx, bmp, and many others.
    Load, display, convert, save to many file formats.
    Selection tools including rectangle, ellipse, free, fuzzy, bezier and intelligent.
    Plug-ins which allow for the easy addition of new file formats and new effect filters.
    Over 100 plugins already available.
    Supports custom brushes and patterns
    Much, much more!


    Playing DVD, MP3, all tasks can de done under Suse without having any licence!!!! I recommend you to donate some money to the authors if you like their programs (so that they can pay their homepage hosting at least)
    Opera Opera is a religion. All those features, mouse gestures, keyboard shortcuts, embedded mail client, drag-around panels, skins, GREAT standards-support, it's so fast, easyness of bookmarking, the "magic-wand"... and the list goes on and on...It is not open source but I like it so much.

    Files manager

    I am a big fan since 1991 of Norton Commander (I was using NC 1.0 on floppy disk), In windows I am usingWindows Commander a lot to order million of files.
    http://www.rmonet.com/commander/ This page contains nearly all file commander clones of Norton Commander.
    http://www.xnc.dubna.su/ XNC 5.0
    http://krusader.sourceforge.net/

    Forums and Help

    French
    www.linuxfrench.net
    www.linuxquestion.org

    English
    http://librenix.com/ news site on linux
    Great forums

    Others reviewsyou can submit me a new linkHERE

    http://www.unixreview.com/documents/s=8925/ur0310l/
    http://www.arstechnica.com/etc/linux/index.html
    http://madpenguin.org/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=503
    http://www.newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=03/11/11/1929234
    http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=5157
    http://www.linuxnetmag.com/de/issue9/m9rh_suse1.html Suse vs Redhat
    http://www.internetwk.com/breakingNews/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=17300233

    How to/tutorials

    http://www.usalug.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=8161 Step by step install of SUSE 9.0 using FTP (non need to download and burn the iso's)
    http://homepages.ulb.ac.be/~secollet/ Linux on HP Compaq NX7000 (that's my notebook at work)

    Links

    http://distrowatch.com/index.php?language=EN "This site is an attempt to provide a basic feature list and a package comparison table of major, minor and regional Linux distributions"

    Links with reference to this article

    When you finish this article, You may want to read theround 2 HERE

  • SUSE 9.1
    a desktop review
    installing and/or migration to Linux SuSE 9.1

    WORK IN PROGRESS, running SuSE 9.1 since tuesday 11 May 2004....
    SuSE 9.1 soon running on compaq nx7000 notebook

    GNU Free Documentation License - Copyright (c) 2004 Walter Cédric.

    Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document
    under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
    or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation;
    with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover
    Texts. A copy of the license is included in the section entitled
    "GNU Free Documentation License".

    Test system:

    One more time, here is my system, TheLinux experience you will have is very depending on hardware (and also drivers).....

    Mainboard Nvidia Nforce 2 ASUS A7VN8X deluxe
    2 integrated ethernet card
    6 USB - 2 Firewire
    On Board soundcard
    Harddisk IBM 120Go UDMA 133 (primary master)
    Harddisk IBM 80Go UDMA 133 (primary slave)
    CDR/RW 16x IDE noname
    Maxtor USB/Firewire onetouch 250Gb
    Geforce FX 5600 256Mb MyVivo Athlon XP 1700 overclocked at 3200 with my watercooling
    512Mb DDR Dual Channel mode PC3200 (new)
    SUSE Linux 9.1 and the KDE 3.2.2 desktop  

    What does SuSE 9.1 brings?

    I wont go through the list of changes and goodies shipped in this release sinceSuSE itself has also a great pageHERE (professional edition) andHERE (personal edition). Note that SuSE is selling at a very attracting price the personal edition (49$) with limited server capabilities and no commercial programs.

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    beautifulDesktop.jpg

    Migration from 9.0 to SuSE 9.1

    This time I retrieve the SuSE professional DVD from colleague and did not buy it, as I prefer to wait for another major release. But wait this is a major release ofLinux, I think that the release number is really not so well adequate and do not reveal the number of changes does both in kernel (2.6) and desktop (kde 3.2)

    If you copy the DVD, You will get no support from SuSE directly (but you will always find help on internet), also a great help section is provided in electronic format, downside it wont be readable without a working SuSE.. FTP online update is due around the 6 June 2004....

    Since I have a running version of
    Linux, I decide this time to update the previous SuSE 9.0 through the YaST menu (Boot and choose Update System), after 21 min update, I was booting into my new desktop with my old settings. The boot time seems to take forever, it "SEEMS" to me that it is a loooot slower.

    With this version, SuSE and Novell are now showing us their commitment to the open source community and have alsoGNU their famous configuration tool: YaST. This is also a strategical move since they want that the maximal number of third companies develop new modules for it (IBM,....). That is a good news since a lot of people always complains on the licensing scheme of YaST. In the meantime, YaST is now a lot more polished...understand the ubiquity of the YaST logo and eye candy colors. Even the installation process has been redesigned with fancy graphics.

    YouInPaleBlue.jpg
    YouInPaleBlue.jpg

    Coming from Windows?

    - In order to help users to make the transition to Linux, drives (in Linux world, it is better to say devices) are a now stored under the famous icons "My Computer" and mount a lot more faster than under the 9.0. I only regret that the system choose so bad name as default (Is it needed to display a cryptic UUID in the name of devices????).

    myComputer.jpg
    myComputer.jpg

    - Dual Booting Windows and SuSE is as easier as before, and has not changed. the boot loader grub with its fancy colors is a lot better than M$ one. That should at least convince You to make a try ;-)

    - SuSe is now earlier hiding, during the boot, all ouput statements done by the kernel. I must agree that nearly no one can understand all barbarians technical terms, I still recommend to press sometimes the key 'F2' to newbies, seeing if a devices did not init. may be valuable under certains conditions. (mainly hardware crash)

    - the most disturbing things for a newcomer is that you do not need to double click on folder or file to do an action, to approach the windows phylosophy, go the KDE control panel, in  "peripherals", "mouse", and checked the radio button "Double-click to open files and folders (select icons on first click)". Maybe SuSE should set this as default...

    - During installation, the auto login feature is checked as default. Forget this bad windows habit. If SuSe is already login the system automatically, start YaST, in "security", "Edit and create groups", select your user and click on button "Expert Options" and select "login settings", uncheck "auto login". Remember security come at a cost.

    What I dislikes

    • I was one more time catch by the death black screen, (I must be really dumb because that is the second time ) the autodetection of monitor (my SAMSUNG 191N was detected as SAMSUNG 4N) lead to a black screen, Maybe SuSE, should always test (with SAX2, the graphical display adapter cntrol panel of course) what it has autodetect and ask the user to confirm the detected settings.
    • Icons in the taskbar are a little bit oversized as default, bigger and it look like a desktop for kids who need to click on big icons in order not to click beside :-)
    • DVD playback is still not working (but in Knoppix, and Lindows it is), one more time You will have to hunt for the library libdvdcss2 (packman is no more providing binary rpm, you must compile them now due to a change in germany).
      Here you can find a tutorial and ALL library for XINE (with libdvdcss2) Daily xine RPMS
    • Since SuSE is a big supporter of Reiserfs, why not providing a graphical tool for repairing devices? with a expert system? one more time typing some cryptic commands may discourage a lot of users.
    • Impossible to write on NTFS drive, I have not found any captive rpm for SuSE 9.1.
    • Packages conflicts....why not embeding apt-rpm? or providing always package statically compiled in order to avoid dependancies?

    What I like

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    controlPanel.jpg

     

    patchUpdate.jpg
    patchUpdate.jpg

    What I like/dislikes

    • The default install provide a lot less user choice: only one chating system (Kopete) instead of the plethore in SuSE 9.0
    • No 3D hardware installation as default, you need to complete the installation and then in YaST grab the latest proprietary Nvidia/ATI drivers. It is only annoying.
    • YaST warn You of conflicts and dependancies but do not propose a "real" alternative, either "do not install" or "continue with risk of instability", why not:
      • Adding a third possibility: "download the missing dependancy now" or
      • Propose a UUID link on which user can click to locate the ressource (through a UDDI server), normal users don't want to write down the name of some library libdvdcss2 -1.0.6.7 p23.rpm is a pain to retain !
      • Export the list of dependancies to resolves in a new windows to shows You which library are missing, or has been installed in realtime
      • Do nothing an find a better approach...
    • The only "GOOD" repositories of RPM are not given by SuSE. (understand full of rpm not approved by companies : dvd support, win32 codecs,....) but I think this is common to all distributions: without volunteers building rpm, it will be quite difficult to live in a wwhole linux world, or at least at the beginning since not all users want to know how to compile sources versions of their favorite programs.

    What I would like to see

    • The ability to download any program through YaST (even non free or non supported: codecs,aMule and others), why not like ineclipse having internet page providing a XML descriptor for installing new packages and that YaST can understand?. I mean this can be a great step forward for the average user.

    • Better commitments ofNvidia,Linux can be a great playing plattform if hardware manufacturer develop or give some technical help to the community for improving drivers.

    Exploring Multimedia capabilities:

    • Noatun is no more installed as default, Kaffeine (another interface to the famous XINE multimedia engine) is present but no interesting codecs are installed. Multimedia is, at least for me, UNUSABLE, and you need to quickly install MPLAYER/Kplayer with the full range of codecs if you want to read any DIVX, XVID, Indeo contents... I was searching Kplayer in /opt/kde3/bin/ and in YaST installer, but didnt find it. That's bad! You can find the latest version at sourceforge
      www.sourceforge.net/kplayer

    mplayerRunning.jpg
    mPlayer running with a special skins

    • Inserting a blank CD and K3b pop up and propose You to do your compilation

    • Gimp 2.0 is also included with SuSE Linux Professional, this version 2.0 has a new GUI and nicer icons.

    preliminaryConclusions

    WORK IN PROGRESS, running SuSE 9.1 since tuesday 11 May 2004....

    With SuSE 9.1, you get a high quality distributions, and even if all thecons and drawbacks apply to this new release. It is definitelyworth the update! Suse is getting even better with every release. Novell buying them has it seems already a positive affect with how the applications are running.

    Even if this release is nearly filling all my expectations I am already excited about the future of SuSE, when will the version 10.0 be shipped?

    Links

    http://linux01.gwdg.de/apt4rpm/ how to set up atp 4 rpm for SuSE.

    RPM
    http://packman.links2linux.org/
    http://rpm.pbone.net/
    http://www.suserpms.cjb.net/
    http://guru.linuxbe.org/

     

  • I am reading many forums since 2 weeks (home cinema-fr.com, www.avforums.com,www.homecinemachoice.com) and reviews to better understand how to choose the right screen for my Panasonic PT900-AE. I am more or less installed in my new apartment, but in order to profit of the biggest room (6.4m * 3.6m), I have to use a wall with either windows or a door in the middle. Time to shop for a screen instead of using the white wall...

    A lot of companies are selling screens, and if You do not take care, You'll end up very quickly with a 200euro screens, which are per see not bad, but really not adapted for home cinema.
    You will find a lot of tutorials and guide on the Internet helping You choosing the right screens. Stewart being the Rolls-Royce brand of screens (but it start at 8000CHF)

    The 3 major parameters are:
    1. Screen Gain : The ability of a screen to direct incident light to an audience. A flat matte white wall has the gain of approximately 1. Screens with a gain less than 1 attenuate incident light; screens with gain more than 1 direct more incident light to the audience but have a narrow viewing angle. For example: an image reflecting off a 10 gain screen appears 10 times brighter than it would if reflected off a matte white wall. Curved screens usually have larger gain than flat screens.
    2. Viewing Angle:Screens do not reflect equally in all directions. Most light is reflected in a conical volume centered around the "line of best viewing". Maximum brightness is perceived if you are within the viewing cone defined by the horizontal and vertical viewing angles.
    3. Your budget: we can not all buy a Stewart Firehawk (anyway it is optimized for DLP not LCD).

