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Skin tag removal that actually works

It is rare I write non-technical posts.  However, once in a while you find a product that actually works as advertised and are so happy you have to tell people.  If you ever have a skin tag (or more), you could go to the dermatologist and have him freeze them.  Problem is, it hurts, is expensive, and they *will come back.  This product removes them completely without an office visit and they *stay gone. It actually does what they say.  You have to ruff them up with supplied file (*import part) and it does sting a little, but it is worth it.  So you may need a helper.  But it works!  Nuff said.

BTW – I have a personal theory that these are started by dehydration.  So drink your 64 ounces each day.

Wart Mole Vanish – Natural Wart, Mole, Skintag Remover Creams – Remove Moles . Remove Warts . WartMoleVanish.com

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USB Digital Thermometer Dongle

 

DealExtreme: $8.76 USB Digital Thermometer Dongle (Software Displays Temperature)  Was looking for one of these a while ago.

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DigitalPersona vs Griaule fingerprint SDK

Have switched my TimeExpress biometrics app to using DigitalPersona and am pretty happy so far.  I originally developed my app with the Microsoft Reader and the Griaule SDK.  However, after looking at deployment issue, I found this was not going to work well for me or my customers.  I then purchased a digitalPersona U.are.U 4500 reader and downloaded their free SDK to test it out.  In about a day, I fixed my app to work with new sdk. Both products worked for me and both have pros and cons in the sdks.  Both products seem to have “over-built” these SDKs and seem to think the focus of your app is there SDK, which is not the case.

Griaule Pros:
1) Works with many readers (including MS Reader)
2) Faster on verify

Griaule Cons:
1) Complex deploy. requires many files.
2) Poor or incomplete documentation.
3) Licensing. Requires each client have a txt license tied to machine id. This complicates deployment and support greatly.
4) API tied to windows UI controls.  This is unneeded and awkward for many .Net projects and does not allow console or server side verify.
5) Does not support other hardware so does not work with Microsoft reader (which is strange because the MS internals use DP hardware)
6) Grtools tray app installed and wants to take over your machine.  It also randomly takes 100% cpu. This is most annoying thing and I was prompted to look elsewhere for this reason.

Digital Persona Pros:
1) Better SDK and documentation.
2) Has good .Net support.
3) Libraries support UI and non-UI apis.
4) Does not require any client license (just the hardware).
5) OneTouch for Windows SDK is free.
6) Hardware good.  The finger reader just feels good and built well. It has “weight” and stays on the desk better then MS reader (which would need to be taped down in a production environment).
7) Windows Vista recognized and installed the driver on plug-in without the CD. Was not expecting that. In my mind, this is a big deployment winner without needing another setup step for customer.
8) Can serialize the fingerprint sample and send it over the wire for server verify.

Digital Persona Cons:
1) .Net Samples seem strange. Almost like they are ported from java or something. .Net naming standards not followed.  The event model seems strange also.
2) Could be abstracted more and remove a lot of un-needed code and namespaces.  I mean 90% of time, you want a finger press event and a Verify function and that is it.  Too much “stuff” in the way.  That said, the .Net support seems cleaner then Griaule’s.
3) Supports only DP hardware.
4) Performance is acceptable, but feels a tad slower then Griaule sdk and MS Reader.
5) The have another sdk they charge 600 bucks for. I don’t get this idea of charging for an sdk when you have to buy there hardware anyway. Seems like a money grab that only will put off new developers.  This may even push people over to Griaule and MS reader.
6) .Net libraries included, but requires 4 references to different dlls to get enroll and verify working.  Again, they need to get over themselfs and rollout a single DLL with 2-4 public methods and call it a day. Maybe also put up a ClickOnce site for point and click deploy of sdk and driver updates. 

In the end, I give DP 4 stars and Griaule sdk 3 stars.

Digital Persona reader and OneTouch SDK.
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Test Live Writer

Live Writer and WordPress combo is just too cool for school.

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Da new blog

Decided to join the wordpress world and move from msn spaces.  Spaces has been good, but things like comments, spelling, editing,  and finding your own blog posts can use some work.  For now, I will give this a spin.