Sunday, April 25, 2010

Computer history museum - Mountain View

The admission is free. We can learn computer history over there and it let me know my history to learn computer. :)

The difference machine


The Babbage machine - Charles Babbage (1791-1871), computer pioneer, designed the first automatic computing engines in 1871


Xerox computer - not copy machine..:). The first time to have an idea of what you print is what you see. That is why the monitor is vertical as it is similar to your letter paper after printing it out. It is the first time to use graphics to control computer.


The first ethernet cable is also developed by Xerox.


The first mouse - why do we call it a mouse? the cursor is a cat at that time so they named it "mouse".


Sun Microsystem - UNIX workstation. Anyone still uses UNIX workstations?


Hard Drive - IBM 1311 so huge size... not capacity. *o*


Router - they are designed by Cisco founders.


personal digital assistant (PDA) - created by palm.


Intel - DRAM wafer. It may be only 2-inch..


Macintosh - The first commercial computer is controlled by GUI. The first time to use it is when I was a freshman in university.


IBM PC - the monitor is compaq. OS is DOS 3.0. I used DOS 3 before. That will unveil my age. :)



Apple-II The first computer I used when I was an elementary school student. The program I wrote is "fruit bar" by BASIC language then. I am an old guy. :(

Please reserve space for iphone and ipad in the future. Then I can speak loudly and proudly: "My 4325/4329 coex firmware is inside."

Friday, April 23, 2010

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Partition


India and Pakistan were divided into two separate states in 1947. They are the same people and speak same language except religions: . My office-mate is from India and she mentioned the relation between two countries is worse than before. You would get some idea of history hatred from this movie. The actress Kristin Kreuk is very charming. ^O^

Man, Woman and the Wall


It is a very interesting Japanese movie. The lover could be obsessed with the one he love from the sound, image, and imagination. Is it similar to the time when you fall in love first time? @_@

The Godfather (教父)


I watched this blu-ray DVD movie last night. It is a 3-hour long movie and I felt very sleepy after watching it. The ending is very attractive to me. Marlon Brando and Al Pacino did act very well. The Godfather received Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay. It deserves that. Plan to have a Sicily trip in my mind..:)

memorable quotations
Don Corleone: I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse.
Michael Corleone: Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment.
Don Corleone: Do you spend time with your family? Good. Because a man that doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man.
Michael Corleone: If anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it is that you can kill anyone.
Don Corleone: Never let anyone outside the family know what you're thinking.


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Cherry blossom festival, Japantown, San Francisco


Parade


Street sign


Peace Pagoda


Japantown Mall


Japantown Mall


Taiyaki - Taiwanese "egg cake" in night market is more delicious than it.


very pricy - $1.50


dance 1


dance 2


dance 3


dance 4


lamp


Japanese traditional dance


Fan drums


Fish kite


Taiko


Ladies


flowers


What a lovely Simpson


Taiko


Sakura - I only know SakuraKi..


flowers


The ending of parade 1 - kids to support Taru Mikoshi (portable shrine)


The ending of parade 2 - the teenagers to support Taru Mikoshi (portable shrine)


The ending of parade 3 - the adults to support Taru Mikoshi (portable shrine)
I like this kind of ending.


San Francisco street




Cable car made a U-turn.


San Francisco street next to Bart station


San Francisco street next to Bart station


Union square


Union square


San Francisco streets