Category Archives: Digital

一萬個 unread email

當你有一萬個 unread email,iPhone icon 上的 notification badge會變成怎麼樣呢?

原來一個 badge 已出唔晒連續五個數目字,中間要用「․․․」代替,變成「10․․․3」。不過其實又有幾多人會像我有五位數字的 email 未讀(但卻又有時間寫 blog)的呢?

中文地盤沒落記

Blog 寫少了,就算有貼文也是英文或貼圖貼片,實在是有苦衷。原本 PC 用開縱橫輸入法,轉 Mac 後沒了,OS X Han Recognizer 又常瓜(寫唔瓜,但 quit 唔到,要 reboot) ,學倉頡和拼音的時機己過,但又未想學九方。

其實最實際就是寫全英文。反正我的 blog 也沒有太多人圍觀;爛英文又好,慢中文也好,自說自話,甚麼語言也沒有分別,對吧?

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six®: Shadow Vanguard – Interactive Trailer

Gameloft is launching the new Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Shadow Vanguard on iPhone tomorrow.

Now this is the sneakpeak of how the gameplay is done on iPhone via Youtube. The best part of this trailer is how the viewers (you and me) could make the decision of how the team enter the room. A kind of interactive movie (well, not exactly “interactive” as it would just jump to another clip based on what you’ve clicked) to promote new game for the first time. A nice start.

The interactive part starts at 0:30. Anything afterwards is just waiting for your click on that blue box.

The History of Web Browsers

IE9Microsoft IE9 (Internet Explorer 9) is finally out. As I am not running Windows at home so I am not going to test it today (yes, I am still sick-leaving at home, for the 2nd day).

I always hate IE since when it was a kid. It was slow and ugly. I hated it more when it murdered Netscape. So I jumped to Firefox as soon as it was available, just to avoid using IE. Now I am using Chrome all the time because I am so used to the native searching ability within the browsers. Which browser are you using now?

Below is a beautiful infographic for the history of web browsers. Pretty cool huh?  (I love how Opera could remain as a straight thin line for all these years, and still exists.)
History of web browsers Dehahs
Sources: DEHAHS via Bit Rebels

Software on this iPhone has expired

Sick leave at home. The best thing to do is to sleep all the way from 9 to 5. The second best thing to do is to update my devices to iOS 4.3.

That was fun. And the fun were two parts. The first part was about how I love the cool new feature of iOS 4.3 on iPad: new multi-touch gestures. If you swipe the screen sideways with 4 fingers, than you could jump directly to the next opened app. And this is very handy. More, if you swipe up, the multitasking bar would be revealed; and if you pinch the screen with four fingers, the home screen would be revealed. For the latter two, they were also cool, but not something you can’t do without.

The second part was even more exciting. I upgraded my iPhone4 to iOS 4.3 Beta 3 some weeks ago (and has been enjoying creating my own “Personal Hotspot” with it every since). On the day of the official release of iOS 4.3 I did try to plug my iPhone with iTunes on my Mac to detect the upgrade, but nothing had happened. Yesterday morning suddenly my iPhone stopped working and asked me to plug it in to iTunes again. I did, and it said: “The software on the iPhone XXX has expired and must be updated to a newer version.”. However, when I pressed the update button, nothing happened. It became a brick (well, not for the first time).

People from the forum said that the iTunes cannot detect the difference between Beta 3 and the officially release, and thought they were both iOS4.3, and so no upgrade is needed although the beta has expired already. What to do? I could either wait for Apple to release 4.3.1 (and by then I guess iTunes could really tell the difference), or I could do what I have done. I acted like a pro, search around on the Apple forum alongside with those real developers who are holding the same iphone-bricks with me, and found the solution:

1. Download the ipsw file directly from somewhere.
2. Force the iTunes to upgrade the iPhone by Option-Click the iTunes’ “update” button, and select the downloaded file.

iOS 4.3 for iPhone 4:
http://appldnld.apple.com/iPhone4/041-0330.20110311.Cswe3/iPhone3,1_4.3_8F190_Restore.ipsw
iOS 4.3 for iPad:
http://appldnld.apple.com/iPhone4/041-0329.20110311.Cvfre/iPad1,1_4.3_8F190_Restore.ipsw
iOS 4.3 for iPhone 3GS:
http://appldnld.apple.com/iPhone4/041-0328.20110311.Lkhy6/iPhone2,1_4.3_8F190_Restore.ipsw
iOS 4.3 for iPod Touch 3G:
http://appldnld.apple.com/iPhone4/061-8366.20110311.Fr45t/iPod3,1_4.3_8F190_Restore.ipsw
iOS 4.3 for iPod Touch 4G:
http://appldnld.apple.com/iPhone4/061-9588.20110311.GtP7y/iPod4,1_4.3_8F190_Restore.ipsw
iOS 4.3 for Apple TV:
http://appldnld.apple.com/AppleTV/061-9584.20110308.Cxdew/AppleTV2,1_4.3_8F191m_Restore.ipsw

The “somewhere” depends on what you want to get, all links to Apple download site. However, the site developer.apple.com doesn’t reveal this link to us. Lucky that someone found them and provided them on the forum. Device upgraded at a blink. Everything’s back to normal.

Now, on top of how I am feeling good using iOS 4.3, I also feel very proud of being a pretended-to-be Apple-developer-pro, for a limited period of 120 minutes.

Microsoft Live Spaces 壽終正寢

剛收到微軟的電郵通知如下,Microsoft Live Spaces 將會正式摺埋唔撈,未想就此了結的用家會被安排過戶 WordPress。這已經是舊聞,但收到電郵時還是覺得很震撼。

這再一次標誌著「部落格」時代的終結嗎?(還是這時代從沒有正式來過?) 而涉案的兇手相信是時代風雲人物 Facebook 吧?這也不難理解:其實要幾億人個個扮作家,何來這麼多墨汁?要全民參與,那就只能要求大家用滑鼠和手機按 “Like”、share links、貼相和打咭。反正本來這也是大部分人填 Xanga 和 Live Spaces 時那些流水帳式的內容。現在 Facebook 將其自動化簡單化,當然可以取而代之!

Windows Live Newsletter

親愛的 Windows Live Spaces 用戶:

您好,感謝您對 Windows Live 的使用與支持。在全球,我們已經和精選優質夥伴 WordPress.com 合作繼續提供 Windows Live 用戶精彩的部落格平台服務。我們並在此再提醒您 Spaces 分享空間將在三月十六日於全球正式終止服務。在 Spaces 分享空間正式終止之前,我們會協助用戶下載保存自己的 Spaces 分享空間內容,以及協助將內容搬移至 WordPress.com 合作夥伴的部落格平台。如果你還沒有採取的行動,請先閱讀下文,了解如何保存您的分享空間的內容。

此外,您亦可以選擇把您的分享空間搬遷轉移至 Pixnet 痞客邦台灣部落格,作為您在中文繁體部落格服務上的另一選擇。

未來,我們將花更多的心力和資源在其他更多元化的網路服務上,以豐富您的 Windows Live 體驗。而我們選擇的分享空間合作夥伴,將會繼續為您提供更精彩分享空間服務。再次感謝您的愛戴與支持,請繼續閱讀完本篇文章以獲得充分的資訊 … …