    The presence of black band to hide eventual artifacts created by the projector (but it can be solve by software), the transparency of the screens is also important....
    At the end, I was reading user experience of cheap screens which develop waves after a period of time,  mechanical mechanism problems and so on...I was able to retains 3  models:
    At the end, I was reading user experience of cheap screens which develop waves after a period of time,  mechanical mechanism problems and so on...I was able to retains 3  models:

    Da-Lite Model C A mechanical DaLite, Da-Lite Model C "CSR" 16:9  198x353cm - manual
    which should be the best screen quality of all 2 screens below (screen material only).

    The Model C™ with CSR is a manual wall or ceiling mounted screen with Da-Lite's Controlled Screen Return (CSR).
    CSR is a feature offered exclusively by Da-Lite to assist in the quiet controlled return of the screen into the case.
    Exclusiv home has a tensioned system (seems to be the latest development for avoiding waves in the middle of the screen and still having a rolling screen: the best of the 2 world)

    It has also SOMFY motor, IR remote controller and a price tag of 1980CHF or 1300 euro. It uses  a vinyl screen of gain 1.0.

    In fact it is a screen build by Grandview (Grandview Crystal Screen Co of Canada) http://www.grandviewscreen.ca/Products/LargeFlatSeriesTabTension.htm 
    They are originally out of China and they have decided to add a supply warehouse in Canada. Sariaa is having the same model here: http://www.saaria.com/projectiontechnology/tabtensionscreens.htm

    All 3 Brand sell the SAME model, so do not loose time to look at characteristics and choose the one which is cheaper.


    The last option is the DIY (Do It Yourself), and voila a good link if you have a wall big enough:
    http://www.bigscreenforums.com/forum_topic.cfm?which=6316

  • &160;

    First a big thanks toPackt Publishing for having sent me this book to review! I did enjoy going through this book, while I did not learn a lot of new stuff (I am using Apache Maven daily since 2006!), I found it to be concise and would recommend it anytime to any of my colleagues. But let’s go through my review of this cookbook of over 50 recipes towards optimal Java Software Engineering with Maven 3:

    Apache Maven 3 Cookbook is a clear, precise, well-written book that gives readers clear recipes for the release process using Apache Maven 3. The authors give a step-by-step account of expectations and hurdles for software development.

    The first few chapters quickly bring you to the point to be comfortable using Maven on straightforward projects, and the later chapters provide even more recipes examples on subjects like running a Repository Manager, Writing Plugins, and details on various techniques. The book also covers numerous real world software delivery issues such as multi-module projects, web/enterprise projects, dependency management, automatic testing and documentation.

    To sum up key points from this 224 pages book in a few bullets:

  • Chapter 1: Basics of Apache Maven: Setting up Apache Maven on Windows/Linux/Mac, Creating a new project, Understanding the Project Object Model, build lifecycle and build profiles,
  • Chapter 2: Software Engineering Techniques: Build automation, modularization, Dependency management, Source code quality check, Test Driven Development (TDD), Acceptance testing automation and Deployment automation,
  • Chapter 3: Agile Team Collaboration: Creating centralized remote repositories, Performing continuous integration with Hudson, Integrating source code management, Team integration with Apache Maven, Implementing environment integration, Distributed development and Working in offline mode,
  • Chapter 4: Reporting and Documentation: javadocs, unit tests, coverage reports and Maven dashboard setup,
  • Chapter 5: Java Development with Maven: Java web application, J2EE, Spring, Hibernate and JBoss SEAM development,
  • Chapter 6: Google Development with Maven: Android and GWT (Google Web Toolkit), Google App Engine deployment,
  • Chapter 7: Scala, Groovy, and Adobe Flex
  • Chapter 8: IDE Integration
  • Chapter 9: Extending Apache Maven: creating plugins using Java, Apache ANT or Ruby,
  • The author Srirangan go into detail in describing each of these themes.&160;

    I recommend you this book if

  • If you need to learn Apache Maven quickly, you can go through the recipes and examples and come away with a good knowledge of Maven.
  • If you are currently implementing Apache Maven for the first time in your development process and feel a bit lost by the lack of clear examples that just run.
  • If you want to use proven solutions to real common engineering challenges: this book will save you a lot of time!
  • &160;

    if you want to be able to deliver your software to any target environment, using continuous delivery processes, chances are high that Apache Maven is the right tool for this job, and this book should be part of your technical library, beside also of course the free online book of Sonatype Maven: The Complete Reference

  • Thanks to Packt Publishing for having sent me this book to review. I will publish a review in the next coming days

    • Grasp the fundamentals and extend Apache Maven 3 to meet your needs
    • Implement engineering practices in your application development process with Apache Maven
    • Collaboration techniques for Agile teams with Apache Maven
    • Use Apache Maven with Java, Enterprise Frameworks, and various other cutting-edge technologies
    • Develop for Google Web Toolkit, Google App Engine, and Android Platforms using Apache Maven

    Apache_Maven3_Cookbook

    You may also consider reading all my articles related to Apache Maven

  • apache_maven

    Questions for the official certification.

     JavaBlackBelt is a community for Java & open source skills assessment. It is dedicated to technical quizzes about Java related technologies. This is the place where Java developers have their technology knowledge and development abilities recognized. Everybody is welcome to take existing and build new exams.

     

    maven.the.definitive.guide BetterBuildsWithMaven

    Maven: The Definitive Guide (Readable HTML alpha release)

    Better Builds with Maven (Free PDF)

    • Covers:Maven 2.0.4
    • Publisher:DevZuz
    • Published:March 2006
    • Authors: John Casey, Vincent Massol, Brett Porter, Carlos Sanchez

      Better Builds with Maven is a comprehensive 'How-to' guide for using Maven 2.0 to better manage the build, test and release cycles associated with software development. The chapters include:

      • An introduction to Maven 2.0
      • Creating, compiling and packaging your first project
      • Best practices and real-world examples
      • Building J2EE Applications
      • Extending builds by creating your own Maven plugins
      • Monitoring the health of source code, testing, dependencies and releases
      • Team collaboration and utilising Continuum for continuous integration
      • Converting existing Ant builds to Maven
    0596007507_cat  

    Maven: A Developer's Notebook

     

     

     

  • It can't be that my anti virus want to scan my disk every&160; day (default settings) and take 23 hours to do so.

    • Either windows stop and sandbox all applications using an hypervisor...and KNOW what
      applications are doing or what is written down to disk so the anti virus scan can be optimized
    • Or disks must be a lot faster! my 3 eclipse version and 10 workspaces (1'500'000 java files) are clearly
      showing the limit of actual hard disks. Defrag is done on a weekly basis...

    At the end, these anti virus are just sucking my CPU brute power (peak 20%) and worst of all a good part of IO
    power, and trust me windows IO are just hilarious compared to Linux, try eclipse under Linux it just fly!

    AntiVirusFlawed

    Pictured is AVG but this post is not targeted against it. They are ALL ridiculously slow.

    Windows just can't protect itself from Internet and mitigate attacks that it need a range of 3rd
    party software...sucking power and my time. We are far away from the Internet OS

  • This feature-packed camera is a great buy, and perhaps the best compact non-SLR camera you can buy...

    canon.g10

    I already have a Canon G9, so for me I do not consider the upgrade worth enough. I highly recommend these pocket as they are able to take astonishing shoot (look at my Australia gallery)

    Specifications

    Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 5x Optical/4x Digital/20x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer System

    • Type:&160; 14.7 Mega pixel, 1/1.7-inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
    • Total Pixels:Approx. 15.0 Mega pixels
    • Effective Pixels:Approx. 14.7 Mega pixels
    • Lens:Focal Length 6.1-30.5mm f/2.8-4.5 (35mm film equivalent: 28-140mm)
    • Digital Zoom 4x
    • Focusing RangeNormal: 1.6 ft./50cm-infinity Macro: 0.39 in.-1.6 ft./1-50cm (W)
    • Autofocus System:TTL Auto focus
    • Viewfinder: Real image optical zoom viewfinder
    • LCD Monitor:3.0-inch TFT color LCD with wide viewing angle
    • LCD Pixels:Approx. 461,000 pixels
    • LCD Coverage:100%
    • Maximum Aperture:f/2.8 (W) - f/4.5 (T)
    • Shutter Speed:15-1/4000 sec. (in Tv and M)
    • ISO Sensitivity:Auto, High ISO Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 equivalent (Standard output sensitivity. Recommended exposure index)
    • Light Metering Method:Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, Spot**
      * Control to incorporate facial brightness in Face Detection AF
      ** Metering frame is fixed to the center
    • Exposure Control Method:Program AE, Shutter Speed-Priority AE, Aperture-Priority AE, i-Contrast, Manual; AE Lock, Safety Shift, Auto ISO Shift
    • Exposure Compensation:+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
    • White Balance Control:Auto, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater), Custom1, Custom2
    • Built-in FlashAuto, Auto w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash Off; FE lock, Safety FE, Slow Synchro, Second-curtain synchro
    • Flash Range12 in.-15 ft./30cm-4.6m (W), 1.6-9.2 ft./50cm-2.8m (T) (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto)
    • Recycling Time10 sec. or less (battery voltage=7.4V)
    • Flash Exposure Compensation+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
    • Shooting Modes
      Auto, P, Av, Tv, M, C1, C2, Special Scene (Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Sports, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, Indoor, ISO 3200, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot, Color Accent, Color Swap), Stitch Assist, Movie
    • My Colors:Vivid, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Custom
    • Self-Timer:Activates shutter after an approx. 2-sec./10-sec. delay, Face Self-Timer, Custom
    • Continuous Shooting:Normal: approx. 1.3 fps; AF: approx. 0.7 fps; LV: approx. 0.7 fps (Large/Fine)
    • Storage Media:SD/SDHC Memory Card, Multi Media Card, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Card
    • File Format:Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1
    • Image Compression:Normal, Fine, Super Fine

    canonG10.1 canonG10.2

  • Engineered for both FX and DX-format D-SLRs, the SB-910 offers unparalleled lighting performance in the field and in the studio. Featuring Nikon’s versatile i-TTL (intelligent through-the-lens) metering for on camera or wireless flash control, the SB-910 can operate as a hot shoe mounted Speedlight, remote unit or wireless Commander. And with refined operability including illuminated buttons for use in low light and improved thermal cut out protection, the SB-910 is the perfect partner to your Nikon camera.

    Since I am not a professional photographer, I just want to show you the difference in size and layout, for an in-depth reviews, you should already know that dpreview.com is the place to go ;-)&160;

    • Flagship speedlight, the powerful and capable Nikon SB-910 speedlight.
    • Flagship speedlight, the powerful and capable Nikon SB-910 speedlight.
    • Flagship speedlight, the powerful and capable Nikon SB-910 speedlight.
    • Flagship speedlight, the powerful and capable Nikon SB-910 speedlight.
    • Flagship speedlight, the powerful and capable Nikon SB-910 speedlight.
    • Canon Speedlight 580ExII vs Nikon Speedlight SB-910, flagship speedlight, the powerful and capable SB-910 speedlight on the right
    • Canon Speedlight 580ExII vs Nikon Speedlight SB-910, flagship speedlight, the powerful and capable SB-910 speedlight on the right
    • Canon Speedlight 580ExII vs Nikon Speedlight SB-910, flagship speedlight, the powerful and capable SB-910 speedlight on the right
    • Canon Speedlight 580ExII vs Nikon Speedlight SB-910, flagship speedlight, the powerful and capable SB-910 speedlight on the right
    • Flagship speedlight, the powerful and capable Nikon SB-910 speedlight. Box content.
    • Canon Speedlight 580ExII vs Nikon Speedlight SB-910, flagship speedlight, the powerful and capable SB-910 speedlight on the right

    Canon Speedlight 580Ex II

    Amazon reviews – $399

    Nikon Speedlight SB-910

    Amazon reviews – $460

    MELVILLE, N.Y. (November 29, 2011) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the addition of a new flagship speedlight, the powerful and capable SB-910 speedlight. Building on the versatility of Nikon’s Creative Lighting System (CLS), the SB-910 incorporates an enhanced intuitive operating system and graphic user interface (GUI). The SB-910 speedlight comes equipped with a wide zoom range covering the most popular focal lengths as well as FX/DX-format identification that optimizes zoom settings based on the camera body. This new speedlight also provides more efficient battery usage as well as an enhanced Thermal Cut-Out function.

