JimPanic

Most people use Palm’s styli, that comes with nearly every Palm powered device. It’s a known issue, one gets cramps in his stylus-hand because the stylus is so thin, that you can’t hold it like a normal pen. Best approach to avoid this is getting a pen which has a builtin stylus, so you just have to switch from pen to stylus, and back.

One of those multi talents is the Belkin 4-in-1 Stylus Pen. It comes in quite a big box, one might say, but all out of paper, hence recyclability.
 Belkin 4 in 1 Stylus Pen Review
 Belkin 4 in 1 Stylus Pen Review
 Belkin 4 in 1 Stylus Pen Review

Nomen est omen – the Belkin 4-in-1 Stylus Pen covers four functions:

  • Stylus
  • Pencil
  • Red ballpoint
  • Black ballpoint

 Belkin 4 in 1 Stylus Pen Review
The technique behind the scenes is quite easy – yet you have to get used to it. There’re are four cartridges in the barrel and the one closest to the ground (or: at the bottom) comes out in most of the cases.
 Belkin 4 in 1 Stylus Pen Review

Compared to normal ballpoint pens, like the cheap Parkers, this one looks quite big, but multi-talents don’t imply smallness normally. Though, because of the low weight of the pen, you get used to it’s size without any harms.
 Belkin 4 in 1 Stylus Pen Review  Belkin 4 in 1 Stylus Pen Review

Also the writing quality is quite good, and it’s also comfortable for writing at school, where you have to write very fast from time to time – still no cramps, yay! The stylus tip is very soft, so exelent writing comfort on Palm is given too (even for insane coders using SrcEdit, like me).

Here’s a little comparison of a few other pens and the Belkin 4-in-1 Stylus Pen:
 Belkin 4 in 1 Stylus Pen Review

First of all, I’d like to introduce myself: I’m Alexander Panek, “the new one” . I’m an eighteen year old student from Austria, interested in all kinds of programming and stuff like that.

As D is my language of choice, I’d really like it to be all famous and w00t’n stuff. So I’m sharing my joy and the news that another revision of D is released. The official D programming language site is here. You can find a language reference, standard runtime reference, articles, a few NG archives, and a fancy NG web interface there.

To give you a little overview of what D is about, here’s a list of features and neat sugar:

  • Object Orientation (classes, structs, interfaces, …)
  • Mighty Templates
  • Dynamic & Associative Arrays
  • Array Slicing
  • ..and much much more.

    With the new version of the D compiler, the language supports Scope Guards:

    “Scope guards are a novel feature no other language has. They’re based on Andrei Alexandrescu’s scope guard macros, which have led to considerable interest in the idea. Check out the article
    www.digitalmars.com/d/exception-safe.html

    Walter Bright (digitalmars.D newsgroup)

    Also, the syntactic sugar for regular expressions like in Perl was removed because a lack of public acceptance.

    Installation
    If you’d like to try out the D programming language, I’ve got a little script for Linux/Bash users out there:

    http://www.digitalmars.com/drn-bin/wwwnews?digitalmars.D/33383

    It’s quite simple: installation of DMD (D compiler) into prefix/bin, libphobos.a into prefix/lib, Phobos’ source into prefix/src, the offline documentation + example code into prefix/doc and the manpages for DMD, obj2asm, objdump into your manpage directory. You can also have a noroot installation, where manpages and /etc/dmd.conf are not created. If you’re too lazy to get the compiler from the D site, the script downloads it for you via wget.

    For example:

    ./install-d.sh ~/d-stuff -d --noroot

    ..will install D into /home/yourname/d-stuff/{bin,doc,lib,src}.

    For Windows users, it’s quite simple to install D:

  • download the D compiler & linker from here
  • unzip dmd.zip and dmc.zip into the same directory (preferably to C:)
  • If you’d like to have dmd & co available without being always in C:dmdbin, just add the directory to your PATH variable with ‘set’
  • If you’ve got any problems or questions to D, just post a comment with the question, go to the NG interface on the D site or connect to the IRC network ‘freenode’ (irc.freenode.net) and join channel #d.

    I will NOT take charge of any addiction related to D or this post. :P

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