平行宇宙

VMWare很久未有在這裡寫字。太多東西想寫,但太少時間。腦子不停在想,但手跟不上,打得不夠快。

要快,便要用純英文寫。經過多年特訓,我打英文像駕車游水走路一樣成了生理反射,不用看也不用想,像流水。(而且英文有 auto spell check correction 嘛!)

寫歸寫,手指流出的雖是英文,對答也是英文,但要去想出「到肉」的新點子,腦袋其實仍是用純中文去想。沒有國民教育,不用洗腦,我也知我是中國人。或者這是香港人的特質:課本是英文,試卷是英文,但老師用中文教,學生用中文想,然後用英文記下答案。工事用英文做報告打電郵還可,但寫內心世界便總是詞不達意,去不到那應到的深情境界。當我本來的境界已很低時,再向下走便很難看。

要打中文嗎?但我的倉頡仍停留在「五色學倉頡」的程度,拼音又只有我聽得懂,手寫更因字太衰而白字頻頻。手指在拖累腦袋,直至崩潰,然後放棄。

為了讓自己可以忘掉這語言障礙,用中文我手寫我心,我要在我的 MBP 上的 VM 多加一個中文環境,好讓我唯一懂用的縱橫輸入法可以有個立腳之地。私伙的 MAC OS X,公司的英文 Win7 和只用來打中文的 WinXP 像三個平行宇宙並肩存在。我便可以用兩只手指於 Magic Mouse 上掃來掃去,在這幾個宇宙間遊走。

我期望可以從此多想多寫。尤其過了這麼久,慣性讀者們都流走了,故隨心亂寫也不會冒犯太多人,可以放心自說自話。

Chrome for iOS

I have been using Chrome since day one (well, honestly, since day three, 4/Sept/2008).

At that time I (correctly) predicted that Google would flood the world in the mobile space. Three and a half years later, Android + Chrome conquer almost 60% of the smartphone world. Interestingly at that time I named his rivals as MS IE, Firefox and Safari, now it seems that the browsers game is not even the battleground anymore at all.

Anyway, a few days ago Google has launched Chrome on iOS. After the trial, I would say even though it is not as strategically important as how Chrome was for the desktop world at the previous age, but still it is a sticky product because the UX is smarter and neater (than Mobile Safari) (I never a big fan of Opera so I won’t compare with it).

Chrome on iPad offers Siri-liked voice search function (previously already on the Google iOS app), that’s cool, but not exciting. Syncing everything everywhere is handy, especially it remember which devices I have surfed that location with, that’s really cool.

I have put my Safari inactive and surf with Chrome on my iPhones and iPads from today onwards. No turning back.