# Sunday, 09 March 2008
Here's a quick test of the nifty Silverlight 2.0 DeepZoom feature. Now if only it was better documented..

Sunday, 09 March 2008 00:51:35 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 08 March 2008

Now that WZ is walking the obvious next step is to let him walk when we're outside, but the problem now is.. he starts weeping whenever we put shoes on him.

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One moment he'll look ok... then the next..

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He breaks down..

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He's just confused as to why his feet are covered, maybe sandals instead? Grandma suggests getting something with a softer base so he can still feel that his feet are stepping on something.

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He didn't take a single step for all these pictures...


Saturday, 08 March 2008 16:29:25 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 

It's just something about portable speakers that attract me, like I mentioned before in my previous portable speaker review I'm more a speakers than earphone person. So... when I saw this...

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The Altec Lansing Orbit Speaker, I knew I had to get it to see how well a brand name portable speaker will work compared to a simple Made In China one.

So... how well does it work? Well... not only will this pass the wedding dinner test, you'll probably get people from 3 tables away asking you to turn it down!

For power, the Orbit relies on 3 AAA batteries and can run for 24 hours according to the box. There're no indicators on the thing to show that it's on, and there are also no real switches on the speaker, you turn it on by twisting the rim. For some reason there are 2 stops between off and on at first I thought it was a setting between loud and louder, but there doesn't seem to be any different between them. Manual's no help, cause it just had pictures.. and nothing else, didn't say anything about how the switch work.

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So.. compared to the no name speaker, how does the Orbit fare? Well, it's more bassy than the little guy, and of course the Orbit doesn't crack up at high volumes. But the Orbit is bigger and less convenient to carry around (depending on how big a bag you usually carry) Also, the Orbit runs on batteries while the little guy runs on a built in rechargable battery.

Both of them are very usable portable speakers, and you get your money's worth for both of them, for the mini speaker you get an affordable, compact speaker that works well. For the Orbit, you pay a higher price for it but you get a pretty loud and powerful speaker in return.

I can easily recommend either of these for your portable sound needs.


Saturday, 08 March 2008 16:03:17 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 07 March 2008

I mentioned it before, but I'll just say it again. The biggest problem when you provide web based solutions is when something screws up on the network backbone where your server is sitting on.

The process of proving that it's not your application, your server or your network equipment to finally pin pointing that your network provider is the cause of the problem is just nerve wrecking!

Worse still if you have your client breathing down your neck asking what's wrong, why the system is down even though we have multiple redundancies?

Well... we do have a fail over cluster... but not a remote server duplicate sitting on another network of course.


Friday, 07 March 2008 17:57:07 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 

Silverlight 2.0 has achieved Beta 1 status, with a Go Live license it means we can use it for actual sites... interesting.

And... finally there's Windows 2000 support, but on Windows 2000 the plugin only works for IE6 and not Firefox. hmmm.... can't win them all I guess, and it's better than not being able to run at all.

Time to see what I can do with this...


Friday, 07 March 2008 09:42:35 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  |