Wednesday, 30 May 2012

外面的世界

六四快到,想到 89。。。

那一年,齊秦的歌在港熱播。
那一年,S 到了外面的世界。

那一年,會有人想點這首歌給 S 麼?


外面的世界.曲/詞:齊秦


Monday, 28 May 2012

李超人:樓市健康。是和政府打對台麼?

每次李超人接見傳媒,“指定動作”一定有人問他關於對樓市的看法。他看好之時,不少人會認為畢竟他是大地產商,有 vested interest “唱好樓市”。

最近一次,他又重新現時的樓市仍然健康。對於“睇唔透”後市的陳總材和還未上車一族,這個當然“唔啱聽”。然而,S 個人雖然對李先生沒有什麼好感,但又甚是認同他的看法。




何出此言?

政府和金管局近年以來所出的招數,已經有效地迫令一些“炒家”離場(其實只是轉往其他投資工具)。而且,不止一次收緊了按揭成數,和要求銀行在借出貸款前對客戶做加息的 “stress test”,這些不但令一些原來不夠實力的買家無法“入場”,亦令一些原本想換樓的中產一族難以成事

例如,手上有一間價值六丶七佰萬但還有按揭的樓,如果想換大一點,say 大概一千萬,從前可以做七成按揭,新買那間,首期只需大概三佰萬,賣了現時手上的樓,扣除按揭,再加上一些積蓄,應該夠付首期加雜費。然而,現在單是首期就要多拿出二佰幾丶甚至更多的現金現金喎,對於一些有能力賺錢的專業人仕來說,要每月多還二佰萬貸款的供款,也許不成問題,但要一筆過拿出二佰萬現金,沒有就是沒有的了。

如此一來,另一個選擇就是保留手上原有那一間,放租出去,另租大一點的來住,在這個循環之下,市場流轉自然減低。但樓價又不會跌喎,反正能力做得到,hold 住原有的那一間,根本就“有實力”等!

而另一方面,一千萬的樓仍然有人買丶亦有人繼續 hold … 既然門檻高了,仍然能夠有實力“入場”的人, 明顯地,“抗跌”能力自然也比較高,在跌市時被“震散”的機會也相對較低。不像九七時,個市跌一兩成,便成條街都是“負資產”,今時今日,除非又出現“黑天鵝”(但黑天鵝來不來丶幾時來?沒有人知道,要不然就不是“黑天鵝”了),整個市場一面倒,迫令某些有其他投資的人,不得不賣樓套現去“救亡”,要不然,大家只會“等”,反正拿現金沒有息,有“舊”磚頭“好過冇”!

如是這,樓市縱使沒成交,卻沒有如很多人之願那般大跌下去!

其實,影響樓市,還有很多其他的因素,S 並非專家,看法也許不夠全面,然而,以上這些,是不少人不想認同丶但卻又確確實實是

現在的樓市,比起以往,實在是“健康”了不少,至於價格是否“合理”?S 不懂。因為 S 從來第一個考慮的因素是自己的負擔能力,而非單一看樓價(按此閱讀『買樓自住』)。

李嘉誠和施永青都沒有因為他們自己的“本行”而“夾硬唱好個市”,只是講的“唔太啱聽”吧了!



Sunday, 27 May 2012

為何跑車總是 rear wheel drive?

每次拉行李愜總會想起,為何勁的跑車都是 rear wheel drive (後輪驅動)


網上圖片
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/10/Blue_Porsche_991_Carrera_S_fl_IAA_2011.jpg    

一拉一推之間,完全體現到,要是以同一力度,從後推出去,比較起在前面拉時,前者的 output efficiency 實在是比較好的;更明白為何那些要“上山下海”off road 的越野車是要四輪驅動的。

只不過,以 S 的身形和體力,就算是以 “rear wheel drive”去推行李,也沒可能變成跑車,是以雖然天生心急,還是慢慢走算了

反正人大了,愈來愈明白,有些事情每每在掌握之外,慾速,反而不達!



老豆比錢會買乜?

李超人公佈分如何身家,小小超雖然與上市王國無緣,但仍然會有一份一個普通人幾生也花不完的資金丶加上自由
網上圖片

看新聞片段,談到這個時,有一個記者問了一個 S 覺得好好笑的問題,大概是問超人,小小超會買什麼?

