December 31, 2005

got new stuff

finally i've got money to buy The Corrs - All The Way Home / The Story Of The Corrs from one of the local stores with a lovely price. but i don't have time to watch it yet on this new year eve.

but how can i get money? i've got a temp job for 2 months. and more plans to come...

December 26, 2005

first local? blogger's book

who is the author? antm's first season runner-up elyse sewell. she's currently working as a model in hk (featured on chow sang sang and motorola recently). and her book (Beauty and the Biz: The International Adventures of America's Third-to-Next Top Model) filled with her blog content (filtered) will be on the shelf of local book stores on Jan 19 and cost you HK$143 from SCMP publishing (博益).

December 21, 2005

one less hard drive brand alives

seagate buys maxtor...

most hong kong ITers knows slang of seagate, and we have less chance to get good hard disks in the future.

small x'mas gift to polyu from nasa?

do you remember beagle 2? it is the lander of european space agency's mars express which was supposed to find life evidence in mars like rival rovers which are still operating after a martian year from nasa but no signals came back after it landed on 2003 christmas day. and it contains a tool for rock-sampling which was made by a hong kong dentist and the polytechnic university of hong kong.

news from reuters said (in english, in chinese) said nasa's mars global surveyor has found the track of beagle 2 on the ground of mars. details please check the reuters' articles btu at least beagle 2 had not been burnt during the entry of mars' atmosphere so that hong kong has landed mars (better than polar lander from nasa) and there's a chance to check it when people going to mars in the future. (for what i have known, the states will be probably the first to send people to mars like what they did for the moon. russia is a bit untrustful because of budget - even they don't have money to build new military ships. i don't count china for this moment because the skills they have are still lag from others even they are chasing quite fast but it's not sure for the future of china)

December 19, 2005

down down wto?

the sixth wto ministerial conference is finally gone. there are still discussions even our bishop zen arguing whether hong kong is a good place to hold the conference. i've expressed my view before and i wanna say something else.

i think wto is too powerful and controlled by only 150 ministers. their decision can affect the whole country faith. but without that power, how can the organization work? and seems that that is the only perform for developing countries to deal with developed even though their power is still much less.

subsidies can keep country the competition but i think it's a bad thing. taxes are wasted to support a small proportion of people for their wealth and they will not work for incrasing their quality or other good ways to fight against international competitors.

for those developing countries, first of all they need to improve the government quality in many ways. democracy is a good way but it cannot stop every bad things. it can expose weaknesses more easily so that people can have a good perform to kick out bad things and people. and the governments should help their citizens especially farmers to find their future but please don't order/push farmers doing the way just like planned. otherwise few years later any problem rises and they will be deep in trouble (like mainland farmers in inner provinces to grow flowers with the push of local officials but infrastructure and other things are not prepared). farmers are needed to face the truth that some of them will stay away farming to increase efficiency in the future anyway, at that moment government support for both sides is essential for this transformation.

links for the conference
official: wto, hk gov
blogs: from google blogsearch, from technorati
pixs: from flickr

constitutional development 5.01

after the pressure of the protest on dec 4, our government finally responses the constitutional development. there are two key points in the amendment, first is still allowing appointed district councils members to elect new legislative council members and next chief executive. the other is to reduce one-third of appointed district councils members in the next term and need further discussion for the future reduction.

the amendment is so small and the effect is nearly none to the situation. actually in the legislative council most of the time the bills must be passed by both functional constituencies and directly elected by universal suffrage. this is a bit like the states-general in france before french revolution which functional constituencies represents the first and second class (mixed with some democrats now) and directly elected are the third class (with businessmen and local communists but over half are democrats).

but hong kong people are mostly migrated from mainland and the root is not so deep to the land. in these days they will only do the protest but not revolt (which central government is afraid of). so universal suffrage is still has a hope if the development still loses at the vote at legislative council.

December 15, 2005

two-day temporary job

i'd applied a job of programmer at an agent company but it gave me a temporary job lasted for two days. the job is a technician for supporting it department in a catering company. and i needed to check the returned equipment repairable or not. besides, i needed to go to not yet opened new restaurant to set up computer. more often when computers in restaurants and cake shops are in trouble, i needed to replace them. those shops located in tsim sha tsui (closed to the department), mongkok, lai chi kok, and kwai hing. in total i checked few touch screen pos, few computers, and bill printers. and also i set up a computer and connected the modem into a phone socket. and also i replaced two leased bill printers and extended a power cord, replaced a usb to ps2 plug, plus a touch screen pos.

even the job is easy and should not need to overtime, i was still lack of luck. after the end of first day, i needed to cross the harbour to go to the agent to photocopy my bank book. when going home, so many people were waiting mtr to go and made me back home late around an hour. even worse was on the next day, the task is to replace the pos but the errors messages shown after the replacement. i needed to travel between the shop and the department and waited the software team to remote fixing the machine by uploading old data from old harddisk and setting in the new harddisk. so i went back home as late as the first day.

however some things are found. the floor layout of the company is not so good that two lifts have doors at the middle of the company and every departments have their own lock at the door. and the department i worked likes a garbage, i.e. the returned equipment are placed over the floor and people actually work at only one fourth of working space. they need to handle all tasks for hong kong and macau, shenzhen and guangzhou but with only 13 people while one is manager, two senior, three for telephone support. sometimes they have luck for not late handling tasks for more than seven days. people at the shops and restaurants love to find us to save them from computer failure, but they are worried whether any replacement is needed to be counted on their balance sheet.

btw on the first day when i was pulling sets of computers to not opened restaurant and waited my parnter to find out where it is, a foreigner was asking me any nearby museums. after telling him art and space museums and the location of them. he asked me a museum with the name i didn't know and i cannot find it in the list at lcsd site.

and when i was waiting for the replacement of pos, i needed to help the sales to handle customers request! i found a pair of young japanese couples buying cakes, the male looked like densha otoko (he held a japanese book and his hair cut is lmao) while the girl was dressed in style (could they be the real densha otoko couples?). and the sales were quite boring and asking me how to fix her home computer which is full of virus and they themselves used a bit of spare time to tell each other their im information.

the head of my working team told me that his teacher had told him if you cannot raise to management level in four years, you will be outdated as an electronic engineering graduate.

p.s. blogger spam engine thought here is a spam blog. now is free from it.