    “As Nikon’s new flagship speedlight, the SB-910 provides exceptional high performance and versatility that users have come to value in Nikon’s Creative Lighting System,” said Lisa Osorio, general manager of marketing at Nikon Inc. “By addressing the needs of photographers that work in challenging lighting scenarios, the SB-910 delivers a new level of portable lighting functionality, with performance and intelligent features that adapt to a wide range of lighting challenges.”

    The SB-910 speedlight is designed to provide easy operation and menu navigation, with its enhanced operating system featuring illuminated function buttons, a dedicated Menu button with quick access to custom settings and an improved LCD screen graphic user interface. Whether the unit is used as an on-camera flash, wireless commander or remote, the SB-910 speedlight will provide dependable and consistent flash exposure. Engineered to address the creative lighting challenges faced by today’s photographers, the SB-910 speedlight includes quick on-demand performance and the ability to adapt seamlessly to nearly any possible lighting scenario.

    Additionally, the new SB-910 incorporates a new Thermal Cut-Out function, which offers protection against damage to the flash panel and body from overheating during continuous flash use. Now, the flash recycling time is automatically delayed if a significant rise in temperature is detected, rather than ceasing operation to protect the unit. For additional durability, heat-resistance and ease-of-use, the SB-910 uses new hard-type color compensation filters for fluorescent and incandescent color temperature balancing. When using these filters, the flash automatically recognizes which filter is being used and adjusts white balance accordingly on the connected Nikon D-SLR camera. Additionally, the AF-assist illuminator of the SB-910 is compatible with the complete line of AF systems used in Nikon D-SLR cameras.

    The SB-910 speedlight features three illumination patterns (standard, center-weighted and even) which are designed to match almost any shooting situation when utilizing the speedlight. The “standard” pattern will cover all conventional, standard flash coverage. The “center-weighted” pattern provides larger guide numbers than other light distribution types at the same focal lengths. This illumination pattern is ideal for subjects such as portraits, in which the light falloff at the image edges can be disregarded. When “even” is selected, the light from the flash will cover a subject from the center to the edges without light falloff. This pattern is applicable for shooting group photographs indoors. For coverage with a variety of lenses, the SB-910 speedlight incorporates a multi-step power zoom range that covers a wide 17-200mm angle of view, and can automatically detect Nikon FX and Nikon DX formats to help select suitable light distribution.

    The SB-910 speedlight includes support for Nikon’s advanced wireless TTL operation and can function as a wireless commander with control over three separate groups of speedlights or as a remote speedlight triggered by other SB-910 speedlights, SB-700 speedlights, SU-800 Wireless Commander or the built-in speedlight set to Commander Mode on compatible Nikon D-SLR cameras. The SB-910 incorporates a high-speed recycling time of approximately 2.5 seconds for full power with NiMH batteries, and approximately 3.0 seconds with AA Alkaline batteries.

    Optional water guards will be available for select cameras to protect the connection between the flash and camera, allowing users to utilize the flash when weather conditions are less than ideal. The SJ-4 Color Filter set provides a Warming, Red, Yellow or Blue filter for adding color to the background, foreground or just to accent the scene. The SB-910 will come equipped with the AS-21 Speedlight Stand, SW-13H Diffusion Dome, SZ-2FL and SZ-2TN hard type Color Compensation Filters and SS-910 soft case.

  • It starts today. The winner will be announced on September 25, 2010, before Midnight GMT+1.

    Win a book PacktPub “Joomla! 1.5 Site Blueprints”

    pakct.joomla.1.5.blueprint 
    Here are the basics but PLEASE read all the rules.

    1. You must be 18 years or older to enter
    2. You must be following me http://www.twitter.com/cedricwalter
    3. You must send out the following tweet EXACTLY as it appears – failure to do so will disqualify you – do NOT put @ sign in front of cedricwalter anywhere in the Tweet
    4. The prize will be awarded on September 25, 2010
    5. I will ship the book anywhere in the world free of charge but  if you live outside  Europe you are responsible for any taxes, custom duties in the event you win.

    Here’s the tweet you should send…

    Win a book Packt Publishing “Joomla! 1.5 Site Blueprints” from Cédric Walter. Pls RT. Info at: http://tinyurl.com/32cu8up

    I will We keep a record of each tweet in a database and then a random number generator picks the winner. Due to limited time, I cannot and will not answer ANY questions about the contest on Twitter or via e-mail. The information you need is all right here.

    Here’s some of the fine print – PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY.

    If you’d like to enter to win, first, go to Twitter and if you don’t already have an account there, set one up. It’s free. Then follow me – Cedric Walter. Go to http://www.twitter.com/cedricwalter and click on the Follow button that appears under my profile.

    That’s it. Just follow me on Twitter. (http://www.twitter.com/cedricwalter). Send out the tweet listed above – and you’re done.


    But this is important – only do this ONE TIME! It does not in any way improve your odds if you Tweet this message more than once. You will not be penalized if you do it more than once, but it won’t help. If you do send it more than once, you’ll just make your followers mad and you WILL NOT increase your odds. PLEASE don’t ask me to check if you’ve already entered or if your entry qualifies.

    If you are already following me on Twitter – you don’t need to un-follow and then re-follow. In fact, if you follow and un-follow me more than twice, you will be blocked. People who follow me just for the contests and who drop in and out will be blocked from my Twitter account.

    You must be at least 18 years old to win. All taxes are the responsibility of the winner. The decision of the judges is final. The winner will be announced on www.twitter.com/cedricwalter , and www.waltercedric.com  September 25, 2010, sometime before Midnight, GMT+1.

    This contest is void where prohibited by law. The contest is open to anyone, world wide as long as you live in a country where contests such as this one are legal. If you live in Quebec Canada for instance, you may not participate since contests like this one are illegal there without payment of a bond. It’s your responsibility to ensure that contests like this one are not prohibited by your local law. Actual prize awards will only happen after your execution of an affidavit of eligibility.

    You will not be able to enter as long as your tweets are private.
    We will not answer questions about the contest other than to point you to these rules.
    If any part of this makes you uncomfortable, or if you don’t like the fact that I do these giveaways, please don’t participate.

    Thanks for your support.

  • canon-7d-450 DpReview has finally put its review of the Canon 7D online

    Our in-depth review of the Canon EOS 7D. With a new 18 MP sensor, a 100% viewfinder, weather-sealed body, a new 19 point AF system and Dual Digic 4 imaging processors the EOS 7D is clearly aiming for the top spot in the semi-pro/enthusiast bracket of the market. What does the competition have to say about that? How does the camera fare in our studio tests? Read our in-depth review and find out.

     

    Read now 31 pages of Canon EOS 7D review at DPReview.com


  • I receive my new notebook yesterday, it replace my HP NX7000 (3 years old). The HP NX 9440 is showing impressive performances, especially when running eclipseand multiple aplication in the backgroung.
    The specifications are as follow:
    Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T7600 2.33 GHz 4 MB L2 cache 667 MHz front side bus
    3 GB (667 MHz)  DDR2 SDRAM
    NVIDIA Quadro FX 1500M graphics controller with 512 MB of dedicated video memory
    100 GB (7200 rpm) SATA
    LightScribe DVD+/-RW with Double Layer
    17.0-inch WUXGA wide viewing angle
    Dual pointing devices – Pointstick with three soft-touch buttons and Touchpad with scroll zone and three soft-touch buttons
    Integrated Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet with HP Smart Power NIC Technology PCIe Controller (10/100/1000 NIC)
    7.5 lb (3.4 kg)
    Integrated 16-bit Sound Blaster Pro compatible audio
    Integrated stereo speakers
    Integrated directional microphone
    External volume up and down, and mute buttons
    Stereo headphone/line out
    Stereo microphone in
    1 Type I/II PC Card slot
    1 Integrated Smart Card Reader
    1 7-in-1 Media Reader
    But there is some very strange technical choice, like
    • The position of all plugs, USB, VGA, network on both side which restrict mouse movements, a dubious decision!
    • The speaker are in front, below the case (pointing 45° into the ground) : crazy
    • On the back, you'll find the battery, very thin and without any mention of capacity!
    • The keyboard is one more time NOT standard (as on the HP NX7000), crazy layout of numpad.
    On the plus side, the graphic card (GPU NVIDIA Quadro) is able to play full HD (1980 x 1080 or 1080p) in full screen without any glitches!  Except than that, you can read numerous reviews:

    Ive put an impressive list of open source on it, thus limiting the total cost of licence ownership, the only commercial tools are: Microsoft Office because a lot of documents are floating around which can only be open in M$ Office, Symantec Antivirus, Groove network. The rest is made of the best open source tools:


    My pc is nearly operationnal, so I will be able to finally deliver new version of Joomla! components
  • synology.cedric.datacenter

    I did win a Synology DS710+ & DX510 by filling out a survey, after having read an official tweet of Synology Inc.(http://twitter.com/Synology) about the contest 3 weeks ago. The funny part is that I bought a Synology DS1010+ (704CHF/692$) and 4TB of disk (280CHF/275$) at the same time…

    On the picture above, this is my current small datacenter :-)

    • DS 408 has four disks of  1TB in RAID5, so a volume of 2.7TB since 2008
    • DS1010+ has two disks of 2 TB in RAID1 so a volume of 1.8TB since 2008
    • I have others disks 3.5TB not represented in my custom NAS that will soon be retired…

    The DS 510 will perfectly complete my existing DS1010+, the DS710+ will be assigned to some other tasks. Synology is really developing high-performance, reliable, versatile, and environmentally-friendly Network Attached Storage products. I did never had any problems, and all software updates were working as expected. They are by far the best NAS on the market with a lot of software functionalities thanks to a Linux kernel.

    Synology DX510


    Expansion Unit for Increasing Capacity of the Synology DiskStation DS710+ or DS1010+. When the storage capacity of the Synology DS710+/DS1010+ is nearing its limits, it can easily be expanded by the Synology DX510. The Synology DX510 securely connects to the Synology DS710+/DS1010+ via an eSATA cable of specially-designed connectors on both ends to ensure maximum throughput. The Synology DX510 can directly expand the existing storage on the Synology DS710+ to a maximum 14 TB volume.

    synology.nas.dx510 

    OverviewPhotoSpecificationsDatasheet - Supported Models - Support

    Synology DS 710+

    synology.nas.ds710_01 synology.nas.ds710_02 synology.nas.ds710_03

    OverviewPhotoSpecificationsFeaturesPerformanceCompatibilityDatasheetSupport

    Specifications

    • Intel Atom CPU Frequency: 1.67GHz
    • Floating Point
    • Memory Bus: 64bit@DDR800
    • Memory: 1GB
    • Internal HDD1: 3.5" SATA(II) X2 or 2.5" SATA/SSD X2
    • Max Internal Capacity: 4TB (2x 2TB hard drives)9
      (See All Supported HDD)
    • Hot Swappable HDD
    • Size (HxWxD): 157mm X 103.5mm X 232mm
    • External HDD Interface: USB 2.0 port X3, eSATA port X1
    • Weight: 1.69kg
    • LAN: Gigabit X1
    • Wireless Support11
    • Fan: X1(80mmX80mm)
    • Wake on LAN/WAN
    • Noise Level:2 22.1dB(A)
    • Power Recovery
    • AC Input Power Voltage: 100V to 240V
    • Power Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz, Single Phase
    • Power Consumption3: 31W(Access); 17W(HDD Hibernation)
    • Operating Temperature: 5°C to 35°C (40°F to 95°F)
    • Storage Temperature: -10°C to 70°C (15°F to 155°F)
    • Relative Humidity: 5% to 95%RH
    • Maximum Operating Altitude: 10,000 feet
    • Certification: FCC Class B, CE Class B, BSMI Class B
  • Joomla1_5DevelopmentCookbook James Kennard experience with Joomla! 1.5 development enables him to share his insights effectively, in a clear and friendly way, giving practical hands-on solutions to problems, questions, and common tasks encountered in the design and implementation of Joomla! 1.5 extensions.

