Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

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Got a new phone from my boss last Thursday. My one-year-plus Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini has been problematic for weeks if not months. The GSM radio seems pretty dead now. Cannot make/receive calls and SMS. Must reboot the phone before making/receiving a call or SMS. Co-workers, including my boss have been complaining about not being able to reach me on phone. Initially I was looking for a mid-range phone that is about the same size as my S4 Mini. That proves to be a very difficult task. Nowadays, small size phone (less than 5 inch screen) seems to be reserved for low-end, entry-level phones. Initially, the Samsung A3 could be my choice but the specs is not as good as S4 Mini and the size is noticably bigger than S4 Mini. Then, I found the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. The specs is great, light and the size is not bigger than S4 Mini. It has a bigger screen but the handset size is not bigger than S4 Mini thanks to narrower bezels. The only problem is the price. It is priced as an almost-high-end phone. This has deter me to get it for a few weeks. I think my boss just cannot stand me anymore, so last Thursday after a meeting in Berjaya Time Square, we went to a Sony Center there and he bought one for me. Thanks boss :)

终于有舞伴了

终于我找到了一个舞伴 Adeline。舞跳得很棒,人又漂亮,哈哈 ;-)  星期四上了第一堂 private class (rumba)。舞步和以前学的差不多,所以一切还好。Adeline 四年没跳 rumba 了,但是只用了一堂课的时间就学会了整支舞,真的很厉害。我要多加努力些才行,比赛时可不能拖累她 :-)

Finally I have a dance partner Adeline.  Not only she is very good in dancing but very pretty too :P  We had our first private class on Thursday for rumba.  The routine is very similar to what I learnt before so there’s no problem.  Adeline didn’t dance for 4 years already but was able to learn the whole routine in one single class.  Truly amazing!

Debian Jessie: Disable NVIDIA discrete graphic card in a NVIDIA Optimus laptop

Disabling NVIDIA discrete graphic card on a laptop running Debian Jessie is the same (in concept) compare to Debian Wheezy, however, the steps are a bit different.

1. First of all, install the bbswitch kernel module.

 # aptitude install bbswitch-dkms

2. Load the module.

 # modprobe bbswitch

3. Check the status of the NVIDIA graphic card (running or not).

 # cat /proc/acpi/bbswitch
0000:01:00.0 ON  <-- The card is running

4. Disable the card.

 # tee /proc/acpi/bbswitch <<<OFF

5. Check the status of the card again.

 # cat /proc/acpi/bbswitch
0000:01:00.0 OFF  <-- The card is no longer in use

6. To disable the graphic card at boot.

# echo "bbswitch" >> /etc/modules-load.d/bbswitch.conf
# echo "options bbswitch load_state=0" >> /etc/modprobe.d/bbswitch.conf
# update-initramfs -u

See the project website for more info regarding the module: https://github.com/Bumblebee-Project/bbswitch

To see the battery consumption of your laptop (remember to remove the power cord).

awk '{print $1*10^-6 " W"}' /sys/class/power_supply/BAT0/power_now

参赛

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近日来,心情的波动太大了,上下起伏得让我非常的难受。工作上的我一笑置之,生活上的我却没办法放下。计划要去比赛,舞伴不想。之后她想去了,我也以为可以成真了。可昨晚,一轮在whatsapp上的争论后,我的心情大受影响。反复思考了再思考,刚刚我向她告知不参赛的决定。很不容易的决定,但我想应该是正确的。我们的想法、观点实在相差太远。沟通上也因为语言的障碍而事倍工半。勉强参赛,只怕会有更多的争执,怕连朋友都做不成吧。做出了这不参赛的决定后,我已没有把握还有参赛的机会了。该痛快的哭一场吧?可我只能苦笑,一直都是这样。

为什么

究竟是怎么了?好朋友怎么会突然间变得如此冷漠?我的心很痛、很难过……  对你的关爱,一切都是那么的真诚,为什么突然间……  见了面却是那么的陌生,发个信息也不见回复……  究竟是为什么呢欣欣?难道我注定要失去你这个朋友吗?

新的开始

一切的不开心,就此切断。现在开始,多写些快乐的人与事吧  :)

 

Leave behind all the unhappy things, more happy post from now on.  Yeah!

句号

昨晚,终于上完了最后一堂星期一的拉丁舞课。无需再忍受老师那不怎么理睬我的态度。尤其是昨晚,有一分钟的时间是放在我身上吗?算了算了,没必要再生气了。近三年的课,就此画上句号。

昨晚的聚餐,老师的出席让我完全没有了兴致。广东话的闲谈让我插不上口,真是后悔出席。

月底的 Crystal 拉丁舞比赛,学妹们有参加,可是没一个人告诉我!?为什么这样呢?

 

Last night was my final lesson for the Monday Latin dance class.  Did my teacher pay his attention on my dancing for at least a minute last night?!  Very upset, but it’s the last.  I don’t have to bear with it any more.  Attending the Monday class for almost 3 years, I’m putting a full stop to it now.

Debian Wheezy – Mate Desktop 1.8.1- Lowering The Volume Into Mute But Cannot Unmute By Increasing The Volume

Since the installation of Wheezy, I’ve been struggling to find a good and reliable desktop environment.  From Gnome 3 to XFCE to LXDE and back to XFCE.  Still, some of the things just didn’t work as I wanted it to be.  A few weeks ago I learnt that Debian’s Wheeze-backports have provided the Mate Desktop package.  It’s a fork from Gnome 2 which is the best Linux desktop environment I’ve ever used, so I decided to give it a try (I did try Mint Linux with Mate desktop for a short while quite some time ago).  It’s been a few weeks using the Mate desktop and I’m very happy with it except one thing: the sound will be muted when lowering the volume to 0% but it won’t be unmuted by increasing the volume.  I’ll have to fire up the “Sound Preferences” to unmute the audio device.  After some googling, the solution is easy:

aptitude install mate-media-pulse mate-settings-daemon-pulse

The two packages will replace the mate-media-gstreamer and mate-settings-daemon-gstreamer installed.

See here for a discussion of the issue: http://askubuntu.com/questions/118675/mute-key-mutes-alsa-and-pulseaudio-but-unmutes-only-alsa

不再是帮手了

上星期四,接到学院的电话,说是“暂时”不要我当帮手了。我问:是有什么问题吗?“这是学院的决定”,她说。

过了一个星期,得到证实,只有我不再是帮手了!其他人,依旧。

这件事困扰了我一个星期,终于,我想通了。能做此决定的只有院长或我的老师,而无论是谁,我都不可能再继续呆下去了。很不舍…  不舍在这里认识的朋友们、舞伴们。她们是我继续努力、坚持不懈的原因。如今要挥手道别,真的很难过…

 

Last Thursday, the studio called and said that, they do not want me to be the helper anymore.  “Is there a problem?”, I asked.  “It’s the studio’s decision”, she replied.

One week passed.  It’s clear that I’m the only one being outcast.  Others are still helping.

This has been bothering me for a week, and now it’s clear.  Only the principal or my teacher could make this decision.  Either one, there’s no way for me to stay anymore.  I’ll miss my friends and dance partners.  They are the reason for me to keep dancing and improving.  To say goodbye…  it hurts…  deep inside…

NATD Exam 2014: Worst result ever!

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早就知道成绩会不理想,可是没有想到会如此糟糕… 四支舞蹈竟然都在90分以下!真的很失望…

Already knew that the result would not be good, however, I’ve never expected it to be this bad… All four dances are under 90 marks!  This is really a let-down.  Very disappointed with myself…

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