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Comment: good read: persuasive games/exploitationware (Score 3, Interesting) 37

by xarope (#38873873) Attached to: Ian Bogost Replies: Deep Thoughts On Gaming
Definitely a good read, and one of the links lead me to one of the best articles I've seen in a while, http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/6366/persuasive_games_exploitationware.php
(disclaimer: I barely have time to play games nowadays, but I cringe at all the clickware so endemic in social gaming...)

Comment: MILC drawbacks: slow focus, low light issues (Score 2) 402

by xarope (#38608100) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Mirrorless, Interchangeable Lens Camera Advice?
Just be careful of the MILC drawbacks; slow to focus (a couple of people have already pointed this out), and poor(er) handling in low light (there was another dpreview article, mirrorless primer or somesuch, that also mentions this). Between my (aging) LX3 and a full DSLR, until they improve the 4/3 and m4/3s in terms of performance (and remember this is a very young market), I am still considering upgrading to an LX5 as I feel there's nothing in-between worth spending the money on, to fill that gap.
Ah, here's the article: http://www.dpreview.com/articles/0344780582/mirrorless-cameras-a-primer
and quote:
The first is the inability to match the autofocus speed of DSLRs when conducting continuous or predictive AF. Single-shot AF tends not to be so much of an issue, with most recent Mirrorless models able to match or, in the case of Nikon, Olympus and Panasonic, exceed the single-attempt focusing speed of most DSLRs. ... The other drawback we've encountered is that the Mirrorless cameras we've tested so far can struggle to focus in low light to a greater degree than most DSLRs do. And, as the result of the way they focus, they don't always see the same benefit from using an AF illuminator as DSLRs do.

Comment: Project/People/Organizational (Score 1) 229

by xarope (#38422880) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Transitioning From Developer To Executive?
As someone who has been a successful "mustang" (helpdesk to CIO), in a nutshell my recommendations are:
  • project => learn how to manage projects (timelines, requirements, budgets).
  • people => build and harness interpersonal relationships. Doesn't mean you have to buddy-up to everybody, but realistically it's easier to get people's understanding and agreement or compromise, if/when you have to slip deadlines, reject requirements, push through radical changes to architecture, when people don't hate you!

  • organizational => have a big picture view as well as the ability to drill down. Nowadays the expectations are that executives also have to know the nitty gritty, not just wave a broad brush stroke. The ability to make quick decisions and commit in a board meeting, are what will separate you from the chaff who have no idea what's really happening.

Understand that the higher up you go, the more people you are "accountable" to... as a developer, you are just accountable to yourself and your manager (and if you have a conscience, your team members). As a CIO, I am accountable to every single person in the company, as well as the board, and shareholders.
Keep your technical skills current (I continue to be a member of the IEEE and ACM, not just read executive magazines, which are often just rehashes of already-known methodologies and thinly disguised consulting offers). This will allow you to make good, informed decisions. I've seen many technical managers let this lapse to their detriment, when they can no longer understand what is going on "below", and thus cannot relate said information "above".
Above all, enjoy this opportunity. Despite being quite successful in the technical track, and despite people being quite surprised when I accepted the opportunity to jump over to the management track, I can now actually make a difference, rather than whinging about what I would do!

Comment: for Point&Shoot: Panasonic Lumix LX5 or Canon (Score 1) 569

by xarope (#38170354) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Camera For Getting Into Photography?

My 2 cents, if you want good image quality (IQ) with a small pocketable body, and a camera that you can just turn on and leave in "auto" mode, either of these two will do (I have an LX3 that I've used for the last 4 years, and bought my wife an S95 - just before the S100 was announced, doh!).

There are subtle differences between both, the LX5 is not quite pocketable (too many protrusions), but IMHO has much better IQ compared to the S100 (I'm actually comparing the LX3 to the S95, but form factor and IQ are pretty much equivalent, except the LX5 has better zoom compared to my LX3). However, the S100 is more pocketable and has a higher zoom.

Both are cheap enough for you to start, and easy enough for you to learn to use, in case you decide not to move up to dSLRs, which are a whole different ball game in terms of price and useability. And to be perfectly honest, lense and chipset aside (which determines quality of JPGs, shooting speed, RAW output etc), the main other factor affecting IQ is the size and quality of the sensor, which, unlike the old days of changing file type in your camera/SLR, can't be readily changed. So, if and when you are ready to switch to dSLRs in 5 years time, you know what? Sensor technology will likely have changed again by then!

A good site is dpreview.com, that is my main go-to site for reviews.

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