September 20th, 2002

Getting the Zaurus online...

...wasn't anywhere near as painful as I thought it would be. In fact, all I had to do was slot in the spare D-Link 802.11 card (after checking the Sharp site to see that it was supported), fill in a simple configuration form, and launch the built-in browser. The engineers at Sharp have done a great job here. The Zaurus implementation of Opera is by far the best PDA browser I've seen, too - it's fast, supports most Javascript (does the roll out menus on our site) and renders HTML and images well, even when using page scaling.

It wasn't always this easy: I remember, way back in the early 90's sat in my lab for a couple of days tweaking Linux kernels and moving jumper switches to get the UK Online firewall built. At one point I even had to go and buy a new (more compatible) set of network cards as that was easier than making all the changes that were needed. Ah, today's geeks, they don't know how good they have it now and how hard it was for us all those years ago....
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Looking for that perfect editor...

I used to be a fan of PFE, the Programmer's File Editor. It was a good tool at the time, and it was a sad day when its developer decided to move on to other things. Since then I've been struggling to find a good free text editor for Windows. I spent a while with one or two professional tools, but they were't small, lightweight applications I could quickly download onto clients' machines when I needed something with a bit more power than Notepad.

Today I came across Crimson. Not only is it freeware, but it has plenty of modern features, including the ability to integrate compilers and display command line outputs, as well as a built in file explorer, and syntax hightlighting for most of the languages I'm likely to use. And it's only an 800KB download.

Somehow, I think it's likely to become a standard part of my Windows utility installation...
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