# Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Silverlight 2.0 has left Beta and is RELEASED!!! Get your development tools over at the official site!

One thing of note that I must mention is that Visual Web Developer Express 2008 SP1 is now a SUPPORTED development environment! So you can now develop for Silverlight with the FREE tool!

Although I must say it's gonna hurt a lot since the XAML designer in Visual Studio is definetly not as powerful as Blend itself. Unless they've made some changes to it! I wouldn't know yet, still downloading and installing the new dev bits as I type this in.

Also.. hope the Silverlight Streaming Service gets upgraded soon too.

Tuesday, 14 October 2008 21:24:26 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 

My colleague pointed me at a Javascript library called JQuery today, he was tellling me that it was a neat library to do client side animations. I was a bit skeptical at first cause I didn't like how some of the libraries worked.

But after running through some tests just now I'm impressed, it's nice, simple and clean. Very straightforward to use and doesn't seem like it'll get in the way of our other scripting methods, including the ASP.Net Ajax Extensions. But I guess to be sure I'll need to go through it a bit more.

I guess it doesn't hurt that Microsoft feels it's pretty good too!

Hmmm.. ok… have to try out something one of these days.

Tuesday, 14 October 2008 02:35:11 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 12 October 2008

The following is an experiment of using High Speed Sync'ed flash on small objects.

About a week ago I finally found another possible candidate for a pocket multitool, a replacement in case anything happens to my Squirt.


The Victorinox Manager, not quite the Mini Champ which I was actually looking for. But it's not too shaby. The size is right.


And it's the Squirt's equal in thickness as well.


Of course the fact that it has a plastic shell and doesn't have a big pair of pliers means the Victorinox Manager feels much lighter than the Squirt.


Obviously they both come with a blade, almost the same length, just different errr… broadness. Let's hope I don't end up cutting myself with this one.

And of course they both come with the essential Phillips screwdriver.


Though on the Squirt it's more of a filed down normal screw driver instead of an actual cross. The Manager's Phillips screwdriver is an actual small cross.

And of course the main difference that might be the deal breaker when it comes to what to carry.


The Squirt houses a pair of pliers small yet adequate for light patch jobs when you need to twist something hard. Where as the Manager has the more commonly used scissors instead, ideal for precision cutting when a blade is unable to perform.

Being a Swiss Army Knife, the Manager has some errr… non tool like things.


Like a pair of tweezers, and a pen… which came DRY and UNUSABLE! must be because it was exposed in the display case for god knows how long! :(

One of the things that I realized is that.


I now have both a small and normal sized version tools for both Leatherman and Victorinox tools!

So.. after all that. I noticed that the shadowing is an interesting effect, albeit hard to control since I have only one flash… hmmm.. maybe I should build a lightbox next?

Sunday, 12 October 2008 21:53:39 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 

Went to a little conference organized by Sony for Alpha owners today. They had a cosy little setup, first of all since they were allowing the general public to come and try out the equipment they had a little showroom for the various pieces of technology and gear that go into an Alpha camera. Including this little guy.


An cutaway view of an A700 camera, didn't exactly get the best angle for this thing today, will try again tomorrow.

Then of course they had to allow people to try out their cameras, so they needed subjects.. like




And where there are bikes…


There be posing models!


Sony did a great job of setting up a proper shooting stage, there were ample lights and they were nice and bright that I didn't even need to use a Flash at ISO100, so I could take nice clear shots with my 50mm Macro lens.


Normally I would have made a Deep Zoom album containing my other shots so you can check out the minute details of the pics. But… Silverlight 2.0 is going to RTM soon, and I don't want to risk having to recreate all the Deep Zoom images if there are any breaking changes.

So that'll have to wait.

Sunday, 12 October 2008 00:44:53 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 05 October 2008

During one of my trips to China I bought this little souvenir.


It looks just like a small rock, but of course Marauderz doesn't just buy any small rock. There's of course a trick to this rock, in order to exaggerate the effect you just shine a light DIRECTLY on the surface.


And it leaves a glowing mark.


Yes… this is one of those glow in the dark rocks, I bought it cause I never saw something that reacted to light with such a violent reaction before. Heck all my usual glow in the dark toys could never glow in normal daylight. But this thing was almost glowing with light once you gave it a boost.

And in total darkness…


Like a small glowy ball.

Sunday, 05 October 2008 16:31:58 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  |