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  “Native vs Web” Is Total Bullshit


The web is dead. HTML5 is the be-all end-all of the future. Users are spending more time on apps and less time on the web. You can do anything on the web that you can in a native app. Yawn. Here’s how I feel whenever I hear/read anything about the overplayed “Native Versus Web” argument: It’s not an either-or decision Why aren’t we still arguing over “Print vs Digital”? Well, because (most) people understand that each medium has its place in this world, and as it turns out, ...

   Web app,Native app,Comparison     2012-02-24 05:30:03


  Two things I don’t like about Hacker News


Hacker News is a very famous IT information hub. We can find many useful links about the latest IT news and fantastic technology demos. But there are two things I don’t like about Hacker News. Maybe some of you also have the same feelings.1.  About the more link. Every time we click the more link to go to next page, there will be a unique key generated to produce the new page. It is a good security mechanism. Also it may increase pages views as we need to read page by page but can...

   Hacker news,More link,Submission,Security     2012-02-28 11:55:37


  Do things, tell people.


These are the only things you need to do to be successful*. You can get away with just doing one of the two, but that's rare, and usually someone else is doing the other part for you. If you you don't have any marketable skills, learn some. It's the future. We have Khan Academy and Wikipedia and Codecademy and almost the entire world's collective knowledge at your fingertips. Use it. Then make something that you can talk about. Make something cool. Something interesting. Spend time on it. Go ...

   Tihings,Promote,Product,Open source     2012-02-21 05:28:39


  XMLHttpRequest Level 2 user guide


XMLHttpRequest is a web browser interface, it makes it possible for JavaScript doing HTTP(s) communication. Microsoft's IE5 first introduced XMLHttpRequest, because it's so useful that many other browsers also adopted this. AJAX came to the front since. However, this interface is not standardized, implementation among different browsers is different, with the emerging of HTML5, W3C is considering to standardize this interface. In February 2008, they proposed a XMLHttpRequest Level 2 draft. This ...

   XMLHttpRequest, progress, upload, binary data     2012-09-19 11:51:50


  Run executable jar on double click on Windows


Normally after installing Java, there will be an association between .jar and the javaw.exe. This enables the executable jar to be opened on double click. You can check the association by going to Control Panel -> Programs -> Default Programs -> Associate a file type or protocol with a program. The default program of a file type can be changed in this dialog. However sometimes there are cases where the file association for .jar may be altered after a third party application instal...

   JAVA,WINDOWS,JAR,EXECUTABLE JAR     2016-05-12 03:05:04


  Android Tutorial: Creating and Using an SD Card in the Emulator


In a previous post, I mentioned how user-friendly Android is for developers. There’s extensive documentation and information on the architecture, the different components and best practices. However, the documentation has a few blind spots. Many of the tools have little documentation and no usage examples. The information is there, it’s just hidden behind a few layers of Android theory.So I’m going to try and document a few of the basic things that you’ll probably need to know to st...

   Android,Emulator,SDCard,Load,Create     2011-04-13 12:08:41


  Why I Still Use Emacs


At school, I’m known as the Emacs guy; when people have questions about configuring Emacs or making it work a certain way, they often come and ask me. Sometimes, some people ask me why use Emacs at all? Isn’t it a really old editor and aren’t Eclipse or Visual Studio much better? I mean, they don’t have weird key bindings and have intellisense, that’s surely better for a programmer, right? I will attempt in this post to explain some of the reasons why I still cling to Emacs. Believe me...

   Linux,Emacs,Editor,Advantage,IDE     2012-02-20 05:30:41


  Google has done more for the world with ngrams


Data is valuable asset for a company in the Internet world. With data of users, a company can gain lots of benefits. They can push specified ads to users by analyzing user behaviors, they can even sell the data to third parties. Data is very important for a company's success, so some companies will keep their data secret in order to gain advantages over competitors. However, Google seems do it in another way. Google shared their ngrams text corpus publicly, which basically contains valuable info...

   Ngram,NLP,Data     2013-12-12 07:56:02


  A simple way to remove the small arrow on on desktop application shortcut


Maybe many of us will see a small arrow on desktop application shortcut after we install the application on Windows. Some may like it but some people may think it doesn't look beautiful enough. We may need to remove these small arrows somehow the desktop can be clean. So how? Many people may use a third party software to remove the small arrows, then they must go to download the software and install them. But do we necessary do this in order to remove the small arrow?The answer is no. Here I ...

   Small Arrow,Shortcut,Desktop,Application,Windows     2014-10-25 08:39:58


  Many Chinese applicants to US universities may be affected by Gmail cut out


Just after Christmas, many Chinese found that they could not connect to Gmail anymore in mainland China. Since Google announced leaving from China in 2010, the web version of Gmail was not accessible anymore. But people from China could still access Gmail through some Gmap apps. This time, Gmail is not accessible even with these apps. It is said that all the mail service protocols of Gmail including IMAP/POP/SMTP have been cut out by Chinese government. This means no mails can be sent to or rece...

   Gmail, China, Gmail cut out     2014-12-30 00:35:28