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一月 12, 2008 at 11:10 上午


The 5 most annoying programs on your PC

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轉載自: http://www.downloadsquad.com/2008/01/01/the-5-most-annoying-programs-on-your-pc/

Elephantware. That is what we are talking about. Bloated programs that make brand new PCs boot like Pentium 2s with 64 MBs of RAM.

This is software that causes your screen to freeze while it works, consumes enough system resources to display a reminder box letting you know there is a new, even bigger, version available for download. Software we’ve been forced to install so we can read some special document format, enjoy some DRM infected piece of media, or communicate with others who also live with the same brand of behemoth riding on their backs.

We all have it. We are all stuck with it. And, aside from a glimmer or two of hope, we can’t expect to escape their boot screens, quick launch icons, or update reminders anytime soon.

This is the worst of the worst.

1. Acrobat Reader

Adobe Acrobat Reader is like a stocky frat guy you never want to invite to your Halloween parties, because he’ll show up wearing a giant gift-wrapped box with a “To: Women, From: God" label on top. He thinks he is all that, but he really just wore a costume so big he can’t get through the front door and has to stay outside by the fire all night (true story!).

Back on topic though, Acrobat reader does one thing poorly — read PDFs. To do this it needs to download updates at least twice a month. Acrobat’s other big feature is the ability to bring your system to a roaring halt while it boots up its massive amount of plugins and libraries. All this to display (wait for it) — a page.

FoxIt Reader is a much better solution. Download it, and you’ll no longer cringe each time your accidentally click on a PDF link while browsing the internet.

2. iTunes


For the love of Apple, why is iTunes such a cow of an application? It is a media player! It should be light and the media should be heavy. Instead we have a bloated and increasingly complex application that takes so long to load, is so ugly, and takes up so much memory the only option is to not use it and pull up Pandora. And let’s not even talk about the painful process of syncing a new iPod using this pile of cowplop.

3. Real Player

Real Player could have been YouTube. Instead it is, well, Real Player. Like a pushy kid on your front lawn trying to sell you a magazine subscription, Real Player just doesn’t leave you alone. It is constantly trying to take over all the media on your hard drive, your web browser, and your MP3 Players. To make matters worse it continuously tries to upsell you on Rhapsody and SuperPass. Yeah, let’s just SuperPass on those options. Thanks.

You might try Real Alternative instead.

4. Internet Explorer

Yes, the great drunk-and-raving-at-family-Christmas-gatherings granddad of bad software. Will Microsoft ever fix this? Sure IE 7.0 is better than IE 6.0, but that is only in a “at least Mussolini made the trains run on time" sort of way. It is still evil. Can’t believe it? Ask any web developer to explain how many hours they’ve spent in the last month getting their site to work in IE and you’ll get the picture.

If you aren’t using FireFox, do.

5. Microsoft Outlook

Hello Microsoft! Please! It is nearly 2008! How is it possible GMail and Yahoo Mail are so much faster and so much more feature-rich than your flagship mail client? How is it, in the world of 500 spam messages a day, that Outlook becomes pitch-drip slow as soon as you have a couple thousand messages? How is it your business contact manager is always trying to do mysterious things, always failing to do them, and always complaining about it in the middle of startup? And how, oh please tell us how, can you justify a message search that scans a folder at the same speed we do?

Let’s face it, no matter how fast your processor, how big your hard drive, or how many Gigs of RAM you have — your PC will still never run like a gazelle. With junk like the aforementioned software cluttering up your C Drive from day one, you’ll always be stuck waddling along at Winnie-the-Pooh speeds. And if that is too fast for you, perhaps a downgrade to Vista is in order.

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一月 2, 2008 at 6:19 上午


Twentysomething: Why I regret getting straight A’s in college

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This is a guest post from Jon Morrow, who is 25 years old. His blog is On Moneymaking. By Jon Morrow – I nearly killed myself in college to get straight A’s.  Well, almost straight A’s. I graduated with 37 A’s and 3 B’s for a GPA of 3.921. At the time, I thought I was hot stuff.  Now I wonder if it wasn’t a waste of time. Let me explain:

1.  No one has ever asked about my GPA.
I was told that having a high GPA would open all kinds of doors for me.  But you know what?  I interviewed with lots of companies, received a total of 14 job offers after graduation, and none of the companies asked about it.  They were much more impressed with stuff like serving as Chief of Staff for the student government and starting a radio station run by 200 volunteers.