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yahoo hk blog

i accidentally pressed a button for trying the service but didn't fill in any information to use it. now i cannot view any yahoo blog when i logged in my yahoo account and it keeps showing me the application form. damn it!

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personal complain

i wanna complain a company for its poor administration. yesterday i got a phone call to have an interview today. but this morning another phone call from another person of the same company told me to interview tomorrow for another post which i haven't applied. then i told him the truth and he cancelled today appointment and i'm not free tomorrow afternoon. so i should lose the chance to get interviewed. what the fuck is that company administration doing?

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chinese version 2 of google desktop

the final release is out now (introduction at google desktop blog). i've installed it but i did a stupid move to encrypt the database and that took all my resources. but i've reinstalled it with brand new database.

but before reinstallation i need to reset my bios! and my computer is still keep hang when the desktop is working to index its database...

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December 14, 2005

world after outbreak of bird flu?

bird flu is now one of the centres of the news. this time the bird flu was discovered from my home town, hong kong, same as 1967 flu. it's pretty hard to think whether i can survive after the outbreak. but i want to predict the world after the outbreak.

  1. information freedom
    last time the outbreak of sars is due to the block of information by our mainland china government and this time they do the same for bird flu. before november, there were only deads of birds by the flu but no people died. but in nearby countries, there are also people deaths. and the hygiene of mainland chinese is not very good. it's not impossible to have no people deaths due to bird flu in china.

    to prevent this happening again, chinese communists will be overthrown since they cannot handle so many problems in china and hopefully the new government can stop the blocking of information so that the world can be free from any disease outbreak.
  2. war
    united states may not have enough power to be the only superpower and the failure of united nations, wto floats. many people died and productivity has fallen. the market collapses as people are afraid to work and shop. in order to lift up the people spirit after the decline of economy and getting more resources, militarism may come back by this opportunity, especailly japan. and even al-qaeda can use this chance to expand and affect the world balance.
  3. globalization/oursourcing
    globalization and outsourcing help the spread of flu because virus can travel from one continent to another by human travel. but the flu can only slow down the development for a moment. this is because outsourcing and globalization can maintain enterprise productivity as people are not limited resources if they can build factories or use people to provide services from other places. the limitation is only cost to set up factories or services, transportation.
  4. human contact
    if the situation becomes worst, there will be no more shopping to reduce human contact for preventing flu and property developers in hong kong are in deep trouble (they earn a lot from renting shops at shopping malls). people will all stay at home to use phone, computer or itv for shopping. in order to strengthen the body and for leisure, sports are needed but people need to wear masks to prevent flu. and equipped people are needed to deliver products bought from remote shopping.
  5. ways to prevent flu
    newer ways are needed to develop besides vaccines because vaccines is a too passive way to prevent flu. people may also need to change their mind so that they don't keep their children too clean in order to build their own self defense. even worse genetic moderized human will be born to prevent any flu to further damage human species.
  6. animals
    better studies are needed for relations between humans and animals to prevent any more virus transfer from animals to humans (like hiv, bird flu), or expose any unknown human/animals viruses so that we can better handle them earlier. and we need to track migration of birds more tightly to understand how they become virus carrier and the way how they got virus from poultry.

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new hsbc visa card

from the advertisement on the last page of headline daily, hsbc is releasing new visa card. the old one fits with a world map while new one fits with a butterfly drawing and new visa logo (information for new visa logo). personally i think the new one is uglier than the old one. they should find a better drawing (maybe from the note) instead of butterfly.

btw i cannot see the card is built with a chip (EMV) which should be required in the coming years.

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wto ministerial conference

wto ministerial conference may be a good thing for hong kong society:

  1. people can live a bit easier from tight business atmoshpere due to the prevention of protests of the conference (flexible working hours, or even off);
  2. good practice moments for the police force to handle big events (hong kong is too peaceful). metal shields are put on the police cars (requested for some time). and they need to take care of their shields being taken by protesters;
  3. well organised protests which hong kong organisers are lack of handling;
  4. and this is a good chance to show how polite we face the protesters and vice versa (return of shields)

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December 10, 2005

wto really affecting my life

this week, i've got many interviews from every types of job. but i think not the same will happen in the coming week due to wto hong kong ministerial conference. the protests making seattle in riot when the conference held few years ago were emphasized and worries from the actions by korean farmers were become deeper and deeper in our heart. it seems that next week many other activities will be slowed down or halted, so we have to finish them this week or after the conference, including interviews, and i had chances to reach the offices of two tallest buildings here. maybe next week is a good chance for a cheaper holiday with a strong x'mas sense around the world. so you can see it may be not good for hong kong to hold controversial conferences. but will wto become another league of nations and war will be started because it fails to stop disputes over trading issues?