S 看到這裡,忍不住笑了出來,還不禁對着電視 comment 一番:

梗係買玩具啦!

咁係吖嘛,有老豆找數,話知佢係乜野啦,只要係自己鍾意的玩具咪得囉!真係問嚟都多餘!不過 S 也明白,記者的職責,有時候係“明知故問”嘅!

Friday, 25 May 2012

世上只有媽媽好

在現在的公司工作了四年多,由於組織架構和業務需求都和從前的公司大不同,其中一個好處是少有要外出工幹,(嘻嘻,有時候也是壞處),但公司業務發展,並非 S 這小角色能預早預計的,最近某一前線部門發展一些公司之前從沒做的業務,由於某些原因,負責後勤的 S 也要一起往做一些 due diligence

雖然上星期已知道這個,但確實的日期和行程,到了這星期一才知道,之後三天便要起行,對於單身一族,這個不成問題,但對於 working mum 來說,無論如何有一點難度。

然而,好彩的 S,因為和母親同住,一向無需替起居飲食操心,加上 M 愈來愈獨立,S 要外出公幹,基本上只要知會家人而無需和他們商討些什麼的。

確認日期後,  S what's app 在家人的 group chat 告知大家,母親的回覆是“放心做事”...

這個寫於途上,貼出之時,S 已回家,還喝過了母親煲的老火湯,好味!

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

My MacBook Pro.谷底回升。。。


星期四,Okay,被那 Suspicious Yahoo Alert email 弄得團團轉(按此閱讀),午間飯聚竟然變成報警時間,那裡還有時間帶 MacBook Pro Apple Shop?而且 my private IT helpdesk 好友 R 也說倒不如先讓他檢查一下,以 S 的形容,個 screen 間中閃下,但其他都運作正常,個 display monitor 應該沒有壞,反而可能是連接 main board monitor connector 可能還有水漬,自己把水漬清理一下,應該可以,如果也不行,縱使 R 不能替 S 修理,也可明白一下 my MacBook Pro 受傷的程度。

於是,一於寓“整機”於探訪好友,反正自從做回市區人之後,已經很久沒有探訪 R JC,於約定了 Friday night,如常深宵才到達(真的是深宵,因為到達時已是星期六凌晨,嘻嘻,這是S和貓頭鷹朋友聚會的模式!)甫進 R 家門,JC 第一句

JC:你呢個 case,抽濕機係唔得㗎,因為果啲係蜜糖(要知道,JC 雖然並非 IT 界中人,卻是超級主婦和廚神,這種“常識”,信得過)

S:(苦笑)哈哈,其實,我都係咁諗呀,但都盡下人事啦

JC:蜜糖“黐笠笠”吸唔倒,如果係水就可以,咁呀係,都要抽下嘅

S:咪係囉

JC S 還在傾談之際,R S MacBook Pro 打開

果然有些“一達達”蜜糖漬,殘留了在機殼內和 logic board 上,logic board 上那些,R 無能為力,因為所有零件都非常的細小和 fragile,一個小小的動作,都有可能把他們破壞,所以不能動;然而,機殼內和連接 main board monitor connector 上的那些,R S alcohol 以棉花棒輕輕清理,之後把機裝好

然後 ,S MacBook Pro 開啟,一面和他們談天,一面“試機”

Run 了整整兩個多小時,個 screen 沒再閃過一次!之後一天,S 再把機開啟了很久,也一樣,正明 connector 才是關鍵!

雖然如此,由於 logic board 上沾了不少蜜糖漬,雖然 Apple 連工包料換要五千大元,但由於有豐澤的 damage coverS 只需付大概 $1,7xx,我們的結論是先更換 logic board,反正豐澤的 damage cover 沒有限制修理的次數,只是每次賠付金額的上限會減低,但如果 S 下次才換 monitor ,餘額仍然夠 cover,即是 S 付了今次的 $1,7xx 之後再修理個 monitor,無需再付錢,不像最初預計般要付 $4,000

於是,星期一午飯時間,又往 Apple Shop IFC 走一趟,一如平常,那裡很嘈,甫踏進去便 “dislike”,只好快快把上次的 quotation 拿出來作 reference,說明只想更換 logic board,匆匆把 MacBook Pro 交低便離開。

