If the data is true, Americans already believe in socialism

I heard about this a while ago, but this video illustrated it well. Basically, based on a Harvard survey, Americans are way too optimistic about how the wealth is distributed in this country. This is not surprising to me, because I have long felt many Americans have an illusion that they are richer than they really are.

The video is good, but I have to point out that socialism is not equal pay across the board. Socialism, in my opinion, is actually what the “ideal chart” shown. In that sense, Americans probably already believe in socialism. But the socialism is such a demonized word in the US that the meaning is distorted. The more hard working and more value your work creates, you get paid more, but not ridiculously more. I think, if the highest paid 10% are paid 10-50X more than the lowest paid 10%, then it is still very close to a fair socialism wealth distribution, if not already socialism. Truth is, such wealth distribution will never happen if the government don’t intervene. And in a democracy, a real democracy, where people’s morality and conscience rules, the actual wealth distribution should be something similar to American ideal.

What about China, the “communist” country? In Chinese education (not sure about nowadays), socialism wealth distribution, is by amount of work you did; more pay for more work. Also, in China, socialism meant that it is a process towards communism (which is an Utopia), and poverty is first eliminated in the process. Practically, I think it should be to limit poverty rate to less than 10%, similar to unemployment rate. It is wrong for anyone with a proper job to be in poverty. And if the distribution is like “ideal”, a flat tax rate for all would also be more fair and simple.

Also, why did he single out cleaning people? Their work is low value but they can be working “hard” too.

用iCloud替代其他动态DNS服务,免费。

Mac开启了back to my mac的话,你的Mac已经获取了一个icloud网址。

查找方法:

在Terminal里面输入
dns-sd -E

会得到以下结果:
icloud.com
-> btmm
–> members
—> ##########

然后你所有这个iCloud帐号下的电脑的网址就是:

HostName.##########.members.btmm.icloud.com

这样你就可以轻松的ssh或者其他远程访问方式连回去了。

Initial thoughts on Microsoft Surface tablet

OK. I am going to be mostly negative. But I will be subjectively negative.

First of all, there is nothing really new or stunning about this device. Maybe it is good, but it doesn’t really strike most people as stellar, I predict.

The magnetic cover is kinda a copy of an Apple’s idea. But that’s not important. I think the danger for having a keyboard like that, is that, it is not really better than a laptop keyboard, but in order to use it, you have to put the tablet as if it is a real laptop. The kickstand (ugly but practical) restrict the orientation of the tablet, and it makes this tablet MORE space hunger than a laptop: because you need extra space to support the kickstand. The real danger for having this keyboard, is that it discourage people from touching the screen. Touch is the magic with iPad. Also, you do not get adaptive keyboard with this fixed keyboard thing. Many of the neat features of iPad keyboard is that it is adaptive to the apps. Jailbroken iPad can install Chinese input method that can do so much because of this freedom. You can also not have an English and a Greek keyboard. You cannot input Emoji from it. By discouraging people from using the touch screen, you are definitely going to have a less intimate experience than the iPad, also less engaging. Sure you can remove that keyboard, but then what’s differentiating this tablet?

RT and Windows 8 Pro version is confusing as hell. There are many reasons for someone to have a Macbook Air/Pro as well as an iPad. But you will not have enough reasons to own a RT and Windows 8 version: Windows 8 version is essentially a “ultrabook”. It is going to be heavy, and power hungry and thick. I think it will eat into ultrabook PC market instead of iPad. But then it would be difficult to make your customer happy. Those who got RT will regret not having full Windows programs. And those who got Windows 8 Pro version will be unhappy because their tablet is so bulky and bad battery life. Microsoft may have created an opportunity to make their potential customers unhappy either way.

More about the keyboard thing, is it also comes with a TRACKPAD. That will further prevent people from touching. Otherwise it is a waste of space. It would be quite strange to use “cursor” in a way, although I do admit sometimes maybe a cursor is what iPad needs, but not often.

16:9 display is always strange for a tablet, once you use it in portrait mode.

I still think the Metro UI is a mess and not a fan of “tiles”.

What do I like about it? OK. The hardware itself looks good. I don’t dislike the design, it probably looks better than most Android tablets out there. I think a lot of Android tablet buyers may buy this instead. Which would be really bad news for Google. I don’t really see Android phone users having strong reasons why they would choose Android tablet over this. This product and Windows RT may just kill Android on tablet and keep it as a phone OS. I like the colors, but apparently MS is just copying Apple here.

