Feeling like a massive idiot… I went to buy a cable to connect an internal hard disk. Asked for a power cable, then I didn’t know whether it was SATA or not. Turned out that I already have the power cable and what I need is a data cable. Doh!
Finally, finally, the BBC is offering an HD channel in Asia. Rather than a BBC HD channel, they have converted BBC Knowledge to HD (at least on PCCW’s Now TV). Watching something like Africa in HD is a totally different experience to the rather poor quality murkyvision we have had to suffer up until now (though, yes, it has been shown on HD by TVB).
Kudos to Spike, who is writing his life story (I'm so Smart). I first read his old blog when he was being magnificently indiscrete about his life as a typical expat in Hong Kong - without taking much effort to disguise his identity. That had to stop, but I seem to recall that for a while his blog continued by invitation only, and then (wisely) he deleted it completely.
Then he settled down and restarted his blog - Hongkie Town in case you didn't follow the link above - and it is one of the few that I still read.
I have deliberately never written about my life, and I am not about to start now. But, in case you (1) care, and (2) haven't guessed, I'm just too busy at work to have the time or energy to devote to this blog. So I will continue with occasional posting. Next up (maybe) will be the car crash that is Windows 8.
Hooray. Expansys Hong Kong are selling the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition for the equivalent of $225. This is a great price for a tablet that was being sold on Google Play (in US) for $349, and it's the same price as in the US.
Googe Play Hong Kong still has Nexus devices at much higher than US prices, with no sign that this policy will change. Whereas Apple charge the same (high) price in Hong Kong as in the US
I sometimes get WhatsApp message that have been sent to hundreds of different Hong Kong phone numbers. It appears that these are sent so that when they get a response they know that the phone number is active. Cue even more annoying junk sales calls.
I did a Google search but I can’t find any information about this.
So does anyone know whether the sender already has the confirmation (that the number is active) when the message is shown as delivered? Does it matter whether you exit the group (which definitely sends a confirmation message)?
Why doesn’t WhatsApp allow me to simply ignore the group? Or is there a way to do this that I can’t figure out?
There have been ten managerial changes since the start of the current Premier League season.
9 out of 10 of the people appointed had zero management experience in the Premier League. One had managed in the Championship, and three had managed elsewhere in Europe - but of them, only Felix Magath had real experience in a top league.
So which of them have been successful?
Tony Pulis, obviously, the one of the ten who had previously managed in the Premier League (he has a 48% win rate at Palace). It’s too early to make a fair judgement on Felix Magath, but he seems to be doing a decent job.
The rest of them have done no better than their predecessors.
Most annoying mobile phone feature? Some clever person at Blackberry decided that the best way to handle a low battery would be….to terminate your phone call without any prior warning. Not even a minute or two to scramble for a charger, oh no. We have to preserve the battery so you can, er, read your emails?
Amazingly, there appear to be people who thing this is a good piece of design, and will tell you that you should check your battery before making a call. Thanks for the advice.
Fortunately I don’t totally rely on my Blackberry, and I have another phone that doesn’t think it knows what’s best for me,
In other news, Spotify still doesn’t work on my Windows 7 PC.
The South China Morning Post published this story in Saturday’s paper.
It includes the following two paragraphs:
Police said it appeared the couple had a good relationship but had been having arguments over a health issue involving the husband.
“He believed he had cancer even though tests showed he did not," an officer said. “We suspect he might have had some sort of psychiatric problem”.
You will note that the last sentence is repeated in extra large type, even though it is nothing more than speculation.
Then read the same story on their website, without the comments from police sources, and without the name of the man:
A 43-year-old man leapt to his death this morning after stabbing his wife while she was asleep at home in Tseung Kwan O – the second domestic violence case reported within 24 hours.
The woman, 39, was attacked by her husband shortly before 6am inside their 12th-floor apartment at Lohas Park on Wan Po Road.
The woman jumped out of bed and ran out of the apartment, but her husband chased her with a chopper in his hand, according to police.
She ran to the sixth-floor platform above the building’s car park and sought help from another person there, saying “My husband chopped me,” a police officer said. She suffered wounds to her head, face and hands.
The husband, who was following her, then jumped from the platform, the officer said, and was later found lying unconscious six floors down on the ground. The knife was next to him and had snapped in two. He was taken to Tseung Kwan O Hospital, where he was declared dead.
So why can they publish a reasonably responsible story on their website, but it becomes sensationalist nonsense once it gets into the printed newspaper?
This week Google finally made the Nexus devices available in Hong Kong - but at ridiculous prices. For example the Nexus 7 16gb Wi-Fi is HK$2398 (US$309), compared to the US price of US$229. The new Nexus 5 16gb is HK$3,198 (US$412) compared with the US price of $349.
Apple sell their devices in Hong Kong at the same prices as in the US.