    Kennard's cookbook is an excellent resource for novices and experts alike. I did start reading it and really appreciate the way the information are presented. While I develop for Joomla! since many years, I was surprised by the number of things that I was not using in all my projects. It is not for beginners, but those who have worked a little with Joomla! will learn a lot on its internals. Beginer

    This book has helped me be a better developer, let me explain how:

    • Examples are easy to understand, and really found in 80% of components, plugins and modules.
    • I did discover a lot of existing API code, that did reduce my overall coding effort and code size by 30%
    • I did add quickly new functionalities like RSS frontend, better paging presentation of data in no time. In fact, a lot faster than without having been not helped by this book.
    • Starting at chapter 3, the book contains some tips about how to deals with the Requests and Users and how to keep Joomla secure through those practices.

    My only regret, is how fast I went to this interesting book, even if it weight 360 pages, It was such a pleasure that I wish the book was even bigger! You can expect some direct results soon in my next components releases.

    Book Content

    360 pages that cover the following topics:

    • Make your extensions extensible, add extensions points to allow third parties to customize your extension
    • Create international extensions by enabling multilingual capabilities, solving some UTF8 pitfalls.
    • Improve the user experience by adding Ajax
    • Work with the file system, interrogate existing files and folders and store data in the file system
    • Create Atom and RSS feeds to keep users up-to-date
    • Build more than just HTML pages - create PDF documents, Atom Feeds, and more!
    • Utilize the power of Subversion to maintain your source code
    • Dynamically extend your database tables using JParameter to make your extensions more flexible
    • Execute database queries and handle returned data in order to access and modify your data
    • Handling errors
    • Take control of your workflows by using JoomlaCode.org to manage your Joomla! projects

    Nota

    This book is published and sold by Packt Publishing. A donation is made to the Joomla! project with every copy sold as per the Packt Publishing Open Source Project Royalties scheme.

    Where to buy

    Go visit the Packt Shop now


  • While searching for a comcorder across internet, I found this model which look very promising, except low light performance and the poor hunting auto focus...anyway at 890euro on ebay, it is a winner....

    The JVC Everio records DVD Quality video in MPEG-2 with AC-3 audio. It has a maximum bit-rate of 8.88Mbps. Directly recording video onto a 4GB CF Micro Hard-drive or SD Memory Card

    JVC Everio GZ-MC200

    JVC Everio GZ-MC100 same specs, different case




    Update: The JVC MC500 will be available in mid march in store, same case but a lot more options and 5 Mega Pixel!!!

    A lot of companies are now trying to sell solid state camcorder: read Hereand Here (running uClinux)



  • What a windows users do need to install or use in SUSE 9 to complete the same tasks he get use to in Windows?.
    What were the difficulties encountered and what are the potential weakness of SuSE 9 distribution?

    Migration to linux

    Round 2

    GNU Free Documentation License - Copyright (c) 2003 Walter Cédric.

    Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document
    under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
    or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation;
    with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover
    Texts. A copy of the license is included in the section entitled
    "GNU Free Documentation License".


    Purpose
    What a windows users do need to install or use in SUSE 9 to complete the same tasks he get use to in Windows?. What were the difficulties encountered and what are the potential weakness of SuSE 9 distribution?.

    Background
    I am using Windows since 10 years now, what decide me to switch all my personal PC (2) to Linux is
    here. I decide to try a completely free and open source Operating System to do my everyday private job....or better said some tasks....This small review has been done during evenings while watching TV, chatting on MSN, , I have only taking notes on my notebook while playing with SUSE. I hope that the quality will be good enough and that it may convince You to give SUSE or Linux in general a try.

    New 21.01.2003, my anti virusAVG (free edition) was running under Windows 2000 SP5, I encounter an electricity problem, Pc reboot, since this event I can not start my system anymore! safe mode, last good configuration, scandisk, nothing work. The anti virus may have let some file open, since I get a blue screen with an error message saying: can not get exclusive access to the disk....an opportunities to kill my multi boot and only use Linux SuSE, I do not regret the switch since..

    New 12.04.2004 My corporate ladtop running under M$ XP sp1, was defragmenting my Maxtor 250Gb external harddisk (FAT32) when the system hang. Rebooting windows has destruct the filesystem and leave me with a 'disk I/O error' and a blank disk! (Real men dont do backup but they often cry.....I was really pissed of at that time, lossing 180Gb of data is really a bad experience), I've tried to recover the data with scandisk, and Norton Disk Doctor 2004 (report error 'no filesystem' ) without any success :-( Last chance was my second PC running Suse Linux, MIRACLE, I've recover most of the data (95%) since Linux has mount and read all data from the damaged disk. Conclusions: defragmenting is dangerous! I consider now windows as a joke and I won't ever install a non journalised and transactionnal filesystem....Reiserfs 4 will be my next filesystem and I will replace my PC2 (w2k) with Linux SuSE 9.1 when it will be available.

    Test system:

    One more time, here is my system, The Linux experience you will have is very depending on hardware (and also drivers).....

    Mainboard Nvidia Nforce 2 ASUS A7VN8X deluxe
    2 integrated ethernet card
    6 USB - 2 Firewire
    On Board soundcard
    Harddisk IBM 120Go UDMA 133 (primary master)
    Harddisk IBM 80Go UDMA 133 (primary slave)
    CDR/RW 16x IDE noname
    Geforce FX 5600 256Mb MyVivo Athlon XP 1700 overclocked at 3200 with my watercooling
    512Mb DDR Dual Channel mode PC3200 (new)
    SUSE Linux 9.0 and the KDE 3.1.4 desktop Netgear DG 834G modem-router-switch-wireless (internal kernel is also running
    a Linux 2.4.17 on mips processor, as you see Linux is everywhere )

    Evening 1

    Note all these screenshot has been done with KSnapshot, finding this application was quite easy even if the menu contains a lot of entries, you can locate it under Utilities - Desktop - KSnapshot. I must admit that due to the huge number of shipped applications, SUSE has done a good sorting job in this menu. Of course you must know what you want to start or which task you want to acomplish

    menusSortingPerfect.gif

    Regret I browse thee documentation of KSnapshot and did not find any shortcuts/hotkey to trigger the screenshot....Naivement, I 've try the magic windows key combination, ALT-PRTSC or PRTSC, but it does not work....so I decide then to search on google...."ksnapshot shortcut" give me the answer, CTRL-SHIFT-S which is documented in a "KDE-cvs-digest" as a "backdoor". I see here a documentation potential :-)

    Setting the resolution of screen

    YAST require to switch to root mode, I was quite impressed by the list of available monitor driver (I have a Syncmaster Samsung 191N) but sad when I saw, it was not in the list (the 181 is), I decide to browse through the list of available brand searching for a generic driver like in windows advance control panel, Bingo there is a "->LCD" monitor section, restart the desktop engine (X server) by logging out and I am done. It seem that there is till now always a solution, all you have to do is to search a little bit which is also good too because you can only be a better user...

    yastSettingMonitor.gif

    Since I have installed SUSE in a multi boot system, in Kexplorer (both a browser and a file manager and...see section below) all windows drive are not visible in the /mount directory like on any linux system but grouped in a /windows/ This disturb me 10s but I find it.

    As default you can not write on NTFS drive(Note kernel 2.6 should support full read/write operation on NTFS), so I decide to activate this feature since everywhere on internet, you can read that SUSE 9.0 support it (SUSE bring some new features from kernel 2.6 back to 2.4.21 like 64-bit support, journaling file system, improve security, low latence of scheduling, power management for notebook and improvment in the sound-system architecture. Trying to be a good user, I start the SUSE helpCenter and search for an article which speak of NTFS..

    helCenter.gif

    I have found only recommendation for resizing or formatting the system during the installation of SUSE. One solution among others is to move all data from NTFS drive (full NTFS read support) to a Linux space then format back to FAT32....Operation done with Konqueror, the file manager. I already mention that I prefer to have a clone of Norton Commander.

    Java support

    Konqueror the default internet browser fully support Java, but it was not the case of the third party browser Opera I've installed or better said, Opera did not locate correctly the default JRE (Java Runtime Environment), so I need the feel to install the latest Java VM manually. Checking Konqueror settings shows that java is installed in /usr/lib/java2/bin/java

    installingJava.gif

    Go to www.java.com and download the self installer (2 links are provided a .bin and a .rpm and both are self extracting, confusing....), I choose the .bin file and that force me to set attribute of file to executable (right click on file then properties) to uncompress the .bin

    unixPermissions.gif  
    In linux world, a file can only be
    execute if it has it X flag set to 1
    User is the currently logged user
    Group is a set of user
    Others are...others!

    You get a file with an extension .rpm, many alternatives, choose one of the 3 below you prefer.

    1. Open a Terminal, log a root (type # su ) then type # rpm -iv filename
    2. You can use Konqueror and right click open with...Kpackage, a small utilities, then enter root password.
    3. You can use Konqueror and click directly on the rmp and YaST wll start up.

    Anyway, I choose one and continue my tour....In opera I set in preferences - Multimedia- Java Path to /usr/lib/SunJava2-1.4.2/jre/lib/i386 and then my java appear on my homepage, done

     

    Online Update

    are done through....YaST of course,(YaST I am know getting used to that name), software - online update to get the latest recommended patches and security fixes from one of the available SUSE server. 15 servers are installed: 13 are located in Europe and 1 in USA. The latest server is a free choice, you can also define Your own server. I choose 3 differents servers (primary in Germany) and all were working.

    yastOnlineUpdate.gifonlineUpdateYast.gif

    Another way to be always informed about the status of possible update is to look at the SuseWatcher icon in the system tray, identic to the windows update icon. The icon color can change if something is available on the server.

    susewatcher.gif

    Internet browsing

    I like Opera so much that I have acquire a licence (previously for Windows and now for Linux), I have also choose Opera under Linux and I do not regret it, even if it is not open source.

    Instant messaging

    Under internet - Chat You can find a lot of tools installed as default like:

    • Gaim,Kopete, gnomeICU which are multi protocol instant messaging, (I decide to choose Kopete, but I will try all others in the future)
    • Or some specifics application related to specific protocol:
      • KVIrc, KSirc, XChat IRC (IRC)
      • KXicq2 (ICQ)
      • others Kinkatta, Kit, Konversation

    With Kopete, I was able to define ICQ, MSN, Jabber in less than 5 minutes without knowing the GUI at all! really impressive (If you can do it in windows, you can do it in Suse is now my new motto!), I am still trying to customize the GUI (like in my windows IM www.miranda-im.org) because I find that Kopetetake too much desktop space.

    instantMessaging.gif

    A set of interesting plugin is provided as default: encryption, emoticons, history of messages, web presence (upload your IM status to a homepage or a server)...A lot of features, but Webcam and Whiteboard capabilities are still missing. For sure there will be a plugin soon or at least a GNU tool for this somewhere in SUSE

    instantMessagingPlugins.gif

    For me, Instant Messaging is ok and I can live with Kopete.