Finally fixed my OS X Lion Spotlight and Mail full-text search

I have been suffering from mainly Mail.app unable to search full-text of my emails for a couple of months. I also recently noticed that Spotlight is not searching my PDFs in my user directory. But it can find other files. I tried to fix the Mail full-text search problem numerous times, but it did not work, such as by simply reset Spotlight indexes.

Today I finally fixed it by following instructions here. Basically, you have to boot into recovery mode and open terminal, type in “resetpassword”, select your main user, and instead of changing password, select reset ACL at the bottom.

After reboot that did not immediately solve my problem. So I deleted “com.apple.spotlight*” and “com.apple.systemuiserver” from ~/Library/Preferences. Also, I tried some other commands from Terminal, which I tried before, such as hdutil -E -i off/on ~/

See detailed discussion here. Note that “on/off” above means that you turn off and then turn back on.

Anyway finally it solved my problem. I think it is a combination of a few causes. My user folder permission was definitely kind of broken. But now I am so used to Sparrow Lite email client, I am not sure whether I want to go back to Mail.app.

Collective Silence on Durban Climate Talk by Media?

Well, although nothing substantial has happened yet at Durban, South Africa, I think it is still worth mentioning that such an important meeting is taking place.

So I just did a search. This is what I found:

No mention of COP17 climate talk in Durban, South Africa on front page:

  • NYT, no mention even on “World”
  • Foxnews, no mention even on “World”
  • Washington Post: mentions on “World”
  • The Guardian, mentioned it on “World”
  • ABCNews, no mention even on “World”
  • Google News
  • CNN, no mention even on “World”; massive black hole makes front page
  • CBSNews, no mention even on “World”
  • NPR, but has it on “World”
  • MSNBC, no mention even on “World”

Those who mentioned it:

  • BBC
  • Huffington Post (barely)
  • Xinhuanet (Chinese, featured)
  • Zaobao (Singapore, somehow mentioned)
  • Yahoo News (two links!)
  • Bing news (1 link)
  • The Onion (related article)
  • United Nation News (of course)
  • USA Today (but basically bashing Gingrich for denying his previous support for taking actions about climate change and cap-and-trade; also make it sounds like climate change is not true)

…. Our planet is doomed.

Those who did not report about Durban climate talks, seem to prefer news that a planet presumably located in a habitable zone of another solar system is found. Ironically, I do not think we can migrate to that planet before ours is destroyed.

Also, I think that it seems Africa is going to be hit very hard by climate change. But that is basically off most people’s radar.

胡锦涛选民证填错,百度封锁消息

百度的算法真是越来越强大了。

大概有“胡锦涛”和“错”字同时出现在标题里的话,就会被过滤?不然怎么过滤这些消息呢?在Google上搜索就可以找到一堆相关报道和讨论,很多还是位于中国大陆的网站上。

我觉得也不是填错。就是不该这么填。但是中国选举就是儿戏。填什么都一样。

最近美国群众通过选举废除了一个亚利桑那州的州议员;威斯康星州试图通过投票废除州长;俄亥俄州通过选举废除了州政府和立法机构通过的取缔工会集体讨价还价权利的法律。

美国虽然腐败,但是至少民主机制是在的,多少还是可以发挥作用的。

微软的伪创新

微软Office展示了这样一个“未来”视频
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6cNdhOKwi0

有评论称

这个video展示了微软的问题所在:他们最酷的产品是想象出来的未来“牛屎”。我们都已经看过了《少数派报告》(aaaty:avatar我们也看过了;我一直不懂为什么我们需要那样的透明屏幕)。如果微软能把做这种video的功夫花在制造用户真的能用能买的产品上……

我看了之后的感觉是,和当初的Courier,微软的未来研发变成了Adobe After Effect形式的ppt战场。难道是传说中的印度人当道的结果?从这个视频来看,可见微软根本不考虑“可用性”。比如把菜谱映射到厨房桌面上,真的是实用的吗?真的做饭做菜的都知道,厨房表面很容易就摆满了材料和厨具。而且视频里很多hologram都是啥啊?怎么实现,有意义吗?Courier的操作也极其复杂,learning curve可以想像,和iPad的两岁小孩也会用根本不可同日而语。

微软企业文化里,大概就根本没有可用性和intuitive可言。

Adjusting GD setting in Gallery3 to reduce noise and sharpness

I am going back to Gallery3 to host my own picture gallery online. Now with Facebook integration, I think it is the way to go again. And I have better control over the picture size etc.