I suppose a college recruiter from a Fortune 500 company might ask, but honestly, I can’t see any employer hiring a straight-A student over someone with five years of relevant work experience.  It might tip the scale in a competitive situation, but in most cases, I haven’t seen that grades are really that important to employers.

2.  I didn’t sleep.
Unless you’re a super genius, getting 37 A’s is hard work.  For me, it was an obsession.  Anything less than an A+ on any assignment was unacceptable.  I’d study for 60-80 hours a week, and if I didn’t get the highest grade in class, I’d put in 100 hours the next week.

Translation: I didn’t sleep much.  From my freshman to junior year, I averaged about six hours a night.  By my senior year though, I was only getting 3-5 per night, even on weekends.  I was drinking a 2 liter bottle of Mountain Dew and 2-3 energy drinks per day just to stay awake.  Not only is that unhealthy, but it’s not particularly fun either.

3.  I’ve forgotten 95% of it.
I majored in English Literature and minored in Communication Theory.  The main reason I chose those subjects was I thought they would teach me how to write and speak, two skills that would serve me well for the rest of my life.

Boy, was I stupid.  Instead, I spent all my time reading classic literature and memorizing vague, pseudoscientific communication theories.  Neither are useful at all, and I’ve forgotten at least 95% of it.

I’d guess the same is true for most college graduates.  Tell me, what’s the point of spending 60-80 hours a week learning things that you immediately forget?

4.  I didn’t have time for people.
Being in the student government and running a radio station, I had lots of opportunities to build a huge network.  But I didn’t have time.  Between studying and doing my job, I had to prioritize the people I wanted to develop relationships with and narrow it down to the handful who could help me the most.

That’s no way to go through school.  College isn’t so much a training ground for entering the work place as a sandbox for figuring out who you are and how you relate to other people.  You develop your social skills and forge relationships with people that might be colleagues for the rest of your life.

If I could do it all over again, I would spend less time in the library and more time at parties.  I would have 50 friends, not 3.  I would be known for “the guy that knows everyone,” not “the smartest guy in class.”  Not only because it would’ve been more fun, but because I would still be friends with most of those people now and would have access to the networks they’ve developed over the last four years.

5.  Work experience is more valuable.
In retrospect, I could’ve probably spent 20-30 hours a week on my studies and gotten B’s.  That would’ve freed up 30-70 hours a week, depending on the course load.  When I think of all of the things that I could’ve done with those hours, I just shake my head.

If there’s one thing graduates lack, it’s relevant work experience.  If you want to be a freelance writer, you’re much better off writing articles for magazines and interning with a publishing company than working your tail off to get straight A’s.  The experience makes you more valuable to future employers and usually results in a paycheck with a few more digits on it.

What about Graduate School?
If you’re getting your masters, going to law school, or becoming a doctor, then you’ll need all 37 of those A’s to get into the best school possible, and you can safely disregard this entire post.  Just be sure that you follow through.  I thought I would go to law school, and then I found out what a miserable career it is and how little it actually pays.  All of those good grades are now going to waste.

It also comes down to the question, “What’s the most effective use of your time?”  If you can’t imagine living without an advanced degree from an Ivy League school, then reading until your eyes fall out and sleeping on a table in the library is a perfectly defensible lifestyle.

On the other hand, if you want to get a job and make as much money as possible, then good grades aren’t going to help you as your teachers and parents might have you believe.  You’re better making powerful friends, building a killer résumé, and generally having the time of your life on your parent’s dime.

Jon Morrow’s blog is On Moneymaking.

Written by chin7

十二月 9, 2007 at 4:52 下午

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5 Best Things to Say When Caught Sleeping at Your Desk:

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轉載自: http://www.atlantaillustrated.com/funpage/274/

5. “They told me at the Blood Bank this might happen."

