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Techie

The turning point when the software becomes not so convenient to its users

Have you had the same experience as me? When you fall in love a piece of software, you use it daily and it becomes part of your life. Then, after a ‘better’ or ‘faster’ upgrade, you find your loving relations with the software broken, the software is no longer so comfortable to use and you start looking for alternatives. Typical in this world, isn’t it? This happens when the software development team focuses more on maximizing the profits instead of benefits of the software itself. It is a sad turning point and inevitable entropy in software version number escalation process.

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Life

Microsoft answers forum, why being so de trop?

Occasionally my online searches lead me to answers.microsoft.com, and the style of answers by the Microsoft agents or moderators are so wordy. They typically follow this format, as a result of their ‘training’, I guess:

Greet users: Hello, username,
Greet again: Welcome to Blah, Blah, Blah,
Ask for clarification: Can you provide more information on ….? | I understand your have questions about …
Provide an answer: Only at this point, they start answering the question, after wasting a lot of web page spaces and user’s time with redundancies
Closing the message: We look forward to your reply…

Why not provide users with the solutions and answers? This whole formalities and unnecessary complexities of answering questions Microsoft style is so palaverous. Just provide the answer in a straightforward way, for Windows 7’s sake!

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Life

A nice list of movies for those who are searching for the meaning of life

After I searched the Japanese movie Zen (2009), imdb.com recommended a list of movies that includes Zen. I found quite a few good movies in this list which should be inspiring for an adult lost in life.
Here is the list

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Life

Strange Chinese accent in the Japanese movie Zen (2009)

The Japanese movie Zen (2009) directed by Banmei Takahashi tells a story about Dogen Zenji (道元禅师) who traveled to China to study Zen, especially under the mentorship of Rujing (如净禅师). I started started watching the movie and at about 4″10′ from the beginning, the supposedly Chinese monk in the movie speaks Chinese with a very strange accent — or rather, with heavy interference of Japanese pronunciation. It seems that the person acting as a Chinese monk is indeed a Japanese actor.
I just hopes that when they are Chinese roles in the movie, it is better to have native speakers perform it or let a native speak do the dubbing, otherwise, it sounds really weird and incomprehensible to the native Chinese speakers. This happened to quite a few English movies as well.

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Life

Optimistic Buddhist?

The common view is that Buddhism is inherently pessimistic as all human’s are subject to the cycle of birth, aging, illness and death. It also seems to me that after being dealt with heavy blows in their lives, people tend to be religious and some became a Buddhist who holds a pessimistic view toward life. I wonder if there is such thing as an optimistic Buddhist? The one that sees life wisely, with great intuitive capacity and gleefully live the life without too many entanglement of consumerism and inner troubles. I raise this question because I am often times pessimistic, yet I am aware that many teachings of Buddhism are true and full of wisdom. Maybe I am just oblivious to the bright side of Buddhist philosophy? Or to further this reflection, Buddhism is neither optimistic or pessimistic, but subjectively objective? In other words, it is neutral?