# Saturday, 18 October 2008

So there I was lugging WZ around in Ikano when I saw this thing in the RC Planet shop on the top floor.


At first I thought it was an inverter, which essentially is a device which takes a DC power source (ie, you car battery) and convert it to AC power (ie. the wall socket in your house) for more info read my previous post. But then I thought no one would simply label something as a generator if it was converting power, and I found this spec sheet stuck on the cabinet.

It's essentially an inverter… that comes with a battery. In layman's terms, this is a wall socket which you can carry around! The rated power output is (in case you haven't clicked on the link yet) 140Watts CONTINOUSLY I wonder what the peak rate is then.

The power capacity is 210Watthour, base on what little I know of power calculation I think the rough formula for seeing how long the thing can last for you is to take the wattage of your device say.. a laptop charger that has a rated MAXIMUM output of 12V x 3A = 36 Watts and then use that to divide the maximum power capacity so in this case it's 210Wh / 36W = ~5.8 hours. So, if your notebook charger was constantly drawing the peak power rating, you'll get about 5.8 hours from this thing. But I don't think notebook adapters go near their maximum power rating, then again it's not like I have any equipment for measurement.

It IS an interesting piece of gear to carry around, especially if you had something you wanted to power in the middle of no where. Just be mindful of the power rating for the equipment you are running. Traditional tube TVs are a no no, cause the degauss cycle they go through when you turn them on draws a lot of power. Ditto for hair dryers, and probably power tools. At 140Watts you can forget about powering your XBox 360 or PS3 in a campsite. Or for that matter your monster rig of a desktop computer. :P

Now I just have to convince myself and someone else that I NEED to get this…

Saturday, 18 October 2008 23:01:00 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Thursday, 16 October 2008

So I was asked to shoot some rings.


Looks elegant when you're holding it, but up close… you can see the tool marks and all. The guy's ring is… normal.. undecorated.


I'm shooting this on top of the box container, so note the dust on the black cushion. The bride's ring is of course the one that has a stone on it.


I couldn't exactly think of any particular way of arranging it, so I just ended up with this.


While trying to get a depth of field that would contain everything the shutter speed was up to 30 seconds. I spent 5 minutes blowing out all the dust that got attracted to the sensor after that.


The shot on top is cropped and not the full pic, but this was pretty much the closest I could get to the stone. I guess with a lightbox I could take pics like this with a nice.. white uniform background. Hmmm.. interesting.

Thursday, 16 October 2008 23:06:43 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 15 October 2008

So after fiddling with JQuery for a while, I REALLY REALLY LIKE IT A LOT!!! I like how the whole library is built around the basis of the programmer basically saying "I like to find a bunch of tags which fall under these parameters and do something with it"

And that's pretty much what you do in a majority of clientside Javascript scenarios, either you'll be using Javascript to make some effects to alert the user to something (ie, change color, change size) or you'll just be using it to make your page look spiffier!

And basically that's what I have done in order to test out JQuery, I wrote a simple script and attached it onto my blog, now when the page finishes loading. The script will, using JQuery

  • Run through all A tags with a HREF that contains the words "/binary/WindowsLiveWriter" these are basically links to the full sized versions of images on my blog.
  • Replace the default behavior of clicking on those links so that clicking on them doesn't open a new window but instead.
  • Loads the full size image into a hidden image tag, then display it in place on the actual page itself so the user doesn't have to go through another window to see the full image.
  • And of course when the user clicks on the full image or anywhere in the void they get returned to the normal page.

And now of course.. for a sample.


Could I have done this without JQuery? ABSOLUTELY! Would it have been fun to do without JQuery? No. Would I have even considered doing it without JQuery? ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!

JQuery is definitely a library worth your time to check out and I wish I found out about it earlier!

Wednesday, 15 October 2008 22:19:17 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [1]  | 
# 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]  |