之後往另一店鋪辦理更改 email address 的事情,途中收到 Apple Shop 的來電,告知可以為 S 作一個很好的安排,詢問 S 的意見

那是一個令 S 非常滿意的安排,當然接受!(請讀者無須猜,Apple 並非替 S 換新機,但細節不想在此寫,因為相信他們是因應個別 case 安排的,總之 S 滿意。而 MacBook Pro 從昨晚到今晚,都運作正常,個 screen 沒有再閃。)

S 還告訴他們另一原因,希望可以盡快取回 MacBook Pro,於是 Apple S 即日更換好,於昨晚下班後再往 Apple Shop 取回心愛的玩具,因為其時已晚,Apple Shop 沒日間時那麼嘈吵,於是 S “like” 返個“大蘋果”!

Touchwood 。。。希望這是運氣從“谷底”回升的兆頭。。。






Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Suspicious "Yahoo Alert", I have Reported to the Police! (2)

Thursday, 17 May (Cont’d)


As I walked to the Police Station, I tried to articulate for a case for reporting to the Police.  I carefully think of whether there were any irregular or suspicious things happened over the past few days…

Okay, on 14 May (Monday) I received this fake email from my high school teacher.  I did ignore it!  Then … what? 

Hmm…

On 16 May (Wednesday), when I was on my way back home, I checked my emails via my iPhone as usual and noted there was a mail with subject “Yahoo Alert”.  Its content was about Yahoo is experiencing system congestion and they would disable those inactive email address.  If you are an active user, you have to go into the link provided to validate your account…

When you read what I write now, apparently you would know this is fake (or at least it is suspicious).  However, I did not think over it much as I thought it’s just like banks cutting down the inactive accounts etc.  I almost wanted to validate the account right away but the internet connection was very poor in the subway.  So I left this until I got home. 

After dinner, I logged in to surf on the net as usual and confirmed that email according to its instruction.  After I “logged in” through the link provided there, it led me to a page showing my emails. Though the page’s style is different from the Yahoo mail setting, but its inbox shown emails that I could see via my iPhone etc.  After surfing there for a while, I “logged off” from there without imagining something terrible is actually coming up.

Apparently, the above action was really really stupid (when I looked back), and this is actually the first time I click into the link provided by this sort of emails.

When I reported to the Police about this, I clicked on the details to see the address and it shows the mail was sent from an address namely ‘info@Yahoo.com’.   

Hmm..  Okay, you may remember I mentioned in the last episode that all my emails in my Yahoo mailbox were being STOLEN or DELETED! Then how come I could still see this email when I talked to the Police?

The reason being, after I found that all my mails were gone by using my desktop computer in office to log in Yahoo, I did not try to ‘re-login’ to the mail via iPhone.  Hence it still retained the image of those emails that have been downloaded previously.  I hence took a snapshot of this suspicious “Yahoo Alert” email and what’s app to the Policeman as evidence.

Here you go for those who had receive the fake email (regarding I mugged in Philippines).  Be alert as someone already know your email address and may send you that same…


This is a very painful and troublesome lesson to learn.  Hope this has not caused inconvenience to my friends or counterparts who were on my address book!



Monday, 21 May 2012

陳光誠真的自由麼?

看了網友一篇關於『陳光誠自由代表著中國人沒有自由』的網誌,一方面為他可以呼吸“自由”空氣而高興,但另一方面,他真的自由麼?

網友圖片:http://lunkayun.blogspot.com/2012/05/blog-post_20.html
其實,陳光誠並沒有得到真正的自由。

至少,他和一眾“保外就醫”的人一樣,從此沒有回國的自由,真正的自由,是他(們)可以在自己的國家,做合理的事情。

S 好想知道,他在踏上飛機那一刻,心情是怎麼樣的?不知道除了他的太太和孩子,其他人尤其是他的父母可以一起前往麼?

先父早年就經歷過類似的,一腔熱誠回國“建設祖國”,冷不防來了一個文化大革命,直至 S 的祖父離世,期間先父和祖父只有機會見過一次面。而在祖父死時,先父連奔喪的機會也沒有。。。

這種故事,上一代,俯拾皆是。自由,在這個國土上從來都是奢侈品。

只是想不到,如今竟然以如此的版本延續!



