Saturday, February 28, 2015

Finally X Bye to Misery: A New Lappy

about 3 weeks

with my new hp laptop

 

nothing to be excited about

the old one was almost killing me

or was it the other way round

I killed him  

 

at first the charger was spoilt

so I replaced a new charger

then the Wi-Fi wasn’t working

so I bought a USB Wi-Fi adapter

thinking everything was solved

 

then the LCD screen was dead

nothing can be done

the screen was just dead

pitch dark no nothing

 

and everything happened

within a month

at the very first month

I was going freelance on

full time basis

I know right, what a luck

 

probably should be dead

some time ago

because there was this crack

at the side which got

larger and larger

after a great fall

some years ago

 

you can basically see

what’s in there

at the LCD screen

 

so I have to get a new one

I didn’t even get it from

a computer store

just a home appliance store will do

the one I am used to

 

I think the Law of Diminishing Marginal Utility

pretty much applies here

you get less excitement

when you get a second tablet

same here for the

second and third laptop

 

it’s for working purpose

it’s a replacement so that

my work wouldn’t be interrupted

 

the only concern is of course

the data in my old dead laptop

the photos especially

 

this was my very first time to

dissemble a hard disk

I have never even owned

a external hard disk  

 

bought an enclosure and

there you go

everything in there is intact

 

thank goodness

it works

 

so this is Window 8.1

I hate the Start screen

despite it being blue

 

like it’s too casual to be true

my Window is for working purpose

give me back my proper Start Menu

 

so the first thing I did with my new

Window 8.1 laptop is to download

Classic Shell

 

a tiny plug-in to make your

Window 8 to run Start Menu in the

good old classic way

 

therefore after 3 weeks into

using Window 8.1

I can’t tell its major differences

from Window 7

since I refused to switch

 

by the way

one major problem

I found with my new lappy is

the Menu a.k.a. Application key is missing

 

I don’t know about others

the Menu key which stays between

the right alt and ctrl keys

 

I used it quite often

as the right click alternative

for the display of menus

 

and now they are telling me

the alternative to Menu key is

left shift + f10

roar…

 

then perhaps

I will stick to right click

on the mouse instead 

 

one thing stays

from Window XP to Window 7 to 8.1

I have been using this wallpaper since forever

JanLamb_wallpaper1

 

I know it’s kinda messy

but when I switched to an all plain wallpaper

I found my eyes did not know

where to look for file because

it’s too clean

 

these three-eyes buddies

you shall come along

no matter where I go

 

end of the days of being worried

my lappy screen may collapse anytime

it needs to be supported with a bottle or something

it has to be flip-closed with great care

Saturday, February 21, 2015

大年除夕 X 煲電視機:過節的氣息

從未過年到今天

一直延續到下星期

這會兒大半個月

都有點忙

 

作為一位自由業者

有活你當然得接

即使是過年過節的

 

好在幸運的是

我就住在家裡

遊子情懷已是昔日之事

 

所以過年沒差

平日也和爸媽一起過

還是幹活重要

 

但是大除夕晚

還是暫時丟下了工作

看春晚去了

 

我不懂

我就喜歡看這個

說不出有種莫名的觸動

 

雖然每年的節目

可能大同小異

甚至有人說

她大不如前 每年都在退步

 

但她就是過節的一部分

沒她哪像過節呢

是傳統

 

民族舞蹈 雜技 武術

一個都不能少

 

雖然每次那些流行歌手

都唱得不是特別出色

 

比起那些浩蕩的民族表演

好像氣場不是很足

比起那些賣力的百姓“傾巢而出”

我的意思是 傾力演出

好像有點空洞

 

從前看春晚

都是為了自己喜歡的

某個流行歌手

 

但可能年紀大了

更嚮往的是上述那些

傳統的民間藝術表演

 

甚至那些我每次都

看得滿頭霧水的小品和相聲

這次好像看明白了

 

那個在派出所的小品

一對夫妻吵著

“你冷酷 你無情 你無理取鬧”

 

似曾相識的

喔 《我想和你好好的》

倪妮的金句

 

每天我都特喜歡京劇演出

今年也不例外

 

不得不說一下

官網頻道

除了網上直播

當讓也有轉播視頻

 

分別有分段視頻

完整的那個有五小時呢

還有個別36項節目的視頻

 

當然近年來

為春晚更添話題的

#春晚吐槽

必看!

 

有活干

就是一年一個好的開始

雖然一天一做就是十幾個小時

但俺樂意 再累也撐著

 

說好的春遊

沒得以實現

至少指望明年了

 

最可笑的

大過年 在幹活

讓上門拜訪的親友知道

好像有點過意不去

好像在炫耀似的

 

放下活去迎接客人

功夫又做不成

 

所以乾脆讓自己閉關

聲色不動地埋頭苦幹

 

出關之時

指日可待

 

過年好!

春節吉祥!

隱士給大家拜年了!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Fri X 13th: Rebecca (1940)

Rebecca 1940

came across this film on The Culture Trip

The 10 Best White-and-Black Movies In The History Of Cinema

 

and lucky enough to find

the complete movie on YouTube as it is

out of the ten movies

it was last in the list

along with my favourite 《Psycho》

 

somehow the whole movie was

overshadowed by the dead woman that

her successor as Mrs. De Winter

 

that poor girl who was here

since scene one

her name was never mentioned in the movie

 

elements of suspense, thriller, pscyho

as always are part and parcel of

Alfred Hitchcock’s

 

and unlike some modern thriller

which reveal some ridiculous reason

behind it all

 

movies of the era always

go back to human nature as

the source of all crimes

 

simple plain logic yet grabbing

as emotions and passion are

well portrayed

 

small cast, yes

simple setting, yes

black & white, yes

 

yet the story and people look so real that

you wouldn’t know

where it gonna lead you to

 

Rebecca (1940)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Worthy X Or Plain Silly: Feblurry

it has been some times

oh yeah

really fast indeed

 

I have been out of my permanent job

for a month to be exact

 

unemployed

nay that’s not the right word

 

I am a freelancer

*please be more firmed

and louder please*

 

but still I wake up everyday

struggling to figure out if

 

this is a period of

temporary transition or

a permanent reposition

 

there are days of

good and bad of course

 

days that you hardly get jobs

it is some quite

stressful moment of counting fingers

and rejected proposal of cooperation

 

at least they are kind enough to reject

some do not even reply in the first place

some thank you for the email

and that’s all  

 

contrasting days that

I work 2 hours to cash in 

equivalent amount of a day

stuck in a prison-like office

for at least 8 hours

 

adding insult to injury

my laptop Mr. Smith was spoilt

over and over again

that’s the worst

 

and it couldn’t get any worse when

even the good old (in fact quite slow)

desktop at home is down

 

the nightmare is over as

I have got myself a new laptop

it’s about time I guess

4 year long of service

 

yet when this happened

at the worst timing ever

it seems like the end of the world

almost…

 

for a start 

it wasn’t as bad

as I made 2/3 of

what I could have earned from

my long hours job 

 

yet there are loads

at the back of my mind

 

the trade-offs

no career advancement

no social security or whatever it is

no social life, almost zero

 

the good time such as

 

having breakfast and

doing grocery shopping during

odd hours like a retiree

 

taking shower in the evening

without turning the light on

as the sun is still shining in through

 

Sunday evening which is all mine

without invasion of Monday blue

 

oh please..

I can’t wait for Monday

as I am all recharged for new task

 

all tucked away

at the safest corner

 

yours truly

that’s me

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