Monday, June 28, 2010

Cello Playing

There are a lot to read then to play in this book which I like.

Stopped raining at last

NIke+ 4.04k, time 30:37, pace 7:34, MHR 163

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

三十年

前幾天吃了一頓記念離校三十年的飯局。這年紀的朋友話題離不開那三五個,我最沒興趣答的是朋友問有關工作的,如果問者三十年來都不記得我是幹什麼 的, 我再說一遍也沒意思。

這場合一般行為是派名片,又是一種不喜歡做的。這像名媛去"波場"要穿什麼給人看一樣。他們可能只為取得聯絡但心裡可能下意識地用名片上的什麼什麼 來打量對方。其實六十億人只有"六度分離"如要找一個人十分容易,不找白不找,名片於在鼻上也看不見。

題外話, 最近工作上要做偵查工作,發現這個找人十分有用,願付錢的可以知道一個人很多資料。

這些場合我一般不帶名片,解釋是如果你這些年來不知我是誰,幹什麼,沒有業務上接觸,那麼你除了知道我是當年同窗什麼也沒必要知道。其實"大話"當 年(因沒人記得清楚真相),論論"起錨"或"超錯",最近聼什麼音樂或巴西會否拿世盃,身體有什麼毛病,做什麼運動,小朋友"拍拖"未、這些總比知道你又 升 (或降)一級或拿多了一個什麼學位有談論趣味。

有意義的是和一位要好的玩記憶遊戲,有三十多位的名字不在名單上,我們努力往腦袋中找,只找到二十多,這已比那些有收集名片習慣的好了不少。

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Calibration retained, another wet test

In fact the calibration records are still there in the iPhone after upgrade to iOS 4. It rained hard this morning in the middle of my 30 minutes run and miCoach survived.

Nike+ 3.96k, 30:04, pace 7:34, MHR 160

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Nike+ in iOS 4

The iOS 4 upgrade was done in 43 minutes, basically painless and trouble free.

The WordPress app 2.5 has been updated. The one I'm concerned about is whether there'll be new features such as Polar's WearLink+ pairing in the Nike+ app. Too bad it isn't there yet. What's bad is that all history is gone leaving me only total distance done and best km. I also have to calibrate it again.




Saturday, June 19, 2010

Another slow practice

Nike+ 7.02k, time 51:55, pace 7:23, MHR 164

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教書

最近給同僚教了一課,是有關管理的。記住要點要靠幾個英文字母。這些不是為創作而創作而是因為工作上"幸運地"有這 些經歷。記得當年一邊寫這個一邊吃晚 飯,思潮起伏,怒火中燒,手停不下來。

多年來我心中的版本是只有 C. R. T. 後來多了一個 T. 現成了 CRTT.

C (Creditability) 是信用, R (Reliability) 是可靠, T (Transparency) 是透明,最後的 T (Traceability) 是可追蹤性。這是我多年來實踐結論。因不是會計專業所以不會似某些機構用什麼 ratio 比例或每人頭能賺多少錢 ... 等等來管理。喜歡用數字管的並不是管人是被數字管著。

字典裏看 CreditabilityReliability 的表面解釋分別不大(只因英文不是阿媽舌頭語),中文用了 "信用" 和 "可靠性" 對中國人可能容易明白一點。

"信用"是知易行難。行走江湖幾年的年輕人要學會看穿老闆想愛聽什麼不難,但說話不值錢,而且語言容易被誤會,要講過不算數也不難。講得出又做得到 才難,日本首相都要為此下台。

一個 operation 或機構也就是一個機器,好的機器就似潤滑足夠的齒輪裝置連著一個飛輪,人們對機器的期望是可靠,機器的產品或輸出能經常在人的預期內便是"可靠"。那個飛 輪的慣性(inertia) 就是團隊文化。

"透明 "相對難度比較高,這個做法也有幾個深層意義。透明是同事(老闆也在其中)之間互動的,也是雙向的。一般老闆只會發號令,不會覺得同事對指令背後意義、背 景等有知情權或學習上的需要。不是所有"阿頭"都覺得要向下對團隊負責,阿頭又不是區議員。"透明"就是要在團隊間找共識,做思想工作,以便方針推行順 利。話雖如此,我經常在討論或向同僚報告前聲明,我可做的可能只是假民主(他們心中的)但這姿態有總好過無,透明這個文化也是用作鞏固"信用"的。