    Mp3 and audio content.

    Using Konqueror, I try to locate my favorites mp3 directory in order to launch some mp3, XMMS start as default, I've heard that this player is quite good, the default skins is based on SUSE colors, mainly green with a chameleon (see pic), This skins is acceptable for a user but not for someone who has already use Winamp's MMd3 or EMP skin (but this is personal). I take google to see if there is something else to download, official homepage is here .http://www.xmms.org/skins.php but skins section is down (after a disk crash but it will reopen). Winamp skins seems to be incompatible with XMMS and there is no converter available

    listenMp3XMMS.gif Coming soon    
    XMMS the default mp3 player Use winamp 3 under Wine    

    Viewing file using Konqueror

    Konqueror is the default file manager and web browser, It is a central application in all KDE desktop. It has a lot of functionnalities (some people may say too much), and its own control panel.
    Viewing pictures with it is "slow" (dir has 26 pictures, mean size is 80kb) and it took several seconds (I am not comparing to Windows thumbnails feature, but with ACDsee). Entering twice in the directory do not create additional performance loss, since images are cached (default cache size is set to 1Mb) Windows, ACDsee and others tools use the same tricks.

    Hovering over pictures and files create a autozoom...this is a nice features (working with txt file, configuraton, pdf) and is fast, during the build of a directory, the auto zooming display some strange result (especially if you have different file type like pdf, txt, jpg all together in one directory), but it is working and has not crash during the past 10 days (I must be lucky some people will say)

    konquerorContextualMenu.gif konquerorTipsOverImages.gif konquerorHoveringOverFile.gif konquerorSettings.gif
    Contextual menu Hovering over images Hovering over file Konqueror settings, hierachical panel
    duee to huge number of options.
    • I still prefer a Norton Commander (because of the dual panel), so I am hunting on internet and found XNC 5.0 but no precompiled rpm for SUSE. this oblige me to compile the source code...
    • Path to file is difficult to keep in mind (mainly because there is no more drive letter, I only need some practice...), but you can define favorites


    xnc 5.04 running in suse 9.0
    My first compilation of a package

    Source code tarball installation must be done under root user:
    Since it is a tar, You can unpack archive with 'tar zxvf filename' or 'gunzip -c filename | tar xvf -'
    or use Konqueror and arrrrrrrrrrrrr
    Go to xnc-5.x.x directory
    Run '
    ./configure'. For configure options see output of './configure --help'
    Run '
    make'
    Run '
    make install' under root. This operation install files to Your computer.
    You need to run 'xncsetup' for each user who wants to run xnc.
    Configure Your environment with xncsetup and press 'Save' button.

    PS: If you have troubles compiling XNC try run
    './configure --disable-shared' and then make again.


    XNC is also downloable for SuSe 9.0 here on my homepage :xnc-5.0.4-1.i586.suse9.0.rpm

    mcommander.png

    Midnight Commander is a clone of Norton Commander running in a terminal (just type mc)
    http://krusader.sourceforge.net/



    Krusader

    "Krusader is an advanced twin-panel (commander-style) file-manager for KDE 3.x (similar to Midnight or Total Commander) but with many extras. It provides all the file-management features you could possibly want.
    Plus: extensive archive handling, mounted filesystem support, FTP, advanced search module, viewer/editor, directory synchronisation, file content comparisons, powerful batch renaming and much much more.
    It supports the following archive formats: tar, zip, bzip2, gzip, rar, ace, arj and rpm and can handle other KIOSlaves such as smb:// or fish://
    It is (almost) completely customizable, very user friendly, fast and looks great on your desktop! :-)"
    I am using it every day, and it is probably the one which has the better GUI

    XNC is also downloable for SuSe 9.0 here :xnc-5.0.4-1.i586.suse9.0.rpm

    Midnight Commander is a clone of Norton Commander running in a terminal (just type mc)

    mcommander.png

     

     

    USB support (Key)

    I mount a USB Key brand Apacer AP-MKSRU10(impossible to find a picture on internet, very cheap version 8â?¬)which use Sony Memory Stick , after a beep, the drive was recognized and in use. An icons was created on the desktop. The beep is immediate but it take sometimes several seconds till the removable drive is recognized. No problems transfer rates seem to be exactly the same as under Windows 2000.

    usbsupport.gif

    Usb key support, only mounting name is strange

    Evening 2

    Security, password policy, settings and firewall

    • Can be done in YaST, all setting are always done with th help of assistants, a meaninful documentation is always displayed on the left. No need to push a button or to hover on some part of the GUI like in Windows control panel.
    • NAT (Network Adress Translation) which consist of hiding the real internet adresses of your machine by hiding it behind the firewall adress is supported and with only a checkbox
    • You can block some Linux services (Webserver, Mail Server) or define your own.
    • I am still searching in the YaST GUI for port forwarding capabilities and firewall rules (TCP-UDP and direction). It seems that you must deal with the config file of the firewall directly. (/etc/sysconfig/SuSEfirewall2)
    yastsecurity.gif yastsecurity1.gif yastsecurity2.gif
    Security settings is a part of YaST Password is limited to 8 character in
    DES mode.
    Firewall settings are not complete. 4 Steps
    is clearly not enough

    Even if the first part of the setting is done with an assistant, I think that SuSE need to enhance the configuration of it's firewall. I do not want to dedicate a machine for running my firewall even if it is does not give the same security. My router is a Netgear 614 without firewall, but my other PC use a Netgear 634g which has one...

    YaST the configuration utility, but what can YaST do for You?

    A lot of things, see below the table. Clicking on a subsection always start an assistant that drive the user and give him succinct but understantable explanations.

    Software
    • Change Source of Installation
    • Install and Remove Software
    • Online Update
    • Patch CD Update
    • System Update
    Hardware
    • CD-ROM drives
    • Disk Controller
    • Graphics cards and monitor
    • Hardware information
    • IDE DMA Mode
    • Joystick
    • Printer
    • Scanner
    • Select Mouse Model
    • Sound
    • TV Card
    Network Devices
    • DSL
    • Fax
    • ISDN
    • Modem
    • Networl card
    • Phone Answering machine
    Network Devices
    • DHCP server
    • DNS server
    • DNS and Host Name
    • HTTP Server
    • Host Names
    • Kerberos Client
    • LDAP client
    • Mail Transfer Agent
    • NFS Client and Server
    • NIS client
    • NTP Client
    • Network Services
    • Proxy
    • Routing
    • Samba Client and Server
    • TFTP Server
     
    Security and Users
    • Edit and create groups
    • Edit and Create Users
    • Firewall
    • Security Settings
    System
    • Boot Loader
    • Choose Language
    • Create a boot rescue disk
    • Editor for /etc/ sysconfig files
    • LVM
    • Partioner
    • Powertweak Config.
    • Profile manager
    • Restore System
    • Runlevel Editor
    • Select Keyboard layout
    • Select Time Zone
    • System Backup
    Misc.
    • Load Vendor Driver CD
    • Post a support Query
    • View Statup log
    • View System Log

     

    Screensavers

    Don't laugh! a good screensaver is part of a personal computer even if it no more needed (TFT screens are good enough to not be damaged by a fix picture)

    screensavers.gif
    • Suse has a lot of screensavers, a lot of them seems to be quite old or was in use in low end PC: character base or line base screensaver,
    • Those I prefer are all GL (Glide undestand openGl accelerated) based: Euphoria, Flux, Lament, Solar Wind
    • I like Vector Balls and Particles system since I've seen them on Amiga: Flow, Particle Fountain.
    • Matrix is provided as default!

    What I dislike is that it is not possible to define a list of prefered screensavers.In the End, ANY User will be satisfied with the number and diversity of screensavers.

    Emule, a P2P network under Linux

    Who is using emule under windows? hum? not You? so jump to the next section

    Install Lmule
    http://switch.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/lmule/
    lmule_logo_new_gray.gif
    Install these 3 rpm in this order
    by typing rpm -ihv --nodeps filename.rpm
    OR clicking on rpm file in Konqueror
    wxGTK-2.4.0-1.SuSE81.i386.rpm
    wxGTK-devel-2.4.0-1.SuSE81.i386.rpm
    lmule-1.2.1-1.SuSE81.i386.rpm


    Changee to /usr/bin and type ./lmule
    Install Emule under theWine emulator
    Does not work with all version of emule, not an option as today
    Install http://sharedaemon.sourceforge.net
    The core engine is not available, expect delivery in Q1 2004
    Use http://xmule.org version 1.7.1
    But it seem discontinued...Interface match the windows version.
    xmule1.gif
    Usehttp://amule.sourceforge.net It is working!!!!
    amule.gif
    1. Locate all rpm in download section. You need 2 gtk rpm and 1 amule.rpm
    2. Click on each of them in Konqueror but install first GTK librairies
    3. After install of amule.rpm, you can start it under the menu - internet - More Programs - amule

    You can reuse the uncomplete part and .met files from the emule windows version


    OVERNET another P2P network under Linux


    Go to www.overnet.com and download the core (an executable file running in command line mode)
    You need a GUI, this one is available at http://ed2k-gtk-gui.sourceforge.net/download.shtml it is a rpm
    Start the gui by typing /usr/bin/ed2k_gui in konqueror
    The tool ask you to locate the core, here I save it under /home/elta68/.overnet/core/overnet0.51.2
    Choose a user name, a password and click "spawn core" then "go", you are now connected, share some files and here we go, download!!!!!!
    overnet gui settings for suse 9overnet running

    Evening 3

    Burning CD

    Burning CD tools can be found under Multimedia - CD/DVD Burning. 2 software are installed as default: K3b and cdbakeoven. The about K3b display the release number 0.10! this is disturbing me, is it stable when you ship anything with 0.10?

    burnincd.gif burnincd2.gif burnincd3.gif burnincd4.gif  
    1. Starting K3b 2. use the assistant, here I select
    Create a Data CD
    3. Use the file explorer to locate file you want to burn
    • Windows drive (NTFS - FAT32) are located in /windows/
    • You can give a name to your compilation, right click rename on the root..
    • The space left and consume on CD disk is displayed like in any burning software.
    • The GUI is very similar to EasyCD creator
    4 click burn and choose burning options
    • Speed (I have a 16X) but only 14X is available
    • Writing mode: DAO, TAO, RAW
    • Type of session
    • Volume CD-Test
    • and filesystems and misc options.

    I do not see any options missing, except an assistant for some protections schemes....(Securoom, Safedisk)

     
    burnincd5.gif burnincd6.gif   burnincd7.gif  
    Burning took 4:30 minutes for 594MB and mean speed was 12X If you want to create an audio CD
    • You can not directly use mp3 files but need to convert them back to wav with winamp for example.
    • You can also right click on a file and play it.
    In the menu tools:
    • CD-RW are supported (with Erase support of course)
    • Copy CD or Clone CD
    • Burn image ISO, BIN and CUE: CCD are missing.
    • Copy DVD, format DVD-RW, Burn ISO image...
    Control panel
    • It support plugins, only 3 are installed: mainly Audio Decoder and Audio Encoder and external programs to work properly. Highly extensible design is always good.
    • The control panel follow the same clarity guidelines as the whole KDE, which are good..
     
    • Following CD projects are possible: Audio CD, Data CD, Mixed mode CD, Video cd, eMovix CD, Data DVD, eMovix DVD. As you see everything is also present.
    • What is unknow is the abilty of K3b to handle protected CD....Of course nobody of us are using CloneCD, AlcoholSoft, NeroBurning to copy protected CD.....so it is not really an issue or?
    • Of course I need to burn more than 2 CD to be able to give an opinion on K3b, and I am convince that it is easy to find some better reviews on internet. What I can say is that K3b will cover my personal use
    • Creating CD is as simple as with EasyCD Creator or Nero
    • For resuming, whaouuuh so much functionnality for a release 0.10...