one of the interviewers had made a suggestion for my future. she talked to me that my score for ielts test can apply a master degree in warrick. but i don't have enough money and for this moment don't have a good proposal for me to apply. and the only one i know from warrick sets me back, that is my pure maths teacher. he should be the exceptional case from the university, from his english level, his manner, his teaching passion... so damn many.

p.s. agatha christie is the feature writer in causeway bay pageone

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December 09, 2005

pork stock farms in hong kong

local pork stock farms in hong kong, which are located in new territories and source of our food everyday, may be disappeared in the coming future and replaced by mainland's completely with our "clever" government officials.

just the past tuesday, a tvb jade program has shown forseen troubles for our farmers from our government. the officials said hong kong is a small and high crowded place, even 40% of our land are country parks and three fourth are not developed.

besides hong kong is one of the places having japanese encephalitis disease. the japanese encephalitis is a type of virus which is caused by mosquitos carrying with the virus while pigs and wild birds are carriers of the virus. and hong kong is a hot spot of wild birds to take a mid-way stop.

one of the requirements which may be applyed to the farmers is no insects in the farms. but how can this happen in the environment with humans and stocks? the penalty is not small when insects are found and made people whose lives are dedicated to the farms frustated.

in the future, no more stock farms will be found here, and hong kong will only be a financial and logistics centre, after kicking industrial and agricultural work. the only thing we can change our future is we need to choose our government by our own hand, but not central government.

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December 05, 2005

a good person in the govenment

yesterday we expressed our request for democracy. now we need to wait the approval from the central government. but our ex-owner, uk, please deliver more pressure to the current one for this issue like the states. otherwise there is no room for the pride of uk.

however our government still have good people, at least one of them is the head of hong kong observatory. yesterday he said employees should not be parts in their employers mind wich is even worse than slaves. so he does encourage them to not work overtime. work should provide reasonable salary to raise family; and increase the efficiency should be more output from less input, but not extending the working hours. besides he suggested people should live in simple to reduce the emission of carbon dioxide for nature balance.

P.S. something cool in latest podcast by paul lin. hope you take some time to listen.

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December 03, 2005

3 things

  1. Apple Comp Inc has issued latest ipod updater. this one only fixes bugs in Shuffle. but i need to reset my shuffle after the update. it craps my ipod...
  2. from Blogger Buzz, they talked about Blogpoly, which is made by a blogger littlesolo who is on the blogcast! list in that means it's a pride of chinese.
  3. another news from blogger buzz, they said they updated spam control on recently updates list. many blogger users should miss the list before taken away from blogger front page. so put down the link in your favourites/bookmarks.

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December 02, 2005

fundamental of the day after tomorrow

the theory behind the movie the day after tomorrow, the flow of the atlantic conveyor is slowing down. if it stops, 6ºC drop is expected.

so we will have winter earlier and summer later. petrol will be earlier used out as people used more electricity and petrol directly for warming themselves. and any development near arctic circle (exploring new ship route, resources due to global warming) will be halted. at that time we need more clothes and food but relatively fewer animals and farms we can use.

the tense of reserving resources will be increasing. i'm afraid this will increase the chance for another world war. and another explode of global disease may become truth. or will there be cycles for few decades warming, and few decades cooling to make the conveyor on and off status continuously?

ref: yahoo hk news from reuters

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another tomato pasta sauce

after the pale sauce from unilever, i've tried another one from italy. it added basils and i can find few inside the sauce. the taste is richer and i can feel the natural sour taste from tomatos. but the label said it can serve four people but i have used hlaf for my lunch...

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November 30, 2005

snap from speech by chief executive

since this morning, the radio has already said there was an important annoucement would be performed by our chief executive donald tsang tonight at 7:30. here are some of my findings during the speech:

  • chief executive was wearing new glasses
  • he sat just like a robot, even worse than C-3PO
  • he mislead us in 2 points:
    chief executive and new counilers of legislative council are elected with all citizen-elected district council members. (but actually some are appointed by our chief executive)

    the research he talked was done before the fifth report of the constitutional development task force was made. (he already misled british and american politicans with this point)
  • after his speech, tvb jade channel the news presenter asked the comments from a political commenter and two political party members. the dressing of the chairman of democratic party, LEE Wing Tat, is not very good. the lower part of tie was shown and he should either button all the buttons or not button at all.

    even worse was from the other party member, DAB's LAU Kong Wah, his face had two red spots which looked like ghost in traditional chinese stories... and what he said i can sure is not from his own heart, is from the order of central government. in thier local communists' mind, they don't like the current chief executive and they want to rule hk just like last seven years (most of hk people still remember how "good" last seven years were)

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November 29, 2005

recent favourites

three songs are in mind now recently:

  1. I'm Feeling You from Santana feat. Michelle Branch & The Wreckers

    from the success of debut of last album, the game of love from shaman, they form again for and got this song out. record company has also made this as the debut. it's a good song but a bit less compared to the game of love.

  2. Push the Button from Sugababes

    known this band from song round round (much earlier than local singer emme wong to sing the local lyrics version) from album angels with dirty faces but i don't like their make up. and this one is another pop material from the band.

  3. Boyfriend from Ashlee Simpson

    just like the above one, i can say this song can be a pop one even not sung by her.