Saturday, 19 May 2012

Suspicious “Yahoo Alert”, I have Reported to the Police! (1)

Is bad luck has anything to do with virus? If not, why is it being spread like ripple…

Thursday, 17 May

Thursday morning … got up with high spirit, thinking of taking my MacBook Pro (“MBP”) to Apple Shop to repair (click here to read).  So I brought it with me to work.  On my way to office, my best friend S asked via what’s app to have lunch together, I said yes but just need to leave some time for going to the Apple Shop …

Then another good friend R, who is also my personal IT helpdesk, called up to asked about my MBP.  We had a good chat about the repair strategy and update each other about our recent life.  What a good start of the day!

However before I went into a meeting, around a quarter after 10 o’clock I noted from my iPhone that someone sent a fake email to myself using my name and my Yahoo email address…

All of a sudden, chaos and nightmares came around without a hints, I literally did not have any effort to deal with my MBP at all starting from that moment...

The fake email was about “I am being mugged in Philippines and ask for financial help from my friends (to lend me USD3,000!)”. 

When I first read it, I didn’t pay much attention to it as I received the same several days ago from my high school teacher.  I knew it’s fake and thought that even if my friends receive this, they are smart enough to judge it.  So I went into the meeting without any action.

When I finished my meeting around an hour later, I noted quite a number of missed calls and what’s app messages on my iPhone.  Some of these were from my business counterpart such as property agent etc.

I replied the missed calls and what’s app messages one by one, all of them were asking about my safety.  Thanks All!

I explained to my friends just ignore that email as I am safe and now going to work as usual.  However, I started to worry as it looks like a lot of people, probably all contacts in my address book, had received the fake email.

I then check my other email address via my iphone as well and noted something actually went wrong…

There was a notification email from sent by Yahoo to my alternate address (an email address not from Yahoo that I provided to them when I opened the Yahoo account).  The notification was sent at 10:06 (which was around 10 minutes before the fake email was sent); and it said that a new email address, which is almost exactly the same as my Yahoo email address, has been added to my Yahoo id…

OMG!! Someone was trying to cone my identity!

I immediately log in to the Yahoo id via my desktop computer at office.  Though I can get into it, the nightmare is…

All THE EMAILS AND FOLDERS THERE, including over a thousand personal emails carrying a lot of my personal information from address, phone no. or even property information, were ALL GONE!! I tried to change my password immediately but looked like it's been changed ... but I wasn't sure because though I could see my mailbox but I couldn't get into my account profile and setting!!

In the email box, basically nothing being left in my mail box, i.e. all my emails and information were being STOLEN or DELETED!!

I finally recognize the seriousness and have a quick discussion with my friend and my boss for their advice.  I hence decided to report this to the Police immediately…

Because of this, my lunch with S started at the Police station!




Thursday, 17 May 2012

My MacBook Pro.小姐你做畫圖㗎?

接上文...

還未知抽濕機有幾 work,只知道星期一晚抽了一晚,白天家裡沒有人,停了,但昨晚又加班,晚上回來上網連寫上一篇,大概用了機個多小時,期間個 screen 沒有異樣,昨晚又繼續 今晚開機第一個小時沒什麼,之後個 screen又開始“閃”,S沒好氣,先去洗澡,再來寫這個。

星期一那天把 MacBook Pro 帶了回辦公室,午飯時又拿着他來回於上環的辦公室和 Apple Shop @ IFC,想起早前買機時與售貨員哥哥的對話。話說 S 買了 RAM,應該是豐澤的 Policy,職員替顧客替換這種零件時,要顧客在場“監督”,所以 S 要看着 Sales 哥哥工作,他一面換,一面說

Sales 哥哥:小姐你做畫圖㗎?

S:哈哈,唔係呀,我似咩?