4. “This is just a 15 minute power nap they raved about in the time management course you sent me to."

3. “Whew! Guess I left the top off the Whiteout. You probably got here just in time."

2. “Did you ever notice sound coming out of these keyboards when you put your ear down real close?" And the NUMBER ONE best thing to say if you get caught sleeping at your desk…

1. Raise your head slowly and say, “…in Jesus’ name, Amen."

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十一月 28, 2007 at 2:19 上午



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還好有旁人的鼓勵,沒想到會是 您呢~呵呵~

謝謝~   😉

Written by chin7

十一月 22, 2007 at 3:52 下午



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又到了中五會考放榜的時候, 有人歡喜有人愁. 懂得滿足的人喜, 欲求不滿的人愁. 有人六科合格已闔府開香檳慶祝, 有人六優四良還要哭求正大發雷庭的家人原諒. 有人繼續在學海飄浮, 有人投身社會, 可是最後又都殊途同歸.

大學畢業了後, 很多都會去找文職工作. 可是沒有工作經驗, 總是要當已有五年工作經驗的同年紀中五程度的人的下屬, 更奇怪地發現不少老闆都是中學畢業甚至輟學生. 「人家父母有錢吧?」大學生這樣想, 但他卻忽略了, 自己比人家所多讀的六七年書所用的學費, 已足夠讓他搞同類型的生意. 有人說讀書是一項投資, 這句話說得一點也沒錯, 因為投資風險很大, 有賺亦有蝕. 比其老闆多付出的除了這六七年的學費外, 還有時間和生活費, 因為如果中學時便開始工作的話, 那時候便開始賺錢生活了, 讀書卻還是在用錢. 就算中學畢業後只有數千元的底薪, 那六七年後儲蓄也不少了, 因為這是跟讀大學的人比, 所以假設你家人本來有錢供你讀大學, 沒讀大學投身社會所賺的錢也當然地不用全數養家了, 因為你家人有錢. 即是說, 如果你中五開始工作, 五年來平均月薪一萬五千元, 那你也賺了九十萬了. 但如果你讀中大學, 假設你一年學費一萬元, 五年來便用了五萬元了. 即是說當你大學畢業時, 你已經比中五畢業便工作的你少了九十五萬元. 你真的能追過那中五的你的頭, 奪回那九十五萬嗎? 別忘記, 到你畢業的時候, 中五的你的月薪可還要比你這無經驗的人多很多. 再算一算好了, 假若中五的你往後十年平均月薪二萬, 大學的你往後十年平均月薪三萬, 你也要到九十五個月後, 亦即八年後才能和他打成平手. 但八年內會發生甚麼事呢? 你又真的會有平均月薪三萬嗎?

以上的算法已經是最理想的算法. 事實上很多時情況還要糟糕得多. 例如留學外地的人一年學費便要十萬元, 留學完畢回到馬來西亞或中國內地等發展中國家的大學生起薪也只有二三千元左右, 那相差的可能便是終其一生也無法平過來的差額了. 在馬來西亞等地有大學學位外加執業會計師資格的人月薪最多也只有一萬五千元左右, 除了之前大學學費外會計師考試的費用也是動輒上萬元的, 他們讀會計的不會不懂得計算這當中所涉及的金額吧? 到你追回當中的差額時, 可能已是你退休的時候了, 這數十年中你賺到的只是會計師的頭銜吧? 又除非會計是你的興趣, 你喜歡會計, 會計於你來說是一種娛樂, 雖然有這種想法的人我沒看過, 看過的都是抱怨工作怎樣辛苦的人.

對於繼續升學修讀碩士甚至博士學位的人, 那差額便更加的可怕了. 所以明顯地, 讀大學不會是一項理想的投資. 就算是投資, 也是一項極長線的極高風險投資. 但說起博士學位, 很多人也會認為那不再是一項投資, 而是真的是為興趣. 這個我不反對, 因為分明是蝕本的生意, 又何來會是投資呢, 極其量只能說是買東西, 買開心, 買滿足, 買人生意義.