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November 27, 2005

another characteristic test


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another terminator controlling our travel freedom

the real terminator arnold schwarzenegger has just left after promoting anti-priacy with jackie chan and also california plant products (sunkist's orange is much better than those from south africa, australia or china).

but nearby there will be a terminator to be implemented to monitor our travel freedom soon. our immigration department will use e-brain to issue every items related to our life and freedom like passports and visas. it is the first system around the world. it can learn new cases through input from officers when anything cannot be handled and automatically handle similar ones later on.

but two things are needed to take care, first is this system is hard to prevent anyone using fake identity to get the access or leave from hong kong. the second is whether the system will be too clever we cannot control it in the future and our freedom will be lost?

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November 26, 2005

democracy in hk

although i'm still lost in job hunting, i'm very clear on my view to democracy.

our government always say stability is over everything including the demand of democracy which follows the tone of central government. but from the history mentioned by 古德明, the stability was only highlighted when ming dynasty's eunuches was ruling actually. and central government is stable now? no, many farmers and villagers and even town people are in riot when government are concentrated on stability and people are put into jails.

and over government say they will take governance at high priority with professionals (but not chosen by public). but how good is it? it's bad. even democratic bosnia is doing much faster than us to stand the first statue of our celebrity, bruce lee, earlier than us (ref from abc news) around the world. but our "good" hk government have rejected that idea for long time even the one shown in avenue of stars is not supported by the government.

some people always want our catholic bishop joseph zin to stop asking people to parade for democracy on dec 4. but he did say a thing i agree very much. people should not disgard present life by chasing future. some may ask why the pope are not chosen by catholic believers. but they don't know the catholic society and the pope should be chosen by god.

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November 25, 2005

whata roflmao thing!

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November 22, 2005

new terminator?

there are using wi-fi mosquito killers to kill mosquitos in golf courts pools by suing wi-fi to control the release of propane based on weather. i think this design has a potential in military purposes or correctional purposes to control prisoners and enemies like resident evil or terminator. if hackers or terrorists gained control of killers, they would release lots of gas and could kill us!!

ref: cent, taiwan cnet

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two telecom news in hk

first one is 13 operators from satellites, mobile sevice providers, to fixline telephone companies disagree the plan provided by the authority on the period of licensing for broadband wireless access (bwa). but the authority seems to ignore their complaint.

for the future of bwa in hong kong, since here is small, it can replace nearly very telecom services provided in different formats by now. but providers paid a lot of money to develop existing network and got the permits (like 3G) to operate the service. we must know new technology is coming and we must face it. i hope they one way slowdown the deployment of bwa (but not too late that affects customers benefits) and find a good way to adopt bwa asap (at least we don't need to more an expensive client to support 3G, 4G, and wifi whatsoever). and i hope i work in the companies can catch the chance to develop (like cti in the past - it doesn't disagree but it's losing money)

second is astri co-operates with wavecom to improve manufacturers' technique in pearl delta region.

it's hard to say how much this can help the manufacturers. some of them may already own better technologies (like zte) and there are research teams which have some well-known technologies (like cityu hk's ee). those mid-end have thier own team to build products and sold them in big names (ge etc). wavecom can only help those low-end oem factories to upgrade but they should be elimated by the market. and any good output from this co-operation will only contribute to wavecom. patents, designs... we can hardly get anything from wavecom.

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November 20, 2005


in this article, to kit talked about the relation between the expansion of muslim and the riot in france. he said a key point that muslims like to push others to belive their religion. nowdays, first is to live in their ways and not affecting others. since their behaviour is much opposed to local ones, they are suppressed, later on they will fight against the authories.

in history only some period of moors' spain and after the third crusade muslims allow christains to maintain their ways of life. but soon the way has gone. now christains i think are weakened because of materialism. and muslims are going to be the only way for all people? no with religion control from our good chinese communists, they will not win at all.

and i think another group of people who behave like muslims are environmentalists and those for anti-globalization.

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wtcc in macau

for the first time the last race of wtcc series (etcc for last few years) was held in macau (some drivers tried macau circuit when they knew there would be the place of last race this year and most of them had raced there in formula 3 or other touring cars). the weather is the best compared with last few years and lots of auidences were waiting to watch the race and played auidence wave at their seats.

the first session was held at noon. the race was soon stopped for a while while six cars including jörg müller crashed just after lisboa bend and blocked the track. local portuguese andré couto had leaded but hit twice (lisboa bend, fishermen's bend) to the wall so we needed to withdraw. alfa romeo's augusto farfus jr. won this session while last year winner andy priaulx, seocnd in championship was jsut after him and seat's richard rydell was in third. fabrizio giovanardi, third in points could not finish the race and lost the chance to get the championship. first in points dirk müller got hit near the end of the session and finished at position 10.

the second one started around an hour and a half later. started at pole was three-time winner duncan huisman who was started at 15th at the first race (8th when crossed the flag). Second is btcc champion james thompson. third is peter terting who drove a seat. there were three laps with safty car becuase 4 cars crashed at fishermen's bend and two extra laps were given for racing. huisman maintained the lead until the end and priaulx was strong enough to get second from starting 8th position. dirk müller was in bad luck when he just passed the other before the lisboa bend and could not get into the line so that he crashed to the bend directly. with the withdrawl of the race, priaulx is the first world champion. alain menu was strong enough to survive the race after a small touch of lisboa bend and finished at third.

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November 19, 2005

coming stuff from apple comp inc.

for coming macworld expo, there is a rumour of unveiling new intel-cored ibook. but in this news, apple will also renew the shuffle line which is a-year-old. the size will be smaller and it should like ipod mini to have multi-colors. will there have any display? any chance to make it to be a real ipod?

