Sometimes it works

Online privacy has been over discussed for more than a decade. I am neither supporting or opposing it, because I am the one who suffers from it and also benefits from it. Life is such a paradox.

Around 2005, I was still a nerd fanatic about gaming and involved in a couple of important local  gaming tournaments. Of course,some photos were taken during that period of time. Initially I stored those photos in my desktop PC hard disks, which I lost last year. No doubt that those pictures are of great importance to me. They are the evidence of the dream I chased as well as the precious memory I once had.

So I can’t let them vanish just like that. Years ago, the pictures were uploaded onto the MSN space. Then the MSN space service merged with WordPress and eventually was shut down by MS. I transferred my data to WP. But for somewhat reason, it didn’t succeeded. I couldn’t even log onto the account.I was down and depressed.

And today an idea came to my mind that those images might still be kept by some MS service. So I signed in my account and yes, they are still there in my skydrive gallery.

Days ago, I read something on the web as once data was uploaded online, it will be there forever. There have been so many people lost their fame for their secret information uncovered by others. However, sometimes it also works in another way we expected.

Back again

It has been a while since last post has been updated. To maintain a blog used to be considered as a geeky thing, while I think it is more a job needs a lot of patience rather than setting up code. And the long long silence on this blog is the proof.

However, with the emerging mobilized trend, to update a blog by writing in front of a laptop is likely to be out of fashion now. 2 years ago, I registered this blog and started with talking about internet censorship on my PC. At that time I was in a shabby apartment with great winter heating. 2 years later I came back to the city where my journey began. And a decision was made that I will continue writing, just because I miss that time and feeling.

The good thing is this site is still on and I didn’t forget the account name and password. For me, nothing can be more grateful than get my own words read by other on the web.  My blog might not have been read by many, it might not be known by a lot of people in a distant future. Anyway, I will keep on writing. So stay tuned and you will be surprised.

Timeline of Google events in China

The internet censorship in China has been a topic for a while. Lately google redirected CN domain(http://www.google.cn) to the uncensored Hongkong site(http://www.google.com.hk). It is considered to be a significant decision for both Google and China. Let’s take a overall view and see how does Google get there.

2002 Jun  China moves to block internet portals. Without warning or explaination, Google.com became inaccessable in China temporarily.

*2003 Nov  A internet censoring system called the Great Firewall has been launched by Chinese government. Even though some sites on the blacklist of Chinese governmet still display in the result of google, but access to these sites were disabled. 继续阅读

50 Cent Party

五毛党(wu mao dang) 50 Cent Party
Sometimes, translation is an art. By the name of 50 Cent Party, you might think it’s an organization of U.S.A., but they are actually from China. As everyone knows that in China, people have limited access to the internet, some famous websites are blocked, such as YouTube, Facebook ,twitter etc.. But besides the censorship, there is a force working in secret, not known by the majority. They are called 50 Cent Party. 继续阅读

Most popular words of Chinese netizens [1]

杯具 (bei ju)Cups of Tragedy/bitter cups

The word 杯具(pronounced as beiju, means cups originally)is used by Chinese netizens quite often last year, especially when something bad happens.

The origin of the saying comes from a scene in a lectural programme of CCTV10, a professor said 悲剧 with an exaggerating facial expression. Soon, a picture with this facial expression and the subtitle 悲剧 on it has been widely spread among the netizens.

tragedy

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