Facebook Mania / Maniac

Sorry to the addicts of Facebook and my friends in the Facebook … I have to confess that I am not a fan of Facebook. I joined it around 6 months ago when it was not at all popular in town, mainly to connect to my MBA classmates … However, it looks like a hot site recently, for example, all the computer magazines in town had articles about Facebook two weeks ago.

To be honest, I still don’t quite “get it” … I am sure all those nifty and cute applications add a lot of fun … but why spend all the time to play around with those ? Many times, I think the Facebook emails in my inbox are as bad as those spam mails. May be one day it will have business applications in it and can replace all the tools around … then I will spend more time with Facebook.

On the other hand, if we see it from technical angle, Facebook did a great job to build the platform, open it up to application developers. And their recent mobile version is also pretty good … I just found it out during my stay in hospital 😎

Mobile Facebook

Collections

Somehow, I think a person’s “character” can be reflected in what he or she is “collecting”. Some collect games, comic figures; some collect paintings, sculptures; some collect DVDs and VCDs … of course, most of us collect money or dust. In other words, some are young at heart, some live in the past, some feel very unsafe and some just have no goals at all.

But for me, I like to collect the premier issue of any magazine, as I am a believer of good beginnings.

I am also a collector of the last issue of magazines and “The year in pictures” from magazines like Time and Life, as I am a believer of good endings.

Now I starts to collect old magazine or newspaper advertisements – as I start believing that our world is getting worse, unlike the good old days. Couple of years ago, I found some beautiful advertisement prints in Paris, Les Puces de Saint-Ouen (the largest flea market in Paris and is a must go). I was told the advertisements were printed in 1936 but I really have nothing to verify … until I do a search in Internet, of course.

Check this web site and scroll down … it was really a masterpiece by Jean-Gabriel Domerge for Perrier in year 1936. You can tell how happy I was when I found this site. Now it is framed beautifully and hanged with other three prints at home.

What are you collecting ?

The city government portal site

So after the operation, I need to follow a strict diet for next few months. As part of the excellent services, there were two dietitians explained to me the details, with an information sheet to summarize what I can and cannot eat during this period.

Then, my parents passed me another information sheet from another source , with similar diet information but some minor variations. So I thought that gotta be something in the web with up-to-date information, especially from our city’s Health Department … so where shall I start with my smartphone ?

First, I tried to guess the Health Department website address but failed (I still am not sure why the city government like to use so many un-user-friendly department short form). Then I surfed to the so-call city government’s portal site (the url is easy to remember, not because it is easier to guess but purely because of the recent advertisements) to see whether it helps.

Oh, the site could not detect the source of the visit, so it still display the splash screen with wide graphic in my smartphone (why we need a splash screen anyway ? To generate traffic ?). The links use animated GIFs, so do not work well with the bulit-in browser … and I have to scroll a lot for everything.

Anyway, go into the “categorised” page, I tried the health, food etc. etc. but failed to find the stuff I want and yes, still a lot of scrolling with my phone’s small screen. I tried “simple layout” and other options … still, scrolling left and right, up and down …

Then I go to the search function … blank screen. Tried the advanced search function … it works but with only government news returned but not the information I wanted.

Half an hour later, I “surrendered”. Instead, a search in Google and I found everything I need in http://www.drgourmet.com

So far, the only good stuff with the city portal is its simple url.

Complimentary Breakfast … not included

Once in a while, I receive emails about some special hotel deals and today I received one about some new hotels in Koh Samui, Thailand. “Great !!” I thought, I need more sunshine and rests … so let’s see what’s included in those new hotel packages …

Compliementary Breakfast

Oh … Compulsory Breakfast … I better prepare for it …

Worldmate 2007

MobiMate‘s Worldmate software is one utility software that I will install to any phone and PDA I use. So obviously, I bought the latest Worldmate 2007 once I got my Dopod C730. Unfortunately, the Worldmate 2007 did not work with this latest generation of smartphone – I just could not get the subscription working.

So after exchanging a dozen emails among Handango, MobiMate and me, they finally solved my problem. And here is some screen shots of that great utility.

World Clock

World Map

Satelite Map