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洋葱路由器Tor

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洋葱路由器网上介绍得很多了,此文只讲述如何快速使用上该软件,免去任何技术知识。

首先,Tor本来是设计来让大家匿名登陆网站的,现在国人一般用来突破网络封锁,也就是当作代理软件,来上维基百科、BBC之类。当然,也有用来上黄网的。

下面讲如何用:

  1. 下载并安装Tor,here
  2. 运行Vidalia和Privoxy
  3. 如果你用Firefox, 安装Tor时已经顺带加装控制插件。在Firefox的窗口右下角点击Tor Disabled,变成Tor enable。搞定!(强烈推荐用Firefox浏览器,下载)如果用你IE(以下按钮名字可能有出入。)
    1. 在IE的“Internet选项”>>
    2. Connections(连接)>>
    3. LAN settings(LAN 设置)>>
    4. 在Proxy Server (代理服务器)一栏,勾上第一个框(为LAN使用代理服务器)。address与port软件已帮你设好;如果没自动设,自己来address:localhost,Port:8118。搞定!

如你对Tor项目感兴趣,去http://tor.eff.org/

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September 23, 2007 at 4:01 am

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Junk SMS Filter

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Recently, I received many junk SMS from my cell phone. One says he sales smuggled cars, including Mercedes & BMW. One says I can get discount if I go to the new opening hotel which provides massage .  Last year, I even received one selling firearms.

China Mobile, the monopolistic mobile phone service operator in China, seems gives little effort on filtering junk SMS, while it never disappoint the government on banning the spread of SMS which talking about some policies.

I’m wondering that why our cell phone have no function that can ban spam automatically as the web email service or some email software.

I imagine such a software: as long as you install it in your cell phone, it can filter junk SMS and updates it’s black list through WAP or Internet function in cell phone or when the phone connect to computer. People also can report spam to the service provider to help them detect spam. Software developer can charge people who using this service.

I don’t know weather someone have already developed such program, but at least I have never seen it in China.

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September 22, 2007 at 3:18 pm

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A Question, Maximize Your Benefit

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If Hu Jingtao, the presidents of China, will answer me one question honestly, what should I ask so that I can get the most benefit?

This is an idea came to my mind when I was thinking how to be a successful man.

I have no satisfied answer to this question. This leads me to know that, the essential factor in succeeding we lack is not chances but our knowledge and wisdom.

Today, we can contact many experts in any field via Internet. Many professors will leave their email or post address after their papers published in professional periodicals. Famous thinkers and writers open their blogs on the web.

We can have a conversation with them and learn something from them easily in the sense of technique. But we never do this, because we have no enough knowledge to maintain the conversation or even cannot ask a valuable question that worth of other’s attention.

What limits us is our knowledge and wisdom but not any other technical or material factors.

If George Bush can answer you a question honestly, what will you ask to maximize your benefit.

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September 15, 2007 at 1:05 pm

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Cannot Insert Video to Post in WordPress.com?

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不能在wordpress.com插入视频?

Videos from YouTube or Google Video ( aren’t the two the same?) are OK. But when you attempt to insert videos outside the two sites, you may have problems.

WordPress.com provide a method that let you can insert video to your post from any video sharing site. That is VodPod. See here.

You can have some helps about inserting videos into post in wordpress.com from the “Videos” tag at the bottom of the type field in the web.

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September 15, 2007 at 10:14 am

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We All See the World Through the Small Mon

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http://player.youku.com/player.php/sid/XODA3NTQ3Mg==/v.swf
(It is disappointed I cannot insert the video here.)

Above is the scene that Hong Kong people was appreciating the A380 flying near the buildings.

I saw this in TV news. What stroke me is that everyone was holding a camera or cell phone to capture the A380 when it flied above. I can imagine that how excited the people are when the plane was coming. And how busy they are in pressing the tiny buttons in the small machines in their hands, and managing to get the flying plane in the center of the mon.