小時候總覺得博士這名字很遙遠, 還有點神化的味道. 懂事後讀過書更覺得博士們很強橫, 很能人所不能. 但到現在見識多了, 卻漸漸覺得他們不過如此. 其他的我不太懂, 但哲學或神學卻有點兒認識. 看世紀龍門陣時一個有兩個哲學博士學位一個神學博士學位的人說了一翻邏輯亂七八糟的話, 令我更明白到博士只是虛名罷了. 何謂虛名? 就是博士不代表其博學多才, 亦不代表其不博學多才, 就是甚麼也代表不到的意思. 我當然知道亦很肯定有極多博士是擁有淵博的學識和很高的智商的, 只是我發覺到這與其博士這名銜無關, 他沒有讀過書仍是這麼聰明的, 而讀過博士的也不代表其聰明, 又或有甚麼能力過人. 這明顯是事實, 哲學是講邏輯推理的吧? 即是若果推理正確的話, 結論便一定正確. 但對於很多問題, 不同的哲學博士也有不同的結論, 例如神全能的可能性, 有的哲學博士說推理出其不可能, 另一些卻說那推理錯誤, 姑勿論神能否全能, 總有一方是錯誤的吧? 即是我們可以百份百肯定世上有做錯邏輯推理的哲學博士. 但為甚麼邏輯推理全錯的人也可以成為哲學博士呢? 因為要成為哲學博士不需要擁有聰明的腦袋, 甚至不用懂得理性思考, 只要遵守大學的遊戲規則便可以了.

上過大學的人便知道, 世界是毫不公平的, 就以心理學的論文為例, 同一篇論文給不同的教師修改絕對會有不同的分數, 因為論文的分數全取決於教師自己的個人喜好. 上年我就試過觸礁了, 明知那個正修讀博士課程的指導課導師在上課時大講「localization of functions」是不可能的, 我還要在論文中完完全全地反駁了她的話. 由於我的邏輯正確, 所以她只能在其他地方扣我的分數, 例如說我選的參考書不好, 我的英文文法有問題等等. 對於我的一些理據, 她只一句"i don’t think so"便當是我錯的原因了, 最後十分滿分她給了我三分. 首先, 我從未見過有參考書不好的, 因為那只作參考性質, 又不是我自己寫的, 它不好跟我何干? 當然她沒有告訴我何干了. 其次, 甚麼英文文法不好, 我承認我自己的英文水平不是很高, 但理論上由於她上大學後都沒有修讀英文, 所以我與她的英文程度都同樣是預科程度吧? 若要比預科英文分數, 可能我還比她高哩, 那麼她又憑甚麼去批判我的英文文法呢? 誰不知澳洲人的英文都給英國人笑翻天? 最後最不忿的當然是其態度了, 反駁人的論點完全不給予解釋. 所以我就去找她要解釋, 但她仍然是說"是這樣是那樣", 即是她說的便是對的, 因為她是老師云云. 其實心理學中很多論題都是這樣的, 有人支持這個, 有人支持那個, 明顯地是有其中一方錯的, 但錯的一方仍可以成為博士, 在大學內為所欲為. 我這些話卻與那女人"i think so"的思考方式不同, 我說的話都是有根有據的, 今年年頭的一份統計學功課, 由於我們素知博士們的評分法則模稜兩可, 便大膽的做了一個實驗, 冒著被抓到的風險, 交了兩份完全一模一樣的實驗報告給他們. 最後果然如我們所料, 我的朋友得到六分, 而我卻得到九分的高分. 相差足足30%! 一模一樣的數學類功課分數可以相差30%! 朋友當然大為氣憤, 因為這很明顯有問題, 但我還是阻止了他去上訴, 因為我再說一次, 我得到了九分. 這一年我學懂了跟遊戲規則玩大學遊戲, 上半年的論文得到了很好的成績, 但我仍是我, 仍是那個用錯參考書、英文文法差勁的我. 總之, 只要把博士們的馬屁拍得響, 成績就自然會理想.