But after installing and adjusting the settings, I notice the pictures turned out to be quite noisy on Gallery3. So I dig around and found a way to fix it by adjusting GD.php to reduce the amount of sharpen GD does to the resized images. Now the pictures look similar to Flickr.

Main part is to change this file:
gallery3/system/libraries/drivers/Image/GD.php

// Amount should be in the range of 26-10
$amount = round(abs(-26 + ($amount * 0.16)), 2);

attached a screenshot of the original article.

HTC Android security issue

It is pretty bad. Especially the lack of software updates. Is Google going to close the OS? Obviously a lot of handset makers do not have enough expertise to maintain the modified OS and provide updates.

Here is the analysis, from Marco.org:

This is pretty bad.

One of Android’s biggest problems is the lack of OS updates after each device is sold, since both the manufacturer and the carrier need to approve each update, and neither of them care much about dumping money into enhancing “old” phones.

In addition to the long-term customer satisfaction issues this causes,1 it’s also a potentially huge security risk: if a serious vulnerability is discovered in a released version of Android and Google issues a patch, vast numbers of phones in the marketplace might stay unpatched for weeks, months, or the rest of their service lifetimes.2

In this case, the problem is in HTC’s code, not Google’s. That’s probably worse: HTC is a hardware company that barely makes software, so they’re unlikely to have any mature process in place to create and deploy security patches quickly, and they’re unlikely to care about it as much as Google would.

This must bother Google immensely, and it’s probably one more reason why they want to (and should) “close” Android, prevent manufacturers and carriers from mucking around with low-level services, and take control of updates and deployment.

For the remaining Android customers whose long-term satisfaction hasn’t already been burned by poor battery life. ↩

Google narrowly dodged this fate with a less-severe issue by issuing a server-side fix, but very few vulnerabilities can be fixed that way. ↩

关于微软的Metro UI

今天终于找到了能够总结我对Metro UI的观点的评论:

1. “regarding Windows Phone ’07, Apple offers “a better-designed UI that doesn’t continuously destroy users’ visual memory.”

2. The sameness made it impossible to find anything. Why anyone would revert to vague and homogeneous tiles from highly identifiable icons is beyond my comprehension. Perhaps someone thinks it’s more artsy.”

3. “People sense something is wrong. The miserable sales of the Phone 7 products reflect the user sensitivity,” Dvorak writes. “So what does Microsoft do? It pushes the same bad idea to the new OS. Win 8 will be a
huge disappointment if Microsoft insists that these metro tiles are a good idea.”

“When you look at your desktop screen, how do you find the program you are looking for? You look for distinctive icons using your human ability to recognize patterns. It’s what we do best,” Dvorak writes. “We are so good
at this that we can identify an upside down icon. Mac takes the icon approach to interesting and useful extremes. Even document icons are miniature and identifiable shrunken images of the title page. This is extremely useful.”

真的我之前就是这样想的。
信息overload,不仅overload时间长了之后用户会自动忽略tiles里的信息,而且也毁灭了用户视觉记忆。

This explains everything.

An article on Rolling Stone magazine talking about Michele Bachmann, an evangelist congresswoman who just announced here president candidacy, explained perhaps the biggest mystery about elections in American.

Snickering readers in New York or Los Angeles might be tempted by all of this to conclude that Bachmann is uniquely crazy. But in fact, such tales by Bachmann work precisely because there are a great many people in America just like Bachmann, people who believe that God tells them what condiments to put on their hamburgers, who can’t tell the difference between Soviet Communism and a Stafford loan, but can certainly tell the difference between being mocked and being taken seriously. When you laugh at Michele Bachmann for going on MSNBC and blurting out that the moon is made of red communist cheese, these people don’t learn that she is wrong. What they learn is that you’re a dick, that they hate you more than ever, and that they’re even more determined now to support anyone who promises not to laugh at their own visions and fantasies.

The complete article is here but it is very long.

