# Friday, 09 July 2010

A little scene was waiting for me when I got home today.

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Of course, the person responsible for this is.

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Friday, 09 July 2010 22:03:48 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 

After finding out about local online knife selling website Blade.MY I decided to pick up something to try out their service. So I went and got this.

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This is the Leatherman Style CS, it's a small little multitool knife like the best pocket multitool I've ever used, the Leatherman Squirt.

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So it's small and slightly more than 3 inches across, and of course it's sporting a very holely look.

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Not only do the holes give it a sweet look, they also serve to lighten the overall weight of the knife, and yes the weight's very pocketable.

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The Style CS comes with a pair of scissors instead of pliers, which is actually one of the things that is stopping me from swapping out the Squirt in my pocket for this. I kinda like the idea of having a pretty usable pair of needle nose pliers in my pocket.

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On one handle you'll find the knife.

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And on the other you'll find the combination nail file / screwdriver. After carrying around the squirt for 4 years I actually fear using these flat screwdrivers, the problem is that they don't have the structural strength of a real Phillips screwdriver so if the screw you're trying to open happens to be really right you might end up damaging the head.

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The carabineer clip that's on the end of the tool is actually a bottle cap opener as well, personally I haven't opened a bottle cap EVER with my knives but I guess caps must still be popular enough to warrant the inclusion of an opener in anything that can be called a proper multitool.

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The little nib on the handle, is actually a small pair of tweezers.

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Nothing much to write about a pair of tweezers I guess...

While the Style CS will still not replace my Squirt P4 in my pocket, the main thing I found out was that Blade.My is able to supply these Leatherman Tools at pretty competitive prices. So if you're looking for a Leatherman tool you might want to check them out. I myself already have my eyes set on something else in the catalog...


Friday, 09 July 2010 00:33:36 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [1]  | 
# Wednesday, 07 July 2010

Well, I managed to get inside the Windows Live Connect Beta. And first thing I did was? Put yet another widget on my page... Let's see how long it takes for me to implement other features. Smile with tongue out


Wednesday, 07 July 2010 23:23:01 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 26 June 2010

God that was such an underwhelming experience.. There's a LOUD POP... and then SOME confetti..


Saturday, 26 June 2010 18:50:29 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Friday, 25 June 2010

Google has a great barcode reading program/library in the form of ZXing. They had a CSharp branch already but not a Silverlight one. So I looked through the code a little and ported the QRCode portion of the library for Silverlight use by doing the following

  • Replaced System.Collections.Arraylist with System.Collections.Generic.List <Object>
  • Replaced System.Collections.HashTable with System.Collections.Generic.Dictionary <Object,Object>
  • Removed all Serializable attribute markings
  • Forced all calls to System.Text.Encoding to use UTF-8 as the encoding type.

While the first two changes might have a performance impact to the code, it's the LAST change that worries me since it deals with encoding, specifically I worry about exactly how well can the code deal with NON English content... oh well, that's a challenge for another day I guess.

What is that you say? Talk is cheap.. then GIVE IT A TRY!! How does it work? Create some tags.. save the tags as PNGs, then Read some tags by loading images which contains tags. Or.... Take a PICTURE of a tag using your webcam! Oh.. if your webcam can't take nice sharp images, you might want to invest in an autofocusing camera like the Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000.

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What's that you say? It's an Open Source project therefore I need to contribute my code back into the trunk? Well.. sure... the source for the sample along with the lib is here.

The code was compiled for Silverlight 4, technically I don't *think* I used anything that won't allow it to work with Silverlight 3 though.

As to how to actually contribute it back in the trunk errr.. I guess I'll have to get in touch with the guys that's handling the project.

So.. 2 things that need to be done now.

  • See how to integrate with RawVideoStream and read tags off a LIVE video stream
  • See if the library works with Windows Phone 7

The 2nd would be a bit more difficult since I DON'T HAVE A WINDOWS PHONE 7 device! :P


Friday, 25 June 2010 00:03:57 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  |