# Wednesday, 10 September 2008

It just so happens that while I was picking up stuff for WZ (who seems to want a change of diet) I chanced upon this little guy.


This is a Gerber Clutch and it's a small multitool ideal for your keychain just like the Leatherman Squirt. They almost have the same tools, knife, pliers, screw drivers, smaller screw driver, nail file.

And they're almost the same size too!


But the main difference here is that you can ACTUALLY BUY the Gerber Clutch here in Malaysia, while the Leatherman Squirt is not brought in by the local distributor, they choose to bring in the more inferior (in my opinion :P) Leatherman Micra instead. The Clutch is also at LEAST half the price of the Squirt here.

But... you get what you paid for. The Clutch doesn't feel as well built as the Squirt. The tools on the Squirt are tight but you don't feel like you'll chip a nail flipping out the tool. The Clutch's tools are VERY TIGHT, flipping out the mini screwdriver is particularly nerve wrecking, I really feel like I might accidentally snap my fingernail off or something when pulling that open.


But other than those caveats, the Clutch is a usable keychain tool. The knife is sharp enough to be useful, having a pair of small pliers in your pocket is surprisingly useful and having a screwdriver in your pocket just comes in handy in so many situations!

Recommended if you're looking for a keychain sized multitool but not as highly as the Squirt. Damn you UFL why don't you bring in the Squirt? :P

Wednesday, 10 September 2008 22:24:39 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Tuesday, 09 September 2008

Ok.. it was practically released a month ago, but Microsoft Sync Toy 2.0 has left the beta stage and has been officially released (hmmm... the url still says beta though)

I really love SyncToy, on my A350 I've already setup the camera so that for every new day a new folder is created to hold the pictures. When I come home after shooting all I do is plug the card into the computer, run SyncToy and everything gets thrown into the computer separated by date.

Extremely convenient and highly recommended if you need a simple tool for syncing files between two folders.

Tuesday, 09 September 2008 23:21:33 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 08 September 2008

This is the start of a new ad campaign for Windows, like most on the Internet my response is... eh? It's supposed to get better for the next few ones.

Monday, 08 September 2008 10:26:55 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 07 September 2008

On my journey to becoming a gadgeteer I came across these quick release keychains.


With a simple addition of a quick release mechanism, a simple keychain becomes a utility belt.. err.. ring. You could just keep attaching gear to it which you know might come in handy, like a light, separating different set of keys (house keys, car keys), heck I'd attach one to my trusty Leatherman Squirt if only I can get a spare! Cause I don't feel like just leaving my one and only Squirt on a keychain. (It's hard to find a replacement cause our Leatherman distributor doesn't seem to think it's a good idea to bring in what I'd call the BEST DAMN pocket sized tool ever!)

So when I saw this in ACE Hardware the other day.


A Niteize S-Biner which is essentially.. a key chain with 2 quick release ends.I don't really have a specific use for it right now but I thought I should just get one and keep it around.

Sunday, 07 September 2008 17:28:59 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 03 September 2008

Google's webbrowser, called Google Chrome has just been released in Beta form. It's a browser based on the webkit engine (used in Safari, iPhones) so luckily it means that I don't have to do *much* additional testing to see if our web sites work with it.

Among the various interesting features is what Google calls 'Applications Shortcuts' which allows you to save a URL to an icon on your desktop and then you can basically double click and run it as if you were running an application. This along with the built in support for Google gears is meant to help developers bear more powerful web applications that can integrate and work as well as native applications, check out the illustration in their introduction comic here on Page 34 ~ 35.

Wow.. making web applications that can have access to native resources, and pretty much grant the best of both web and native app worlds. Such a GREAT idea! Microsoft introduced HTML Applications waaaay back in IE5, it was meant to allow the development of web applications that when run on the client machine would have the capabilities and power of a native app. But for some reason it never took off, maybe it was because the idea was introduced by Microsoft and to many people native app meant Windows app and thus they didn't pay much attention to it.

Wonder how well people would receive Google's idea then?

Wednesday, 03 September 2008 14:32:23 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  |