Wednesday, December 21, 2011





Thursday, December 15, 2011

Online Photo Editing

This is a very powerful online photo editing website.  If you're using a netbook like me or with a less than powerful desktop PC, this website is going to be great for you.  No installation, fast startup and powerful indeed.

When people were switching their local storage to the cloud, we can even switch our application software to the cloud.  It's a full realization of the concept that "the network is the computer" as proposed by Sun Microsystems.

Highly recommended.

Friday, December 9, 2011

差之毫釐, 謬以千里!

預備講章時有感, 這也是我傳道的 passion 所在!

到底我們要在聖經中尋找蒙福的秘訣, 還是察驗那常施憐憫的神的恩手?

到底我們要在聖經中尋找得勝的方程式, 還是留心哪些違反方程式的神蹟?

到底我們要在聖經中發掘小人物的敬虔, 還是專心仰望那位偉大的真神?

真正基督教的信仰最寶貴亦最可怕的地方就是, 恩典是無條件的, 你不用做甚麼, 也真的不能做甚麼! 對此存著一丁點懷疑的人, 總愛找方法或是以敬虔來賺取祝福, 那只會是徒然!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Giving a new life to an aged notebook

My Sony Vaio U3 was designed for Windows XP and it has been doing well in the past, and it runs smoothly.  However, with the accumulated security update and new functionality, it was getting slower and slower gradually to a point which is near useless.  I've tried to reinstall the whole thing from scratch but then it was still slow to an unacceptable level.

Without a bootable removable device, I proceeded to do a PXE install via network.  I found tfptd32 a perfect and simple application for that purpose since it serves as both DHCP and tftp at the same time.  At first, I tried to install Ubuntu but after the long installation process, I found it's too slow as well.

I suspected that it was a result of imperfect Crusoe support (probably obsolete) in newer kernel.  By following the instructions here:

I managed to verify that my initial worry was invalid.  Then, I proceed to install lubuntu instead.  lubuntu has no PXE boot in mind, but then you can always install the base system via any other Ubuntu favor.  When you were asked what packages to install, you may skip all packages and do it by hand afterward.  Detail instructions on PXE install can be found here:

After the installation of the base system, you may login via a text screen.  And then you may install the lubuntu-desktop package via apt-get.  And believe it or not, this is even faster than a straight PXE installation.

And after that, it would be nice to do the following:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

in order to install a number of non-free stuff.