Nerd’s big win

Jim Parsons , as Dr. Sheldon Cooper in the Big Bang Theory, won for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

From 2007, Big Bang Theory is always a hot series for the youth, especially for those head being or been permanent damaged (Permanent Head Damage as PHD). Even though I’m not a physics major, I still can find familiar scenario from my real experience in that show. This show finally reveals the true life of a group of geek, and the true fun of being a nerd.

Recommendations: if you have ever enjoy a collage life in a science or engineering school, you should take this show. If you are not interested in American Comedy, give this series a try.

Byebye Google Wave

On August 4, 2010, Google announced the suspension of standalone Wave development and the intent of maintaining the web site at least for the remainder of the year.

Google Wave, a somewhat interesting, powerful, re-inventing the email, hard to understand, complicated, web based, browser killing, collaboration system, born in May 27, 2009, is saying good bye to us. To politely say byebye to Wave, let’s first revisit the one year history of Google Wave.

The early golden age.

When Google Wave was first announced, millions of Google Fans crazy begging for a invitation for early technical preview of Google Wave. I was also asking all my geek friends for Wave invitations. People pursuing Wave is not simply because it is a new shinny Google Toy, In Google I/O 2009, Wave is promoted as ‘The Next Generation Email’ or ‘Re-Invent the Email’ . Google’s email service GMail is undoubted one of the most successful product of Google, and bring us the era of AJAX. So everyone is excited when Google announced its next move, and every spot light is focused on Google Wave.

Google Wave – Fail

The failure of Google Wave already exist when it announced, when I introducing Google Wave to my friends (who is not so Web-ish or fan Google) I can’t even simply explain what is Google Wave. The next generation email, is more like just a brand or a promotion but doesn’t means anything.  It is a collaboration tool, like a synced white board but more than that. To almost everyone including me, Google Wave is just a fancy web-based white board. Unfortunately, there were even more people doesn’t understand how white board works.

Google Wave is rather complicated, almost every user finds it is too hard to understand and work with it. The scenario is not clear, the promotion is just a high level slogan, there even aren’t a reasonable sample work case for it. The developer for Wave want it be a general platform, but the reality proves that, it is really hard for a user to adapt and find suitable scenario for such a general product.

Maybe a better marketing approach may bring Wave a better result. For example, just limit the usage such as ‘Project Managing Tool’, and provides intensive scenario by telling a story like how a project manager collaborate with his team with Google Wave. But anyway, it is all too late, users has already tired exploring ways to efficiently use this tool, and Google also give up the project.

Byebye Wave

It is really astonishing that Google announced the end of Google Wave, IMO, it is the first time that Google clearly ends a projects which is already published for open registration, and still have about one million active user. Personally, I don’t quite understand the reason here. I may guess that Google has began suffering ‘the monopoly’, just like Microsoft, when Microsoft releasing a  new product, the quality bar is rather high, because it covers such a board market, and it is really difficult to meets every request from the user. Now same effects casted on Google, when Google releasing a brand new toy, there will only be two results ‘a big success’ or ‘a big failure’, there is no trail-error now.

A lots of junk words, just personal ideas and typing for fun. Nothing serious.

And at the end, Bless Google, and Bless Bing.

Apple passes Microsoft in Mkt Cap

Apple’s market capital has surpass Microsoft, and becoming the world largest IT company. Just leave a note for that event.

AND SOME PERSONAL OPINIONS

Actually, apple deserves such a honor.  See the stock plot compares the MSFT(blue) and AAPL(red), each product launch (2007 iPhone, 2008 iPhone 3G, 2009 iPhone 3GS, early 2010 iPad) give AAPL a boost. Win 7 in mid 2009 stops the gliding, but that is all.

For the mobile market, Apple did a amazing job, iPhone OS is the long waited ideal OS for hand-hold gadgets, remember that is the first mobile OS Apple ever made (think about WinCE and WM, and WP7?). For me Kim is a disaster, I’ve no idea why MS is trying to build so many different platforms and distract all its energy. Several bad products won’t add up to a success but a bad company, Apple didn’t build too much product, they just build it right. If MS wants to push WP7, then please believe it is the one, build all level of phones, tablets and gadgets on WP7 system, don’t waste time for a sad item on the FY report.