Sales 哥哥:冇,好少女仔用 MarBook Pro,多數都係做圖像要求高果啲

S:少女仔用咩?Apple 啲野唔係女多過男鍾意咩?iPhone 就女多過男用啦

Sales 哥哥:iPhone 就係,但 MacBook Pro 重吖嘛,我自己都用,我識嘅都係男仔用

S:哦 我都係愛嚟喺屋企上吓網,好少會帶嚟帶去

Sales 哥哥:哦,咁 Okay 啦,真係幾好㗎

Sighed

真箇是人算不如天算 絲絲點點計算,偏偏相差太遠 算也算不到,不出兩星期,便要帶着他走來走去,真的幾重吓呀 個心情!

哎喲喲 剛寫好這個,個 screen 閃了一吓,今晚繼續抽濕,待週末放假時,把機開長一點時間看看情況才作下一步打算!





接上文...

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

My MacBook Pro.意外又無奈

人生充滿意外和無奈。。。

White MacBook 用了差不多四年,一直相安無事,直至 S 最近換了 MacBook Pro,那 White MacBook 仍可送給 M 繼續用。

每天無論在辦公室還是在家,都是一面“飲野”丶一面用電腦,從沒發生過意外。


偏偏,新的 MacBook Pro 用了不夠兩星期,於上星期五晚貼完博文後,意外打翻了放在機前的飲料,心愛的新玩具如此就“喝”了半杯蜜糖。由於用了防水的塑膠 keyboard cover,以為沒什麼大不了,立刻清理,又立刻 boot 得返架機


怎知第二天開始,個 screen 出現不穩定形況,不時由光變暗,甚至暗至全黑,然後隔一會又光返,於是用風筒嘗試吹乾,集中從 keyboard 吹進去。但心知不妙,於是約了星期一拿到 Apple shop 檢查,雖然明知 Apple Care warranty 並不包括 damage by liquids,但不太擔心,因為買了豐澤的 Damage Cover 按此閱讀),那是會 cover liquids damage 的。

星期一早上致電豐澤登記兼 confirm,他們確認入水(或液體)也會賠付最高相等於機價三成的維修費,於是午飯時立刻往 Apple Shop …

嘩!嘩!嘩!不檢查還好,他們打開一看,發現 MacBook Pro 原來從機身傍的 ports “喝”了不少蜜糖,logical board monitor 皆有水漬,兩者都要換,由於換 logical board 差不多等於人類做換心大手術,而 monitor 又是最貴的 parts 之一,盛惠 $7,5XX,雖然有豐澤賠付 $3,400 大玩,S 仍要“現兜兜”自掏四千元,真是要的 S 的命!!

付錢也不止,Apple 職員煞有介事地提醒 S,由於濕過水,就算換了以上的重要配件,心愛的 MacBook Pro 將會從此“體弱多病”,變成“病 MBP”S 也許會從此因而勞心勞力,而且之後不容易斷定是否因為今次“濕水”而導至更多問題,大家也許會有很多爭拗(看職員的神情,應該是和其他顧客爭拗過很多次),是以職員叮囑 S 不如先想清楚,是否真的願意付如此昂貴的修理費用(雖然 S 告訴了他豐澤會付多少)。

既然如此,雖然心急想修好新玩具,但沒有即時作決定,先把 MacBook Pro 帶回去,冷靜想清楚,才作下一步打算。

回到辦公室,立刻又要忙於為剛“孭起”那隻“鑊”趕工,但偷閒和“高人”同事談起新玩具入水一事,同事說:用風筒梗係唔得啦,一定要用抽濕機,開到 30/40%,放喺一個盡量面積細小的密封空間,“勁抽”佢一鑊 幫你慳返幾千蚊呀,今晚快啲抽

結果昨晚因要為“隻鑊”加班,弄至差不多晚上十時才下班,回到家裡,立刻開始“勁抽”大行動




下一節:My MacBook Pro.小姐你做畫圖㗎?



Sunday, 13 May 2012

會患上精神分裂麼?

之前在新界大西北居住了十多年,最近大半年才做回市區人,最近天氣漸熱,比前多了打開戶,因為 S 很怕冷氣的那種乾燥,可以的話,就算是睡覺也盡量用風扇和打開𥦬戶,然而,不太習慣,因為晚上打開睡,覺得很嘈!

其實,S 現在居住的單位,位置頗為開揚,只不過,面對一條公路,不但日間比較嘈,不知怎地,晚上就是沒什麼汽車經過,也總是有一種雜聲的!