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bird migration

from the news, we can found birds are becoming lazy to fly over the continents for warmer places in winter maybe cause of global warming and can hold birthing places earlier than those still flying during winter period.

this may be good news and bad news for us. good news is obviously related to the bird flu. since fewer birds are moving from one corner of earth to another corner, fewer chances for them to become virus carrier. the virus has less chance to contact with other animals and it has less chance to have mutation. so it is less offensive to human.

but ecosystem of not only one places has been changed since birds are normally at the upper part of the ecosystem. so that means one place will have less lower parts organisms and birds compete food with us. finally we may ned to hunt them as our food. but most likely environmentalists don't agree that. and at the other place where they should stay in winter will have much more pests. less food can be made and more people will get hungry.

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will nike release new shoes in apple-style?

after motorola had yelled it will follow apple-style to release new phones, nike did an action more useful than yelling. apple coo is gonna join nike's board.

so what will this affecrt nike? release shoes in apple-style? designing shoes like macs, ipods more? integrating mac products into nike products? (as i can remember nike has sold mp3 players but not parntered with apple)

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November 17, 2005

Motorola plans Apple-style product launches

cnet posted that article saying that motorola will promote new products like apple-style. but i don't think that's a magic for motorola.

apple product range is not so wide as motorola's. so it's easy to push more resources on making attract products and there are plenty of times to make people to think what new products are making. so that it's style is useful.

but in motorola case, it has a lot of products, some are attractive but many are not especially the low-end ones so that they need to promote their new products month by month. there's no room for outsiders to imagine new products and no rumours can be made.

in order to make this new style success, both motorola production and marketing staff need to put a lot of effort to change their working style and pay hard to make good products and imaginations.

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written test again

after a brief trip to guangzhou on tuesday, yesterday i went to kwun tong again to attend written test for graduate trainees. but it's too late for me to leave home so that i wasted $70 on taxi. i found an old intern also attended among over ten candidates but he left earlier than me. and i was not in the candidate list but the officer asked me to put my details there. btw this year paper is much harder than last year one.

next stop was tsim sha tsui and had a look at new sogo. it's much smaller than the one in causeway bay and seems selling more profitable stuff. oh, my friend was in his store and took lunch with him. i was a bit lucky because it's ahrd for him to work so early. and wednesday is the day you can access freely to public museums. just a few minutes of walk from the department store is the arts museum watched the chinese ink painting. and walked to the nearby space museum to see any new stuff inside which made me a bit disappoointed. it's interesting so many foreigners to take a visit to the museums. hk goverment should put much more effort on maintaining and improving the standards of the museums.

i still cannot find something for the weekend in the bookstores but i can find a pocket penguin in pageone. another bad news is the version of civilization IV sold in hk is dvd version which i need to either buy a whole new computer or buy a new dvd drive which both i don't have money to do.

back home later and fell asleep as felt tired (maybe effect of drugs)

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November 14, 2005

interview @ unisys

i think this is the first time for me to go to chai wan area since i was born. around an hour trip from home mtr picked me to the last station of the island line and i took a minibus just oustside. in very short time i was at the door of the building.

not like the normal office, u need to sign up for passing the gate to the lift lobby. and there will be a person to press the floor you want to go. what a waste of resources. the application form provided is not localized and u can fill in military service if u had! the team head instead of hr interviewed me. he talked he was hiring people for supporting workstations for tellers. so the job will get overtime two to three days per week especially at the weekend. for the second interview (if it happends, it will be done by hr, strange?) but maybe it's useless that he told so much because i still cannot make poeple think i have the passion to work even i tried. maybe steve said right that i should not so long for the last job. i think it's time for me to give up?

nearby it's the bus terminus just under a private estate and next to the stadium. so i took the cross-harbour bus. the bus driver is good for the elderly but not for his driving skill. i'm interested in a pair of ladies. one should be mom and she didn't wear what she should at her age range. her daughter has make-up on her face making her so white. the young one talked about the model business from chai wan, eastern corridor, cross-harbour tunnel until they left at mongkok. she also got a phone call to get a photo shoot tomorrow for a newspaper agency. but when i took back i was thinking how old she is. even she's talking about someone always be a bikini or bathing model. and i think her mother affected her a lot on becoming a model.

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November 13, 2005

neil armstrong

we are gonna welcome our motherland astronauts to our land, i just found something on cbs' 60 minutes new for the first man on the moon when i search for prince of wales stuff.

he finally agreed to get interviewed and talked about the stuff about space (maybe this can stop some people to use it as an excuse for yelling they hadn't gone to the moon) probably for his first authorised autobiography, first man.

but what i focus is how he has the gut to be an astronaut. he got pilots license at 16 but not drive license. he was a flighter pilot at korean war, and a hotshot test pilot to test x-15. but he lost her daugter as the same year to be an astronaut and he's strong enough to concentrate on his work. he nearly lost his life three times during the period for serving nasa. but just after the failure of the experimental device for landing moon, he went back to his office to finish the paperwork!

so if you know any people who have the same gut, make him to be an astronaut!

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Prince of Wales

used to have a chance to own hong kong and he presented his family on the event of handover. but the genes of royal family showed that females are with much longer life. (queen victoria and the queen mother, even his mother the queen). he was interviewed by cbs' 60 minutes before he formally visited the united states after he married duchness of cornwall. some of the highlights were shown by local partner's cantonese channel programme last night.

he's 57? he should not hire nine public relationship officers but someone for make-up (compared to last governor chris patten, he's 61). i'm afraid of the look of prince william after 10 years.

but his interview shown in page 2 & 3 is the key point of my thought. sustainable development; livability; today's world abandoning so many things unnecessarily, so often in the name of efficiency... we are not the technology. it should be our slave. but it's rapidly becoming our master in many areas; frontier of farming organically (quite hard for hk without enough financial support like high-end products maintenance); i totally agree what he said on technology. we are already becoming slave. air-con cycle in hk; email and blackburry everywhere everytime even in the holidays. at last we don't have room for any more thing...