使用安猪Atrix的第三天到第五天 Part1

Part 1主要谈备份和程序商店

因为没有sync备份的功能,所以不知道如何备份。发现安猪市场里面有一些备份软件,可以备份到SD卡。昨天我在iTunes里面建了一个播放列表,后来用doubletwist同步到了SD卡上。所以SD卡上没空间。也可以备份到Dropbox。不过这个Titanium Backup Pro才支持这些功能,软件也不便宜。算不算hidden cost?我感觉iPhone只要是和iTunes sync的话我就不用担心备份问题。以后有iCloud也应该会方便很多,还有wifi的备份功能了。后来在设置里面找到了有关备份到Google Server的问题,也许已经备份到云里去了?这一点不是很清楚。

除了备份软件,还发现安猪市场里有不少系统维护,优化,管理软件,有不少还是要钱的。

不防比较一下Android Market里面最热卖软件和App Store里的有什么区别。
安猪市场(网页上和手机上看到的排名不同)
骨骼网站:
1. Beautiful Widget: 可以在桌面上摆放很多不同的时钟,天气预报等信息。$2.83
2. ROM manager: “所有破解root安猪用户的必备”,做备份,刷ROM。$5.86
3. 水果忍者 $1.26
4. WeatherBug Elite $1.99
5. Robo Defense 塔防游戏 $2.99
6. Root Explorer 文件管理 $3.88
7. Titanium Backup Pro 备份软件 $5.94
8. PowerAMP 音乐播放器 $5.16
9. Better Keyboard and Unlock Key: 系统修改 $2.99
10. Documents To Go $14.99
11. Doodle Jump $0.99
12. SetCPU for root user: 破解用户用来超频等的工具 $1.99
13. Talking Tom Cat $0.99
14. ADWLauncher EX $3.28 彻底修改更换桌面
余下有一些游戏,系统修改,备份,键盘,无线同步,锁屏软件。

手机上看到的:(不知道为何和网页上看到价格不同,也许网页价格是中国价格)
1. PowerAMP音乐播放器 $4.99
2. Titanium Backup Pro $6.88
3. Root Explorer文件管理$3.99
4. ROM manager (Premium) $5.86破解用户的必备
5. PicSay Pro 照片编辑 $3.99
6 Beautiful Widgets $2.89
7. SwiftKey键盘 $1.99
8. XDA Premium $0.99 破解用户的良友
9. MyBackup Pro $4.99 备份软件
10. DocumentsToGo
11. SoundHound $4.99
12. Talking Tom Cat
13. Weather Bug
14. SetCPU 超频
15. Shazam Encore
余下有一些游戏,系统管理,任务管理,键盘,同步工具等。

那么AppStore呢

1-7, 9, 10, 12-18游戏,$0.99-$1.99
8 健身, 11, Camera+, 19, Whatsapp, 20. FatBooth, 21-25 游戏

我们可以看到Android上大部分受欢迎程序都是安猪用户在修改系统设置,自定义桌面,备份,同步,刷ROM,修改键盘,超频。iOS用户貌似大部分在玩游戏。而且安猪用户愿意付蛮多的钱(愿意付费的那些)。

Update:
我想我也应该看看免费软件

iOS先

1-5, 游戏
6. Facebook
7-8, 游戏
9. Talking Tom Cat 2
10-12, 游戏
13. Pandora
14-19, 21, 24, 25 游戏
20. Skype
22. Netflix

安猪市场
1. Kakao Talk 通讯工具
2. Google Maps
3. Flash Player 10.3
4. Facebook
5. YouTube
6. Pandora
7. 星座
8. Whatsapp
9. StreetView on Google Maps
10. GasBuddy 加油省钱秘诀
11. 藏照片的软件,比如有色照片
12. 高级杀任务工具
13. Shazam
14. Google语音搜索
15. 世界报纸
16. Google翻译
17. Google星空图
18. 文件管理
19. barcode扫描
20. Twitter
21. Dropbox
22. Tagged android app
23. TuneIn Radio
24. Music
25. Adobe Reader

余下还有天气预报,新闻,Gmail, Google Search, 文件管理器,圣经,Movies, Google Earth等。
网页上稍有不同,但是大多数还是Google的程序,外加电池管理,Yahoo Mail, 免费的手机安全软件,个别游戏。

一个果轮和安猪Atrix在一起的第二天

第二天,继续记录感觉好和感觉不好的地方。猪轮谷轮请轻拍。

感觉好的地方

1. 剪切板历史记录。很好。
2. 1GB的内存很大,818MB可用,内存里可以放很多程序。只要他们不怎么消耗电池,这个我是无所谓。程序切换比较快。相比之下,iOS设备的内存一直较少。虽然iOS程序和系统往往更流畅,但是物理限制决定驻留内存程序有限,程序切换的时候更多时候需要程序重启。

