Funny jokes about the Soviet Union (in Chinese).
July 21, 2009
July 20, 2009
A number of prominent economists have signed a petition calling for "Congress and the Executive Branch to reaffirm their support for and defend the independence of the Federal Reserve System." The petition is disingenuous.To me, the idea of independent central banks has always seemed inadvisable and sometimes recalcitrant. Monetary policies are an integral part of the economic policy of a government; together with fiscal policies, it is best left to the charge of the government itself.
at 8:26 AM
On Xiaonei.com, a user named Yu Chunzi commented, after I stating that the only instant messenger I use frequently is Google Talk, that I am a Gugekong (谷歌控), or Googli-con in English (see lolicon), meaning someone who is crazy about Google. I could not find an existing translation of this term, partially originated from Japanese, into English; therefore I made it up myself.
I am not sure whether there have been people using this term before, in either Chinese or English. (Are there better translations?) But I think I am (happily) qualified to be called one.
at 5:26 AM
July 17, 2009
July 16, 2009
FT.com: China plans global role for Renminbi:
If successful, this could lead to nearly $2,000bn in annual trade flows, or as much as 50 per cent of China’s total, being settled in renminbi each year by 2012, compared with less than 10 per cent today... "making [Renminbi] one of the top three currencies used in global trade.”
at 8:37 AM
July 10, 2009
July 8, 2009
It's almost like a response to my post yesterday. Google has announced that it's developing an operating system for personal computers (news link). The new Google Chrome Operating System will be open source, just like Google's browser bearing the same name.
After years of competition with Microsoft in the web market, Google is finally getting down to our desktops - Microsoft's major battleground.
at 8:12 AM
July 7, 2009
Blogger Quwei wrote an article giving reasons for his love for Google, mocking its Chinese competitor, Baidu's name as "hundreds of poisons" (originally meaning "hundreds of aspects").
As a Google fan, I share many of my feelings with Quwei, and have written articles and convinced friends and acquaintances to migrate their web services to Google. What I, and possibly most Google lovers, enjoy about Google is that Google has always promoted the concepts of freedom and sharing, with its motto "Don't be evil". Almost all services provided by Google, such as Gmail, Reader, Docs, Calender, Sites, etc., are free with all functions and features enabled, and Google has also developed open-source programs like Chrome and Gears, and funded the non-profit Mozilla Foundation for the development of Firefox and other open-source softwares.
Please also read my article about Gmail.
at 8:59 AM