Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Pinwide "lens" - or real life Instagram

I recently bought the pinwide cap for my micro 4/3 camera (Panasonic DMC-GX1). Sure, you can also make a pinhole by making a hole in a camera camera cap, but this one is "optimised", with the pinhole receding inside the camera body to get an image as wide as possible.

The adapter is made of good quality plastic (polycarbonate "char siew" according to DigitalRevTV), and comes in a nice little metal box.

Pinwide in its box

Friday, 18 January 2013

Nikon Charger vs "Nikon" Charger

On the topic of charger vs charger, and how they are not all born equal, here is another one.

This one is a battery charger, for a Nikon Coolpix camera. The original one refused to charge, while in India. The Nikon centre over there opened it, and apparently fixed it. However, it still refused to charge the battery, so we bought another one (on eBay, again...).

Let's compare the 2 chargers. From the outside, they look pretty similar:

Left: eBay charger. Right: original charger. (click to zoom)

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Picasa as (random) data storage

People have been using Gmail storage space for backup purpose, GmailFS is one of such projects. What I propose here is to use Google Picasa: Storage space is unlimited, as long as your image dimensions do not exceed 2048x2048 pixels. By encoding data to appear as a image, you could potentially get unlimited storage space.