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November 11, 2005


finally break the hardest one generated by pappocom which is posted on today's headline daily. the feeling is amazing.


November 07, 2005

greenhouse gas cut = economy damage?

from the reuters news, International Council for Capital Formation said that the cost to fulfill kyoto protocol on climate change is not small.

that short pain is not easy to cover when globalization has already damaging developed world society by moving low profit industries to developing countries. and protectionism may come when they find this as an excuse and quit the protocol just like US. however we can live a bit longer before the day after tomorrow comes.

hope that there are brilliant politicans to find a good way to handle this.

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newsletter vs feeds

for the world in favor of feeds, i think there's the market for newsletter.

for example, reuters only provide feeds but google reader updates every few hours and get the same headlines for couples of time.

if i use normal desktop reader, i can only check the news when i loaded the application. so the newsletter may be a better choice.

and also emails got from subscription can be used for promotional purposes (based on the laws)...

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November 05, 2005

Little Fighter 2

there's a new version as little fighter online which is not free. but for people downloadin' in, they just get this old version & MAKE it in POPULAR DOWNLOAD LIST position 42!!!

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November 01, 2005


saturday took grad pix for alex and kk coz they need to dealy their graduation for co-op scheme. campus modifications are on the way while people are still the same. they still played cards after photographin'. except ivan took his girlfriend to give us an introduction. she's a bar tender workin' at lan kwai fong.

another interview was on monday afternoon. it's a consulation company to work on stuff related to microprocessor. talked over 15 min on why i still findin' this kind of job but i still cannot give a good answer... seems another lost. but he did say a main point why hk can still have a small bit of industry even wages are high, people are not smart (compared to billions of people). that's the intellectual property.

dinner for hong's and my birthday. after that we went to lan kwai fong to join the celebration of hallowe'en there. the head of lan kwai fong was also there in stead of stadin' at remote government's ocean park which he acts as the chairman. it's not cheap for minimum charge ($60) to get a drink and stand inside the bar. but it's festival time. later we moved to get back home and find our mr. police standin' to guide people (us also) the way back home.

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October 29, 2005

DBS Black Card

the time first heard the card was around half year ago when i visited my friend who's workin' for dbs in singapore at that time and he said the card will be issued in hk. but at that time my mom said it's an american express card (ae card) and not quite useful in hk coz not many places here accept ae card. he also agreed...

now the application form has come to my house as my mom is an "loyal" customer of dbs and she can get the card with no annual fee forever. so she will apply it.

black card? not a big deal at all.

October 28, 2005

few small things

  • saw a blog to talk about mbti and i tried it. the result:

您的人格类型是: ISTP (内向,感觉,思维,知觉)

◆ 出色处理限定任何和实质产品的能力

◆ 敏锐的观察力,对实际信息的出色记忆力

◆ 具有把混乱的数据和可辨认的事实有序排列的能力

◆ 独自工作或者与敬佩的人并肩工作的态度

◆ 在压力之下面对危机保持头脑清醒冷静的能力

◆ 使用手和工具工作的态度

◆ 对突然变化和迅速发生的转变有良好的适应能力

◆ 丰富的常识

◆ 确认和利用有效资源的能力

◆ 柔韧性和愿意冒险尝试新的事物


◆ 难以看到行动深远的影响

◆ 缺乏进行言论交流的兴趣,尤其是表面上的交谈

◆ 不喜欢实现准备,你在组织时间上有一定困难

◆ 对抽象,复杂的理论缺乏兴趣

◆ 有对别人的感觉迟钝麻木的倾向

◆ 有容易变得厌烦和焦躁的倾向

◆ 难以看到目前还不存在的机会和选择

◆ 对行政上的细节和程序缺乏耐心

◆ 不愿意重复自己

◆ 难以做出决定

◆ 很强的独立性,不喜欢过多的条条框框,官僚作风

◆ 抵制制订长期目标,难以达到最后期限

that's quite true to show my mind. and from another blog, there are jobs suitable for me:

· 信息服务业经理

· 计算机程序员

· 警官 (tough for my personal body strength)

· 软件开发员

· 律师助理 (lots of OT & no good future?)

· 消防员 (even tougher than policeman)

· 私人侦探

· 药剂师 (ohh too late to know this!)

  • iTunes Music Store opened in Australia, but not hk.
  • cooked a tomato musroom sauce bought in jusco by unliever. the taste is too pale with only one sliced mushroom in it... it's not worth.
  • Furthermore, those usin' gmail service please check the account size increasin' rate is slowin' down!

October 21, 2005


two interviews took my friday at kwun tong. morning one was from jardine onesolution. time was only wasted to fill the from but the interview was so damned fast. why? they said if you don't know PABX the salary will be very low. so i left there without any regrets. then i first searched where the company i was gonna interview in the afternoon was.

apm is a cool place in kwun tong to fill up my spare time. i put my remainin' hours and bookstore there until jimmy wokrin nearby joined me for the lunch. he said maybe there are specific classes in ive for pabx. and said it's a bit strange for the second interview that a pcb manu company to hire someone knowin' lan. we also think some of our classmates are very lucky to have a high salary job in this field with relatively few experience.

the staff gave me a test on electronics (typed BASIC) when i just came to the company for second interview). it's not basic for most of modern day electronic engineering graduates in hk (something talked in newsgroup suits the case that jimmy agrees, we know many but not specific). they asked the delays SPST..., to find out things in the schematic i know i'm not the type of person they wanted. any other fast interview then. the woman (i feel she's in sick) asked me why there were blanks on the tests, and what is your objective...