最後這個 T "可追蹤性"其實也是用作鞏固"信用"。所有團隊應該是不斷在學習和改進中,如果不能追蹤錯的根源,怎能知錯能改? 我經常說「錯不是問題,不知錯(或錯在那裡)才是大問題!」。這個文化亦都令到同事們不會除便說了而不去守承諾。在我的行業我們十分不環保因我們要大量紙 張(但比證卷業替公司上市的好一點吧)而且一個合約可延續五至六年(做上二十多年才可結算計數也見過)之久,為此我經常要求團隊事無大小都要寫下來及要全 面數碼化,既可少用紙又方面尋找。當Google Desktop Search 未面世之前 (2004) 我已在辨公室用 Desktop Search 軟件。最近的例子是塌樹事件,真佩服那些政府的"樹木專業"說他們的檢查表格什麼也沒有,誰人做,怎樣做,"看"了多久,什麼方法查也不記下。不知錯在那 裏怎樣改? 幸好那些官員不是做核電站的。

有諺語說只要不說謊就不要記得說過什麼。問題是年紀大了想記也記不來,而且電腦及互聯網的發達是會令 人變蠢的。我們不能只靠記憶, 所說所寫的會成仲裁上用的供詞。

其實最後這個 T 是不用加上去的,只要記住 C.R.T. 便可。

最近在書店看到一本書的標題是"預知能力"(predictability)。一個正確的團隊文化最後的結果就是離不開"預知能力"。無論是工作流 程 (business process), 對家反應及策略, 預算(budget)等等老闆們都希望有充份的掌握,不要嚇死人的"驚喜"。

人基本上對未來都有一些恐懼,但未發生的永遠都令人充滿憧憬 (今年生意多少, 賺多少..), 信幸運也許有一天會到來。這樣造成求神、問卜,算命,掌相…等等,永遠有市場。少年時跟我三叔學了一些三腳貓功夫,看人總有一點主觀及凡事都猜動機,其實 是想當偵探。奇情偵探電影是我喜歡的片種,就是喜歡有那些似"金田一"或神探"伽利略"一樣的預知能力,早知結局及兇手是誰。工作上也一樣希望事事在掌握 及預計之內。希望內僚們也多培養"預知能力"。

Thursday, June 17, 2010

A record percentage in zone

Nike+ 3.99k, time 31:18, pace 7:50, MHR 156

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

太幸福

在外吃飯前的家規是先做一條算術練習然後才可玩我 iPhone 內的遊戲。一星期裡總會有此機會,阿仔的數學成積還可以,加減乘除分數點數,老師未教的全都"玩"過了,不過關,玩 iPhone 遊戲的是我不是他。

今天他說 "你問個問題,不計數"(期考前天完了),"什麼問題?","什麼也可以"。

"你為什麼這樣懶?","因為太幸福"。無言,我害了他!

最後還是跟規矩做,五個位的除數後才可"打機"。

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

It's hard to run slow

The question is should I be training in green zone instead of yellow.    I gave it a try today to run in green zone, it was so hard to slow down.    I have no idea how slow I was because both Nike+ and miCoach were not calibrated at this pace so neither of them is accurate.

Nike+ 3.81k, time 30:16, pace 7:56, average/Max HR 151/160

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

The 8th day

From last Sunday I tried to run every other day so I ran last Sunday, Tuesday, Friday and today Sunday.   I ran 22.72k which should be a record for me.   Below is today's record which is a bit slow.

Nike+ 5.71k, pace 7:04, time 40:25, MHR 166

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考試

他是這樣溫習的, 我的手腳可這麼軟就好了。

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Nike+ is catching up

It wasn't too long ago that I first tried the Nike+ iPod combination. Then in March last year I bought iPod Touch to work with Nike+. I should have waited few more months because Nike+ App was built into iPhone 3GS launched last June. All along heart rate monitoring has been missing from the Nike+ running gears.

In April Adidas overtook Nike+ by introducing miCoach, I tried that immediately. There are similarity between the products such as (1) put it on (2) run (3) upload your data to their site. miCoach offers vocal coaching while you run and in my opinion their website looks/works better. The difference is a gadget clipped onto my shirt.

To compete 'time to market' is the key so instead of developing something on their own Nike+ decided to work with Polar, here it is below, available now in the US for $70. Currently only 5th Gen iPod nano supports this I'm sure when iOS 4.0 rolls out end of June the updated Nike+ App will be able to pair with this.

Will I try this, don't know yet, I'll see what vocal narration is available and how Nike+'s website will look like by then. It'll be attractive to me because I don't need that gadget (not waterproof, can't run in rain) clipped on my shirt and in the middle of the cable between my iPhone and the earphone.    I can't run without a phone, music, additional gadget seems unnecessary unless it's really useful in tracking my workouts.

wearlink

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

答案在風中

在途中聽了 Peter Paul and Mary Bob Dylan 的 Blowing in the wind 把幾樣事連起來。

首先是朋友在這裡的題目,第一條不太難,對讀科學技術的我第一條的答案是令我答錯第二條的主因。我把第二條當作數學題,主觀地找一個字去滿足三個條件 (conditions),就這樣覺得 "this"這字可用便算了,交卷,走人。看清楚原來那是哲學題。我應再想一想如果有一個"this" 可以滿足三個條件,那麼這個"this" 定是 "nothing"。本來無一物,何處覓那 "this" 呢?