話說回來, 像心理學這種學士學位, 不讀碩士課程的話是毫無用處的. 但何謂用處呢? 如果無論如何也追不回不讀大學所多賺的那筆差額, 很明顯地賺錢已不是其用處了. 到國外去讀書一年學費十萬左右, 如果連碩士也修讀那五年的學費也五十萬了, 在香港已很足夠去開一間像樣的店子. 頭腦好, 懂得把握商機的話, 要維生甚至發達並不難. 所以, 讀書根本是應該為興趣而讀的, 讀了一科像市場學或會計學之類的, 假如邊讀邊覺得其沈悶無比的話, 你這幾年的大學生活算是白過的了.

如果仍是拒絕理解或不理解我以上的算法, 還是要高呼讀大學會比不讀大學賺多很多錢的話, 你便去讀吧, 或讓你的子女去讀. 但若果你有一絲的理性, 不妨算一算才"投資"吧? 哪有人完全不知道支出與回報便投資的? 若你的算式做得正確, 你也應該得到我上述的結論吧? 要知道, 這是完完全全高風險的投資, 投資的除了大筆的金錢外, 還有時間. 我將來有子女的話也希望他們讀大學, 但不會是因為奢望他們可以賺更多的錢, 而是希望他們學懂多一點的東西, 例如要拍上司的馬屁才能成功等等, 都是些有用的學識. 但會考成績不理想的人, 看了這文章也應該明白, 讀不讀大學其實也沒多大關係, 還是早點投身社會準備做你狀元同學將來的上司吧!


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十一月 21, 2007 at 8:35 上午



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[轉載自: I am Queen]



你一定身邊周圍有很多這樣的女生(或男生),她已經單身好一段時間(通常超過1年以上),時時發出求偶訊息給朋友,每天哀怨沒有男朋友,還會跟同病相憐的 朋友一起四處燒香拜佛求姻緣、求桃花,加入婚友社無所不用其極,其實她「乍看之下」並不差,打扮起來遠看也可以算是正妹,她身邊的朋友總是安慰她:「妳怎 麼可能交不到男友?現在男生的眼睛瞎了嗎?」,然後朋友聚會一起附和:「對啊!XXX這麼好的女生,怎麼會一直交不到男友呢?」但不知道為什麼,朋友即使 多麼努力幫她介紹,還是失敗。




說真的我一點也不喜歡寫這篇文章,畢竟要公開各種「不願面對的真相」還是挺傷人的。而且我真的不認為單身、沒男友、嫁不出去是壞事,說真的我現在沒男友還 覺得人生真是太美好,單身讓我更快樂、更有自信、魅力無限,不打算為那些機歪路人甲證明自己嫁的出去而結婚真是最明智的選擇!不過,還是有很多女生不是這 麼想的,這篇文章就是為了那些超級想擺脫單身但總是碰壁,明明條件不差但為何努力還是交不到男友的族群寫的,我知道對號入座的人會覺得很機車,所謂良藥苦 口,現實總是殘酷,如果妳還想聽朋友的善意謊言,那就不要來看「不願面對的真相」(請按上一頁離開)。







「我最受不了長的不漂亮又完全不打扮的女生,年紀輕輕就把自己搞的像30幾歲生過小孩的主婦,又愛怪我們男生膚淺,最好是妳們女生喜歡帥哥就不膚淺,還有 那種交了男友之後放任自己發福不打扮不修邊幅的也很讓人倒胃。並不是感情穩定後男人視力就會減弱好嗎?那些怪老公外遇的女生很明顯的讓男人一看到就沒有性 慾,女人一旦讓男人沒有性慾,一切免談!」




「長的不漂亮沒關係,打扮可以加分很多,但我真的不懂那些不打扮的女生在想什麼?對啦!他們都會自認清高覺得打扮一點也不重要,喔還有,品味比打扮重要, 打扮沒品味真的超讓人倒胃!哪裡醜就要懂得遮醜,腿粗就不要穿短裙、胸部小就不要露奶、屁股大就不要一直露丁字褲,遮的好比露的多重要啊!」