    DVD, multimedia, Divx, Xvid

    DVD For some obscur reasons (juridical) It is not possible to play encrypted DVD on linux, if you search on www.google.com you will find a lot of tutorials and the librairies. Here is an extract of the manual:an
    "For the playback of encrypted DVD movies you need a CSS decoder and the codecs (video format files) for ac3 (Dolby Digital) and mpeg2, which we cannot enclose with SUSE LINUX for legal reasons."

    Library to access encrypted DVDs also a CSS decoder can be found if You use the search engine at

    http://rpm.pbone.net/ OR
    http://rpmseek.com
    Divx
    XVID

    Kaffeineis a GUI for Xine library (the video engine), for the same reasons, divx drivers are not shipped with SuSe (in windows it is the same...)

    Use the site rpm.pbone.net to locate the XVID drivers or use the site of packman ftp://ftp.links2linux.de/ and more precisely ftp://ftp.links2linux.de/pub/packman/suse/9.0/i586/ I choose the XVID 0.9.2

    In order to read and write compressed AVI files (indeo and divx), Linux can reuse the Win32 library of Windows Media Player 9 (wmv9dmod.dll wmvdmod.dll wma9dmod.dll wmadmod.dll wmspdmod.dll), You can find them at http://avifile.sourceforge.net/ in the file "wm9 DMO dlls", just copy them to /usr/lib/win32/ and Kaffeine will find them (Operation done as root user and do not forget to give read and execute rights on file chmod 655 *.dll). If you want a more complete package, packman has all dlls required (9.2mo) at http://packman.links2linux.de

    I encounter a lot of difficulties, and 70% of my video were not working, I decide to install the latest xine librairies (1.1rc3) and the latest kaffeine (0.4.1) AND NOW EVERYTHING IS WORKING great, I hope that suse will provide it with an update as soon as possible...

    CD audio Put the CD in the drive and it begin to play automatically.
       

     

    Windows network connectivity

    It seems that connecting SuSE to another remote windows desktop is not as easy as in the windows world...I have found the iconse "Local Network" but nothing was found. There is an interesting documentation in the help center "Linux in the network" speaking about Samba (a layer on top of TCPIP) which help to connect heterogenous computer (MAC, Windows, Linux, others which have this layer). Microsoft implements this layer after pressure of IBM....:-) A good documentation but what I want is 3 uses cases::

    • 1. How Linux can access to a Windows machine on the network/shares/printer/internet?
    • 2. How Windows can access to Linux machine on the network/shares/printer/internet?

    You must use Samba for all above.

    1. How Linux can access to a Windows machine on the network/shares/printer/internet?

    A lot of FAQ and Howto can be found with google, use the keywords: "linux windows smb howto"

    In Yast go to "Network Services" then
    "Samba Client" anfd enter the name of your windows workgroup
    Then Open a terminal and test if your client (Linux) can see some windows shares Or use Konqueror and type in the adress bar:
    smb://193.168.0.3/share1
    You can then add this share as favorite
      smbclient -L ipadress (giving the computer name do not work with me, my pc is named "Raptor")
    smbclientTerminal.jpg
    smbInKonqueror.jpg

    If these steps are working, you can add definitively in /etc/samba/smb.conf the remote windows share, either with the YaST gui or with a text editor.

    2. How Windows can access to Linux machine on the network/shares/printer/internet?

    n Yast go to "Network Services" then
    "Samba Server" and enter the name of your windows workgroup
    On the second page, click advanced and define all share directory Windows shall see
    Only regret, you can not set rights (read only, read write) as if you open directly the file /etc/samba/smb.conf
     
    sambaServer1.jpg sambaServer2.jpg


    [myMP3]
    comment = My collection of MP3
    browseable = yes
    guest ok = yes
    printable = no
     
         

    Remarqs

    • XMMS was not able to open remotely a mp3 using a samba share, copying the same mp3 locally work...strange.

     Links
    http://www.art-events.de/systeme/texte/000621samba.htm A tutorial in German
    http://www.bnro.de/~schmidjo/index.html LinNeighborhood is a tool to display the network neighbourhood like in windows explorer.

    Publishing, deploying web content

    http://www.suse.de/en/private/support/online_help/howto/webeditor/ A very good review.

    http://bluefish.openoffice.nl/
      http://quanta.sourceforge.net/
    screem http://www.screem.org/
    Mozilla Composer
    www.mozilla.org
    a wysiwyg (What You See Is What You Get) HTML editor

    A friendly task manager

    Since I was a windows user, I've been looking for a graphical program to allow process monitoring and manipulation. For chance, there is a default "task manager" coming from the base installation of KDE, it is located in System - Monitor - Kde System Guard

    ksysguard.png ksysguard1.png
       
    • It is a more user friendly way to monitor (and kill!) process or watch memory, cpu than in a terminal.(with command top or ps -ef | grep username)
    • Only regret it can not reside in the system tray and wait there when yu really need it.
    • You must filter in the process table, otherwise you will see a lot of process running in the background (KDE has a lot of process alone).
    • Option 1) Ctrl+Alt+Esc gives you a nice mouse cursor to kill whatever you point and click at. try it.
    • Option 2) Ctrl+Esc brings you a nice TasK List(Procees Table) to select and kill whatever process you like to.

    A powerful calculator HP48-HP49

    I still have 3 HP calculator and was developing on ASM-RPL.SYSRPL (from 1993 to 2000), I use EMU48each day under windows, see Here


    Here is a binary with roms that work... just unpack and start ./run48g.shor ./run48s.sh in a terminal

    My webcam, a Philips PCV680K vesta pro

    Plug and..... wait, after some minutes (I was playing with the mount command, maybe it can shorten the process if you log as root (type su) and try to force mount of all devices mount -a)

    • In google "linux webcam philips" give me this page: http://smcc.demon.nl/webcam It seems that these is now a part of the kernel since 2.4.15
    • It place an icon on the desktop ""webcam" clicking on it start Gnome meeting, you have then 7 steps to complete before using this tool.
    • It only allow you to use it between other gnome meetings instance, kopete, the Instant messaging has no webcam plugin, and do not recognize that a webcam was installed.

     Intall the latest nVidia driver

    Open a terminal  
    Switch to root su
    Download the latest drivers at (should be Linux IA32) http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux.html
    Verify that you have install the kernel source with YOU (YaST Online Update), to know which kernel source you need,
    type rpm -qa | grep kernel
    OR
    go in YaSt and search for a package kernel, look at the number, for me it is 2.4.21-166 then download it at ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/suse/i586/ then download rpm and install
    OR
    In YaST, do a search with "kernel source", and install the src code.
     
    You must quit XFREE, so save all work and close all aplications running, then type in the console init 3
    press F2, log as root  
    Execute the .run package you have download, move to the directory where you save it and type sh filename.run
    The install ask You to accept the licence, remove the current nvidia modules from memory, and search for the kernel interface, if it is not found it search for the kernel source and compile it
     
       
    Restart Sax or restart the PC sax2 -m 0=nvidia
       
       

    As you see a lot of step, is it not time to do all these steps behind the scene in an installer? Nividia? can you help us?

     Intall media player Mplayer

    Official Homepage: www.mplayerhq.hu
    On packman homepage ( ftp://ftp.links2linux.de/pub/packman/suse/9.0/i586/ ), download :

    • Libtheora (required by Mplayer) which use libogg
    • Lame (required by Mplayer)
    • Mplayer itself
    • Mplayer plugin
    • Kplayer is one GUI which use Mplayer for KDE

    so Install first liboggthen Libtheora, Lameandfinally Mplayerand Mplayer plugin

    Conclusions:

    • Dependancy (loading a packages require to install one or many another packages), conflict with packages is horrible, it is time to find a better format than rpm, (is apt-rpm from RedHat the future??? (http://apt-rpm.tuxfamily.org/)) or to restrict visibility of packages to an application instead of the whole system.
    • Mplayer seems to have a better support of all windows, and show better performance on my system. Highly recomended.

      Wine

    Winamp
    Acdsee


    Reflex
    ...


      Firewire



     
    read and write on NTFS !

    A lot of projects are trying to read Windows NTFS drive with more or less success

    http://linux-ntfs.sourceforge.net/
    "The goals of this project are: create a new Linux kernel driver for the NTFS file system (v1.2 and later 3.0), user space utilities (e.g. format, ntfs check, etc.) and a library to avoid code duplication and provide access to NTFS to other GPLed programs."
    -> it is existing in kernel 2.4.24 but with only read only capabilities, can cause loss of data!
    -> Can not write or modifying existing file (no file under 1Kb and it can not change size of file....)
    http://www.jankratochvil.net/project/captive/   
    download">http://www.jankratochvil.net/project/captive/download   
    Author    Jan Kratochvil <web_AT_jankratochvil_DOT_N.E.T>    
    Version    1.5   
    Licence    GPL   
    Source    Yes   
    Environment    Console   
    Status    Stable
    "Captive provides full read/write access to NTFS disk drives in the WINE way by using the original Microsoft Windows ntfs.sys driver. It emulates the required subsystems of the Microsoft Windows kernel by reusing one of the original ntoskrnl.exe, ReactOS parts, or this project's own reimplementations on a case by case basis. Involvement of the original driver files was chosen to achieve the best and unprecedented filesystem compatibility and safety."

    As root user
    1. Download tar gz here http://www.jankratochvil.net/project/captive/dist/captive-static-1.1.5.tar.gz
    2. Install, decompress and start ./install
    3. Locate ntfs.sys and ntoskrnl.exe in your windows/system32/ directory and copy it to /var/lib/captive/ I recommend You to use WinXp latest drivers
    4. start captive-install-acquire it search for the dll, if not found it will download them from microsoft.com
    5. for each windows drive (here  the example is for my drive C:\)
       type mkdir /mnt/openC
       type mount -t captive-ntfs -o force  /dev/hda1 /mnt/openC
       I add the switch -o force because SuSE has already mount the drive C (read only) in /windows/c
    OR
    open the file /etc/fstab and modify it:
    before
    /dev/hda1 /windows/C   ntfs  ro,users,gid=users,umask=0002,nls=iso8859-1 0 0
    after
    /dev/hda1 /windows/C   ntfs-captive  rw,users,gid=users,umask=0002,nls=iso8859-1 0 0
    and then type mount -a to see changes

    Attention, You may need to have a Windows licence!
    Wine
    WMware
    I do not want to configure wine...
    I do not want to install windows anymore...
    http://www.ntfs-linux.com/
    Publisher    Paragon Software Group   
    Version    1.0   
    Filesize    69 K   
    Licence    Shareware   
    Cost    69.95$   
    "Paragon NTFS for Linux is designed to mount NTFS partitions under Linux operating systems as normal logical drives with appropriate drive letter. The full version mounts NTFS partitions for read and write operations; the demo version mounts NTFS partitions in read-only mode. the driver supports NTFS 1.2, NTFS 3.0 and NTFS 3.1. Free Read-only version is distributed as a driver module or bootable CD image. Mounted NTFS partitions are accepted as â??nativeâ?? â?? browse, create/delete folder or file, run applications and other usual functions are totally available."


    Another way is to erase all NTFS drive and use reiserfs or extfs3, since Paragon also sell a windows driver to have full access to linux drive. Why should always Linux make the first step?


     Install KDE 3.2

    step by step....

    in YaST, go to "Software", and then "change source of installation"
    Set a new "software media source", use the button "add" and choose ftp

    server name: ftp.suse.com
    source directory: pub/suse/i386/supplementary/KDE/update_for_9.0/yast-source/

    wait till the system accept your new source of installation, close this windows, you can now go to "install and remove software", set the select box filter to "selection", "KDE Desktop environment" has its own section, install first all KDE base package.