也許,這裡其實並非太嘈的。

只是S 一直都生活在無噪音的環境而已。小時候,雖然家住公屋,但幸運地,單位在山上,景觀非常的開揚,面對一個很大的球場,晚上鮮有人在那兒踢波,更沒有汽車出入,非常的寧靜!出來做事後,一家搬了往新界東,之後再搬遠一些,到了新界大西北,一住便是十多年,那裡晚上只有住戶們自己駕駛的車輛行走,是以習慣了在完全沒有雜聲丶只有鳥啼的環境之下睡覺!

聽說人在嘈雜的環境裡人的脾性比較暴燥的,甚至患上精神病,S 本身的性情已經算不上溫婉的了,再加上長期被嘈音“催眠”,會因為這個患上精神緊張或精神分裂的麼?

後記:S 寫這個之時,有 M 現場彈奏的 Souvenir D’enfnace (Richard Clayderman 的其中一首鋼琴名曲) Cannon in D  等伴奏,悠揚又動聽的樂韻,有如沙漠裡的青泉,多聽這些,一定心情舒暢,不會有病的了!



為避 Apex Turn,拒絕泊轉角位!

好多人都話,一般來說女司機的 coordination 比男司機差,也許不少女仕聽到會不高興。S 作為女性,又從小就熱愛駕駛,但就非常的同意以上說法,尤其是年紀漸長,反應不及年輕時,所以駕車時從不呈強,小心駛得萬年船嘛!而且,有時候,還真的很怕遇上那些全無意識的女司機。

今天在停車場步行回家時,要經過一排排已經泊好的車,S 的左邊有一排車,而前方有一條和這一排車垂直的行車線(因為沒有拍照,插圖由 M 代勞)

走着走着

左前方有一輛車正從那條行車線,預備右轉入 S 正走在的線上,於是 S 靠左走,看着那車轉進來,被嚇了一跳,皆因那輛七人車,轉彎的時候,攞到右邊的位好盡,基本上,右邊車身入晒轉角那車位,距離泊在那一格內的車只有兩丶三吋左右,好險!要知道,在那輛七人車的左邊,有很多空間的!

S 和身邊的人,都看着車上的女司機(對不起,絕無意思強調性別,只是 so happened 那是一位女司機),但司機若無其事,沒有一點意識有人看着她!那當然可以是,女司機“高”到在“無人境界”做 apex turn(看註)!
網上圖片

只不過,這個可能性極度丶極度的低,一來那兒是停車場,懂得這個的人應該知道,這裡並非合適場地,真係要玩都 “行遠啲”;二來那是一輛馬力一般的 family 七人van,從車身的設計丶以至配上的輪軚,都根本沒有預用家是這樣駕駛的(S 還泊在舊居那輛雙魚座七人車,就是這種嘛)!S 90% 以上肯定,那司機根本不知道自己做出了“危險動作”,更不知道有人在看着她。

那七人車駛過後,S 和身邊的人對望一眼,說道:呢啲轉角位,無論如何唔好泊

註:如想知多一點,這個 Porsche Club of America 有個幾 layman 的解說。

Saturday, 12 May 2012

冇 Mood?哦,咁你繼續啦。。。

M講出嚟又要比你哋閙
S:咁你自己揀啦,發生啲咁嘅野,如果我唔閙你丶教你,你自己諗吓我係咪好嘅呀媽啦,而家我聽咗人哋講嘅版本,比機會你自己講
M〔嘗試從他的角度說一遍,但簡略得可以〕
SOkay 啦,其實今次好彩啦,算係不幸中之大幸,當上咗一堂,下次醒啲啦。
M:咁下次唔咁做囉!

。。。

S:食埋啲飯先啦
M:唔想食,冇 mood 呀!
S:哦,咁唔好食住啦,冇 mood 都係正常嘅,人生不如意事十常八九,好快你就明

未幾,M 回了自己的房間。隔了一段時間,S 去查看一吓,M 在看書,S 想氹吓佢

S:點呀?係咪重係冇 mood 呀?
M:少少咁啦
S:咁又係呀,比我比人閙,我都唔開心啦,咁你繼續冇 mood 先啦,不過冇完之後,唔該諗諗學倒啲乜野喎

M 沒有答,卻在笑!



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