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Frequently Asked Questions

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From time to time I get emails from people asking various questions. This list contains information which may answer a question you may have. If not, feel free to get in touch. Otherwise, please feel free to use the links to the top or left and see if your question might be answered in another other part of the site.

Hey! Where are the links?

You'll find links and tips about things that I find useful, people whom I know, etc. in various sections of this site. Sometimes you may find some under resources, or sometimes under the projects section. In summary, you can find external links anywhere where they might make sense. Isn't this a more sensible approach than just having a page with a big list of links?

Which camera did you use for your photos?

I've used various cameras. In late 80's I've started with an analogue SLR from Canon, model EOS850. Then the era of compacts arrived and being sick of carrying large bulky SLR with me, I decided to get a Olympus OZ110 Zoom film camera. Such a good choice it was, I still admire some of the nice photos I've taken with this camera. Then, digital era begun. First digital compact camera (I was still happily living in the compact world then) that I've bough in 2003 and was Canon S45. Nothing fantastic but it did the job. Despite being such a poor performer I still managed to churn out the occassional interesting shot. But I I wasn't happy with the results I got so I decided to move on and acquired Panasonic FX9. Following on from Panasonic FX9 I decided to try out a DSLR and finally this year I've bought a Nikon D60 (more on this camera on my photography page). Now when I compare photos taken with my compacts with this beauty I cannot understand how could I ever use such things. It still does not macth a performance of any film SLR camera but it's way ahead of any compact on the market. Also this year I've bough a used, cheap underwater case for my revived S45 which was happily collecting dust in my closet for couple of years now. I'm unwilling to spend the sums of money required for taking a DSLR underwater, so I now stick to the S45 for underwater and the D60 for abovewater.

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Can I use your photos?

I usually have no objections to my photos being used by others for non-commercial purposes. Please contact me for permission. If your use is commercial please contact me and tell me what you'd like to use them for. I'm perfectly reasonable when it comes to commerical use as well. If you wish to use the images on a website then please load them directly from your server, don't sideload them from mine. If you contact me I may also be able to provide you with high resolution images without any watermarks.

Why isn't your website also in German or Polish?

As much as I love sitting here and typing content until my wrists ache, I don't think there is much need for it. While a lot of German-speaking visitors come to my site, most of the visitors are from different parts of the world. There isn't much "local" content here, so I expect any visitors to this site to be able to understand at least a little bit of English. The time required to maintain the site in two or more languages would simply be too much.

Can I write to you in German?

Of course you can. Since I can write faster in English than in German, I will most likely respond to you in English (unless you ask me not to). If it is faster for you to write in German than English, then I'll afford you the same courtesy. Since Polish is my native tongue I'll gladly receive emails written in Polish and of course will reply in such.

Can I write to you in another language?

You can try. I've even had people write to me in French before. But if you write to me in a language I don't understand, I don't think I'll be reading your email...

How did you do your website?

I write everything using an excellent text editor called Textpad and on Unix I use "vi". Esentially this is the only software I use, I do the HTML and CSS by hand - I prefer it that way. Afterwards I use a program written by late friend of mine, Mark Fyvie, called htmlcutter to cut up one large text file into the individual files which make up this site. It might seem time consuming, but it's actually faster than most CMS programs and a lot easier than using authoring programs like Dreamweaver, Golive etc.

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In which time zone do you reside?

During Nov-April CET (Central European Time) - or UTC(GMT)+1. During May-Oct CEST (Central European Summer Time) - or UTC(GMT)+2. If you are American and don't quite understand that you need to check the time first before phoning people in what turns out to be middle of the night for them, I'm between 6 and 9 hours ahead of you. This is because the Earth is round and rotates on its axis, so we get daylight at different times than you do.

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