* Posts by Chris L

4 posts • joined 6 Feb 2009

Chaos feared after Unix time-zone database is nuked

Chris L

Someone seems to have forgotten that timezone lines aren't just straight lines going N-S on a globe. In the Pacific they are decidedly twisty adn essentially it's easier to have a location=>timezone database (which appears to be the copyright asserted by Astrolabe) than saying the fundamentally erroneous 'everyone east of foo and west of bar is in timezone X'.

Ellison: 'There'll be nothing left of IBM once I'm done'

Chris L

I would love to have enough in my bank account that FP would have equality test issues.

Stephen on Steve: The most important man on Earth

Chris L


I don't think 'diatribe' means what you think it means

Pentax K-m entry-level digital SLR

Chris L

Re: why not a bridge camera?

"In fact - what exactly do you get in a DSLR that you don't get in an FZ28? Please don't flame me - I really want to know."

The hint is in the name - FZ28 - widest angle is 28mm. The K-m (and most DSLRs) come with a stock 18mm to 55mm lens. 12mm through to 20mm is great for landscapes. 28mm is great for - well, just general pics of stuff if you have room to step back a few paces, but with a landscape shot, you can't do that. I used to have a Canon S2-IS - it has the same issue - at widest it had a cramped feel - but it has a 12x zoom - great for shots of birds 20+ metres away, crud for landscapes.

I'd say that 80% of my shots with my DSLR with the stock lens are taken at 18-24mm range. It feels less cramped and gives a sense of space.

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