    You will have some conflict, for me KDE pim, and PDA tools, just remove them! you can reinstall them after having installing the base package!

    restart your desktop session...known issues for KDE 3.2 are: sound (but it was working for me, alsa was selected as default) and kbear (FTP tool), for Kbear the solution for me was to remove  the previous version (
    kbear 2.1) and install this one:
    KBear 3.0alpha1b
    binaries">http://kbear.sourceforge.net/index.php?page=downloadbinaries

    KDE 3.2 is as fast as my windows desktop, what a blast! I you want to have a good stability, it is preferable to wait the next official SuSE release...


     Disk Management, rescue disk, partitionning
    Soon

     Anti virus
    http://linux.bitdefender.com/bd/site/products.php?p_id=16 Linux Bitdefender is a freeware

      Download manager
    use kget it can be start in a terminal /opt/kde3/bin/kget

     Printing, scanning
    http://www.linuxprinting.org/

      Configuring KDE, themes
    Soon

      Eclipse, development
    Download the file Eclipse GTK from www.eclipse.org decompress and start the executable.
    Jedit www.jedit.org is a jar based installer, open a terminal and type java -jar jedit42pre9.jar and you're done

      Install kernel 2.6 on suse 9.0
    here's a howto in german: http://www.thomashertweck.de/kernel26.html
    Compile your kernel http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=443

     Administring a Homepage
    ftp tool:
    KBear /opt/kde3/bin/kbear


      Remove un needed software
    Soon

      Links for download

    http://www.suse.de/en/private/download/index.html ANDftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/9.0/suse/i586/ The official page of SuSE
    http://www.rpmseek.com/index.html Search for RPM
    http://rpm.pbone.net/ Search for RPM
    http://packman.links2linux.de/ Packman compile source code and provide RPM ready to download ()
    ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/9.0/suse/i586/ FTP


    To read
    http://www.linux-mag.com/cgi-bin/printer.pl?issue=2002-10&article=jfs choose your filesystem

     

    Securing your Susehttp://www.antionline.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=260361


    Conclusions

    Good:
    • The desktop is user friendly, at least for me, for example: saving some of these screenshot, under the save as windows, right clicking provide a menu to create, sorting or add directory.
    • The responsiveness of GUI is good if you consider that the 3D and all 2D tricks are maybe not supported by the driver. Of course this depend a lot of your graphics cards. Trying to start XP on a integrated graphic VXX chipset with shared memory is the same (was using a IBX notebook 2 years before switching to a Compaq NX7000 with a Radeon 9200...).
    • It a quite good to have the possibilities to reuse some win32 librairies (codecs) because they are stable and working. A bravo to the open source community!
    • I have done many online security update with YaST, and have not restart the machine, which is very good, on the other side, there is even more update than in Microsoft world...
    • Till now I have encounter no real difficulties, I must admit that www.google.com is a must, and so fast for locating a solution (on forums, tutorials, howto, personal webpage....) as long as you use the right keywords. If you are already a good user of Windows, you will have no problem to switch to SUSE 9.0 TRUST me and make a try!

    Bad:

    • Having many rpm version for each distribution (even if you are on the same cpu plattform) or sometimes compile from the source code is the worst experience for me in linux. Only solution is to pray that someone or better SuSE provide you all rpm on a internet site (but you will always have to wait).
    • Suse do not provide for legal reasons enough packages (better said packages that are a must), but it is not diffcult to locate them on other homepage (libcss for decrypting dvd for example)
    • Installing basics fucntionnality ask by 80% of users are still too difficult

    Why Linux is not at the same level as Windows? my point of view is that people on the others side do their best to avoid porting of drivers and application from 3rd party compagny (and may be using economical threat to achieve this aim).

     

     

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  • i-gotU_GT-200e.package.content

    i-gotU is a GPS Device that can record the trace of your journey, auto-add GPS information on the photos taken on your journey, present it in 3rd dimension and export in multiple sharable file formats. i-gotU not only is compatible with all digital cameras & camera phones available in the market, providing you the coolest GPS tracking gadget while saving you extra expenses on other equipments

    Forewords

    I was greatly surprised to be contacted by Mobile Action.I would like to thank them for having send me a free sample for that review and of course, I encourage all companies around the world to do the same ;-))

    Package content

    igotu

    The i-GotU GPS data logger includes the following items in the box:

    • GPS Logger Cableworks both as GT-200 / GT-200e / GT-120 built-in battery charger and data transfer medium for GT-200 / GT-200e / GT-120.
    • @trip PCis an easy to use software tool to fast create and personalize the Travel Blog for your journey.
    • Jelly case: Besides especially designed for broader appliances, both GPS Logger (USB) & GPS Logger (Bluetooth) also comes with a jelly case for easier wear or any other kind of attachment.
    • GPS Logger Fastening Strap allows you to tie and fasten the GPS Logger anywhere for easier travel.

    This is how the package look like

    i-gotU_GT-200e.box01 i-gotU_GT-200e.box03

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    Presentation

    i-gotU_GT-200e.size.02

    The i-gotU 200E GPS measures 46&160; mm(L) x 41.5 mm(W) x 14mm (H) and fits easily in a coat pocket, purse, backpack.

    The interface is minimal but sufficient for most operations:

    • The blue LED indicator blinks once when you power it on,
    • Both the red and blue indicators blink simultaneously twice when data are logged,
    • Long press the button, and the red LED stays red until GPS Logger is powered off,
    • The red LED blinks: twice / once when battery is low or memory full,
    • The blue and red LED indicators blink in turn for 5 minutes during Bluetooth pairing mode

    &160;

    &160;

    &160;

    i-gotU_GT-200e.top i-gotU_GT-200e.rear
    Top and rear view. the box is 46&160; mm(L) x 41.5 mm(W)

    i-gotU_GT-200e.connectori-gotU_GT-200e.side

    &160;

    The i-gotU 200E is about 46 mm long and just under 14 mm thick.

    i-gotU_GT-200e.device i-gotU_GT-200e.overview

    The front of the i-gotU 200E has two LEDs (red and blue), used to indicate power, free memory status, Bluetooth pairing status.

    i-gotU_GT-200e.strap.front i-gotU_GT-200e.strap

    The Fastening Strap, long enough to be fastened to a backpack, bicycle.

    i-gotU 200E Features

  • Small device that fits in the palm of your hand. Nothing else needed, just turn it on to record GPS data,
  • Mapping for the entire world using the latest cutting edge 3D maps from Google Maps www.googlemap.com.
  • Real-time location configurable depending if you are using a car, bicycle, boat and simple walking around,
  • Auto-map your photos with GPS location information,
  • Durable, lightweight, water-resistant housing which is highly appreciable if you are practicing outdoor photography or wildlife,
  • Enhanced sensitivity for indoor and outdoor reporting thanks to the latest SIFR Star III GPS chipset.

    Specifications

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    i-gotU 200E &160;
    Dimension 46 x 41.5 x 14 mm
    Weight 37g
    Chipset Built-in SiRF Star III low-power chipset
    Antenna Built-in GPS patch antenna
    Battery Built-in 750 mAh Lithium-ion battery
    LED indicators Blue & Red
    Cold start < 35 seconds
    Warm start < 35 seconds
    Connection interface USB 1.1 for PC connection;
    Bluetooth V2.0 EDR Class 2 for PDA & mobile phones
    Operation temperature -10 °C to + 50 °C
    Water-resistant Yes

    Size comparisons

    Let’s compare the size of the i-gotU 200E with the i-gotU GT-120

    Home_GT-200 Home_GT-120

    Front view Side view Top view
    i-gotU.size.bt120.bt200e-front i-gotU.size.bt120.bt200e-side i-gotU.size.bt120.bt200e-top


    i-gotU.size.bt120.bt200e.legend

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    GPS Chipset SiRFstar III

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    From Wikipedia “The SiRFstarIII chip is distinguished from earlier SiRF chips and from GPS chipsets made by other manufacturers (Garmin or Trimble Inc for example), largely due to its ability to acquire and maintain a signal lock in urban or densely covered forest environments, and its faster time to first fix (TTFF), the time it takes for a GPS receiver to lock onto the satellite signals and determine the initial position. The enhanced abilities of the SiRFstarIII chips are made possible by several features:

    • A 20 channel receiver, which can process the signals of all visible GPS and WAAS satellites simultaneously.
    • The chip consumes 62 mW of power during continuous operation.
    • Receiver sensitivity of -159 dBm while tracking; GPS receivers based on this chipset have routinely performed better than receivers based on other chipsets. Reviewers have praised the SiRFstarIII chipset for its superior sensitivity and tracking capabilities.

    read more http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SiRFstar_III and http://www.sirf.com/

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    Installation

    A windows universal installer which support all Mobile Action devices. Note this version only run on windows, Linux/Mac user will only enjoy basic functionalities (Screenshots) thanks to an open source project located at https://launchpad.net/igotu2gpx

    Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

    install.igotu.03 install.igotu.04
    install.igotu.05 install.igotu.06

    Usage Scenarios

    Geo tagging your pictures

    Make sure your digital camera time is correct, and the same as the on on the GT-200E, take both your camera and the GT-200E with you. When you’re back home, the software will be able, based on picture time, to insert GPS coordinates into EXIF metadata.

  • EXIF is a standard (see specifications HERE), abbreviation for Exchangeable Image File Format, is a metadata format developed by the Japan Electronic Industry Development Association (JEIDA) that is closely associated with JPEG. Most camera users know that it contain some information like aperture, shutter speed, white balance, and flash use.

    The GPS metadata that are interesting us now are:

    GPS Version
    GPS Latitude Ref
    GPS Latitude
    GPS Longitude Ref
    GPS Longitude
    Altitude Ref
    GPS Satellites
    GPS Status
    GPS Measurement Mode
    GPS Degree of Precision
    GPS Speed Ref
    GPS Speed
    GPS Track Ref
    GPS Track
    GPS Image Direction Ref
    GPS Image Direction
    GPS Map Datum
    GPS Destination Latitude Ref
    GPS Altitude
    GPS Timestamp
    GPS Destination Latitude
    GPS Destination Longitude Ref
    GPS Destination Longitude
    GPS Destination Bearing Ref
    GPS Destination Bearing
    GPS Destination Distance Ref
    GPS Destination Distance
    GPS Processing Method Size
    GPS Area Information Size
    GPS Date Stamp
    GPS Differential

    But there is more Metadata

    EXIF Version
    Make
    Model
    Description
    MakerNote Size
    MakerNote Offset
    Color Space
    WhitePoint X
    WhitePoint Y
    Chromaticity Red(X)
    Chromaticity Red(Y)
    Chromaticity Green(X)
    Chromaticity Green(Y)
    Chromaticity Blue(X)
    Chromaticity Blue(Y)
    YCbCrCoefficient 1
    YCbCrCoefficient 2
    YCbCrCoefficient 3
    Gamma
    Pixel Columns
    Pixel Rows
    Component Configuration
    Compressed Bits Per Pixel
    YCbCr Positioning
    User Comment
    User Comment Size
    Related Sound File
    Date Time
    Subsec Time
    Date Time Original
    Subsec Time Original
    Date Time Digitized
    Subsec Time Digitized
    Exposure Time

    Shutter Speed
    Aperture
    Brightness Value
    Exposure Bias
    Max Aperture
    Subject Distance Min (M)
    Subject Distance Max (M)
    Subject Distance (M)
    Metering Mode
    Light Source Temp
    Light Source
    Flash Fired
    Flash Mode
    Flash Return
    Flash Function
    Flash Red-eye
    Focal Length (mm)
    F Number
    Exposure Program
    Spectral Sensitivity
    ISO Speed
    OECF Size
    Flash Energy
    Spatial Frequency Response Size
    Focal Plane X Resolution
    Focal Plane Y Resolution
    Focal Plane Units
    Subject Area X
    Subject Area Y
    Subject Area X Center
    Subject Area Y Center
    Subject Area Diameter
    Subject Area Width
    Subject Area Height