P.S. very good entry list for gula race. at least not too much slow atcc drivers (like last few years) blockin' behind

October 19, 2005

no more iTunes Music Store (iTMS) in Asia yet

from the post in apple daily, the new products were introduced in the press conference by apple computer inc. asia pacific. but from the mouth of their marketing director, there is no plan to setup any iTMS store in Asia after japan in this moment...

why? not enough customers or cost too high? i don't think so, even not in hk, there is potential in oz or sg; not enough co-operation from cash, ifpi, or record companies? i don't know. if so i can only say wtf they are doin'?

October 13, 2005

stuff interested

  1. china's spaceship:

    even i hate communists, this spaceship is still a cool thing. first is full coverage in government site using traditional chinese. second is the good side of chinese people and products, if most of normal chinese can perform so good as the space agency's crews, china is not a devil place anymore.
  2. ipod 5th generation:

    that's "one more thing" from ipod series. at least apple knows there is something lack from the other portable multi-players (the same as other mp3 players), i.e. sources. they provide music videos, short animations from pixar (also from steve jobs), and also tv series! but as i always said, in hk we need an itunes music/video store before any further ipod release. and what will the 6th generation include? pda (new newton)? phone?...
  3. stuff to learn

    my old site used frame but it is not supported by host and it is not perferred in xhtml. so i need to fix it by implementing css. but i need to learn it from ground with not much money. and i'm trying to find something good on the net first (like wikibooks).

    another i want to learn further is java which i learnt in the college. luckily there are plenty of free resources and i have a book for old version.

    one more is putonghua. even cantonese is derived from the ancient chinese (like modern italian from latin), putonghua (a bit modified by communists from mandarin to ensure whole chinese especially not much educated farmers can understand. another move is simplifed chinese) is the common language for the coming future and i'm weak on it.
  4. something missed for a good job

    i got an interview earlier for a fastgoing foreign company (good future and working environment) but i failed to get the job. recently the company posted another job ad and i found an requirement more, i.e. proactive. i remember why they need it. the engineering director asked me how to handle a phone call when the client cannot log in webex from our company. but i could not answer well...
  5. wish list

    rome: total war - barbarian invasion
    sid meier's civilzation 4

    cannot find in local bookstore
    even i haven't finished east and west yet

October 12, 2005

another test from blogthings

Your Career Type: Investigative

You are precise, scientific, and intellectual.
Your talents lie in understanding and solving math and science problems.

You would make an excellent:

Architect - Biologist - Chemist
Dentist - Electrical Technician - Mathematician
Medical Technician - Meteorologist - Pharmacist Physician - Surveyor - Veterinarian

The worst career options for your are enterprising careers, like lawyer or real estate agent.
is this the little light i should follow?

October 08, 2005

2nd interview @ nixon

yesterday i was used to be interviewed by senior and boss. but both were busy so only the senior had interviewed me.

he raised an question i'm always lack of, this job is totally different from previous one, do you have enough passion to do this job... ah...

more things known about the job is 5 and 1/2 days, not much ot. supportin' everything from computer system to installation (need to go to construction sites!)

still need to have one more interview from the boss.

later that night to join university mates for dinner for one of girls' birthday. one of us is gonna get married. he's the second guy doin' that within my age range (first the primary mate who has a 4-year-old daughter). i don't know whether it's good for him because i don't know the thing in deep. but as always i wish them happy future.

while back, other mates asked me why not doin' programming jobs which my skill is stonger than them. and also because the one interviewed is the same type as they worked as summer interins and they don't like that type of companies. i think first thing i don't like ot; second my mind cannot handle complicated stuff (i found that in later stages of both programming courses when the level of difficulty gettin' hard). but i need to get back from strength on programming for my own fun. and i know only little on that type of companies!

October 04, 2005

zhong shan

on national day, i left my lovely bed in dark at 4:30 and took my breakfast. then left my home and got a taxi to go to china hong kong city. found tour leader and other mates there around 6 o'clock. we had 19 people in this tour with 10 "wests", 2 pairs of couples, a family, and a middle-age man (not including the leader). our ship was going to zhong shan after an hour.

after and hour and a half, we stepped on the soil of zhong shan port. after the immigration procedure, we got on a coach with a local tour guide. the first stop was a modified village providing activities and food (世外桃園龍井坊). some rode the horses for few minutes (very short one) and others shot arrows (nearly got the prize of a free pigeon). later on we paid and ate young pigeons and fish balls just around 10 am.

nearly won a pigeon rows of pigeons

the next check point was a bee farm (翠怡峰). but monkey kawks, cocks, and dogs were found. the presenter told all the things about bee products and began the selling of the products. But we thought this guy were the best among the sales persons in this trip.

monkey kawkcock runnin' aroundbox of bees

the next few hours we stayed in the club hosue of agile garden. they took lunch of aloe. but it sucks. the restaurant was not bright, food was with a lot of msg. and we watched some basic magic shows and they wanna us to pay to learn that magic. no one paid finally. the place was called harry porter magic world but wtf it's not related. it's another pirated stuff in mainland china and few paid 20 yens to have a boat cruise but they said the river is dirty. while the others had massage. those workers only have 3 dayoffs and are as old as us. we are luckier than them. their skills are quite good and just 90 yens for 120 min.

