# Friday, 09 July 2010

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


Of course, the person responsible for this is.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


On one handle you'll find the knife.


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.


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.


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


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.


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]  |