    Subject X Location
    Subject Y Location
    Exposure Index
    Sensing Method
    File Source
    Scene Type
    CFA Pattern Size
    Photographer Copyright
    Editor Copyright
    Artist
    Orientation
    X Resolution
    Y Resolution
    Resolution Units
    Software
    Custom Rendered
    Exposure Mode
    White Balance
    Digital Zoom Ratio
    Focal Length 35mm
    Scene Capture Type
    Gain Control
    Contrast
    Saturation
    Sharpness
    Device Settings Size
    Subject Distance Range
    Image Unique ID
    InteropIndex
    InteropVersion
    InteropWidth
    InteropHeight

    For your info, You may also be able to add IPTC (comments metadata) data to most picture in Picasa/Windows Vista

    Headline
    Action Advised
    By-Line
    By-Line Title
    Caption/Abstract
    Category
    City
    Contact
    Copyright Notice
    Country/Primary Location Code
    Country/Primary Location Name
    Credit
    Date Created
    Digital Creation Date
    Digital Creation Time
    Editorial Update

    Edit Status
    Expiration Date
    Expiration Time
    Fixture Identifier
    History
    Image Orientation
    Image Type
    Keyword
    Language Identifier
    Location Code
    Location Name
    Object Attribute
    Object Cycle
    Object Name
    Object Type
    Original Transmission

    Reference
    Originating Program
    Program Version
    Province/State
    Reference Date
    Reference Number
    Reference Service
    Release Date
    Release Time
    Source
    Special Instructions
    Subject Reference
    SubLocation
    Supplemental Category
    Time Created
    Urgency
    Writer/Editor

    The software will add GPS data into each of your EXIF pictures. A nice feature also built in @trip PC is the ability to export your pictures to Flickr, Picasa and Google Earth/maps or to the Mobile Action online community @Trip

    Travel and Sport logging

    Depending on the kind of travel you are going to do, it is mandatory to connect the i-gotU&160; 200E to an USB port for configuration

    configuring.01 configuring.02

    Then you can based on profile usage, fine tune (manual mode) or not the tracking interval. It is basically setting how often you would like the GPS to record your position. Most of the time, you can use the following triggers:

    • Based on time, every X seconds, a new GPS point will be saved,
    • Based on speed, starting at speed X, a new GPS point will be saved,
    • Both of the above.

    The objective of all these settings is to avoid recording too many points, and as such flooding the internal memory with redundant positions. The graphical user interface is very intuitive, and quite pleasant to the eyes as seen in the screenshots below:

    Slow walking tracking mode

    configuring.03 configuring.04
    Bicycle and scooter tracking mode
    configuring.05 configuring.06
    Boat and car mode
    configuring.07 configuring.08

    Your device is now ready, depending on the recording speed, you may use it up to 80 hours.

    Importing data back

    To import you data back in the software, just connect your i-Got-U 200E to your PC. The software will ask for a name and then display your travel path in Google Maps. Below is a screenshot of a travel from Zurich to St Gall by train.

    zurich-st.gallen.i-gotU

    Export functions are just a click away

    i-gotU.sharing.trip

    You can easily export to

    • @trip online community server,
    • MHT a single file that contains an HTML page, pictures and JavaScript imitating the @Trip PC interface,
    • KML is a file format used to display geographic data in an Earth browser such as Google Earth, Google Maps, and Google Maps for mobile.
    • KMZ are just zipped KML files.

    Presentation of portal @trip

    The community portal is located at http://www.a-trip.com/ and registration is free. It offer you a way to share your picture online along with your recorded GPS tracks.

    www.a-trip.com

    There is some tutorials online and an active forum

    Conclusions

    The i-gotU GT-200E is one of the most accurate tracking devices I've ever tested. The unit uses the same high-performance GPS receiver found in other SiRF's 20-channel Star III receiver (Accurate to within about 5 meters).&160; The i-gotU GT-200E use SiRF's high performance GPS receiver for enhanced positioning indoors where GPS signals cannot penetrate, and Google Maps/Earth is a powerful combination that let you appreciate the&160; devices accuracy, ease of use, and reporting capabilities. I consider the price also to be quite cheap. The device itself sells online for around (59€ or 89 CHF), money well spent if you have a serious need to track/geo tag your pictures, compare to other proprietary GPS solution from Nikon GP-1 (152€ or 229 CHF) or Canon 3rd party hardware.

    Pros

  • The i-gotU GT-200E is a durable, lightweight, water-resistant tracking device that works spectacularly well both indoors and outdoors.
  • Extremely accurate SiRF Star III 20-channel receiver,
  • Works inside buildings, movie theaters, basements,
  • Easy to use setup, applications and use of the web portal,
  • Location reports can be viewed from any web browser with Internet access,
  • Google Earth/Google Maps provide visually stunning location reports,
  • Device can record location/altitude data every x seconds ,
  • Small size, power up and forget,
  • Water protective casing, a plus for any outdoor photographers,
  • Self-contained, requires no installation,
  • Huge memory storage: enough for 80 hours of recording or 262.000 points,

    One the easiest interface to geo tag your pictures (I did use RoboGEO in the past)

    Limitations

    &160;

    • Proprietary USB power cable, better not loose it
    • Accuracy of battery life indicator (a blinking led)
    • An OLED screens would have been great to watch the internal status of memory or to switch from tracking point mode. But very few devices on the market are proposing such features anyway.

    Alternatives

    At this level of price versus functionalities, the choice is quite limited but you may want to consider other model from the same brand

    Home_GT-120

    i-gotU GT-120 (39 € or 59 CHF)

    Where to buy?

    i-Got-U GT-200E&160; is manufactured by Mobile Action and available for purchase at various retail and online stores.

  • J 'ai achete mon netgear 834G le 29.12.2003 (pour 230euro et mon numero de serie DG8813CSA023172) et je n'ai jamais été tranquille avec. Comprenez par la, qu il n'a JAMAIS marche de facon stable et comme on peut l'attendre. Je suis ingénieur en informatique, utilisateur de linux (donc forcément patient et combattif) et j'ai tente tous les trucs et reglages du forums http://www.netgear-forum.com/ , mon pseudo sur le forum était "elta68"

    J'ai installé les bios suivants:
    Le modem-routeur-hub-point d'acces sans fil possédait d'origine le bios 1.01, puis le 1.03 (le 1er flashage a d'ailleur rendu inutilisable le premier modem, j'ai du l'échanger le lendemain même après un gros bon mensonge chez mon revendeur) puis le 1.03.07 (non officiel) puis le 1.04.00 puis le 1.04.01 puis le 1.05.00 sans jamais aucune amélioration notable.

    Mes paramètres de lignes étaient les suivants, car on m'a souvent reproché que mes problèmes venaient de la ligne téléphonique:
    Atténuation ligne
    Downstream 45 db
    Upstream 40 db
    Marge de bruit
    Downstream 27 db
    Upstream 31 dba

    Ils sont d'aprés le forum dans la bonne moyenne.

    Les Faits:
    J'utilise 3 pc dont 1 occasionnelement en wireless, avec emule ou sans le modem freeze, je perd l interface web, il tient pas 12heures connectés, les performances sont minables a telle point que je suis retourner sur le modem eci usb de l'opérateur historique..
    Soit le routeur perdait la connection automatique, soit le wifi bloquait le modem, et ce même avec aucun pc sur le réseau!!! Le résultat était toujours le même, plus d'accès a la console web du routeur.

    A peu prés 30% des utilsateurs sur le forum se plaignaient de ce routeur. J'ai eu 512kb en downstream pendant 9 mois puis 1024kb et j 'ai toujours des problemes.

    Je suis maintenant persuade que le probleme était hardware et non software, ou du a l'utilisateur comme beaucoup le pensait sur le forum. De plus dans google, on voit que dans tous les pays il y a des problèmes avec ce modem.

    Nota Bene, Netgear a sorti un nouveau modèle, qui change de couleur: il est blanc, et qui possèdent des ouies d'aérationss beaucoup plus grande sur le dessus.

    Solutions?

    J'ai acheté sur les conseils éclairés de MadDog du forum emule.net un US robotics 9106 (Juin 2004) que j'ai payé moins cher (120€) et dont j'ai oublié jusqu'a son existence tellement il ne me pose pas de problème. Nota ce modem existe en version 9105 (sans wireless) et coute 30€ moins cher. J'ai updater le bios de mon USR9106 depuis, et l'interface web est toujours accessible, les performances sont époustouflantes même avec son bios 1.02 mais la configuration reste plus barbare: cela sent le coté pro du modèle....

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    More Canon EOS 7D review are online, will keep updating this articles in the next few weeks

     

     

     

     

     

    The Canon EOS 7D was announced by Canon at the end of August 2009. It is a brand new camera filling a gap in the Canon DSLR lineup that has no predecessor before. Canon has made APS-C sensors DSLR for as long as any other camera makers and although they have done well in the past with their previous top of the line APS-C DSLR like the 50D, they did not have any “pro” class APS-C DSLR that directly answered to competition from Nikon D300 and the recently released D300s. By Roland Lim

    In early October we were lucky enough to test the soon-to-be released Canon EOS-7D. Samantha, a Nikon user, was interested in testing the camera, as a possible replacement for her aging D200. Samantha had hit a wall with her Nikon D200, finding the files lacked the detail she wanted for her intimate landscape photography.  By Darwin Wiggett and Samantha Chrysanthou

    Other Canon EOS 7D review

  • If you are in the business for a new router, just avoid NETGEAR. I like their product, but this is the second SH... router I bought from them (and they were not cheap)

    NETGEAR DG834 has NEVER work more than 8 hours without interruption! after 5 bios upgrade... see my previous article here...

    The latest I've bought, 13 months ago at www.spartacus.ch (company is no more existing, www.brack.ch&160; is now in charge of customer care) has just died 5 minutes ago. I should be happy, according to forums, most of these router die after 4/6/8 months...

    It was just 125 euro (201 CHF) thrown in the air...

    Unfortunately it seems that I am not the only one as seen in many forums, just Google for "Green Ring of Death"

    Not all issue may result to be the same but wireless card inside the router itself becomes defective which may causes this symptoms.
    You can also try hard reset method
    "Regular hard rest requires approx. 10sec of holding. from "http://forum1.netgear.com/showthread.php?t=18068"

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    NETGEAR you'll never see me AGAIN: I promise and you wont get my friends money either!&160;

    I hope I will be able to sell my NETGEAR WN121T RangeMax Next Wireless-N USB 2.0 Adapter before it die

    What will be my next router? I've order the most versatile Linux powered router ever made top date:
    Linksys WRT54GL, Wireless Router for half the prize of NETGEAR stuff! it is quite old but come with a 3 years warranty and is known to be rock solid.

  • This may be my next Digital camera, would like first to have it in hand to see how it compare to a full frame body size (because the Canon 7D while being a DX format is really close in size to the Canon 5D Mark2 full frame body ). As usual, you wont any better preview than the one of Dpreview.com, even if it’s only a preview. The full review will be a least 33 pages big :-)

    The NIkon D700 offer a dual SD, SDHC, SDXC Card Slot, support for video in both 1080p and 720/30p with continuous AF on video, 39 AF point, 6fps Burst mode, and a magnesium alloy body for less than 1100$

     

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  • nikon-d300 If you are searching a SLR camera and still can't decide between Canon EOS 50D, Nikon D80, and Nikon D300, this is a review for You.

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    With the announcement of the new 15.1 MP Canon EOS 50D and the 12.3 Nikon D90 enthusiast digital SLR cameras coming on almost the same day, there is certainly a lot of excitement (and debate) happening among photographers within the Canon and Nikon communities.
    Read more http://www.digitalreview.ca/content/Nikon-D90-D80-D300-Canon-50D-Compared.shtml

    Don't forget to visit also www.dpreview.com and their forum.