tungwaiyip.info

home

about me

links

Blog

< April 2014 >
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
   1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930   

past articles »

Click for San Francisco, California Forecast

San Francisco, USA

 

Bliss - the picture of dreamy green hill on every Windows XP

This is the familiar picture of a rolling green hill. Most of us have seen it because it is the default background image on Windows XP. It is such a dreamy picture that I always assume it is a computer generated image.

Bliss

Turn out the scene is real. It is taken from the rolling hills not far from my home in Sonoma, California. Meet Charles O'Rear, the photographer who took this picture, and reminisce on the blissful scene that has graced many of our computer screens.

2014.04.17 comments

 

Ikea Showroom

hang hang in Ikea Showroom

This is how you really try things out in an Ikea showroom.

2014.04.15 comments

 

Walk To Work Day 2014

Today is the Walk to Work Day! Usually I go to work by bike, which takes about 15 minutes. But sure I could walk too. This is my 6 km journey to my work place in downtown. It is an 1 hour 24 minutes long walk, during which I spending plenty of time taking pictures. See my slide show here.

2014.04.11 [] - comments

 

Bill Gates was 30 years old

Here is a great interview with Bill Gates in 1986. He was 30 years old then. Microsoft was making software for personal computer, still a fairly small company and somewhat of a rebel compare to big corporate computer makers.

Bill Gates has talked at length about developing quality computer software and how a great team works. Many ideas are still relevant today. He was also very enthusiastic on the nascent CD ROM technology. Some of the cool application in his mind is like be able to look at a map of the United States, point somewhere, click, zoom in and say, “Hey, what hotels are around here?" He envision CD ROM will enable computer in competition with newspapers, books, and TV. "Every disk will have interactive games on it", the interactive nature of the device really excited him.

Windows 1.0 Windows 1.0

In the world of smartphone and tablet full capable of video and all kinds of applications, we have to step back to remind ourselves how the world was like in 1986. Windows 1.0 was a novelty then (Macintosh was released 2 years eariler). Personal computer was by and large just text based word processing and spreadsheet applications. Just seeing a picture on a computer will excite people. Computer video is probably not on anyone's horizon.

CD ROM did not turn out to take a prominent role in the history of computer development. Yet Bill Gates' vision of interactive, multimedia applications in the hand of everyone is realized and become part of our daily life today. It is really great to have a conversation back in time to see how far we have come.

2014.04.03 comments

 

past articles »

 

BBC News

 

Ukraine war: Explosions rock Russian base in Ukraine's Crimea (16 Aug 2022)

 

Afghan contractors: 'I wish I'd never worked for the UK government' (16 Aug 2022)

 

Scott Morrison: Ex-Australia PM held five additional portfolios, Albanese says (16 Aug 2022)

 

New Zealand: Human remains found in suitcase bought at auction (16 Aug 2022)

 

Norway bridge collapse: Drivers of two vehicles rescued (15 Aug 2022)

 

Five men held in Ukraine deny being mercenaries (16 Aug 2022)

 

Sacheen Littlefeather: Oscars apologises to actress after 50 years (16 Aug 2022)

 

Kenya election result: William Ruto victory hailed amid result dispute (16 Aug 2022)

 

Trump warrant: Prosecutors oppose releasing search evidence (16 Aug 2022)

 

Body found in world's highest battlefield 38 years on (16 Aug 2022)

more »

 

SF Gate

 

These were the highest-paying Silicon Valley tech companies in 2021 (19 Jul 2022)

 

'This will be somewhat painful': Elon Musk talks Twitter takeover in extended interview at TED2022 Vancouver (14 Apr 2022)

 

Best Background Check Services in 2022, Top 13 People Finder Sites Reviewed (5 Apr 2022)

 

Better.com employees got severance checks before they were laid off (9 Mar 2022)

 

Apple joins other Bay Area tech giants in responding to Russian invasion of Ukraine (1 Mar 2022)

 

Uber will now show you how you’re rated by drivers (18 Feb 2022)

more »


Site feed Updated: 2022-Aug-16 03:00