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Saw this at Taxi Stand outside Hung Hom Station this evening:

Totally Impossible!

Totally Impossible!

Well, I think they need to add an instruction on how to board 3 taxi at the same time. I mean… I have one body only and not prepared to chop myself into 3 pieces just for boarding taxi. >_<

「蘋果研發教育軟件 iLife 及 iWord, 用家可在電腦製作電影、音樂等作品。」(明報港聞)

微軟有Word, 蘋果有什麼?

答案是 iWork。 是Work 不是 Word!

這是資料上的錯。

然後,「蘋果研發教育軟件 iLife 及 iWord」這一句,是現在進行式的意思,即蘋果在研發這些軟件,還沒正式發行,但是,眾所周知,iLife和 iWork 都已經發行,而且都已經發行了兩代或以上。

這是文法上的錯。(當然,如果蘋果真的在研發一個叫做iWord的新軟件, 那就另作別類。)

再看「教育軟件」四字,iLife 和 iWork確實可用於教育用途,不過大概沒有人會把這兩個軟件,定位為教育軟件。事實上,原文的下一句即指:「蘋果教育副總監John Couch指出,軟件[可]應用於學習,提供平台予學生創作,適合21世紀結合科技的教育要求。」可應用於學習的軟件,與教育軟件是兩回事。很多軟件都可應用於學習/教育,溜覽器在教學時也有用到的,難道溜覽器也是教育軟件嗎?

這是語意上的錯誤。

一篇短短一百幾十字的報導,可以集齊資料、文法、語意的錯誤,明報新聞部搞什麼?

“好幾次在早餐桌上讀到《明報》對我不留情面的批評,多少有點影響食慾。但明白到從政不是請客吃飯那麼簡單,只好視之為修煉寵辱不驚的一杯苦茶。"
唐英年在昨天的明報副刊如此寫。
或許會有人認為唐司長只是為寫而寫,但起碼他不是"視XX為浮雲",起碼他覺得苦,覺得是一種修煉,也認同明報對他的讚美和批評,是"竉"和"辱"。

我不怕那些不愛彈琴拉琴,只愛流行曲或打機的學生,起碼他們懂得分辨苦與樂。
我只怕那些什麼都不愛,又什麼都不討厭的學。他們的生命,真的只不過是時間的消磨,吃飯拉屎睡覺而矣。
所以,大家應該怕曾特首的,他視XX如浮雲,正一話之你死。浮雲者,無味無嗅也,飄飄盪盪,張開口吃下去,也是空空如也的。
唐司長起碼會喝一口苦茶。

Yes, we all know that there’s the almighty Blue Screen of Death for Windows. Well, the macs got their own not so mighty Grey Screen of Death – with or without spinning wheel.

I got the GSOD with the spinning wheel. And btw, the spinning wheel here is not the beach ball of death but this:

 

Apple Grey Screen of Death (with spinning wheel)

Apple Grey Screen of Death (with spinning wheel)

It’s last night at around 10pm or so. Was so glad that I could be back home so early after having dinner with friends. Switched on my iMac – usually it takes a minute or so to boot up but this time… just stuck on the grey screen. The normal sequence is: grey screen with apple logo and spinning wheel, then a very brief moment with a pure blue screen, then wall paper will pop up and startup items start loading, then it’s up and running. But last night, it’s just grey screen forever. Got stuck!

Tried switching off and on for a few times, no luck. Then got online with my little apple (i.e. my ipod touch) and googled something like “apple grey screen forever". Voila! got related posts in several mac forum and a repair suggestion from Apple support pages as well. Then came the supposedly-not-so-lengthy process of repairing and recovering the system.

1) insert OS X install DVD before restart.

2) restart Mac while holding C down to boot up with optical drive.

3) Choose preferred language on menu then on next page, go for “utility -> disc utility" on top menu bar.

4) in Disc Utility, choose First Aid -> Repair Disc (then just let it run. if something’s wrong, it’ll repair it)

5) Repair Permissions (again, just let it run.)

If repair is successful, then may just restart and see if it boots up. Obviously the repair wasn’t successful in my case… 

6a) If time machine has got the latest backup, then just go ahead to reinstall OS X and restore from time machine on the OS X DVD screen menu.

And obviously… my laziness results in a time machine with a backup from like almost a month back… so…

6b) Get another mac computer (macbook in my case), connect it with the mac in coma (iMac here) with a firewire cable. On macbook, go to “application -> migration assistant". Just follow the steps in migration assistant, then you may have everything in iMac migrated to the macbook. (I have two accounts on my iMac but I only wanted to migrate one of them. However, I checked the wrong box and thus migrated the wrong account. I was about to click “reinstall OS X" on my iMac but suddenly thought of checking if the migration was right, then found out my stupid mistake. Then migrated again… but the account I wanna migrate is bigger than the hard disc on my macbook. So, I had to delete some files on my iMac first – oh my! there’re so many useless files in my iMac =P Anyways…)

7) Migration done. Restart iMac (remember to hold C down on boot up), and reinstall OS X (btw, make sure you have the install disc of the current version, not previous versions). Choose  ERASE AND INSTALL so that you may have a clean drive. (Some suggested to first use disc utility to zero out the HD before installing. I didn’t have the patience to do that. btw, zero out means a complete erase. It’s the second tap in disc utility.) Let installation run – this may take 30 minutes to an hour. I didn’t time it.

8 ) Answer the questions on screen (only a few) then choose to migrate files from older mac when it asks about it. Choose the account that you wish to migrate back. Migration done, OS X running.

9) Run Software Update (under apple menu) 

10) iMac revived!

It took me a whole night to recover my iMac. If I had done time machine back up frequent enough, should have saved myself the 2-3 hours I wasted on migrating back and forth between two macs. Then the time required for the whole repair should be around 1.5 hours.

某女士在與丈夫到海南島旅行時,看上了一頂太陽帽,很適合在海南島這個陽光猛烈的地方戴著,更重要的是,這種太陽帽在海南島很多人戴,而作為旅客,戴著也不怕讓人笑…

不過,最終沒有買。

幾天前,這名女士的丈夫從遠方打電話來,說買了一頂太陽帽給她,這太陽帽比在海南島的更好…

第二天,速遞員把太陽帽從遠方送到港,收過二十港元的速遞費,便把太陽帽交到這名幸福的婦人手上。

然後…. (事先聲明,太陽帽之形狀及顏色,絕無經過絲毫修改!)

幸福的婦人Gimama

幸福的婦人Gimama

好一個充滿歡樂的受難節周五哦!XDDDDDDD

後記:其實,幸福的婦人還滿喜歡這頂Gimama太陽帽的,因為真的可以擋太陽,最重要的是可以防止曬到面部以至出斑,不過…粉紅色的帽子,似乎太嬌艷了一點;在香港戴這頂帽子,似乎又標奇立異了一點…


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