The holiday season is coming, companies are all getting ready to suck as much of your end-of-year bonus as possible.
So let rc the hardcore 戀物狂 here list out the ultimate shopping list here, so you don't spend your hard earn money on 2nd class trash!
1) Nintendo Wii (11.19.2006 in US, release shortly followed in japan then the rest of the world)
Throw away your xbox 360, forget about the PS3. this is the gaming console you need to get for this Christmas. Nintendo has always been the most intuitive game maker in the industry (notice i say intuitive, not best :D) N64 failed, and the cube failed. Reason for the failures were because their targeted customers has always been the 'public', and their previous products just weren't seductive enough to get these people interested. Wii is going to change all of that; hardcore gamers, noobsters, granny, grandsons, sane and the insane can enjoy the magic of gaming together. Thing I like most about Wii is, it is a visionary product, seeing how electronic entertainment has played a much bigger part of our lives than 10-20 years ago. Instead of trying to share the larger piece of pie with sony/m$, it's trying to make the pie bigger. Clever little Japanese, you deserve to win this time.
10 years ago, a phone only needed to carry 3 functions; to make calls, receive calls, and to remember people's phone numbers. It's time to move on though. I noticed that around 3 years ago, I didn't carry this extra weight in my pocket just to make and receive phone calls. (in fact i hate talking on the street), it has to do more than that to secure a place in my pocket. So i came across the treo 600, which was the first treo with this mature form factor at the time, and i fell in love with it. It's so much more than a phone it's a communicator. i can finally fuck the 9 keypad typing, a stupid and inefficient input system which i had to put up with for many years. i finally freed myself from clicking through all these menu designed by brainless phone makers, which were at best unintuitive and limiting, because i had Palm OS on my phone. I have the option to check msn/web pages quickly when i was away from my desktop. Moved to 650 the day it released, and it only got better, and has served me well for the past 2 years. And it's extremely rare for me to love something I've had for 2 years, everyday.
Is 680 for me? probably not, i would most likely get the 'real' upgrade, 750 when it comes out from Europe -_- (damn palm marketing strategy) 680, at the price US$199, this is the 'public smartphone' to have. Palm has spent US$20 mil on marketing, working closely with big names like yahoo, ebay, google, typepad(!) to make sure every general public, not only the business/hardcore phone enthusiast can benefit from a smarter phone. with the upgraded appearance and colours, downgraded size and price tag, I am sure the 680 will have a go at success this time and sell like hotcakes. (maybe except hk, i had problems getting people to reply my emails most of the time, they are stuck with the idea no-verbal confirmation = 9 up)
throw away your O2, dopod, SE. these OEM products has no designer, only to fill up the spec sheet with the latest technology which 99% of you wont even use.
Jealous of your Mac-using friend? Well finally we'll have a Mac OSX clone, the windows vista. The sole reason why I am still stuck on this ugly 5-yr old XP interface is because of Autocad, which is the industrial standard in my field. If you have ever used a Mac before, there is really nothing new in windows vista :) 3D alt-tab, updated IE, media player, transparent windows, built in widgets. (at the end of the day, these are 'GUI', graphics user interface, so the prettier it is the better.) Technically there are improvements too, supposedly, like increased security, supporting up to 128gb ram, flash memory boosting performance..etc
oh yea M$ is really clever in sucking money. Apparently vista couldnt make the release before Christmas this year. so they decide to sell the sticker 'Vista ready' to computer manufacturers, and promise them a cheaper upgrade once vista is out. Get your new vista ready computer today!
OK enough geeking for today. don't forget to get a Christmas tree too.
da dam~ and the award goes to my client today, a fugly midget dressed in expensive white suit, one of those you find looking for cheap prostitutes in MK as early as 1pm. arrived 2 hours late with no apology. I dont know where to begin when it comes to describing this asshole. Obviously he already had some other architects in mind for this Beijing residential A+A project, so his mission today was only to critizise our design, and ofcoz to find an excuse so he doesn't have to pay the rest of the consulting fee.
Holding my boss's business card he said 'Mr Lam do you have any common sense at all? if you dont you can ask my personal assistant here by my side i am sure she can teach you alot about common sense. Looking at your business card, HKIA, RIBA, Authorized Person, blah blah blah, what the hell do all these mean? you are wasting money on education getting all these titles if this is already the best design you can come up with. I am not going to stay here listening to all this bullshit, 他媽的, what's with all these awards at the back, they cant be yours right? *lifting my boss's tie* you even have a bad taste picking a tie and you call yourself an architect?'
I was almost going to tell him to watch his mouth or leave the place, although as a graduate architect, i knew damn well i wasn't in a position in doing so. So I only stared at him, flicking the pen in my hand, looked as though i dont understand a word coming out of his dirty mouth. It was hard though, there was a rush of rage when he was talking shit about him wasting time being here listening to this bullshit (i felt like i was more of a victim) But i held it back, because my boss sitting next to me was saying nothing, so i did the same, 我忍你個仆街.
i really felt sorry for my boss. he asked me to go lunch with him after the meeting, and the only question in his mind was 'is my design really that bad?' I could only tell him the bitch was an asshole, he just didnt want to pay us the fee. But he asked himself '我功力不夠嗎?'
i was kinda touched by his reaction to all the shit he took in the morning, he wasn't blaming the fucker, but he just kept drawing on the tissue paper during the meal, trying to figure out what exactly went wrong and how he could've done it in a different and better way. now, i am not saying my boss is a good design architect, in fact i was puzzled as well when he spent so much time trying to position the toilet and shits. But there is something to learn from this old geez - dont blame nobody when things go bad, dont lose your temper, stay professional at all time, even when you are facing uneducated assholes. TL you have my respect today.