Monday, December 15, 2008

Joseph E. Stiglitz on capitalist fools: About Us:

Joseph E. Stiglitz on capitalist fools: About Us: "Capitalist Fools Behind the debate over remaking U.S. financial policy will be a debate over who’s to blame. It’s crucial to get the history right, writes a Nobel-laureate economist, identifying five key mistakes—under Reagan, Clinton, and Bush II—and one national delusion."

Monday, November 17, 2008

iPhone as an orcarnina

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Trip to China by sea

Going to China by surface is full of uncertainty.

We thought it's more time saving and cost effective to travel to China through Kinmen and Xiamen since there's less hurdle than to go through the international route. We used to have to go to CKS international airport where is about 1 hours away from Taipei, waited for one hour, fly to HK, change plan and then finally fly to China. It takes almost one day to complete the journey.

It used to be that only Kinmen born people are allowed to travel to Xiamen (China) by sea due to political tension between China and Taiwan. The new president came to rein and new regulation is in place. Now this route is opened to ordinary Taiwanese. We tried it out.

From Taipei to Xiamen, we have to take a domestic flight from Taipei airport to Kinmen. Then there's a shuttle bus to take us from Kinmen airport to the ferry harbor. We registered ourselves at the shuttle bus counter, they gave us a box of snacks.

The ferry boat is nothing special. It's a rather cheap communication vehicle for local people. It can accommodate a couple of hundred passengers and is run by Chinese (not Taiwanese) people. There's so such thing called "service" at all. It's just a mean of crossing the sea.

The ferry trip takes about 1 hour, then we landed at Xiamen "international cruise center". The building is much newer and bigger than the one in Kinmen. There are many new building construction work going on just right out of the harbor.

It's all very fine on our way to Xiamen by sea. We got into troubles on our way back.

We flew from Nanjing to Xiamen to take the ferry on our way back to Taiwan. The travel agency was so ignorant that they didn't leave enough time for us to travel from Xiamen airport to the harbor, which takes about 20 minutes. We missed our ferry at 12:30.

Ferry from Xiamen to Kinmen leaves per every one hour. We had to standby for the 1:30 one. At 1:00, we were told the 1:30 ferry was canceled due to the rough sea condition and we had to wait for 2:30 one. At 2:00, we were told again the boat at 2:30 would not leave either. We waited again. It was about 3:00 when they announced all the afternoon ferries were canceled. We ended up spending a night at Xiamen.

The problem resides on that once your boat/flight is canceled, you fall into the category of "seat-unbooked" passenger type. We had to get up earlier to go to the ferry port to standby the next day. We arrived at 8:30 to wait for the 9:30 ferry. It didn't take too long to make us start panicking. The 9:30 ferry was full and we weren't able to get on. Every ferry was booked out in the morning. We had no idea and no information to know if we could get on any of them. Even we got on boat, we were not sure whether we could get on plane to Taipei at Kinmen. Fushing airline ground staffs were complete lack of information of what is going to happen next. They just told us to wait. There were many passengers waiting, uncertainly like us at the waiting hall.

Finally we were lucky enough to take 3 seats on the 10:30 boat. The return trip was rough. The sea was not as peaceful as the one we came. The boat was full of passengers benefiting this cheap option traveling between two countries. Some of them got really sea sick during the trip. The boat was really full and we were very glad to be able to get on.

We spent two good days to come back from China with lots of waitings and uncertainties. It's not a perfect route for business travelers at all. We could have missed our appointment with customers if the problems had happened on our way to China. There were many problems for this route. There was almost no possibilty to complain and the major reason is that the route is opperated by Chinese people who don't care much about service quality.

Eventually we all got back to Taipei through a small plane from Kinmen, after going through two days hassel.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Fix Mac iCal 與 outlook invitation 時間錯亂的問題

自從用了Macbook之後,一直有個問題同事用exchange server發過來的outlook 邀請函,收到iCal中後時間都會錯亂。一直以來的解決方式都是把它收下來之後,再新增一個事件copy到正確的時間。 今天決定把這個問題撤底解決,以下是從surgical diversions 借用過來的方法

  1. 下載解決這個問題的applescript
  2. 存到~/Library/Scripts/Applications/Mail/”
  3. 在Mail應用程式中打開Preference->Rules
  4. 新增規則(Add Rules)
  5. 選擇 “任一項” 條件符合時(二個條件設置如下)
    1. 選擇編輯表頭列表
    2. 新增 "Content-Class”
    3. 條件設置的第一個下拉選單中選擇剛新增的 "Content-Class”,第二個欄位選擇"包含",第三個欄位填入 "urn:content-classes:calendarmessage"
    4. 設置第二個條件,第一個欄位選擇 "任何附件名稱",第二個欄位選擇 "結尾為",第三個欄位填入 ".ics"
  6. 執行以下動作選擇 "執行 Applescript",選取第二個步驟存好的script
  7. 按下「好」
這樣每次同事寄過來的會議邊請的時間,就會和 iCal的時區 sync起來了!Yohoo!!
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