混合感觉,有好有坏的地方

1. 四个按钮。

安猪的四个按键,是和iPhone操作最不同的地方之一。home的作用和iOS基本一样。option键,隐藏了很多option,节约了界面空间,但是隐藏的话用户经常需要点击才能查看我到底能干什么,也不是非常好。Consistency上,options有时候藏在里面,有时候没有。确实不管是桌面还是移动操作系统,很少有做到人机交互高度consistent的,除了苹果。

返回键,很多人喜欢,很多人不喜欢。有人认为是设计上的亮点,有人认为不是。我认为有时候还不错,有时候也是缺乏consistency。用来在程序之间切换,比如从twitter打开一个链接,自动用opera打开,然后按一次返回,opera把tab关掉,再按一次,回到twitter,感觉并不是完全intuitive的操作,但是还算seamless,切换速度也比较快。没有切换动画反馈,有时候较confusing。很多时候取消也用这个按键,所以功能太多,缺乏consistency,但是喜欢功能的功能控,恐怕会很热爱它。

搜索键,我觉得并非必要。放到软件界面里也未尝不可。如果软件界面上没有提示可以搜索,难道我每次都要去试一下?学习curve和记忆要求太高。如果界面上有提示,那么应该按这个提示就可以搜索,也不需要搜索按钮了。骨骼作为搜索公司,所以刻意设计了这个按钮,让人时刻不忘“search”,个人觉得不是非常好的设计。

好像这些按钮大部分在Honeycomb里面也变成在界面上的了。

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2. 音乐媒体播放

自带播放器不是很好。
amazon MP3可以播放云音乐,也可以播放本地文件,功能上还是不错的。可惜播放云音乐不够流畅,不时还有爆音,好似CD轨道划伤,让人不得不叹息amazon对细节一向的不注意不追求,用户体验之差。好在可以扫描本地文件,至少也是按照metadata给我Organize了,也算庆幸没有让我去找文件,找文件夹,略感欣慰。

总之,显然,这些都是iPod。界面,操作,各方面,都让我回想起以前的generic MP3 vs iPod的感受。

3. 音乐同步

几千首音乐,没有同步功能会死人。特别是如果电脑上的音乐更新了封面,歌词等,我希望每次sync就可以自动更新。摩托有Windows版的client貌似可以搞定这个事情,但是我不用Windows没法测试。有第三方软件支持同步是好。但是实际体验如何,请看下面。

更多比较差的地方

Motoblur界面不是很好。程序之间界面consistency很差。很多系统程序的黑底白字界面设计让人颇感可怕,为什么要这样设计?难道是学Zune?难道是为了OLED屏幕省电?反正既不美观也不实用。

自带的邮件软件比较差,虽然可以比较容易的添加各种电邮帐号,但是用起来比iOS差很多。更让人匪夷所思的是,gmail是单独的程序,不在universal inbox里面。这是神马设计?难道这不是真正的脑残?

最近一个老牌软件Miro更新了支持同步安猪手机。于是下载来看看。所以顺带review一下Miro。以前Miro是以可以下载BT,管理视频,看网络电视著称。跨平台,但是一直不是很流行。最近可以管理音乐了。它扫描你的iTunes library,导入音乐。但是浏览音乐的模式很脑残。貌似没有分栏查找的功能。全部列在一个窗口里。要么是文字列表,要么是莫名其妙的超长列表,每行一首歌,每行占据很大空间的显示方法。

那么怎么同步呢?很难像iTunes那样选择几张专辑来同步。 我可以文本搜索某艺人,专辑,然后选中拖到手机或手机上的SD卡上,然后它同步。可惜同步到SD卡速度较慢。然后一次同步操作完成之前,没有办法拖更多音乐过去。表明这个软件实在是原始。貌似也没有以后自动更新这些文件的能力。所以很失望。DoubleTwist不知道是否会好一些。决定这几天试一下。

有些程序都是自己放在后来定期链接服务器看有没有新消息。这个很不可靠,速度也很慢,比起iOS的Push notification实在是差了很多。比如我用TextPlus,对方回复之后我的iPad马上受到提示。但是Atrix至少延迟两三分钟。如果后台程序更频繁链接服务器查询新消息,那么估计电池也吃不消。所以再次感叹,Push notification好。据说骨骼很快也要支持类似服务。好吧,互相抄吧。

