June 16th, 2003

Firewire

Has anyone experience with using/installing a firewire card? Also know as a 1394 ieee. I have a dv camcorder and would like to edit and burn a few cd movies. There is like a ton of these cards for under $20 on ebay, but I am afraid it may be way more headache than it is worth.

Question for any and every programmer

I want to get into programming and I have a really good friend who has been programming for about 13-14 years now. So he is a really good source of information for me.

However, I am having trouble deciding what language to learn first. I want something that will give me a good solid background in programming. I was thinking C and my friend recommended that one or Perl (his favorite language). I'm sorta scared to attempt Perl first (this friend of mine is also one of my ex-boyfriends and I remember him learning Perl and some of the frustration that he experienced).

So does anyone have any recommendations for me? I'm pretty good with computers... I know most, if not all, of the basics. I know HTML pretty well, though I'm certainly not proficient at it (I can throw together a little webpage, but nothing fancy).

Thanks in advance to everyone!
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