我的思維就是給少年時的數學訓練弄壞了,只怪香港沒有把哲學放進課程,數學/邏輯/哲學其實是分不開。

Blowing in the wind 的歌詞抄錄如下:

How many roads must a man walk down,
before you call him a man?
How many seas must a white dove fly,
before she sleeps in the sand?
And how many times must a cannon ball fly,
before they're forever banned?

The answer my friend is blowing in the wind,
the answer is blowing in the wind.

作者就是在找答案,其實答案就在風中,風中對他說了什麼,你我都知道!

王守仁看著竹子想"格物窮理", 我也想早上跑步時迎著風找到人生意義,可惜經常是半夢半醒,給音樂帶到數百年前的世界,只能忘卻了昨天的煩惱,風說了什麼就是聽不到。

只好繼續跑,風會繼續吹,一定會有聽得懂的一天。

 

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Better zone setting

The default zone setting is far too narrow at the yellow zone in which I should be running most of the time in order not to overstress myself.   I believe the zone setting was generated automatically after the initial assessment workout.

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From above the yellow zone is 7 beats inclusive of its boundaries which is far too narrow.    I manually set it again to have 12 beats so my target is not to run beyond 166 BPM.   Below is today's record using the new zone setting.

Nike+ 5k, pace 6:44, time 33:45, MHR 167

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Goodbye Slicehost

On 10 November 2007 I signed up Slicehost, a VPS provider, they were very hot at the time I had to sign up a reservation and waited for a while before I was given my slice.

Today I terminated the service, I enjoyed 31 months of good service, I don't need them now.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Catch up

From below I see that I have been lazy for the first 5 months this year.    I normally run 3 times per week last year but only 2 this year.   I ran longer distance, a minimum of 5k, each time this year.   By the numbers I need to work harder.

2010_6months

Below is record this morning: Nike+ 5.02k, time 33:24, pace 6:38, MHR 169

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

一週年

一年前的六月初我臨老去學大提琴,來個總結, 我除了一次病了我從未缺席。從開始到現在八人一組只剩下三人,合拼了其他組但不知為何總是女多男少。

學大提琴比學鋼琴好,起碼上課有伴,但人太多又聽不到自己的琴音,三或四人最好。

今年的學生演出之夜我沒有參加,我組的隊友不太高興,我也明白人多可以壯膽,我實在沒有表演慾。換了是小兒表演作為家長的我定會買票出席,表演的是我,家裡各人已被折磨夠了,省點錢吧!

新一個"學年"的願望是能夠持之以恆,不要停下來,考試成敗看輕一點(樂器考試技考經驗是零,但試過扮考官幫朋友準備考她的鋼琴八級試),平日練習多一點。

Saturday, June 5, 2010

HTML5

There must be thousands of blog posts and articles out there about the debate  HTML vs Flash.    Apple recently published a page here showing the world a demo of what HTML5 can do.    It's very interesting.

Flash has been around for awhile and a lot of people have spent endless hours learning/developing around this it's understandable that people have resistance to change.    I don't code for a living, productivity isn't a concern therefore I like trying new things.

I don't like Flash, a poorly designed site using Flash can easily put customers away, e.g. the Nike+ site, the original one is terrible the updated one is slightly better but still a CPU hog.    The latest competitor to Nike+ is Adidas' miCoach their site is also built on Flash since it's pretty new so it's less CPU demanding and better looking in my opinion.

I have just tried Apple's demo page (Safari only) and watched the short video the CPU usage is below 10% in my late 2009 MacBook Pro 13".


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A little bit more every Sunday

Nike+ 7.01k, pace 6:46, time 47:29, max HR 168

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HP Mini 210

New member to the fleet, it's a HP netbook

It's running Windows 7 Starter Edition, with only 1G RAM, it's really pretty slow.

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After setting it up I then killed the Vista that came with this Toshiba M600 and installed Ubuntu 10.04 in it. The usual steps after installing ubuntu are (1) software update (2) install flash (3) install Chrome browser (4) install Java. However Java 6 have been removed from the Multiverse section of the Ubuntu archive, so I had to use terminal to do this.

sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ lucid partner" sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jre

The above didn't finish well in terminal I had to run Update Manager to complete the configuration of Java 6.

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Friday, June 4, 2010

3G Router

I have a few computers at home, one of them is 3 years old tower type desktop PC. There is also a M600 notebook which is now 2 years old. Also this 13" MBP which I use for work. Ever since I have mobile broadband instead of fixed installation I can't allow 2 computers to access internet at the same time. So I needed below. It's said that this gadget allows SIM by other carrier, I'll be trying that later.

 

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