官方的gmail程序貌似也不是很好用。我感觉我更喜欢移动网页里的gmail的感觉。可惜我现在也不怎么用Gmail了。

最后,现在已经是晚上。在写完上文之后一段时间,又遇到如下问题,反映了系统的不稳定。

第一,蓝牙连接福特Sync系统成功。但是大约三四首歌之后,链接断开了,然后atrix开始用外放喇叭开始循环播放这张专辑每首歌的一两秒。车上台湾mm也无语了,我只好说没办法,安猪系统不好,她有ipad 2所以还能理解。用的是songbird程序,开车,只好快速杀掉两个进程也无用。让mm把手机静音也没用。到达目的地之后打开android assistant还是做了什么操作就突然好了。

之后又发现指纹识别完全没反应了。于是只能重启。android assistant说开机时间超过两分钟。开机加载项花了一分钟。还好没有给我算开机速度全国排名百分比。

大概就这样了。硬件配置比老的iphone好很多。直接从iphone3g,3gs换到最新安猪也应该就感觉真的升级换代了。

晚上朋友有iphone 4,我也会群体目测了一下屏幕。昨天我写的,今天更新的屏幕细节问题,得到验证。iphone4屏幕确实细腻很多。atrix屏幕的pattern太明显。

果轮用安猪第一天体验

果轮用惯了iPhone,从第一代iPhone开始用到iOS 4.3。现在突然决定用用股沟的安猪,到底会怎么样呢?

果轮选择了机身大小和iPhone差不多的4寸屏幕的Motorola Atrix 4G(简称Atrix),一个伪4G手机。果轮将把它和iPhone 3GS和iPhone 4,iPod touch,iPad做比较,并连续跟踪一段时间。

硬件和外观设计
硬件和外观评分3/5
iPhone 3GS 4/5
iPhone 4 4.5/5

Atrix的外观相当塑料。不算厚。比较轻。手感比较cheap。造型比较简约,较摩托罗拉的Verizon的Droid系列简洁一些。没有什么出格古怪设计。充电口在左侧稍显不方便,特别是考虑如果车驾使用的话,可能会比较别扭。做工很一般。屏幕玻璃可以看出来比iPhone的cheap。手感也不如iPhone,滑动起来更涩。缝隙很多,不过因为后盖可打开。塑料手感不如iPhone 3GS。机子不是很rigid,应该是可以开盖的塑料机的通病。有时候打字或操作的时候用点力,机器会发出受力形变的吱吱声或震动,光是这个,评分就可以扣0.5。

有趣的是,Atrix没有传说中常见的很多硬件按钮,比如,没有照相机键,没有静音键,没有锁屏键。相比iPhone居然没有任何优势,让人吃惊。

指纹识别功能是否算高端?苹果没有任何产品支持过指纹识别。我测试情况,识别率还可以。有时候会抱怨刷指纹太快。但是这个指纹识别兼电源/锁屏开关位置古怪,比较难用力,不是很好的设计。

LED指示功能还可以,好像不像有些黑莓或Nokia,会不停的闪。这个更加可以接受。外放喇叭声音不是很好。看网上评论,也有人有类似观点,放出来容易破声。

因为我经常位于ATT覆盖很差的地方,我没有发现Atrix的信号比3GS的好at all。

关于软件的一些评价

自带浏览器,基于WebKit,但是同是双核1Ghz,跑SunSpider的话,iPad 2的2000多ms,但是Android 2.2.x这个要4000多ms,连600Mhz单核iPhone 3GS都可以跑5000多ms。所以JavaScript速度方面,Android以前的优势没有了。

加载网页速度还不错。明显比iPhone 3GS快。没有和iPad 2比。

不过加载完网页之后,iPhone 3GS滚动流畅,iPhone 4就更没有问题。但是内存和CPU都强很多的Atrix,滚动网页明显不流畅。特别是如果网页里图片较多。如果有Flash,那么就更可怕了。

滚动和动画不流畅是安猪的通病。Atrix已经比我之前遇到过的好很多。App drawer里面滚动基本没有发现不流畅。但是很多其他操作还是明显卡卡的,虽然不如老的安猪手机卡。

摩托罗拉据说出于专利原因,一直没有开启滚动的力反馈反弹。这个不是很爽。但是到目前为止我最大的抱怨是以下几点:

