Monday, January 19, 2009

Learning Curves

Okay, this is my first post to my new blog about heraldry. I hope to be able to add to it at least once or twice per week in the future, and I hope that at least some of you dropping by will find some of what you find here interesting and educational.

But this first post is not actually about heraldry -- it's about learning curves. I've not used this kind of software before, and it may take me a while to figure out how to get it hosted the way that I want to. There are very detailed instructions for managing a DNS server and creating a CNAME, none of which seem to apply to the new web host for my website, AT&T. Great. So not only am I learning the different ways that AT&T sets up its web hosting (and email!) from my old host Earthlink, but I've got to try to figure out where they hide the instructions and means to do all that. (I finally gave up trying to locate it -- even the Help feature gave me "No records found" for my inquiries -- and have emailed tech support. So we'll see what they can tell me.)

All this in addition to trying to learn the new digital camera I bought myself for Christmas (I've had a old 35mm Canon AE-1 for years!), and the new cellphone that my wife is using to drag me, kicking and screaming, into the 21st Century. (I did manage to take a couple of pictures with it the other day. I just haven't quite figured out how to email them to myself yet, so I'll probably simply pull out the memory card and transfer them manually to my PC. How "last decade" is that?)

So the learning curves are ganging up on me right now, and it may take me a little while to get this blog, and all the other stuff, working the way I want it to. But, still, it's a start. I hope you can join me for the trip.


  1. Nice start to the new Blog David

    J. Duncan of Sketraw

  2. I understand how frustrating it can be to figure out some technological "improvements."

    I've added your blog to the list of those I keep up with.

  3. Thanks, Dau'd!

    I've got you bookmarked.

    James of the Lake

  4. Da'ud, I look forward to many fun reads from your blog. The site has some wonderful resources too!

    So what kind is your new camera? I'm thinking of getting a new one and reckon the uses yo uhave would be similar to mine, so am curious as to how you like it.

  5. Hi, Modar! I'm glad you like the resources and links. I hope to add more of the best that I find as I go along.

    I ended up buying a Nikon D60 digital SLR with an 18-55mm lens and a 55-200mm lens. I wanted a camera that would take good photos in low-light situations (e.g., hatchments, etc. in poorly-lit churches that don't permit flash photography), and the the VR (Vibration Reduction) lenses and auto-focus of this camera seemed to do very well in the reviews I read and samples I saw there. (As well as in some of the test shots I've made around the house in various lighting conditions.) Basically I wanted something that would do what my old Canon AE-1 has been doing so well for me all these years, and I think -- once I figure out all of the ins and outs of it -- that this Nikon D60 is going to do the job.