The View from Landmark

Trends and issues in personal computing from Bud Stolker, a long-time PC consultant. The View from Landmark features tips and techniques to make time spent with your computer more productive and rewarding, commentary on new personal computer policies and trends, plain-English explanations of new hardware, software, and network designs and their relevance to you, and answers to common questions. There may be personal material interspersed if Bud believes it is of general interest.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

My best Autostitched panorama yet

(This entry refers to an earlier post at

My best Autostitched panorama yet -- a composite of 32 one-Megabyte-sized frames. It's quick-and-dirty; I didn't use a tripod or spend much time lining up my landmarks, so the margins are ragged. The software did a beautiful job nevertheless. See if you can get this to display full-size, so you can scroll around. Lots of detail, and the original has even more. (In Internet Explorer, point to the picture and you'll get a resizing box. In Firefox, just click on the photo.) I cut the size for Web posting, but it's still a 1.1 Mb. file.

The camera is a Sony Mavica MVC-CD500, a 5 Megapixel unit with 3X Zeiss zoom lens. A bit unwieldy, but takes great photos (movies, too) on mini-CDRWs. More info.

More panoramas coming soon.

DSL provider in Washington, DC?

I need an internet hookup on Capitol Hill for my business. Do you have any suggestions? Verizon DSL is not an option in my area.

I punched in your phone number at and it indicates that you ARE eligible for business DSL. But if you're sure that service won't work for you, there are other high-speed providers.

Although there is no comprehensive list of high-speed Internet providers, a few informal search tools exist. Punch in the first six digits of your ten-digit phone number here: and you'll get a list of possible providers. Of them, I'd take a look at Earthlink, Atlantech Online, and Covad in that order.

For residential service, Verizon beats them all hands-down with its 700Kbps service at $14.95 a month.

If you don't need broadband service, then try They offer accelerated dialup service for $9.95/month.