1. 有些软键盘不支持多点触摸输入,也就是说按住一个按键不放,你不能输入其他字母。用iPhone习惯之后,你会发现用摩托的安猪打字经常会掉字母。这是因为我们果轮已经不习惯打完一个字母一定要把手指抬起来再按下一个。这个非常不爽。虽然摩托自带支持multi-touch的英文键盘,但是当安装了比如搜狗或QQ输入法之后,这些输入法就不支持。不像iOS那样,所有键盘都支持。

2. 没有屏幕截图功能。没有!安猪市场里面有一些程序,但是和操作系统版本关系很大,而且都需要root了系统才可以。相比之下,iPhone截图太方便,home + power,然后展示某些程序或界面或anything给朋友看都太方便。实在难以想象一个“开放”的系统连这么基本的功能都不具备,匪夷所思!

3. 进程很多。安装了一些东西之后,很多程序都会有后台daemon运行,因为系统没有一个统一的push notification的功能,所以潜在的问题是会多消耗一些系统资源,内存,电池寿命受到一些负面印象。不像iPhone上那样,我可以有50个程序都可以给我push notification,但是在安猪上,如果要这样,基本上意味着至少50个进程必须在后台运行或许数据。加上摩托自己的一些widget,google自己的数据同步服务,可想而知电池寿命会如何。不过电池寿命的问题,我还需要继续观察。

4. 屏幕rotation的问题。iOS上很好办。软件的,iPad的硬件的,都可以。安猪上就不那么容易,需要安装一些东西。进入系统设置修改也可以,但是麻烦。让人吃惊。虽然安猪可以很容易的装上widget开启关闭wifi, 3G, bluetooth这些,而iPhone需要JB之后装SBSettings。

5. “开放”的“自由”的安猪居然很多时候需要root之后才能装第三方程序。我也是费了点力才装上amazon appstore。说实话,这两个都不如App Store好用。

题外话,认识一个McAfee工作的人,他们做antivirus给安猪。安猪市场上有卖,AVG也有。这些都可以实时扫描。感觉回到Windows的年代。

以上都是较负面的感受。说一些正面的感受:

安猪还是比pre-iPhone时代的手机强很多的。如果你要求不高,对细节不挑剔不敏感,没用过iPhone,直接从dump phone到安猪,那么你感到happy的概率应该相当高。因为总的来说,功能上iPhone和安猪差别不是很大了。特别是iOS 5出来之后,差别将更小。

另外我iPhone上常用的很多软件,都有安猪版的了。所以即时换平台,也不会觉得太不适应,只是如果已经花钱买了很多iOS软件,真的没有理由到安猪上再买一遍。值得一提的是,确实安猪版的很多软件不如iPhone版的好,即使是同一个公司的软件。除了像Opera这样,iPhone版本做得比较差的,安猪版基本和iPhone版一样的体验。

能够安装第三方输入法还是蛮好的一件事情。虽然搜狗和腾讯不支持多点触摸实在让人扫兴。iPhone的英文纠错还不错,iOS 5上据说更好了。一直希望iPhone上的拼音也能纠错。腾讯的安猪拼音输入法就可以了,这个基本上是我想要的东西。

第一天感受暂时说这么多。

PS

忘记评论屏幕。

屏幕的话,虽然分辨率基本上和retina差不多,但是dpi确实低一些。虽然可是角度蛮好,明显比iPhone 3GS好,颜色在不同角度也比3GS好很多,但是最大的问题是毛糙的渲染。具体原因不是很清楚,但是灰色背景可以看到有pattern的颗粒。有些时候文字渲染的结果,也是字体边缘有时有些像素直接毛边,而不是很平滑的过度渐变。很多时候看到纯色块里有不少小黑点,应该是液晶pixel的间距。比较差。不知道是安猪的问题,还是这个液晶的问题,因为以前在三星的AMOLED屏幕上看到过类似的问题。但是也见过有blog用放大镜观察三星的AMOLED发现像素间距比iPhone 和iPod touch的retina大不少。iPhone 4是很好的屏幕。iPod touch的像素间距素质应该和iPhone一样,但是可视角度和颜色准确度都不如。3GS的屏幕比这些都差一些。

更新:

我也是想肯定有人比较过放大后的屏幕差别。果然,Anandtech不让人失望。

iPhone 4
iPhone 4 LCD

Moto Atrix LCD
Atrix 4G LCD

有趣

Lisa See,一个长得完全不像中国人的Chinese American。
一个知名作家。小说Shanghai Girls (2009)曾进入NYT Best Seller list
小说Snow Flower and the Secret Fan被拍成电影,将于今年7月上映。