Why don’t people enjoy the beautiful view by their naked eyes rather than just concentrating on a small rectangle? And why aren’t they willing to see the view with leisure?

In my opinion, images archived in the mind are much more wonderful than those archived in computer or printed out. Why we depend on the lens and give up our eyes, and depend on the memory cards rather than our brains? Many times we are just taking photographs and forget to enjoy the views in front of us. I believe that there are something that cannot be recorded by the machines.

In the past, I liked to take photos when traveling, but my passion on that is flagging, because I find that I seldom retrieve those photos.(and they occupy more than 4 Gi in my computer, some times I need to transfer them from one computer to another though I don’t browse them.) And the most important scenes are always in my mind. If some are not, they aren’t important.

I think we should set ourselves free from the cameras.

Next time, try to go travel without taking photos, seeing the views directly and feeling them by your heart.

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September 11, 2007 at 5:51 pm

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Cannot Install Windows Live Writer Beta 3 in Server 2003 or x64?

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不能在server 2003安装Windows Live Writer 的解决办法

I wanted to try Windows Live writer yesterday, but it doesn’t support my server 2003.

I asked how to solve this problem in Thomas – Technical Blogger, and Thomas gives a useful link to me. Now, I am typing this post in Live Writer.

As long as you get the Windows Live Writer msi file, you can install it in server 2003 or x64.

You can get the msi file from a German blog www.live-writer.de directly.

or you can install Windows Live Writer Beta 3 in other systems, and navigate

C:\Windows\System32\config\systemprofile\AppData\Local\WindowsLiveInstaller\MsiSources\

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September 10, 2007 at 7:12 am

My Mum in China Stock Market

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I seldom talked with my mum at dining table. But situation has changed recently. “The stock market is climbing today,” this is the common first speech of my mum these days. It triggers my interest. “Well, did you buy some?” I ask.

Mum came to get obsessed in stock market because of the atmosphere made by her female friends and her colleagues in office. Nearly all of them have participated in stock market for a certain period. Some of them have began making considerable money since last one or two year(s). Mum stood outside of the market because father’s advice that the stock market of China wouldn’t go far. But two months ago, she could not resist the temptation from around any more.

The original reason of participating in stock market given by mum is that if she doesn’t do so, she has no common topic with her friends, colleagues, and her clients as well. No matter in office, in the clothing shops, or in restaurants, they always share their information about stock. One day, my mum told me that she went to a factory to discuss the insurance (mum works in insurance company). After a short time, the factory owner and she came to taking about stock. The owner said it is much profitable that investing in stock market than managing a factory which is tired and often cannot receiving money, or at least receiving in time. He invested 1 million Yuan for a few months, and earned half million. At last, they exchanged the names of the stock they are holding.

Mum often says, the income from the stock is much more than the interest when the money in bank. In this case, I always reminder her that the interest from bank is guaranteed but the stock income is not. However, she never gets the point. She still insists that, more money from buying stock than bank. Moreover, she always corrects me when I talk anything negative about stock, “I am holding funds, not stock, they are different. Funds are much safer.” But to me, they are the same.

One day, mum gave advice to her friend that do not buy the stock which she was going to buy, because it is climbing that day. “Why not?” I asked. She said, “Because it is climbing, obviously you should buy it when it is cheaper.” “But what if it is still climbing tomorrow or even for next few days?” I argued. “It will decline one day.” she said. “But don’t you miss the increase these days? And how do you know it won’t keep falling when it start to drop?” I argued. “You don’t know the market!” she got excited, “hey guy, go to know the world outside, you don’t get in the market, you don’t understand it at all.” I know that she cannot give reasonable explanation.

There are some significant changes that happen after mum began buying stock (oh, sorry, funds). She watches the financial news in TV. Every night, she learns to use internet to see the stock. When she is driving, she listens to radio programs talking about stock.

Today, mum said she was going to sale one of her funds because it just has increased 10% in past two months. “It is too slow,” she said. I should have realized that better than receiving interest from bank is also an excuse.

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September 7, 2007 at 1:03 pm

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