诺贝尔奖与IT-2009年诺贝尔奖颁给光纤和CCD成像

2009年的诺贝尔物理奖,并没有颁发给深邃的传统理论物理,而是颁发给了两项真正改变我们生活的应用物理技术——光纤通信和CCD成像技术。

光纤通信使得信号无衰减的穿越大洋,没有光线通信就没有今天的Internet。同样的CCD技术也使得数字摄影成为了现实,使得人们可以快速的获取大量的图像数据,可以说也是现代计算机视觉和计算机图形学的实际基础。

然而,这样的技术获得诺贝尔物理奖,确实有点出乎我的意料倒是。

6 October 2009

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2009 with one half to

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Charles K. Kao
Standard Telecommunication Laboratories, Harlow, UK, and Chinese University of Hong Kong

“for groundbreaking achievements concerning the transmission of light in fibers for optical communication”

and the other half jointly to

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Willard S. Boyle and George E. Smith
Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ, USA

“for the invention of an imaging semiconductor circuit – the CCD sensor”

Canon unveils EOS 7D

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As anticipated Canon has today announced the EOS 7D digital SLR. It boasts a new 18MP CMOS sensor, Dual DIGIC 4 processors, ISO range expandable to 12800, continuous shooting at 8 fps and full HD video recording. It also incorporates a new viewfinder with 1.0x magnification and 100% coverage and a 3 inch LCD with 920k dot resolution.

广大佳能用户期待已久的EOS 7D终于浮出水面。坐拥一千八百万像素CMOS,双DIGIC 4数字核心,最高扩展到12800ISO。EOS 7D的核心功能确实满足了我们的期望。凭借双DIGIC4高速核心,实现8 fps连续拍摄,以及30fps的1080p HDVido使得APS-C级别的DSLR终于拥有了全副级别的高端待遇。凭借全新设计的反光晶体,7D拥有了佳能EOS系列第一款100%可视范围的取景器,相信7D的取景器会让所有摄影师耳目一新。最后值得一提的是,7D内置了Integrated Speedlite Transmitter,也就是内置佳能Speedlite闪光灯控制器,还记得之前即使机顶不闪光也需要挂一台Server Mode的580EX的窘态么,7D将结束这种问题。

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总之EOS 7D绝对是弥补了佳能一直以来全副和APS-C产品线之间的一个空白,将APS-C DSLR真正带入一个高端领域。尤其适合我这种中低端用户,EOS 7D绝对是值得期待和拥有的一台相机。


MiFi: a WiFi via 3G in your pocket

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Image form Wired:

通过3G网络直接提供数据链路。提供随身携带的WiFi AP接入。Verizon的这个想法确实很强大,Mobile的AP说不定真的是个Rule breaker.  3G本来就宣示着“数据服务>>通话功能”,而随着VoIP,甚至是Google Voice这样的产品出现,加上Mobile的3G随身WiFi,可能有一天,手机的概念将会改变。

当然,现在的情况看,这个还是个最初的概念性产品。不过据说已经有人用这个加上iPod Touch上Skype了…..

Apollo登月40年

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难以想象在40年前,人类的太空技术才刚刚开始启蒙的阶段。Apollo计划在短短的10年之内就成功的将人类送上了月球。毫不夸张的说,Apollo登月算得上是人类太空计划最为华美的乐章,也奠定了人类探索太空的基础。40年之后,NASA将在此开启新的宇宙探索计划,包括再次登月和火星探索。当然,中国也将逐步的实现自己的登月计划。让我们期待人类太空历史的下一个创举吧。

http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/apollo40/

终于拿到Account了

经历了整整一周的折腾。其中例行无数次电话查询,老板发了至少30封以上的邮件。先找一拨人,然后一拨人指到另外一个Team管,另外一个Team说不归我们管又FW给了另外的Team。后来牵扯半天,终于算是吧account给搞出来了。虽然还是又很多东西残缺,但总归是有了个账号可用了。

恩总归是可以开始干活了。没有account总是不安心,工作都没有效率。