Telephone line

One of the mobile operators in town recently introduced a new service – “Wireless fixed-line service”. What that marketing gimic exactly do is beyond me, but it gonnna be a mix of wireless and internet based telephone services. I am sure one day this kind of service will replace our usual fixed-line phone and by then, the term “telephone line” will go down the drain of history. Before then, a song from Electric Light Orchestra, 32 years ago.

Hello. How are you?
Have you been alright, through all those lonely lonely lonely lonely lonely nights
That’s what I’d say. I’d tell you everything
If you’d pick up that telephone yeah yeah yeah

Upgrade to WordPress 2.5

WordPress released the latest version 2.5 for two weeks now. So I decided to give it try, after skipping 1 or 2 upgrades in the past few months. The upgrade process was simple as usual.

  • Deactivate all the plugins
  • Backup the database
  • Download the latest codebase, unzip and transfer to the server
  • Run the upgrade.php
  • Activate back the plugins

There are something I like / dislike / puzzle about this version:

  • The plugin upgrade is now almost painless, very useful
  • Not all plugins can work with this version, however
  • The new administrator dashboard is fresh-looking, but need sometime to get used to. For example, I don’t like the categories section in New Post screen is now underneath the text box, but not on the right hand side
  • Somehow, two files were mixed up – plugins.php and post-new.php. Click the plugins function links to the New Post page and vise versa (!). I have to re-download the files, not sure what went wrong
  • The new engine is super slow !!

Yes, Wii can do it …

Do you know your Wii remote can be hacked to create an interactive whiteboard, a multi-touch surface and even a Virtual Reality display head tracking device ? All these great ideas are from the brilliant graduate student in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University – Johnny Lee.

I think we will soon see the Minority Report hand-waving device very very soon, won’t we ?

Zoom your pics

We all now have cameras with over 10 million pixels, but when you posted the resized version to the web you will lost all the details of the picture. One possible solution is to zoomify it, such that you can see all the details (pretty much like Google Map).

Following is the grand hall ceiling of the Venetian Hotel Macao. Give it a try.

Presenting data

What will you do to present Number of deaths for leading causes of death. Let’s say the meaningless data will be something like:

  • Heart disease: 652,091
  • Cancer: 559,312
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 143,579
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 130,933
  • Accidents (unintentional injuries): 117,809
  • Diabetes: 75,119
  • etc.

Here is probably the best way:

See, will that help you to rethink how to present your data ?