還有一點,男生與女生對於「女人的美醜」用詞是有差異的,最有趣的就是,女生朋友介紹女生給男性朋友認識,都會先說:「她很可愛喔!」於是男生往往抱著 「可愛」的期待,但是看到她之後心情Down到了谷底:「這哪叫可愛啊?」事後女生朋友問他:「嘿!我那個朋友妳覺得怎樣?」男生只好抓抓頭尷尬的回答: 「喔,她蠻可愛啊。」







「好啦!我承認我們男生都很喜歡看相簿美女,看到都可以寫出相簿美女的公式:斜角度拍攝小臉照、嘟嘴無辜臉、眼線睫毛膏狂塗、愛擠乳溝,可是看多了真的很 煩,尤其看完照片再去看她post的文章一堆注音文整個無力。有一次跟相簿美女出來吃飯,她拉著在場每個人狂自拍,也不管打斷別人談話、擋到路人、讓服務 生等她上菜,整頓飯就是她的寫真自拍秀,說真的除了跟她照相,我還真不知道要跟她聊什麼。」



「那種女生一出來就『端』在那邊自以為是女神,每個人都要過去討好她,吃飯的時候都要別人服務她,跟她約還一定要接送她,好像她多走點路、多等一下,餓了 渴了都不行。怕壞了自己身價,還故意一直拒絕或為難男生,其實心裡哈的要死還故意擺姿態,把男生都當成服務生,這種公主即使長的多美,我看了兩次就膩。」





「對啊,這些女生我真的很像叫他們回家照照鏡子,東挑西挑,要別人幫她介紹還開出一堆條件,又要高又要帥、學歷高、又要有錢又要體貼一大堆,搞到最後沒人 要幫她介紹,為什麼?因為她自己條件也配不上這樣優秀的男生啊!我要是這麼優秀,我還有更多又高又美,胸大腿細,學歷高又會賺錢,家世好個性又好的女生可 以挑,幹嘛選妳?」


「有時候我幫女生介紹男友都介紹的很無力,每次都被挑三撿四東嫌西嫌永遠不滿意,廢話,要是有這麼優質的男生還輪的到介紹給妳們嗎?只要男生有一點缺點, 就說不能接受怎樣怎樣…,我有時候都覺得妳們怎麼敢這麼挑?拜託先秤秤自己幾兩重吧!算了,反正這些女生眼睛都長在頭頂上,我最後都懶得幫她們介紹 了。」




很多女生小時候看太多少女漫畫、言情小說,長大後日劇韓劇電視劇看太多,整個活在「宅女的幻想世界」以為每天都會上演富家公子不小心愛上貧窮醜女、風流浪 子最後情歸痴心少女、花心帥哥為了真愛拋棄名利與家人……她們中毒太深,一旦遇到男人、談了戀愛總是用漫畫和偶像劇的標準,醒醒吧!這是現實世 界,富家公子不會愛上貧窮醜女、風流浪子只會玩殘花痴少女、花心帥哥根本不跟妳談真愛!


「對啊,她們還真的以為男人應該像張白紙一樣,怎麼可以有那麼多前女友、怎麼會上酒店、怎麼會愛把妹、怎麼可以破壞她對好男人、白馬王子的幻想,唉!難怪 她們交不到男友啊,因為根本沒有他們要的那種又單純、條件又好的夢幻男人,那種男人只活在漫畫和小說裡,她們還是繼續活在她們的幻想裡好了!」














「我就有認識高學歷、工作能力強的女生沒教過男友,也不是他個性不好或長的不好,大家都很疑惑到底哪裡出了問題。後來我發現,好啦老實說,男人覺得這樣的 女生很無趣、沒女人味,簡單說看到她就想到唸書或寫程式,一點性幻想都沒有,男人是不會想追求一個讓他沒有性幻想的女人!」



「以前我會覺得乖小孩、孝順的女生、會聽媽媽話的女生很棒,但是有幾次我遇到這樣的女生卻嚇到了。去哪裡她都說『我媽說不可以去哪』,吃什麼她都說『我媽 說吃這個不健康』,約會總說『我媽說我要早點回家』,最後要親她,她說『我媽說不可以這麼隨便』,X!好像我在猥褻她媽!」














Written by chin7

十一月 20, 2007 at 1:42 上午

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