20 Mar 2000 bernhard   » (Master)

A busy week in Sketch development. The amount of email I get on the Sketch email address is increasing, but unfortunately the amount of spam also.

I'm preparing a new stable release and on Friday I finally managed to get a prerelease out. I wanted to do that a week ago, but somehow several users started sending bug reports and suggestions just then and I postponed it to get those in. I hope to release 0.6.6 in a week.

The current issue of c't, perhaps the world's best computer magazine and IMO certainly the best in German, has been out for a week now and the next is due in another and I've only a few of all those interesting articles so far. How am I supposed to keep up with that? ;-)

About two and a half years ago c't switched from a monthly schedule to a fortnightly one, partly to make the issues of "Germany's thickest Men's Magazine" thinner again. Well, nice try. The current issue is just as thick as the slimmer issues in those days, but it's still a few millimeters short compared to the December or CeBIT (April) issues.

One of the articles I did read is the followup article about the quality of MP3s. The gist is that MP3s with a sufficiently high data rate, which means 256kbit/s or better, and created with a good encoder are indistinguishable from audio CDs, even to the ears of music professionals.

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