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

    Walter Bright (digitalmars.D newsgroup)

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

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


    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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