有趣的是,这部电影制作人是章子怡,邓文迪等。
演员包括李冰冰,姜武,邬君梅等。

Lisa See

电影网站
http://www.foxsearchlight.com/snowflowerandthesecretfan/

李冰冰

release之后可以去看看。
小说不知道有没有心情读读。

Lisa Lee的wiki没有中文版。她虽然Chinese American,但是完全不像中国人。但是据
说是在完全的美国华人家庭里长大。很有趣。

草泥马和Ai Weiwei

我只想谈谈我对艾未未频繁使用“草泥马”,甚至“草泥马祖国”视频这种艺术形式的理解。因为这个形式很多人不能理解,或者我认为有误解。艺术本来是需要解析的,确实是不能指望任何一个人看到都能够直接理解艺术作品的含义。

所以,我认为艾未未一系列的“草泥马”相关作品,是符合他尽量年决定采用网络形式进行活动的风格的。这一点,艾未未在寄给TED的视频里就有解释。(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVnH8ou3Kd4)

援引Wikipedia对草泥马的解释:

草泥马,是普通話髒話“肏你媽/操你媽”的諧音,被《纽约时报》等媒体认为是中国网民对于中共网络审查制度不滿的喧洩[1]。具体的起源尚不明确,但在80年代初民间
流行的一则笑话中已经出现。包括「草泥马」在内的詞彙被中国网民列入其惡搞「十大神兽」之內,「草泥马」最初於2009年初发布于百度百科,之后迅速竄红,在聊天室、
论坛中广为流传,其代表象徵形象為羊駝(Alpaca),文字形象為「(·´ェ`·)」。

因此,“草泥马”是国内网络平民运动的标志,“吉祥物”。艾未未频繁使用草泥马是有深刻原因的。

研究一下,发现也有学者对“草泥马”有解析。崔卫平在博客中写道:

“至于“草泥马”,我为发明这种谐音隐语的人击节赞叹。它的潜台词是说——有些话我是说不得的,你不让我说,这个我知道,你看,我是配合的,不是吗?当然了,我自己也觉得,说这样的糙话是不应该的,我没有必要为了你而将自己降到某个水平之下,即使你逼我说,我也不说,我要保持我自己的体面和尊严;即使你退回到某个野蛮的水平,我还是保持自己文明人的身份,这个还不行吗?

学者文人看“草泥马”确实是不同于纯粹字面的理解。

另一个创作手段则是纪录片。他拍的纪录片不能说好看。但是,作为艺术作品,还是有让人震撼的地方的。我觉得根据我看过的一些作品,能够给我类似于其他艺术视频感觉的片段,就是警察和他们对摄像的场景。这种场景,99.99%的人是从来不会亲自经历的,但是和纪录片故事结合起来,却有震撼的效果。这种场景,在国外,也是见不到的。个人认为就是这一点,这些纪录片就相当有价值,虽然不是精工细作出来的作品,好像他的其他一些作品比如瓜子,陶瓷作品,灯笼等,但是这是一种新的方式,新的尝试。

个人认为艾未未是很有艺术成就的。而他采用这些形式进行创作,也绝非普通搞艺术的人能做到和敢做的。高尚的艺术应该贴近生活,描写现实,引人思考,我想他是做到了。

利比亚一些年轻人无法想象没有卡扎菲的利比亚

NYT记者四人在Benghazi附近失踪后终于释放。好多天他们能够接触到支持卡扎菲的军人。一个记者释放后接受采访时说,他感觉很多20多岁的年轻军人,觉得他们自己是在对抗类似基地组织的伊斯兰叛军,但是实际上叛军大多声称是secular的。

另外最重要的一点,就是他觉得,根据他的观察,他认为这些年轻人对卡扎菲非常忠诚,但是感觉是他们无法想象一个没有卡扎菲的利比亚。

我感觉这个很有启示。

源自这个采访

公民话语权

中国是世界上目前有最大核能计划的国家,计划在未来十年修建大约70座核电站,全球无人能比。

但是,日本核危机之后,世界各地包括南非,印度,台湾,德国,法国,民众都有出来发声,要抵制核能。

中国人则不说话。风格已定。风格是养成的。我想不是不想说,而是习惯性内敛,习惯性压抑。

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