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The major bit of formal news was Mike Kent`s presentation of the Ken Iverson award to Roger Hui , in absentia , for his authoring of Ken`s J .
Looks like next year`s conference will be held in New Jersey USA .
`98 in Rome .
Please feedback any corrections or elaborations .
Netscape suks at displaying color on these machines . Paint Shop , which I downloaded from CompuServe to convert the images to .GIF does the best I`ve seen along the path I`ve taken to get this stuf up . But I guess I`ll have to wait til I get to a cyberCafe to see what they really look like .
9608202302 | Turns out I had to go to the public library here in HP IL to get some tax forms . The library has 2 dedicated net browsers for anyone to walk up and use . They seem to have the 256 color pallet GIF is designed for . The GIFs clearly do not seem have all the detail and range I see in the originals . Some of the images definitely need to be lightened up .
I had some wrong specs on the Casio QV-10a ; I`m not sure where each error came from . In particular ,I saw something about the camera having 16MB flash memory . I assumed bytes ; http://www.casio-usa.com/html/products/ccameras.html http://www.casio-usa.com/html/products/qv-10adetail.html makes it clear they meant bits , i.e. : | 16 % 8 |>| 2 | MBytes .
Although I have seen it said in a couple of places that the image sensor
is ' a 250,000 element, 1/5" CCD ' , the best I understand is that the
images start off as | 480 x 240 |>| 115200 | pixels .
The images tho , are | 320 x 240 |>| 76800 | pixels , of which the view finder shows 65k . Casio`s proprietary ( I have suggested to them that they post it on the web ) .CAM format , based on JPEG , with the nice feature that it permits appended comments , produces files averaging under 26K per image :
|(| ‘S Q is ( DIR '\QVPC\ALBUMS\APL96' ) CON 'CAM' |>| 79 AVG NUMS , SP , 2 pik ‘SPLITCOL DRB Q |>| 25835.33 |#| |)|This is very efficient compared to both .BMP and .GIF formats
Even with my current limited hardware , I can see the ability to change contrast and brightness is very powerful . When I get bak to NYC , one of my first purchases will be a CD-ROM so I`ll not only finally have a walkman , but will be able to look at the ADOBE software which came with the camera . See also http://www.wherry.com/gadgets/qv10/ .
Casio seems slow to understand the advantages of making their software available for use as an open transfer format by their customers . Their help suggests that TIF may be the prefered format for external use . In the native 320 x 240 format , both TIF and BMP require just over | 76800 x 3 |>| 230400 | bytes , and seem to be completely equivalent . The transformation | CAM --> TIF(320x240) --> TIF(640x480) | appears identical to | CAM --> TIF(640x240) | . Same with BMP . So there seems no advantage to transfer expanded images .