next stop was "hawaii spa treatment world". but it's just a covered integrated swimming pool. it consists of children's pools, 50m pool, spa pool, sea salt pool, steam bath rooms, hot/cold man-made springs. it's not bad in mainland level at least it looked clean. we swam about two hours there before heading to the hotel at jiang men.

the room there is luxurious with steam bath, integrated switch (something like what i saw in clipsal interview), and lots of space to put sofas. but we wests first took our dinner (not organized by the travel agency) at the hotel food mall. it contains various kinds of chinese food. some were good while some were a bit under our expectation. after the dinner we walked the department store and some back to the room to watch their favorite soccer match. others played pool. slept around 1.30.

next morning the service of the hotel was disappointed. we woke up by morning call at 6.45 and should take the breakfast at 7.15. first damn thing was the place to eat changed without prior notice. and what pissed us was the food was not served until 7.35 by the push of local guide. when on the coach, the guide told how bad the city is and also the hotel is...

in just few minutes we visited a buddhist temple nearby but with no monks or nuns there. i think all were kicked out in cultural revolution 30 years ago.

then we went back to zhong shan to visit a place about orchid owned by guangdong academy of agricultural sciences. first is talked about some thing related to orchid (just a corner only). then they said a chinese medicine is made from orchid and began to sell that medicine. (another place to sell stuff)

we ran too fast so we had plenty of time to have our own activites. that is kart at zhong shan silverstone. it's cool for just using 50 yens to play 15min there. my kart is a bit bull shit because the kart could not get full power and lost power for a moment when being hit by the other car. we were all in sweat as we raced under the full power of sunshine.

kart race rsultaloe garden (西子園) owned by ausnow was another view point in our tour. the presenter (quite gay i think) showed different species of aloe and present products made of aloe (cosmetics, tooth paste...) and as usual asked us to purchase those products.

last lunch in zhong shan was much better when we took that in a restaurant when had specialized meals for tours.

we headed to a tribe from sw china (雲南布衣族). if you don't want to be in trouble, men please don't touch any girl's hat or they think you are in love with her. that society is headed by women and men are for indoors only. at there they briefed some tribe backgrounds and they again sold tea leaves and some sneaks to us.

a big gap because of our effiency sent us to waste time in the zhongshan sun wen memorial park.

and last spot was the chinese biscuit / dry meat store.

at the pier, officers asked us to take another ship but we didn't. (heard later a ship hit at hk pier). and we took the original ship back to hk.

P.S. more pix on my flickr album. (link 1, link 2)

September 30, 2005

泰昌 the egg flogs shop

i've never tasted the food that shop yet. but this shop is in focus because last governer chris patten has recommended this shop (still has contact with that owner), and it was closed by high rent and now reopened.

i found that the owner has lost some weight (good or not?). and the place is shared with a coffee shop while the price of products are much more expensive ($3.5 vs $20). can that part of shop can be supported by those customers who love the egg flogs?

p.s. chris patten may come back in november (to sell his new book?) and will go to that shop to taste the flog again.

communist thief (共匪)

yesterday a tv program (百年中國) on atv talked about the finding of the communist party in china. in '20s, they formed up and grew in a mountian (井岡山).

and the point is mao co-operated with local hill thefts at that mount. the thing is just like a fiction written in ming dynasty (水滸傳). the difference is communists became the ruling power of china because imperial japan was too strong; nationalists were weak because of civil war; while in the fiction those thefts joined the government and were all dead when they are pushed into the front line by central government (sung dynasty was weak but invasion tribes were less danger than japan at that moment). so communists are thefts.

btw, the tv channel is owned by pro-communist businessman and the source of data is from one of the hinese owned newspapers.

Home from the Corrs

it's the fifth studio album from my favourite irish band after "borrowed heaven" from last year. this one is different from the previous ones because this one is singing their favourite irish songs, not their own songs. 12 tracks (some countries release has 13 tracks) include 2 sole music and 2 in celtic.

i love this one better than the last (i put it into the shuffle already) but that's not the best i think (talk on corners should be the best). the song i don't like is old town while other fans love that. it was sung in the "unplugged" album and i don't like the background this time (just like "radio" in "in blue").

something strange is the other albums are published by atlantic records in the us while this one is by warner music uk. and i heard the album not yet sold in the states. what a waste if it's real because quite a lot of irish are living there like the president bill clinton and also the big celebration of st. patrick's day.

can this album be a big hit? those lovin' enya, traditional irish stuff and fans of the corrs is this album target. anymore then needs the magic of st. patrick. but their style changes a lot from every album which is hard to get more fans (seems they don't care).

so where can i get the 13th track legally in hk?

P.S. there seems to be no promotion in hk!

interview @ nixon

another interview was held on thrusday. the office is a bit far from the mtr station and the temperature there was not as cold as other offices, so sweated a lot wearing a suit while filling the form (another detailed) in front of reception while another interviewer were doin' the same thing. then another form was provided to answer some programming stuff (the post requests basic skill) and engineering management (i don't know anything of this in school or previous job!). it took me 30 min to hardly fill up the whole paper (there are some grammatical errors).

after another 10 - 15 min. i got picked up to the meetin' room and a guy just talked and talked with me. finally he thought i may be suitable and give my info to his supervisor to see whether that guy wanna see me in another interview.

left the office and took the tram before going home.